Richard Mander is our Organist/Director of Music – taking up his post in September 2016.
Previous Directors include Jan Pringle, Derek Dorey, Tim Horton, Martin How and Paul Spicer.
St Mildred’s Church Choir is comprised of boys, girls, men and women from age 6 upwards. It sings the Sunday morning services, evening services twice a month, occasional Festival evening services and also special events, e.g. weddings, funerals etc.
St Mildred’s Church Choir has, for nearly 40 years, undertaken to sing the services at cathedrals all over the country mainly during the absence on holiday of the various Cathedral Choirs. It has for instance sung at Wells on a number of occasions, also at Portsmouth, York Minster, Ely, Gloucester, Bath Abbey, Winchester and Worcester to name but a few.
There is an active Choir Association devoted to raising money to fund the Cathedral visits. The Choir has been affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music for over 60 years (and marked this with a Grand Celebration Concert on 10th May 2008).
here we are, singing Vivaldi’s Gloria!
Junior Choir practices:
Tuesday 5:30 – 6.00pm choir club followed by choir practice 6.00 – 7.00pm – in the Music Room
Friday 7.30pm to 8.30pm- in the Music Room
Full Choir practice
Friday 8.00 – 9.00pm in the Music room
The Ladies’ Choir entertains various groups, both at St Mildred’s and at other Churches and regularly sings for the Women’s World Day of Prayer service held on the first Friday in March in Croydon.
For more information about our choirs, please contact our Director of Music by email.
Our organ is currently being renovated/renewed.
For information about the project, progress so far, regular updates and a chance to donate towards the cost, look here
The Mother's Union
Our branch of this major Christian Charity (tap here for more details) meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Lady Chapel – a range of times – sometimes from 10.45 – 12.15, sometimes from 2pm – 4pm. Occasionally 8pm.
We have a busy branch at St Mildred’s ( pandemics permitting!).
We are involved:
with a premature baby unit – knitting tiny clothes and providing tea and cake for the parents;
with the Croydon Women’s refuge;
in supporting the 16 Day of Activism against gender based violence.
Also with various church organisations – like the Drop In for the homeless, Millies Mountaineers and the Toddler group.
We try to meet together once a month – sometimes socially, sometimes with a speaker, but all we that do is bound together in prayer, and with the aim to fundraise for MU Projects helping families here and worldwide.
Across the Diocese of Southwark we are involved in Prison work, helping teach English to those for whom it isn’t a first language, and providing holidays or outings for those who haven’t had a break for years (Away From It All – AFIA).
During the recent lockdowns we have been unable to meet in person (but we have ‘zoomed’ a lot!) and our activities have been somewhat restricted.
See our St Mildred’s Mothers’ Union programme for an idea of what a normal year looks like.
Millies Mountaineers – for children from birth – 11 or so.
9:50 am every Sunday except when there is an All Age Communion Service (generally 2nd Sunday in the month) – see below
At Millies Mountaineers:
- we come together to worship
- we come together to pray
- we come together to hear God’s word
- we come together to praise
- we come together to meet God
- and we come together to have fun!
Pre-schoolers will have the option of meeting in the Small Hall with their parents/carers and having fun with our Bible-based craft kits while the service can be viewed on a monitor. A member of the Mountaineers team will be available to help.
We all come together in Church for Holy Communion or a Blessing towards the end of the morning. This takes the place of the old creche.
Come and make new friends!
Primary School aged children will meet in the Large Hall and take part in a huge variety of activities based on Bible stories – including cooking, story-telling, dance, singing, drama and craft.
These sessions will be led by a member of the Mountaineers team.
We all come together in Church for Holy Communion or a Blessing towards the end of the morning. This takes the place of the old Sunday School.
Come and make new friends!
2nd Sunday of the month:
We believe it is important for children and young families to feel they are part of the while St Mildred’s family – so on the 2nd Sunday of every month we hold an ‘All – Age’ Service where everyone is together.
Scramblers kits will still be available in church for pre-schoolers to enjoy, while older, school aged children are encouraged to take part in the service by singing, serving and other fun activities.
Come and make new friends!
From 11 – 16 years of age – school years 6 – 11.
Watch this space for news of our Youth group
St Mildred’s actively welcomes children and young people and seeks to involve them in all areas of our work and mission. The following activities may be particular of interest to young people:
- Millies Mountaineers – as a member or a helper
- Prayer and Praise – both in regular services and special events
- Serving at Holy Communion services
- Choir and worship band
Contact the Parish Office for more info on how you can be involved or help with activities.
The Parish Post can be obtained from Church for 50p per issue (10 per year) or by joining the Friends of St Mildred’s (see above) and having it delivered to you.
If you would like to submit an article for publication, please email or write to the Parish Office. Copy deadline is the second Tuesday of the preceding month.
Friends of St. Mildred's
Help support St Mildred’s by making a suggested, gift-aidable, donation of £25 per annum to Church funds. You will be kept up to date with what is happening through your 10 complementary copies of the Parish Post.
You can also tailor your involvement by requesting which special information you would like to receive – e.g. children’s activities, musical events, special services etc.
Bible Reading Notes
For further details contact the Parish Office
Our Home Groups, meet fortnightly on Wednesdays – groups meeting in the mornings and in the evenings – and on Thursday evenings.
There is a list at the back of church where you can register your interest and find out more.
Or you can contact the Parish Office for further details.
St Mildred’s hosts a Drop-in for the homeless and needy on Sundays.
We hope to reopen the Drop In in October 2021
For further information, please tap here
Love your neighbour Community Garden
Join in with the gardening group,
or to just enjoy some fresh air and good company.
Entrance via St. Mildred’s Centre or Sefton Road gate.
At St Mildred’s we play a part in answer to the prayer ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ by helping our local food bank.
How a food bank works
Frontline care professionals identify people in need: Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher. Foodbanks partner with a wide range of care professionals who are best placed to assess need and make sure that it is genuine.
Clients receive food: Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.
How YOU can help
You can help St Mildreds by downloading the shopping list here and bringing the goodies into church week by week.
Consider joining a rota of volunteers to deliver the food to the food bank.
For up to date opening times and donations – see their website.
The Women’s Group meets in the Small Hall on the 3rd Thursday of each month – generally at 8:00 pm – unless stated otherwise.
Tap here for more details of the current programme.
The Lit meets in The Pavilion every Tuesday from October to April. 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Subscription for the season is £35;
Non-Members £3.50 per meeting
(includes tea and biscuits which will be served before the meeting between 7.30 and 8pm)
The 2021/2022 Programme is here