Our Activities

Music and Choir

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 once 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!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-36_XyhX9E

Here is a collection of our Anthems sung during services

Choir Practice

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

Ladies’ Choir

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

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

Monthly Prayer Group

Monthly Prayer Group – on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 – 8:30pm in the music room.
Entrance through the main glass doors.
This will be a time of gratitude to God, quiet reflection and intercession.

Please Note there will be no meeting in August – restarting 13 September

Bible Reading Notes

Those who wish to follow a regular programme of Bible Readings can obtain booklets to help them. Some booklets are bi-monthly, some quarterly and some 4-monthly; but all paid for annually.

For further details contact the Parish Office

Millies Mountaineers

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

Sunday school at St. Mildred's Church, Addiscombe

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!

Scramblers:
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!

Climbers:
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 whole 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!

Summit Youth Group

Our youth group for young people in school years 7-13 extends our Millie’s Mountaineers family!
Summit Youth Group runs once a month, on the first Sunday of each month 9.50am-10.40am.

Please come and join us in the Cedar Room (next to the large hall) to eat toast and get to know each other better.

Please spread the word!

 

 

 

Summit Youth Group

From 11 – 18 years of age – school years 7 – 13

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

Contact the Parish Office for more info on how you can be involved or help with activities.

Summit Youth Group

Our youth group for young people in school years 7-13 extends our Millie’s Mountaineers family!
Summit Youth Group runs once a month, on the first Sunday of each month 9.50am-10.40am.

Please come and join us in the Cedar Room (next to the large hall) to eat toast and get to know each other better.

Please spread the word!

 

Parish Post

This is our parish magazine where you can find out what our church groups are doing plus details of any social events. The magazine also includes articles of general interest. A sample can be found here

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.

Difficult Subjects Library

At present our library contains books on Death and Bereavement, serious illness, New baby, Bullying, Disaster and violence. There are books to borrow and leaflets to keep – both fact, fiction, workbooks and prayer books.

The collection is very much a work in progress.

The resources so far are mainly children orientated, but there is adult material as well.
We have concentrated on subjects that aren’t covered well in the public library – so we don’t have much on new babies….

We have been asked to add books on helping children cope with Alzheimers and Dementia in their elderly friends and relatives – so there is now a selection on this subject.

Other subjects we have considered are divorce and separation, alcoholism, drugs etc; but these are well looked after by the libraries and/or specialist organisations.

There is a small selection put out on the table at the back of the church, but for the full set – just ask!
If you wish to borrow anything we do ask you to sign for them on borrowing and upon returning. Just ask in the Parish Office.

 

 

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.

For further details download the forms or  contact the Parish Office.

Toddler Group

ST MILDRED’S TODDLER GROUP

St Mildred’s Toddler Group meets each Tuesday in term time from 9.30 – 11.15 am in the Large Hall.
All babies and children under school-age welcome with their Mums/Dads, Grandparents, carers etc.
Cost £1.50 per family group.

Run mostly by Mothers’ Union members plus other friends on behalf of the church, we would always welcome more help.
Duties are not onerous – in fact a real pleasure and include setting up/packing away, sitting down greeting families on arrival at the Welcome Desk – or in the kitchen serving refreshments – or even, if crafty , lending a hand with that ( all resources provided….) or reading a story/leading singing at the end of the session.

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 10.30 or 11 am, sometimes  from 2pm – 4pm. Occasionally 7.30 pm.

We have a busy branch at St Mildred’s.

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, The Warm Hub, 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).

 

See our St Mildred’s Mothers’ Union programme to see our plans for 24/25

 

 

 

 

Love your neighbour Community Garden

Love your neighbour Community Garden

Please do pop in, find a spare bench, and enjoy the beautiful space. If you are feeling energetic, there will be a list of things that need some attention and some gardening tools for anyone wishing to help. This is a great activity for children. One of the greatest joys of our Community Garden is seeing the enthusiasm and curiosity of young minds at work. By welcoming children into our garden, giving them the chance to learn about growing food, caring for the land and local wildlife, we are in our small way helping to sow the seeds of a more sustainable future.
Truly, age is no barrier to gardening – our garden has been built by volunteers from 2-92 years old!

Community Gardeners meet on a Tuesday afternoon, 2pm-3pm gardening and 3pm-4pm tea and biscuits. All welcome, our entrance is in Sefton Road.

We are delighted to announce that from June onwards, St. Mildred’s Community Garden will be open on the first Saturday morning of the month.
1st June, 6th July, 3rd August, 7th September, 5th October.

Coffee and Chat

Everyone welcome to our monthly Coffee & Chat:

Please join us for a relaxed cuppa from 10:30 -12:30 in the Cedar Room.

Bring your own coffee & cup. You never know there may even be some biscuits or cake!
No rotas etc – Just turn up and hopefully relax and enjoy.

Dates for 2024:

Wednesday 17 January

Monday 19 February

Thursday 21 March

Friday 26 April

Friday 24 May

Monday 17 June

Monday 22 July

August tba

Wednesday 18 September

Thursday 24 October

Friday 22 November

 

The Drop-In

St Mildred’s Church Drop-In provides a hot meal every Sunday from October until the first Sunday in July for homeless and needy guests

Showers and new underwear are available for those in need.

Where: St Mildred’s Centre, 30 Bingham Road, Croydon CR0 7EB
When: Every Sunday from 1-3 pm, Oct-July

For more information parishoffice@stmildredschurch.org.uk or 020 8655 1434 (Parish Office)
Any other information: No referral required/Adults only

 

Home Groups

Groups meet fortnightly with time to unwind over tea or coffee, to consider an aspect of the Christian faith, perhaps using the Bible, or a DVD, and to pray. Nobody is required to say anything or to pray aloud – it’s a matter of personal choice. Nobody is ever ‘put on the spot’! But the time is one of relaxed mutual trust and care.

Our Home Groups, meet fortnightly on Wednesdays 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.

Women's Group

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

The Lit meets in The Pavilion every Tuesday from October to March. 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Subscription for the season is £40;
Non-Members £4 per meeting
(includes tea and biscuits which will be served before the meeting  between 7.30 and 8pm)

The 2023/2024 Programme is here

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