Sanderstead Parish welcomes you

Lent 2015 in Sanderstead Parish

Lent begins on Wednesday 18th February this year with Ash Wednesday services in All Saints at 10 am, held in Flat 2a behind the church halls, and in St Mary's and St Edmund's at 8 pm.

All Churches are following Lent Courses. St Edmund's and St Antony's Lent Course is "Finding a Voice", based on the film "The King's Speech". Meet on Thursday evenings beginning 23rd February at 7.30 for 7.45 pm. Venues to be announced. This course is also available at St Mary's at 10.45 am following the 10 am Eucharist on Thursdays through Lent, or at the Vicarage on Wednesdays at 8 pm. All Saints house groups are continuing to meet during Lent with a variety of studies.

Holy Week in Sanderstead Parish

Monday 30th March -   8 pm Compline at St Edmund's

Tuesday 31st March - 8pm Stations of the Cross at St Mary's

Wednesday 1st April - 8 pm 7.30 pm Prayer Labyrinth at St Mary's

Thursday 2nd April - Maundy Thursday, 8pm Churches Together Holy Communion at Sanderstead URC or 7.30 pm Holy Communion at St Edmund's or Seder Meal at 6 pm at St Mary's, (now fully booked).

Friday 3rd April - Good Friday 10am Devotional service at St Edmund's. 2.30 - 5 pm Children's Activities at St Antony's. 10am, Easter Crafts for Children in St Mary's. 2pm, Liturgy of the Day at St Mary's.

Saturday 4th April - Easter Eve, 7pm Liturgy of the Easter Fire at St Mary's.

Sunday 5th April - Easter Day. Greet Easter morning with other local churches at the top of Croham Hurst at 6 am. Holy Communion at All Saints, St Edmund's and St Mary's at 8 am. Easter Breakfast in All Saints Hall at 9 am. Festival Eucharist at All Saints, St Antony's and St Mary's at 10 am.


A Journey through Lent and Holy Week at St Mary's

Morning Prayer with the Eucharist. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during Lent at 10 am in St John's Chapel in St Mary's Church. 

Labyrinth with Prayer and reflection Stations. At 7.30 pm on Monday evenings during Lent and on Wednesday in Holy Week. Walk through a Labyrinth in church, an ancient way of praying and reflection on our spiritual journey.

The Stations of the Cross. Tuesday evenings in Lent at 8 pm in St Mary's Church. Follow the journey our Lord travelled on his way to the cross.

Celtic Eucharist. First Sunday of every month at 6.30 pm

Compline. Sundays at 9 pm in St John's Chapel

Maundy Thursday, Passover Meal. Come and share this meal in the church hall at 6 pm. Tickets need to be prebooked, cost £7 per person. Please contact St Mary's Office.

Easter Eve. Saturday 4th April at 7 pm in St Mary's. Come and join us as we hear the Easter story afresh in the liturgy of the Easter fire, the renewal of baptismal vows and the first eucharist of Easter.

Christ Church C of E Primary School

Christ Church C of E Primary School is expanding and is due to be taking 60 pupils in September 2015. As well as providing more places for local children the school will be able to offer more places for families of Christian faith who would like a Church school education. The Christ Church School intake area has been widened to include the parishes of the churches of St John's Selsdon, St Francis Selsdon, All Saints' Sanderstead, St Anthony's Hamsey Green, All Saints' Kenley and Emmanuel South Croydon in addition to those previously listed. Please see the admission policy on the school website for more details.

St Mary's, St Edmund's, All Saints, and St Antony's

Our four churches serve distinct neighbourhoods and minister in different ways to the people of the parish. We rejoice in our diversity as churches - but rejoice even more in our unity, as we seek to serve God and our neighbour together.

We are a Church of England Parish in South London, part of the Diocese of Southwark and part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

For information about the events in life when the church is there to help, for baptisms, marriage and funerals, please follow the link to the Life Events page.

Important Notices

St Antony's congregation will be back in the church for Easter Sunday, 5th April. Please visit St Antony's page for location of services thereafter. Read the St Antony's newsletter for infomation about the progress of the work to repair the church.

Please see the All Saints news page for information about changes to services whilst building work to create level access continues.


All Saints Church, Sanderstead

Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith, there is a place for you at All Saints’. We're Christians working together for the glory of God and serving the community of Sanderstead. We meet in a beautiful church where prayer and worship have been offered since the 13th century. Sunday services are at 8.30am and 10am. If you are completely new to church life and want to try something new, why not come along to Sanderstead Light, our monthly informal service which takes place in the church hall.


St Mary's Church, Sanderstead

St Mary's is an inclusive, warm and human community, enriched by people of all ages from 0 – 90+! We are here for everyone in the area, both week by week and at special moments in life. We offer excellent provision for children and young families, and new facilities accessible for all. Our common life is centred on the Sunday morning 10am Eucharist, through which we are fed to follow Jesus and to be God’s people in the world. Music, especially choral music, plays an important part in our worship, including the beauty and peace of weekly evensong. But we are not here just for Sundays.

There are regular opportunities to pray and to act together, to learn more about the Christian faith,and to socialise. And through the recent transformation of part of our church building, St Mary’s Seven Whole Days project is seeking to serve all local people by becoming a hub for activities building up community, care, culture and education across the area.


St Edmund's Church, Riddlesdown

St Edmund’s is a little over 50 years old and is a dual purpose building, used both as a church and community resource. Its congregation members are friendly and welcoming to all and are mainly resident in the local community. With Sunday services at 8 am and 9.15 am worship varies in style weekly.


St Antony's Church, Hamsey Green

St Antony’s celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2007. It is a dual purpose building, used both as a church and community resource. Its congregation members are of mixed ages and are mainly resident in the local community and surrounding areas. With a Sunday service at 11 am worship varies in style week by week. 

St Antony's is currently undergoing major repairs after storm damage to the roof last winter. St Antony's congregation are worshipping with St Edmund's until the repairs are complete.

The Sanderstead Parish Community


Worship with us

All our four churches provide many different opportunities to worship God in many different ways. From a Choral Eucharist at St Mary's to Sanderstead Light at All Saints, a quiet meditative Fresh Encounters evening, or a lively Family Communion. Visit each church's pages to discover more about how you can worship God in the services taking place in the Parish this week and in the coming months.


Care for each other

Caring for others in our local community and further afield is very important. In Sanderstead Parish we have a dedicated Care co-ordinator, we run a caring group with volunteers who are happy to take on tasks for those who find it difficult to get about on their own, we support a range of missionary charities, and are always aware of the needs of those around us.


Get involved

There are many ways to get involved with serving Christ, whatever gifts you may have, from joining the fair trade banana initiative, ringing handbells or singing in a choir to supporting Croydon's refugee day centre. House groups are a good way of getting to know Jesus, the Bible and each other, through fun,study and prayer, St Antony's K'Os group raises funds through drama, and all the churches have Cubs and Scouts, Brownie and Guide packs affiliated to them and toddler groups meet regularly. Come along and find out what's going on in our community.