Christians Together South Norwood

Quarterly Newsletter – Autumn Edition




Warm Christian greetings!  This is the second of our new quarterly letter which shares news from around the churches in South Norwood.  Hopefully it will appear on your church noticeboard and/or be photocopied for those individuals who wish to take this letter home.




CTSN unites in pilgrimage churches and individual Christians in South Norwood (SE25).  We are Christian believers who are exploring what it means to belong together, and who are seeking to bear witness to the Lord Jesus Christ through our partnership in the gospel.


Our fellowship includes St. Luke’s C of E; St. Mark’s C of E; Holy Innocents C of E; St Chad’s RC; South Norwood (Enmore Rd) URC;

South Norwood (Holmesdale) Baptist; Woodside Baptist; Shiloh Church of God; South Norwood Methodist; Selhurst Congregational; South Norwood (Portland Road) Fellowship Centre and the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Higher Ground Assembly).


You can find out more about CTSN by exploring our own website –


If you have any ideas to help improve our local partnership in the gospel, please contact your own church leader, or your own church’s CTSN rep, or get in touch with the Rev’d Simon Smith who is the Chair of CTSN -  Address: 1 Pittville Gardens, South Norwood, London SE25 4DJ

Telephone: 020-8653-1942.  E-mail: simonlinda@lineone.net




This will take place on Thursday 22nd November from 7.45pm at South Norwood (‘Holmesdale’) Baptist Church, Oliver Avenue.  All reps are encouraged to join us, but feel free to come even if you are not a rep!






At the meeting of CTSN church reps in September, we considered various options for a “CTSN project” as an active expression of concern, involvement and service to the area and people of South Norwood.  A number of ideas were suggested:

·       a combined ministry to local families;

·       a united response to the abuse of public spaces (e.g. united action against ‘tom carding’ in phone boxes);

·       united environmental action to tackle the problem of graffiti and/or litter;

·       a fairly-traded goods stall in Sainsbury’s;

·       bag-packing and singing of carols in Sainsbury’s;

·       an organised distribution of the film ‘Jesus’ videos to local homes;

·       an ‘evangelistic’ ministry of prayer to local homes.      


We decided to make a start by exploring a united environmental response to some local problems of graffiti and litter.  We want to try and show a practical Christian care for our community which is sometimes so little in evidence.  Our next CTSN meeting of church reps will hear from a Croydon Council leader to help us in our thinking and doing!




This will take place at St Luke’s C of E, Woodside on Sunday 2nd December at 6pm.  Come and join us!




Once again, CTSN are sponsoring and supporting a Christmas Day luncheon which will be served to those who would otherwise be on their own at Christmas.  Posters and lists have been circulated to churches to encourage your awareness and response.  Please check these for further details.  Volunteers are needed to help in all kinds of ways, especially drivers, servers and musicians.  A meeting for volunteers will be held at South Norwood URC (Enmore Road) on Wednesday 28 November from 7.30pm.  Your help and support would be greatly appreciated.