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June 2019

Candlelit Taizé Service

20 June 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Taizé worship is based on simple repetitive chants which creates a beautiful meditative atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to join our reflective evening service. The aim is to provide a time to pause and find a point of stillness in this beautiful form of worship. The Taizé chants are simple to learn and we will use recorded music as accompaniment to provide the melody and to give us confidence in our singing. You don’t need to have singing experience as the…

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Breakaway Embroiderers – learning a range of embroidery techniques

19 June 2019 at 6:00 pm - 22 June 2019 at 11:00 am

This ‘breakaway’ event for embroiderers had previously formed part of the Purley Art and Craft weekend – but it became so popular that the embroiderers now have their own event! Ann Skinner will be taking the group through a variety of embroidery techniques in the relaxed atmosphere of Purley. This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to explore various types of embroidery, including canvas work, traditional embroidery, temari balls and free experimental embroidery. About the course leader: Ann Skinner…

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Sunday Service

9 June 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

All are welcome to join our service of worship. Purley is a New Church and established upon the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, the service of worship will therefore include ideas from Swedenborg concerning the symbolic aspect of the Bible – called its inner “spiritual sense”. This allows for a deeper understanding of scripture and a means to apply what has been apprehended to one’s own life. Worship is led by Rev. Alison Southcombe. Please note the June service is…

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May 2019

May Family Weekend

24 May 2019 at 4:00 pm - 27 May 2019 at 2:30 pm

A weekend for families of all shapes and sizes especially for those with children aged 0-17. Whilst the adults are discussing various spiritual concepts and ides in the morning sessions, the children and young people will be learning having fun in groups led by experienced leaders. The afternoons are free but plenty of events will be taking place to join in with such as treasure hunts, wide games, orienteering, walks and trips to local attractions.  The evenings are another chance…

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Sacred Dance – the Elements of Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Spirit

10 May 2019 at 4:00 pm - 12 May 2019 at 3:00 pm

Using a wide range of music and fairly simple steps we will explore the 5 elements of earth, water, air, fire and spirit. We will experience a range of dances from very grounding earthy ones to the more ethereal; contemplating our connection to the elements and what they correspond to in our own inner lives.  Our hope is that by the end of the weekend we will feel balanced, whole, loved and at peace. We aim to create a friendly…

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April 2019

Purley Fairy Trail – Easter Holiday Activity

18 April 2019 at 10:00 am - 28 April 2019 at 4:00 pm

If you are looking for a local trip out during the Easter school holidays – come to Purley to walk the fairy trail we have made through the grounds. Trail maps are available along with a ‘what can you spot’ observation sheet. We also have a great wooden adventure playground and a zip wire for the young and the young at heart! Home-made cake and biscuits along with squash, coffee and tea – payable by donation. The Trail is running…

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Created Anew

12 April 2019 at 4:00 pm - 14 April 2019 at 2:30 pm

Swedenborg’s view is that the Bible tells us that no-one is perfect and we need to undergo changes at the level of our understanding and also our heart or will.  We need to begin this process in our physical life in the world here and now. We shall be exploring practical ways of approaching what Swedenborg would call regeneration. Alongside what we will be doing, we may also dip into an excellent course on the same subject called “Begin a…

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March 2019

Spring Rally

29 March 2019 at 4:00 pm - 31 March 2019 at 2:30 pm

This weekend is for young people in Year 8 and above. Our theme is “Spiritual Survival.”  We will be spending the Saturday morning learning how to survive in the woodland surrounding Purley with a survival expert and will then consider our own spiritual survival in the afternoon. We will be free to enjoy games, quizzes and each other’s company during the evenings. Deposit £40.  As this charge does not cover costs we welcome donations which can be paid by Gift…

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Sing in the Spring

22 March 2019 at 4:00 pm - 24 March 2019 at 3:00 pm

An ‘a cappella’ singing workshop – open to anyone and featuring a rich variety of songs from around Britain and from the far flung corners of the world.  We will sing in glorious harmony and in rounds, some songs exhilarating and some soothing and all taught by ear. There will also be lots of space for anyone else who wants to teach a song or 2 or 3!  There will be time on Saturday afternoon to explore the lovely countryside…

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Painting the Messengers of God – Creating Angelic Art

8 March 2019 at 4:00 pm - 10 March 2019 at 2:30 pm

Angels appear in the sacred books of many faiths and the Bible contains some of the most wonderful descriptions of these beings.  In this weekend painting workshop we will try and capture the essence of angels in a piece of our own artwork. On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of…

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