Croydon Council are carrying out a survey of our green spaces in
Croydon removed from the Local Plan in 2018 on how our green spaces are used. Alarmingly
by zooming in on the map in the attached link it has St John’s Church on the
map, particularly the Memorial Garden.
Also other green spaces such as Shirley Recreation Ground and Millers
Pond are mentioned.
The Local Plan is used by the Planning Authority to advise on
recommended use, so if removed from the Plan then the Authorities can look to
change the use of the green space. Particularly as Central Government are
urging Local Council to increase their Housing Stock.
Please take 5 mins to click on the link, then on every green space
starred that you use, filling in the survey how you use these spaces and what
they mean to you. If we ignore these surveys it is feared Croydon Council will
use the information that green spaces are not valued, so leaving them open to
redevelopment. The survey closes 15th July
Traditionally, Pentecost is celebrated for a week after Pentecost Sunday, so here are some words from the liturgy as we move forward in the power of the Spirit:
We have celebrated the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over the powers of sin and death. We have proclaimed God’s mighty acts and we have prayed that the power that was at work when God raised Jesus from the dead might be at work in us.
By the Spirit’s power, may we live out what we proclaim:
by word and example;
by seeking and serving Christ in all people;
by prayer for the world and its leaders;
by defending the weak;
and by pursuing peace and justice in human society.
A deeply moving choral evensong today at Church, using the timelessly beautiful language of the Book of Common Prayer. Its poetry echoed through the centuries, uniting us with the whole company of heaven, and re-dedicating us to God’s heart of love, and purposes for the future.
These are the words of William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury during the Second World War, one of our darkest times in recent history. On this Day of Pentecost, let us take to heart his prophetic message of love in action:
“Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God. It is the quickening of the conscience by his holiness; the nourishment of mind with his truth; the purifying of imagination by his beauty; the opening of the heart to his love; the surrender of will to his purpose – all this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable.“