BHM 2021 events

If you're holding an event as part of Black History Month, let us know.

Events in the Croydon Area

  • St Phillips, Norbury
    Will celebrate BHM in its preaching and via its Diversity Sunday, on 31 October (All Saints Day), when the sermon will include a focus on the diversity of the Saints.  There will also be a bring and share meal on the day.
  • St Oswald, Norbury
    On 16th October the young people will lead ‘Young Voices Matter’ (see attached poster). Please RSVP to Hall Manager Bevon at St Oswald’s on 07944 473 423.
  • St Pauls, Thornton Heath
    A Black Saint will be featured in the Sunday services during October.
  • St Stephens, Norbury and Thornton Heath
    Will focus on the lives of black women in all walks of life throughout history – those who were hidden from view, those who lived in the blaze of fame. Talks and displays will help mark the month.
    On 30th October there will be a screening of the film, Hidden Figures.
  • St Marks and Holy Innocents
    Will celebrate BHM through its weekly preaching.
  • St Jude with St Aidan
    Will be use the diocesan resource to lead BHM prayers each Sunday in the service. Also, on 24th October the community will celebrate Black Art.  
  • St Luke, WoodsideWill celebrate ‘Black History in the Church (CoE)’, specifically the role that Black people have played in the church.
    Week 1 – Sunday 3rd October – Early Christianity in Africa
    Week 2 – Sunday 10th October – Black Bishops in the Church
    Week 3 – Sunday 17th October – An interview with Archdeacon Rosemarie, Archdeacon of Croydon
    Week 4 – Sunday 24th October – Black Saints
  • St John the Evangelist,  Upper Norwood
    Will celebrate Black History within an inclusive community.
    There will be a timeline going around church which will reflect two millenia of world-shaping individuals and momentous events that define Black history.Preaching will focus on:
    Sunday 3rd October – Remembering lives: Of the past and atrocities
    Sunday 10th October – Celebrating life:   Giving thanks for the present influence and contribution of black lives in British and local society
    Sunday 17th October – Being the diverse and representative Body of Christ:  Reflecting on the true value of, and our contributions within the Church
    Sunday 24th October – Is the Diocese of Southwark a model for inclusion and diversity where black lives matter?The Hive will be celebrating foods and music throughout the month from Africa and the Caribbean.
    Also, St John’s music in worship over October will celebrate some present day black composers.
    Also, to ensure that they remain focused on this important throughout the year, St, John’s now  have as a standing point of business on it’s PCC agenda.
    The question is:
    “Does our worship reflect within itself the fullest diversity of the people who gather at St John’s for worship?”
  • St George the Martyr, Shirley
    Have organised a community event to take place on 9th October from 12 -4pm.

Resources from the National Church, designed for use during Black History Month, including Services of the Word, a Eucharistic service, Prayers of Lament and of Commission, and links to further resources for Bible studies, youth work, Messy Church, and music are available on the Church of England website.

National Church’s Black History Month resources

Download To the tune of adornment, Adukeh’s poem written for our 2021 Black History Month celebration, held at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 2 October.

Download To the tune of Adornment

“Our rich ethnic diversity in this Diocese is God’s gift and blessing which we celebrate. I am greatly encouraged that the Diocesan Synod voted unanimously to endorse the Anti-Racism Charter which we are committed to implementing fully. There is no place for racist attitudes and behaviours in this Diocese. The Charter will guide us as we journey forwards in faith, hope and love for the people of South London and East Surrey.”

The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun

On 13 March 2021, the Diocese of Southwark’s Diocesan Synod voted unanimously to approve the Anti-Racism Charter, following a discussion led by The Venerable Dr Rosemarie Mallett, Archdeacon of Croydon and Diocesan Lead on Anti-Racism.

The Charter is active and intentional. It says: “being anti-racist is not the same as simply not being racist. It is not enough as a Diocese not to be racist; instead we must actively counter, disrupt and oppose racial injustice. This isn’t an easy task, it takes introspection, as well as continued intentional action and is not a static description of ourselves.”

The key principles of Southwark’s Anti-Racism Charter are:

  • an explicit theological understanding that God’s kingdom is multi-ethnic, and that it is through our baptismal covenant that we recognise and respect the dignity of every human being and our unity in Christ
  • an intentional focus in our theological studies, liturgy, teaching, prayer, word and work to take strategic and practical actions to combat racism and inequality
  • a clear strategy for increasing and sustaining diversity in our governance structures at Diocesan and parish level so as to ensure representation and participation of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds at all levels of our organisation.

As well as its three key principles, the ARC includes six Diocesan commitments and a 12-point action plan for leadership and development.

Download the Southwark Anti-Racism Charter Pack

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