A Christmas prayer for Croydon

By - Friday 2nd December, 2016

A list of demands for an authority higher than Develop Croydon

Dear Lord,

Thank you for bringing us to the end of another year in Croydon.

As ever, it has been a mixed year – with highs, lows, and everything in between. Whilst we might not fully understand why some things happen to ourselves or our fellow Croydonians, we can trust in you and your unfailing and undeserved goodness.

We’re sorry for the times we have thought (and maybe even said) rude things about our fellow train commuters who won’t move along the carriage.

We’re sorry for the times that we have been less than charitable to our politicians and political adversaries – always believing the worst about them and their motives.

Despite it all, Croydonians are optimistic, proactive people that get stuff done

We’re sorry for the times when we have sat back and let others do all the hard work. Or, when we have chosen the comfort of grumbling on social media over the inconvenience of applying ourselves and using the talents and the gifts you’ve given us to solve a local problem.

We thank you for those in Croydon that do what we could not do. We thank you that we live in a community that is able to rally round and support one another when it matters – and that, despite it all, Croydonians are optimistic, proactive people that get stuff done.

Thank you for the economic opportunities that are coming to Croydon. Thank you for the booming art scene on our doorstep. Thank you that – far from a brutalist nightmare – Croydon has many, many green expanses that we can use to enjoy your creation. Thank you for all the interesting people that you are bringing here to live, work, and play amongst us.

Sometimes, we’re so busy complaining that we forget to see all the good things that you have given us here in Croydon.

Christmas is not just an excuse to “eat, drink and be merry” (sorry, Boxpark)

Help us to remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves. As the nights draw in and become colder, let us be sensitive to the plight of the homeless. You describe true religion as “to look after orphans and widows”: help us to be a comfort to those in Croydon who have experienced a death this year.

Help us all to appreciate the real meaning of Christmas: that it is not just an excuse to “eat, drink and be merry” (sorry, Boxpark) – but that there is a true and hope-filled message that Croydonians need to hear behind it all. Help us to realise that Croydon’s problems aren’t because of everyone else, but we are sinners, too.

In 2017, please can Transport for London, Govia Thameslink, Southern Rail, Network Rail, and the Department for Transport, finally solve the issues at East Croydon Station.

Please can the future of Fairfield Halls be assured

Please can the plans for Westfield stop being delayed and let the building work begin – so that Croydon can move forward and plan accordingly.

Please can the future of Fairfield Halls be assured so that the campaigners and trustees’ work during this difficult time will not have been in vain.

May we use this Christmas period as an opportunity to spend time with our family and those in Croydon who do not have family around them at this time.

Most of all, we pray that Croydonians everywhere will visit their local church and come to know the love, mercy, joy and life-giving power of faith in your son Jesus Christ, through your Holy Spirit.


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Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose is a committed Christian who has lived in the Croydon area for nearly twenty years. He is an active participant in his local community, serving at Grace Vineyard Church and organising Purley Breakfast Club, and was ranked "Croydon's 37th most powerful person" by the Croydon Advertiser (much to his amusement). He owns a lead generation company. He is the Head of Content at marketing technology company Idio, the founder of the Croydon Tech City movement, a LinkedIn coach, and creator of Croydon's first fashion label, Croydon Vs The World. Working on Instagram training and a Linkedin lead generation service. Views are his own, but it would be best for all concerned if you shared them. Please send your fanmail to: jonnyrose1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  • Anne Giles

    Oh dear. I won’t be spending time with my family, nor will I be going to Church. We shall be resting at home, enjoying our own company and that of our lovely little dog. Good article though.