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Purley Week

Welcome to Purley Week online. No need to wait for Friday (or Sunday) to find out what's going on. Instead, details of this Sunday's services and what's new will be uploaded at intervals throughout the week. If you're on our mailing list we'll send you a reminder to check-in on Fridays.

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Sunday 5 July 2020

Join us for online services plus extras 

Facebook page (interactive) or HERE 
Sermon James Collins Famous Last Words 4: Faithful and Fruitful John 15:1-17

After Church Chat Drop into the Zoom chat straight after the service to find out how others are - hot beverages and biscuits optional. Zoom meeting details sent out with Purley Week email. Contact to join the distribution list.

PBC Kids Wendy Colpus Challenge Psalm 23
LIVE LOUD Youth Mark Humm Jonah 3 

Sunday at seven online We are live at 7pm! Tune in via our Facebook page or YouTube channel. If using Facebook, your comments can be made visible to others - give your permission HERE
We will continue to discuss Habakkuk's question: Where is God when the world falls apart?

Recordings are continuously available in the Media Library. Paper transcripts of 10.30am sermons are also available.

This Week and Beyond

WHAT WILL PBC BE LIKE POST LOCKDOWN?... Last chance to complete the survey. We're keen to gather feedback on how people feel about returning to regular church activities (when we are allowed to do so). Plus, what are your views on doing church during the Lockdown, and what are your thoughts on what PBC should be like once restrictions are lifted. Click HERE to complete the survey. NB. The original link to the survey has expired - please access via this Purley Week or the Facebook posts, not the email sent to Members.
Members will have received an email detailing PBC's preparations in opening the church after Lockdown. Read this update on our News page
A message for all key holders: If you need to enter the church building, you will need authorisation first. Maintenance works are being carried out and since we need to minimise contact between people (including via surfaces which have been touched) we are actively monitoring access to the building.
CAP Money Course logo green This free course provides guidance in managing your money and learning to budget, save and spend well. CAP Croydon South Money coaches are planning online courses over 3 sessions plus 1:1 support. 
If interested please contact
PurleyCounsellingService logo Our counselling service is open and continues to offer caring, professional, confidential counselling. Fees are based on a sliding scale of income/circumstances. More details are on their web page.
generosity blue-tight An elderly resident in Purley (not church member) is looking for a volunteer to do some basic gardening, if anyone is able to help please contact Marilyn or
food hubFor the duration of the Coronavirus crisis the Purley Food Hub is operating a home delivery service of food parcels to clients and families in need who live in our catchment area, referred by Ticket Partners. Donations (see below) and volunteers are needed. See 
Donations: The Hub is open to receive donations at Purley United Reformed Church, Brighton Road on Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-12pm. Bring donations to doorway near the Youth Centre - left side of church building, far end of internal road. Alternatively most big supermarkets in Purley and Coulsdon have collection boxes.
July's priority items are: • tinned and packet potatoes • tinned fruit • tins of cooked meat such as chicken • packets of instant custard • tins of rice pudding • bottles of squash • cartons of long life fruit juice • jars of savoury spreads, jam and honey • tinned ready meat meals • children’s chocolate treats • toothpaste • shower gel • toilet rolls.
Youth NEW London Baptist Association Leadership Year is an exciting internship programme for 18-25 year olds who wish to explore leadership in today’s urban Baptist context. The programme runs for Sept 2020 - May 2021 and includes theological & leadership training, one-to-one mentoring and placements. Watch the 3-min video to see what has been happening in the past year. More details including how to apply or find out more information are at 
•  And for parents, there are great podcasts on the Parenting for Faith website by Rachel Turner. Have a look if you are feeling down and overwhelmed... she will remind you that you are doing really well and give you easy ideas to try out!
Prayer-tight PRAYER Check out our online content - relevant to believers and non-believers. Here is what's coming up: 
Our intention is to listen for the heartbeat of God and then pray. Weekly prayer points are used by Life Groups via the Discipleship Guide. This week we will focus our prayers on Churches Together in Purley & Kenley - part of the national ecumenical instrument supporting and encouraging local churches from a wide range of traditions to work together in unity. Please join us in praying that:
  • God will guide church leaders as they prepare to open churches again, and that churches will continue to support communities through prayer, love and actions
  • CAP Croydon South services will be ready and able to help individuals as we come out of Lockdown
More prayer points are in the Heartbeat section of our website.
UNITE714 praying together with the global Church
As we continue to pray about the Covid-19 pandemic, we encourage you to join in the #Unite714 prayer movement. It is a call to unite with Christians across the world to pray every day, morning and night at 7:14 hours. The call has come from Church leaders across the world, including Justin Welby and Pete Greig. We are asked to pray for a miraculous healing of our lands from the Coronavirus and for a spiritual awakening among the nations.
You are invited to our weekly prayer meeting: Wednesdays 7-7.30pm. Contact us if you would like to be included in the email with details of how to join in. More info is on our Prayer page.
Family News
Nigel Edwards' Thanksgiving Service was on Tuesday 30 June, with only close family in attendance. If you didn't watch live you can still join with the family in remembering Nigel via Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of Nigel may do so via
Prayer Chain
We would like to pray for you! Call Pam Davies or Jim Beacom to have your concern covered in prayer.
Friday Prayer Meeting
This group continues to pray for church members, plus everything in the Purley Week. Contact the Church Office to be involved.


We can’t take up offerings on Sundays, but you can still give online via the secure payment system on our Giving page. And at a time when online shopping is less luxury and more necessity, please be reminded you can give to PBC at no extra cost to yourself via Amazon Smile and Easyfundraising.

Keep in Touch

We hope you are still connecting with PBC family whilst we are in lockdown. Please make the most of:
Life Groups. Central to church, offering Bible study, encouragement, fellowship and care for each other. Groups are currently exploring and using the latest technology like Zoom and Google Hangouts to stay connected. More HERE
This Website. Most popular web content: Reflections Media Library Prayer | Pastor's Blog
Social Media. PBC Facebook page (Church Office content) PBC Facebook Congregation group (interaction between regular attendees)
Church Office. Staff are working from home and can be contacted by email or phone 020 8668 0422 (answerphone checked regularly).

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

New to Church?

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Welcome! Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life, we hope this helps you to find out everything you want to know about our church.

We are a large and lively church situated close to one of South London's busiest traffic intersections. We cater for all age groups and stages of life with a membership of over 400 people with 600+ people each Sunday across congregations. We are dynamic in our outlook, and bring together people from all walks of life and from different nations. We love to see new people! Services begin with a warm welcome and an invitation to join in celebrating the good news about Jesus Christ. Our worship is vibrant and lively as we lift up His name together. We expect God to meet with us and speak to us. Outside of our services and the activities at church, we are very active in our local community. We work alongside other agencies and run our own projects to express the love of God in a practical way. Our vision statement drives what we do. Purley Baptist Church is committed to bringing God's blessing to our community.

We want to enable people from all backgrounds to become mature followers of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Key information


Finding us

Our address is below and a map of our location is Purley is at contact us.

Banstead Road

If driving, parking can get quite chaotic - especially when arriving for the 11.15am service when the 9.30am service may still be emptying! Our Sports Cage immediately before the church has the most parking spaces - turn right soon after turning into Banstead Road. Other possibilies are the main car park for disabled parking (go past the Sports Court and the main church building and turn right into this smaller car park), parking on Banstead Road (including the red line on Sundays) plus other local roads. We recommend arriving 15 mins early to allow time for parking, walk to church and finding your seat.

We are well serviced by many local bus routes going in/out of Purley.

What should I expect when I visit the church?

Expect a very warm welcome particularly from our Host Team who will be able to answer your questions and direct you where to go. There will be approx 30 mins of worship songs, a short time of prayer and an offering collection (please don't feel you have to give). After the notices one of our pastors will give a sermon and there will be a chance to respond/receive prayer at the end of the service.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served following morning services, and before the evening service. This gives time to meet and catch up with other people.

What do children and young people do?

There are groups for children at both morning services, groups for young people are at the 11.15am service.

Children stay with their parents at the start of the service as we worship together for the first part of the morning. An announcement is made when the children need to go to their groups. You will need to go with your children and register them the first time they attend.

Tumblers 6 months to 2 years old -  children under 6 months are welcome but should be accompanied by their parent/carer
Scramblers 2-4 years old
Explorers School Years R/1/2
Adventurers School Years 3/4/5

Young people's groups are held in the youth centre at the United Reformed Church (URC), which is just down the road. Meet at the URC from 11am or ask someone from the Host Team to take you there.

Live Loud School Years 6/7/8
Vibe girls in School Years 9/10/11/12/13
The Big Picture boys in School Years 9/10/11/12/13

For more information about what happens in the children's work please visit the relevant age groups for you under Church Life.

Is there a dress code?

No. Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.

Will I have to join in?

Not at all. You are free to simply observe or participate as much or as little as you want to.

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I have more questions, how can I get in touch and ask them?

Please feel free to contact us.