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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 20 September 2020 10.30am

Live streaming via PBC YouTube or PBC Website. Contact if you would like to be part of a small congregation.

Sermon Tim Allen The Community of the Kingdom of Heaven (3): Welcome and Acceptance Romans 15:5-13 esp. vs 7

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.

Sunday at Seven This is back and happening weekly - no streaming - you need to be here in the building! Book your seat with the Church Office.
6-week theme: Romans 8 - God is For Us
Today: Tim Allen No Condemnation Romans 8:1-4

LIVE LOUD Youth Mark Humm KNOW God - KNOW LIFE : God is Just Deuteronomy 32:4
PBC Kids Wendy Colpus Discovering God's Word 2 Kings 22-23

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

This Week and Beyond



  • Some will know that Heather Cutting’s surgery on 24 August was complicated by post-op haemorrhage requiring emergency admission to St George’s for a second operation and blood transfusion. Heather is now back at home recovering. Derrick and the family thank God for answered prayer and for the support and love of all friends.”
  • Congratulations to the newlyweds - Mr & Mrs Sam Ackerman! Watch the wedding service in the our Online Service and from Sunday in the Media Library. They are extremely thankful for all our love and support over so many years. Send your greetings to Sam and Hannah via email address or contact them for their new home address.  Please pray for them as they begin their new journey together.
  • Shirley Baker (previous PBC member) passed away recently aged 85. Please pray for her family at this time
  • Our Associate Minister, Marilyn Webb is on sabbatical during September. Please pray this will be a time of rest and refreshment for her
CAMEO [an informal service for older people, although all ages are welcome] is starting back up on Tuesday 29 September 10.30am-12pm. Similar to Sunday services, attendees will need to pre-book their seat.
MEN'S MINISTRY Country Walks
The 4 Autumn walks are now fully booked! We hope to arrange more occasions where PBC men can meet up and reconnect, plus enjoy the great outdoors. Details to follow.
CSWLet's get behind Mark Humm and Kevin Hardcastle as they prepare for their 20k kayak challenge as part of our Twenty Challenge raising money for CSW. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) work in 20+ countries around the world to ensure the right to freedom of religion or belief is protected. You can be part of the Twenty Challenge by doing a sponsored activity or making a donation. Full details including how to make a donation are here.
PurleyCounsellingService logoCaring, professional, confidential counselling. Fees are based on a sliding scale of income/ circumstances. More details are here
CAPA free online course providing guidance in managing money and learning to budget, save and spend well. More courses are being planned by CAP Croydon South - run over 3 sessions with 1:1 support. Contact if interested. 
PARENTING COURSE with guidance in helping children in their walk with God. Free course from Parenting for Faith. [click the link]
MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT COURSES Free courses with Care for the Family and HTB[Click on a link]

Ephesians 6v13Ephesians 6:13 is our memory verse for September [click  image to expand]. Relevant for children AND adults. Future memory verses are here together with resources for children - make your own armour printable worksheet, online games, challenges, and more! 
WOMENS MINISTRY Care For the Family are running a free online event, entitled Free to Be. Book online here
St Christopher's Hospice are running at Will Week next week, 21-25 September. Local solicitors will waive their usual fee in return for a donation to St Christopher's. Full details are here
Bereavement Care
Woodside Bereavement Service: ‘Walking together through grief.’ A support group for anyone who has been bereaved during the Covid19 Lockdown time and wants to explore their loss with others who have experienced the death of a loved one. For your nearest venue, dates and times please contact: 020 3256 2009 or email
Food HubThe Purley Food Hub is now 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 and volunteers are needed. See The Hub is open to receive donations at Purley United Reformed Church, Brighton Road on Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-12pm. Bring donations to open door 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.
Priority items for September: small 500g bags of sugar •  tinned carrots & sweetcorn • tinned cooked meat • cartons of long life fruit juice • jars of honey & peanut butter • shampoo • unisex deodorant • bars of soap. Click here for the full list.
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online content.
The Heartbeat section guides us in listening to the heartbeat of God and then praying. This week, we shall be focusing our prayers on the 58:12 project. Please see 58:12 prayer points and continue to pray for those involved in the Beirut disaster in early August. 
PBC prayer booklet designed to help as we go forward into the next season. Get your copy of the prayer booklet. Other suggested prayer resources are here.
Thy Kingdom Come is our monthly church prayer meeting (4th Wednesday of month), where we pray together for issues facing our world, community, friends, neighbours and church. We are meeting on Wednesday 23 September 8-9pm via Zoom. Please contact the church office for details on how to attend.
Wednesday Morning Prayer Meeting - 23 September 10.30am
Please come and join the prayer meeting this week. Registration is necessary as space is limited due to social distancing. Wearing of masks, hand sanitising and the usual Covid-19 health and safety measures are in place. Please contact the
Church Office to register.
Praying for Each Other Please join us in praying for our church membership. This week we are praying for: Kenny OkesanjoJohnson & Janet OlagunjuCosmos OlaniyanLolade Onabolu and Rosemary Ottewell
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.
COVID-19 Government Regulations. We are actively following regulations including guidance provided by the Baptist Union. Thank you to everyone for their diligence in helping us all look out for each other. Everyone coming in church must sign in (track & trace). If you plan to let yourself in with church keys, please contact the Church Office before entering the building.


Please be reminded you can give by standing order or via the online secure payment system, details on PBC website Giving page. Also if you are shopping online, please make the most of options to 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: Media Library Prayer | Pastor's Blog
Social Media. PBC Facebook page (Church Office content) PBC Facebook Congregation group (interaction between regular attendees)
Church Office. The office is now open! Contact us at or phone 020 8668 0422.

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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.