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 Purley Week

Here is a round-up of what's happening at PBC on Sunday and beyond. Click on links and images to access more details. Check here on Fridays for the latest update or go on our mailing list for a weekly reminder email. 
We trust you had a blessed Christmas and hope the season was a joyous occasion for you. If you missed any of the services, these are available via the Media Library. Our BMS Christmas Appeal will stay open throughout January. We wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous 2023!

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S U N D A Y   S E R V I C E S
29 January 2023

Come to church or watch online
9.30am & 11.15am Morning Service
 Rooted in Jesus [4] Colossians 1:24-2:5 [James Collins]
**Bookshop in Foyer**
DNA Course during morning services for people interested in becoming a church member and making PBC their home 
5.30pm Youth Hangout games, snacks, and friends
Sunday at Seven 7pm Service Disciple(SHIFT) [3] From conformer to culture transformer [John Adams]
If you are new to PBC you are very welcome. Please introduce yourself by completing a Connect Card online or at church. Click through for information on What We Believe in and Who's Who. Next Newcomers' Lunch: 22 January 2023
  Small groups
Dynamic communities which provide friendship, care, coaching, and disciple-making. More details, including new groups, are HERE
Can you help on Sundays or volunteer with a particular ministry? We are looking for more help on Sundays with PA (Sound/Audio), Livestream mixing, Children and Youth Helpers, Renew 23 Cafe, Bookshop, Communion... To find out more details about how you can get involved by visiting purleybaptist/serving or contact the Church Office.
Use our online giving pages for secure payments or give at church by placing your gift in an offering bag. If shopping online. Please also use facilities to give to PBC at no extra cost to yourself: Easyfundraising SmileAmazon 


Bookshop in Foyer on Sunday mornings. Selected titles as recommended by our Senior Minister, James Collins. Each sale includes a 35% charity donation. Payment: cash on the day or online card payments at Bookshop Purchases - contains list of book titles/prices. Contact Us to volunteer to run the Bookshop once a month. Visit our Pastor's Blog for news and lots of book reviews.

This Week & Beyond

CAMEO Tuesdays 10.30am-12pm
31 January 2023 Joanne Taylor, Abbeyfield Southern Oaks
This mid-week church service is suitable for anybody available during the day! Originally a group for older people to Come and Meet Each Other, the varied programme of speakers brings an opportunity to hear God's Word. 
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Creative Team Workshop 

Saturday 4 February 9.45am-12.30pm Lower Hall
The Creative Group of the 58:12 building project is working on design ideas that provide the ‘spiritual overlay’ to the new Church buildings. This workshop is for anyone who feels they may have something to contribute creatively, or who would like to come along and learn more about what the group is going to be doing. Held in the Lower Hall, there will be time to pray, discussion in groups, and creative stations to stimulate prayer and ideas. Please let the church office know you intend to come or Michele Bailey. 

Prayer Ministry Training

Wednesday 8 February 7.30pm Sanctuary
Nigel & June Hamilton
For existing prayer ministry team members and anyone who is thinking to get involved. Guest speakers will share some of their experiences and provide guidance on how best to and most appropriately, minister to the saints. 
Nigel & June Hamilton have been married for 60 years and have ministered together extensively in 18 countries over this time. They were pastors in a local church when God called them “To The Nations!” at the first Catch the Fire Conference in Toronto in 1994. Since then, their calling and passion have been to take the message of the Father's love and healing of the heart to pastors and leaders, teaching at the International Leaders' School of Ministry for 20 years, and seeing many lives transformed. Their heart is to see people transformed from servants working hard for God into those living in a relationship with the Father and working with Him. 
Men's ministry
The men of the church (and their friends) are now in the habit of meeting for Winter walks - new dates: Saturdays 11 & 18 February! This is an invitation for men to register their interest via the Church Office or the Men's Ministry core group members. Each walk would be between 4-8 miles long, comprising 4 to 6 men maximum with a refreshment stop at the end or ideally in the middle. We are also planning an accessible walk for those who may be physically challenged. More details are at

Prayer & Family News

Can we pray for you? Please call to have your concern covered in prayer. Church Office: 020 8668 0422 (with answer phone) or Jenny Ginger 07971 194954. Find out more about Pastoral Care
PRAYING THROUGH THE MEMBERSHIP Andrea Bowman, Tom & Patti Boyle, Carolyn Broom, Darryl Cabral, Choren Campbell, Eugenia Campbell
We are saddened to share that on Tuesday 24 January, Doreen Goodchild, the longest-standing member of our church died. Doreen was a much loved and faithful member of the church who grew up at PBC with her parents from the 1930s. Doreen taught in the Sunday school for many years and was a member of the PBC Tennis Club for several decades. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. Please do remember her sons Philip, Andrew and Jeremy and their families at this time.
David Beckitt, a much-loved member of our congregation, died peacefully on Wednesday 11 January. People will remember him as a gentle man, who worked for many years as a GP in the area, including working with some of our members, and for his love of cricket.  Please remember his wife, Veronica, and family in your prayers. 
58.12Isaiah 58:12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings
•  Pray that the people who will be moving into the flats opposite in the coming months will be those the Lord wants and that the church will be a blessing to them
•  Pray for the partnership we are forging with the housing association in charge of the flats opposite, Optivo (now Southern), that it will be fruitful
•  Pray for the ongoing design of the Sanctuary and Coffee Shop Read more about the 58:12 Development Project here.
Purley Food Hub 2021

Heavenly Father,

• This month marks 10 years’ of faithful service by Purley Food Hub in providing food to local people and families in crisis.
• We pray for all of those in our local community facing unemployment, ill health, isolation, or money worries, especially those who can’t afford enough to eat.
• We thank you for your mighty provision - for the generosity over these past 10 years of so many churches, schools, community organisations, individuals, and families who donate food and money.
• And we thank you for the Food Hub’s volunteers who give so unstintingly of their time and energy.
• We pray for the day the Food Hub can eventually close its doors because that will mean everyone has enough money to buy the food they need.
• In the meantime, we pray for the Food Hub’s clients, that they may find hope and release from their current circumstances, and that through the food they receive, they will also taste something of your great love for them - you who sees both their immediate need and cares passionately about their future.
In Jesus’ name, we pray.

Please drop off items for the Food Bank at PBC on the 3rd Sunday of the month/Communion Services, also at CAMEO services,

Priority items for January: Food items: • long life whole milk • tinned meat meals such as mince in gravy and chicken in sauce • jars of peanut butter • fish & meat paste • hot chocolate needing only water • 500g bags of sugar • savoury biscuits. • tinned pulses • microwavable meals for toddlers. Non-food items: • unisex shampoo • toothpaste • toilet rolls.
Find out more including local drop-off points at

Get Involved

The Purley Cross Centre provides advice, information, and training for the community. Visit in person: Tuesdays 10am-4pm & Wednesdays 12-4pm at PBC Sanctuary Foyer. Contact us via 020 8668 4189 (with answer phone) or Download the latest flyer here. 


We offer a confidential service and work across a broad spectrum of emotional difficulties. We have a wealth of experience in anxiety, depression, stress, loss, low self-esteem, workplace issues, life events, and relationship issues. Every inquiry and booking is handled sensitively and in the strictest of confidence. Phone, text, or email to discuss our services and book an initial session: 07513 092476, More details here. 
1095805After 12½ years of serving homeless and vulnerably-housed adults on a Thursday evening at East Croydon URC, we have taken the difficult decision to close. This is principally, but not wholly, due to reduced volunteer numbers. As with so many things, Covid had an enormous impact on the way we were able to deliver our service, for the first 10 years we provided an evening drop-in but of late we have been acting as a soup kitchen whilst also providing clothes, bedding and toiletries. We did have an incredibly dedicated volunteer workforce, over time has depleted to a degree that it is no longer possible to operate safely. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in one way or another over the years. I want to get the message out as widely as possible that we are now closed so that guests do not turn up on a Thursday! Please forward this on to any relevant parties. Many thanks and happy New Year. Pauline Miller
Find out more about our other community projects and involvement here.

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From the Church Calendar

PBC Members can see more details when logged in to the website or on the Church App


Young at Heart Monthly Afternoon Tea for older people living on their own. 2-3.30pm: 31 Jan Lower Hall
Creative Team Workshop Sat 4 Feb 9.45am-12.30pm Lower Hall
Prayer Ministry Training Wed 8 Feb 7pm Sanctuary

Heartbeat Prayer Meeting Wed 15 Feb 7.30-8.30pm Sanctuary
Super Saturdays 3rd Saturday of month 10am-12.30pm - Art, crafts, and games for 5-10 years olds: Sat 18 Feb Lower Hall
Book Club Monthly: Thu 23 Feb, reading A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin


Beavers Girls & Boys 5¾-8yrs 5-6.15pm Lower Hall
Aperture Photography Group 1st & 3rd Monday of month: 7.30-9pm Lower Hall


Purley Cross Centre 10am-4pm Foyer
CAMEO 10.30 am Sanctuary
The Cage 7pm Football on the Sports Court


Bods & Tods Parent and child group 9.30-11.30am Sanctuary
Purley Cross Centre 12-4pm Foyer


Renew 23 Wellbeing Café 10am-2pm Foyer Café
Art Group 10am-12pm Lower Hall
The Link Homeless Drop-in at East Croydon URC - now closed


Cubs Boys & Girls 8-10½yrs 6.15-7.45pm Lower Hall
Scouts 10-14yrs 7.30-9.15pm Lower Hall
Explorers 14-18 7.30-9.15pm Lower Hall

Please contact us at the Church Office for more information - new people are always welcome!

 Next Sunday 5 February

9am & 11.15am Services Rooted in Jesus [5] - Colossians 2:6-15 [James Collins]
7pm Service Disciple(SHIFT) 4 - From self-entitled to self-sacrificial mission [Charlie Powell]

Local Events & Opportunities

Transform Croydon Prayer Meeting
The next Transform Croydon Prayer meeting will be on Wednesday 1 February from 7.30-9pm at New Life Croydon. Cairo New Road, CR0 1XP. Join Christians from many churches and denominations: If you believe in the power of united prayer to influence and transform a borough, then this meeting is for you! 
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) are hosting a COST OF LIVING CRISIS CALL TO PRAYER EVENT on the 8th February at Westminster Chapel. CAP have over 20 partner organisation involved and 4 guest speakers who will be leading the 4 themed prayer sessions. As in the bible Paul was found in prayer in the middle of the storm. As our nation is in the storm of the Cost of Living Crisis, Christians from across the Church spectrum will be found in prayer, united, knowing God has all the answers to the trials we face. Book your FREE tickets here.
Music at Sanderstead U R Church concert season continues on Sunday 12th February at 3pm with a piano recital given by the accomplished performer Lana Bode making a welcome return to Sanderstead.  Lana will be presenting a varied and entertaining programme entitled "Songs Without Words",  featuring music by Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt and Samuel Barber as well as a number of female composers including Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann.   As always, tea and exceedingly fine cakes will follow the concert which lasts for around an hour. Admission by programme at the door is just £7 or £3 if you are lucky enough to be 18 or under. 
The Ros Harding Trust is based in Purley and is seeking a clerk. The home-based role is partly administrative (plus 2 evening meetings per year) and partly involves visiting local organisations which might apply for grants, including churches. The role is part-time (15 hours per month on average), and is flexible since the clerk works independently. For more information and full job description contact 
Archbishop Tenison's School is advertising for the part-time role of Caretaker. More details are here.
St Mary Magdalene with St Martins in Addiscombe is looking for an experienced Deputy Manager for a permanent position in their preschool, term time only. More details here.
Selsdon Baptist Church is
 a growing, vibrant and multicultural congregation on the outskirts of South Croydon. They are seeking to recruit a Children and Families Worker fulfilling our vision to be a God-centred, serving, kingdom-shaped, generous, courageous, and contemplative church, and to reach out to children and families in our community. More details here. Closing date for applications: 10th February 2023
Purley United Reformed Church will be hosting an International Partnership Gathering from 31 July until 6 August 2023. Guests are expected from their partner churches in the United States, Germany and the Czech Republic to participate in the Gathering, which will be held at PURC. They plan to entertain as many visitors as possible in the homes of members of their congregation, but there are likely to be some for whom they cannot find accommodation - they are asking if there were any people at PBC, who would be willing to offer hospitality for some of the visitors this time. Hosts would be asked to provide bed and breakfast for 6-8 nights, and also, where possible, a few other meals. Many of the guests will have enough English to make themselves understood and hosts would not be expected to have guests only speaking German or Czech unless they had some knowledge of either of these languages. Hosts would also have the opportunity to participate in the Gathering if they would like to. If you can help, or would like further information, please contact Eleanor Day ( or 020 8660 6281).

Further Afield

Transform Croydon Prayer Meetings in 2023 are on Wednesdays: 1 Feb, 14 June & 11 Oct. At: New Life, Christian Centre, 5 Cairo New Road, Croydon, CR0 1XP.
Keep in Touch
Life Groups Central to church, offering Bible study, encouragement, fellowship, and care for each other. More HERE
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Church Members' contact details are in the Address Book - available to members when logged in to the website
Church Office Contact us at or phone 020 8668 0422.
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