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Purley Week

Here is a round-up of what's happening at PBC this Sunday and beyond. Check here on Fridays for the latest update or go on our mailing list for a weekly reminder email.

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11 June 2023

Come to church or watch online
9.30am Service
Light, Life & Love [8] 1 John 4:1-6, 5:1-12 [James Collins] 

11.15am Parade Service
Acts [Charlie Powell and Tim Allen] 
5.30pm Youth Hangout
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7pm Service Elephant in the Room [James Collins] Nehemiah: Brick by Brick Revival [6] Nehemiah 5:1-13 [Tim Allen] 
Interactive informal intergenerational - the service starts with praise, fun and lightheartedness, then the preach, opportunities for testimony, words, pictures, and whatever else God does - and help yourself to refreshments whenever you want!
If you are new to Purley Baptist Church you are very welcome. Please introduce yourself by completing a Connect Card online or at churchWe would like to get to know you and invite you to our next Newcomer's Lunch on 2 July. Visit our web pages on What We Believe in and Who's Who to find out more information.
Small groups
Dynamic communities which provide friendship, care, coaching, and disciple-making. Please note: The next meeting of the ‘What We Believe’ life group (led by Nick Lunn) will be held on Wednesday 7th June at 8.00 pm in the Upper Hall. 
More details, including new groups, are HERE.
Can you help on Sundays or volunteer with a particular ministry? If yes, perhaps we can share responsibilities more widely and add you to a rota. More details about how to get involved are at purleybaptist/serving or contact the Church Office.
Give at church via offering bags or the new contactless and chip & pin station at the back of the Auditorium. Secure payments can be made via our online giving pages. If you are giving regularly please set up a monthly standing order with your bank - this method of giving incurs the least bank/administration charges. Any queries: And if shopping online, do use Easyfundraising when possible to give to PBC at no extra cost to yourself!


Book of the Moment – How to Pray by Pete Greig. Bibles and other selected titles. Each sale includes a 35% charity donation. Payment: cash on the day, chip & pin terminal in church or online 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
Tuesday 6 June  - Dave Sunman, Pastor of Woodmansterne Baptist Church (Topic: He's Clean and is based on Mark 1:40-45)
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. 
Fairfields Hall Concert
Ticket entry for £5 includes extra free ticket for non/unchurched-Christian friend
Youth Vision Week
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24-7  Prayer  

 From  1-  8 July ‘The Cube’ will be transformed into a prayer room and set up with creative and inspiring ways to encourage prayer.  It is a while since we have held such an event but in the past, we have found that people have enjoyed the opportunity to explore different ways to pray and that 24/7 prayer weeks have been significant times for the whole church community.


We are looking for at least one person to pray in the room for every hour from 8am on Saturday, July 1 to 8am on Saturday 8 July- so covering 168 hours of continuous prayer as a church! Please sign up for an hour (or two!) -  booking is now open.
 To book online: or via the church office: 020 8668 0422
Important note: The booking system runs on 24hr clock so please double-check the day and time! 

 Between  21:00 -06:00, there will be exclusive access just for those who have booked in. During these nighttime hours,  we recommend a minimum of two people should be in the room for safety reasons and we ask that you exercise wisdom as to whom you pair up with. 

Our prayer room is registered with the 24-7 global prayer movement. For more information and prayer resources visit

Want to help the kids you love find God in everyday life? 

The Parenting for Faith course is for you! The course starts on Wednesday 3 May 8-9.15pm, and also on 17 May, 3 & 21 June, 5 & 19 July. It’s not just mums and dads who long for children and teens to know God for themselves. Whether you’re a parent, carer, family member, friend, or church worker or leader, you can help the young people in your life develop a vibrant and connected relationship with God – whatever their age!  Contact Wendy or the Church Office for Zoom details. 
Click here to access details of all courses at PBC.

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: This week we will be praying for Lisa Eve, Chioma Ezenwoye, Flora Ezenwoye, Tim Falkner, Aaron Fernandes, Iris Fisher
Wendy Colpus is stepping down from her role as Children's & Families Leader, after some 5 years as part of the staff team.  We would like to honour Wendy for all that she has contributed to PBC!  If you would like to leave a message in the electronic card, you can do so here. If you want to give a monetary gift, you can give via BACS to: Account Name: D J Clarke,  Sort Code: 110503,  A/C No: 00097720. Alternatively, your cheque should be made out to D J Clarke or cash placed in a marked envelope, placed in an offering bag or Internal Post Box in the Foyer.
Come along to hear Wendy speak at the following event:
Sat 10 June


• Pray for the Developer as they consider the design for the development in the light of new regulations and market conditions
• Pray for the 58:12 Trustees, the Leadership Team and others working on the project as they consider next steps and options in the interim to provide the church with extra facilities 
• Continue to pray for the c.300 people who will be moving into the flats opposite in the next few months, that PBC will be a real blessing to them

Isaiah 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 

Read more about the 58:12 Development Project here.

In the Community

NEW! We are looking forward to welcoming our new neighbours across the street at Mosaic Place. Please donate for the Welcome Gifts if you are able to (£30 per box) and/or sign up to help deliver these Gift Boxes in the following months once people start moving into the building. You can do this via the Sign Up Sheet in Church on Sundays or by emailing the Church Office.
PCCLOGOThe Purley Cross Centre provides advice, information, and training for the community. Visit in person: Tuesdays 10am-4pm & Wednesdays 12-4pm at PBC Foyer. Contact us via 020 8668 4189 (with answer phone) or Download the latest flyer here.
Purley Food Hub 2021

Urgent appeal to tackle ‘desperate’ food shortages. Serious shortages in our food and toiletry stocks have prompted an urgent appeal to the Food Hub’s supporters for donations. Please drop off items at PBC on the 3rd Sunday of the month/Communion, also at CAMEO. Priority items for June Food: • cartons of long life whole milk • packets of soup containing individual sachets • tinned meat meals (such as chicken in white sauce and Irish stew) • tinned vegetarian meals • small jars of coffee • small or medium-sized bottles of squash chocolate treats for clients’ children.  Non-Food: • unisex shower gel • toilet rolls • washing powder tablets. Find out more including local drop-off points at

Food Hub 10years


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 or counselling@purleybaptist.orgMore details here.
More about Community Projects including how to access help and/or be involved - click here.

Church Calendar, at a glance

View the full Church Calendar online. Plus if you are a church member, you have a unique login and access to additional information. Contact the Church Office for assistance.
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CAP Job Club for 8 weeks starting from Mon 5 June Lower Hall
Super Saturdays 3rd Saturday of month 10am-12.30pm - Art, crafts, and games for 5-10 years olds: Sat 17 June Lower Hall
Young at Heart Monthly Afternoon Tea for older people living on their own. Tues 20 June 2-3.30pm Lower Hall
Heartbeat Wed 21 June 7.30pm Auditorium
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 10.30am Auditorium
The Cage 7pm Football on the Sports Court

Bods & Tods Parent and child group 9.30-11.30am Auditorium
Purley Cross Centre 12-4pm Foyer
Renew 23 Wellbeing Café 10am-2pm Foyer
Art Group 10am-12pm Annex
The Link Homeless Drop-in at East Croydon URC - permanently 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
RECENT SPECIAL EVENTS to watch online: 
Preaching Like Peterson by Developing Preachers Group 
from Fri 2 June can be 
viewed here.

Next Sunday 18 June

9.30am & 11.15am Service Light, Life & Love [9] 1 John 4:7-21 [Michele Bailey] 
5.30pm Youth Hangout 
7pm Service
 Nehemiah: Brick by Brick Revival [7] Nehemiah 5:14-19 [Chris Roe]

Local Events & Opportunities

Fairfield Hall Concert June202Fairfield Hall Concert June202
These events are run as part of the Croydon London Borough of Culture (1 April 2023 - 31 March 2024) and put Christian faith in the midst of the culture of Croydon
Transform Croydon Prayer Meetings in 2023 are on Wednesdays: 7 June & 11 Oct. At: New Life, Christian Centre, 5 Cairo New Road, Croydon, CR0 1XP
NHS Spring Booster Clinics for Covid vaccines at Purley Library
Drop-in sessions for anyone aged over 75. Ages under 75 qualify if they are severely immunosuppressed and they would have been contacted by their local GP already. Anyone aged over 16 who hasn't had either 1st or 2nd Covid vaccine.
Purley Library 10.30am - 4pm on 25 May and 8 & 22 June.
Slavery Free Croydon Project Launch: Monday 12 June 1-4pm (venue to be announced)
Our lead speaker Duncan Parker, Chair of Trustees will show the landscape of MDS and Anti-trafficking has changed and how CCAT’s Slavery Free Croydon project aims to bring together relevant people, knowledge and skills from residents, businesses, community and faith groups (among others) to reduce trafficking in all forms. Please book your place here
Music at Sanderstead U R Church: Alfred & Salamanda Saxophone Quartet - Sunday 18 June 3pm Admission by programme at the door is just £7 (£3 for under 18s) 

Young student looking for lodgings! Friends of PBC want to rent a room in term time, for a 16-year old who is starting a course at the Brit School in September. "He is a very lovely kind and patient young lad. Most of the time he is quiet. He makes a good jacket potato or two. He may return home during weekends especially to start of with but as he settles into Brit school life and make friends locally he may start to stay at weekends and go to a church nearer".
Do you have a spare room? Purley United Reformed Church will be hosting an International Partnership Gathering from 31 July - 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. Hosts are asked to provide bed and breakfast for 6-8 nights, and where possible, a few other meals. If you can help, or would like further information, please contact Eleanor Day or 020 8660 6281. 
The Summers Trust is a local charity helping to provide holiday respite to children from Croydon and Bromley. Interested in volunteering? Speak to Shona Okeke or email her at: for more info! 
Christian Family Concern is looking for someone who would like to offer their time to support the work of their Charity. Flexible hours and days. Approx. 1-2 hours a day For further information or to apply, please call Chloe on Tel: 020 8668 0251 or write to: 


Other Events

Leadership Conference from Alpha LC23 Online on 24 & 25 May
Book your place for free here

Keep in Touch

Life Groups Central to church, offering Bible study, encouragement, fellowship, and care for each other. More HERE
This Website Popular web content: Media Library | Prayer | Pastor's Blog
Social Media Facebook Page - Facebook PBC Congregation Group (interaction between regular attendees)- Instagram - YouTube
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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