Christmas at PBC 

Christmas Lights Switch-On Event

Saturday 30 November 5pm
Grounds of the United Reformed Church, next to Purley Hospital

We are pleased to provide a Christmas Lights Switch-On event for Purley. In addition to the countdown to the switch-on, this year will be led by the characters from that first Christmas! Children/parents are invited to meet us at the United Reformed Church (next to the Purley Hospital) from 3.45pm to go on a treasure hunt to find the characters, and receive a prize for a completed card. At 5pm there will be performances from school choirs, Christmas carols accompanied by a Salvation Army Band, the Christmas story with a nativity tableau and of course, the grand switching on of Purley’s angel Christmas lights!
This event is for everyone. We want to use Purley’s Christmas lights to share the good news of Jesus’s birth.
Christmas Angels in Purley

We plan to bless people in Purley with gifts of hand-knitted Christmas angels. Angels will be distributed around the town in the lead up to Christmas and invite the finder to keep the angel and go to for what this is about, including a video message on the real meaning of Christmas.
If you can knit and would like to help make some angels, the pattern is available at

Toys for Joy

In partnership with the Purley Food Hub
In partnership with other agencies, we are collecting toys (and donations towards toys) to give presents to approx. 200 children (aged up to 17 years) whose parents wouldn’t ordinarily be able to provide these.
Bring your toy to PBC by Sunday 8 December or to the Christmas Lights Switch-On event on Saturday 30 November, at Purley United Reformed Church.
Christmas Lunch on Jesus

In partnership with the Purley Food Hub
Once again we plan to deliver 150 hampers to bless families who find the additional expense of Christmas difficult. Lots of volunteers are needed to make this possible. Individuals can donate at £30 each, or help in packing and delivering hampers. Volunteers will need to attend a short training session. Please contact for more details.

Salvation Army Concert

Friday 6 December 7.30pm, Purley Baptist Church
Charity concert in support of our work with Christians Against Poverty. Come and get into the Christmas spirit with Christmas carols played by the Croydon Citadel Band. Book your free tickets at Bring friends, family and neighbours!

Carol Singing & More

We like to share the joy of Christmas around Purley and will be going out carol singing, plus visiting pubs and businesses with festive treats and invitations to our Christmas services. Current plans are:
Saturday 7 December 10am-12pm     Carol singing inside Tesco
Saturday 14 December 12-1pm    
      Carol singing to support the Night Shelter, inside Croydon Whitgift Centre
Wednesday 18 December 6.30-8pm Carol singing at Croydon University Hospital

Tuesday 17 December 10am-12.30pm Town Chaplain visit to local businesses

Christmas Nativity Production

PBC children are invited to be part of our children’s Nativity Production. There are roles for actors (speaking and non-speaking), singers, dancers and back-stage assistants. Auditions and rehearsals are on Saturday afternoons. More details are available from

Christmas Services

Saturday 21 December 4pm                 Christmas Nativity Production

Sunday 22 December 11.15am               All Age service including the Christmas Nativity Production
Sunday 22 December 5pm & 7pm       Carols by Candlelight for all the family
Tuesday 24 December 11.30pm            Midnight Communion
Wednesday 25 December 10am       
  Christmas Day Service
Tuesday 31 December 10.30pm            Watchnight Service

Contact us for more details or to get involved in any of the above activities.

14/12/2019 12:00pm
Croydon Whitgift Centre