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3 July 2020: Update on reopening church. From James Collins, Marilyn Webb & Mike Vam

We are sure many of you will be following with interest the flow of information coming from the Government about getting our communities open again following the virus lockdown. We have now received from the Government and the Baptist Union a considerable amount of complex guidelines for the opening of worship services and community events in churches. If you would like to take a look at these and consider their impact on your area of church life, there are some links below:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships
https://baptist.org.uk/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=257881

Mike Vamvadelis and Marilyn will be examining this advice and putting together a project management schedule to ensure that we conform with all the legal requirements, have the necessary precautions in place and move forward at a measured pace to ensure we keep everyone safe. Whilst we appreciate that many of us are really looking forward to meeting together again, our first priority continues to be following the government guidelines and ensuring the safety of all our Church Members and visitors.

We will be in touch with you all again soon when we can outline our proposals for opening our building and in the meantime we ask you to be patient with this process so that we can move forward appropriately whilst still keeping everyone safe.

15 June 2020: From James Collins, Senior Pastor (on behalf of the Pastors and the Leadership Team)
It’s approaching three months since the start of lockdown.  As we’ve rung round the congregation, it’s been fascinating, encouraging and humbling to hear your different experiences and reactions to this strange and challenging situation.  

We are now beginning the long process of ‘unlocking’ and re-emerging into the world.  Undoubtedly things will have changed – the virus has touched us all in different ways and we’ll need to accept and embrace a somewhat different way of life.

You may have noticed that the government has announced that places of worship can now open for private prayer.  At the time of writing we are still working through the detailed guidance on this but it is clear that this is only for individuals (rather than groups) and strict social distancing will be required.  If praying in the church building is something you’d like to do, please let the church office know.  Once we have an idea of how many people are interested we will work out how best to do this.

You may have seen one of the growing number of articles about how church life will emerge from lockdown.  As you can imagine, we have been reading these.  My overall conclusion is that the process of ‘unlocking’ will take a good length of time and we’ll need to be able to respond to emerging government guidance in a timely but considered way.  Furthermore, we’ll also need to accept that our outreach will need to be focused on a somewhat different set of needs.  We anticipate that there will be more financial hardship and all the problems that come with that.  As we’ve been praying over this the word ‘recalibrate’ has surfaced in our discussions.  We believe that all aspects of our church life will need to be carefully measured and, where appropriate, reorganised to fit the new circumstances we emerge into.

5 June 2020 George Floyd: response from our pastors sent to PBC Members

I am sure like all of us you have been appalled and distressed by the news and video footage of the grievous murder of George Floyd. We stand with all of those who have protested about this abhorrent wickedness. We pray that, by the grace of God, this will be a watershed moment; may he deliver our society from the evil of racism in all its forms. May our church family be a beacon of light – a place of genuine community where all dividing walls of hostility are broken down by the Lord Jesus. 
 
You might be interested to read the responses and reflections from within the Baptist Union which are posted HERE. In particular, have a look at the reflection entitled ‘We are all George Floyd, black people can’t breathe!’ by Yinka Oyekan, the President of the Baptist Union. Additionally, James has written a brief response in his blog - click HERE. Furthermore, reflections, prayers and discussions are on the our Facebook Page and our Facebook Congregation Group.
 
We have invited Stephen Akinsanya to speak in our online service on Sunday. As a barrister he has a wealth of experience of the criminal justice system and many of you will remember how he sensitively and wisely helped us in understanding and responding to the issue of knife crime some months ago. We are looking forward to what he has to say to us as we continue to learn what it means to be authentic disciples of Jesus in the midst of a divided and broken society.
 
Yours in Christ
Revd Tim Allen, Revd Dr James Collins, Revd Mark Humm and Revd Marilyn Webb

20 March 2020
During this season of ‘social distancing’ here is how we are looking to ‘build community’.
See details in a letter from the pastoral team available here.

17 March 2020 9.20pm
All church activities that involve people in physical proximity will cease immediately until further notice.
See details in a letter from Senior Pastor James Collins available here
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17 March 2020 1.30pm
Following the latest Government guidelines, the following activities will not be happening:
- Night Shelter (Wednesday evening/Thursday morning, last session)
- The Link Homeless Drop-in Thursday evening and until further notice


17 March 2020 am
We are currently prayerfully considering how the government advice issued yesterday (16 March) impacts upon our programme of activities.  We will update this page as soon as possible.

13 March 2020
We are regularly monitoring government and NHS advice regarding Coronavirus. Our Sunday services and other midweek activities will continue as normal for now. Any changes to the church programme will be publicised here and by email to those on our distribution list.

The latest update letter from the church is available here: Letter 13 March 2020
Please do remember to pray about the outbreak. We are recommending the use of these Prayer Points.

Latest government advise is is available here. If you are unable to attend church and have to self-isolate please stay in touch and let us know. 

Contact the Church Office by email or call 020 8668 0422 (answerphone outside of working hours).

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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.
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Planning your Visit

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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
Purley
Surrey
CR8 3EA

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.