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Heartbeat 

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Psalm 27:8 ‘My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me”. And my heart responds, “Lord I am coming!”

Encouragement for us to pray as a church family as never before...
  • prayer is about listening for the heartbeat of God and then praying
  • prayer is the heartbeat of the Church - it is an indication that the Church is alive and well!

Our Life Groups use the weekly prayers below to focus prayers. Individuals are welcome to do the same!





Prayers in the weeks 16 - 30 August 2020

As August draws to a close, we are lifting 58:12 before the Lord, along with prayers from previous weeks. Please pray for:

  • our developer Thornsett and our good relationship, as they commence the whole process and engage contractors and finance partners 
  • the 58:12 Committee as it moves into the next stage of planning, finalising legal issues and documentation.
  • Lebanon and follow P.R.A.Y. from week 9 August below


Prayers in the week 9 August 2020

A Prayer For Lebanon (from Embrace the Middle East website)
God of compassion, healing and love. We pray for the people of Lebanon in the aftermath of Tuesday’s explosion.  We think of all those who have lost their lives and those who are still missing.  We hold their dear ones before you as they face their fear, grief and loss.

We ask the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen all those on the front line of the disaster response. We pray for all Embrace’s partners in Beirut as they look to you, whilst putting their hands to the plough. We pray that they may be beacons of hope and bringers of peace and, that in the fullness of time, the people of Beirut may “flourish like a palm tree and grow like a Cedar of Lebanon” Amen. (Psalm 92)


P.R.A.Y
P
ause, Reflect and rejoice, Ask, Yield.

Psalm 136
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

P: Take time to read these verses out loud a couple of times and savour the words.

R: Bring to mind those things you can thank God for, and spend time praising Him for His goodness and kindness towards you.

A: Now spend time naming before God those people you know who need to know that God’s love endures forever, and that He is good. Ask God to bring a revelation of His love to them - this may be for the first time as they come to believe in Jesus.
Read the verses from the Psalm again, and then ask the Holy Spirit  to fill you again with His love.

Y: Use the closing prayer from the Lectio 365 resource to conclude your prayer time:
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Father, help me to live this day to the full,
Being true to you, in every way.
Jesus, help me to give myself away to others,
Being kind to everyone I meet.
Spirit, help me to love the lost,
Proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.
Amen


Prayers in the week 2 August 2020
Tedi and Didi Oprenov lead Sofia Baptist Church in Bulgaria, please lift them in prayer for: 

  • the safe (although early!) arrival of grandson Theo, please pray that he will continue to thrive
  • their church services which are now a mix of online and live, with about 50% of their congregation attending under strict pandemic safety measures
  • those elderly in their congregation, and those at greater risk of Covid-19, who are staying at home
  • health, strength and stamina for Didi and Tedi, as they are busier than ever
  • the 30 pastors who met for a conference, many of whom became infected with Covid-19, and for the families of the 3 pastors who lost their lives
  • their Government, political stability, their homeless ministry 
  • the church income - badly affected by Covid-19, as not many people use online banking and attendance is low.

Tedi and Didi end their update with the following:
“On a final note, some encouragement, we see people really interested in God, the faith and the future. There has not been a better time to preach and share the gospel in the last 30 years, I guess. The Corona Virus closed the doors of many places and churches, created chaos and brought about fear, but surely opened the ears of people for the important things in life and death.” 


Prayers in the week 26/7/2020

P.R.A.Y
Pause, Reflect and rejoice, Ask, Yield.


Psalm 136
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

P: Take time to read these verses out loud a couple of times and savour the words.

R: Bring to mind those things you can thank God for, and spend time praising Him for His goodness and kindness towards you.

A: Now spend time naming before God those people you know who need to know that God’s love endures forever, and that He is good. Ask God to bring a revelation of His love to them - this may be for the first time as they come to believe in Jesus.
Read the verses from the Psalm again, and then ask the Holy Spirit  to fill you again with His love.

Y: Use the closing prayer from the Lectio 365 resource to conclude your prayer time:
lectio365resources

Father, help me to live this day to the full,
Being true to you, in every way.
Jesus, help me to give myself away to others,
Being kind to everyone I meet.
Spirit, help me to love the lost,
Proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.
Amen



Prayers in the week 12/7/2020
Let's think about the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:1. ‘Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.’
 
Give thanks for answered prayers about our building project and that we finally have the result of the inquiry. Please continue to pray for the 58:12 Team as they work with our developers, Thornsett to look at the reports, and their implications and plans for the next stages of our development. Continue to pray that God’s name will be honoured through all this.
 
We also focus on the Covid-19 pandemic again in our prayers this week. The parable in Luke 18 challenges us to persevere in prayer, to not give up calling on the Lord for the things on our hearts. We have been living with the Covid-19 pandemic for many months now. Let us ‘not grow weary’ in praying for the pandemic to end and for God’s healing of  the world. Pray for:

  • breakthroughs in science.
  • governments and leaders.
  • nations in the grip of the pandemic.
  • those unwell with Covid-19, and those struggling with the aftermath of having it.
  • those who mourn.
  • economies and businesses
  • prevention of second waves of the virus around the world.

Prayers in the week 5/7/2020
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! Psalm 133:1 

This week we will focus our prayers on Churches Together in Purley & Kenley. 'Churches Together' is the national ecumenical instrument supporting and encouraging local churches from a wide range of traditions to work together in unity. We are very happy to play an active part in this group. Let's pray for:

  • Unity between churches and in our churches 
  • Guidance for church leaders as they prepare to open their church again
  • The churches as they will continue to support communities through prayer, love and actions
  • The CAP Croydon South services who are getting ready to help individuals as we come out of Lockdown
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35
 
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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

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. 

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.