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Membership 

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Church membership is a formal step towards being part of the PBC family. It is for those who have committed to following Jesus Christ (usually, but not always through total immersion baptism) and who believe God has called them to belong and serve in our church.

Why Church Membership?

  • Church membership demonstrates that we have understood the importance of the church in the mission of God
  • Church membership demonstrates the reality of our personal commitment as declared in baptism.  It shows the sincerity of our commitment to Christ and to Christ’s people
  • Church membership helps to build strong churches by making sure that each church is supported by people who are prepared to commit time, energy, finance and their own Spiritual gifts and talents to the building up of the body of Christ
  • Church membership means that once we have accepted the Christian way of life we have the support of other Christians in sustaining our discipleship and in enduring testing times of illness, bereavement and crisis when they come to us
  • Church membership means that we live out our lives under a degree of pastoral oversight that will enable others to correct and guide us should we begin to stray or deviate from a truly Christian lifestyle
  • Church membership enables us to challenge the modern tendency to see ourselves as consumers rather than as contributors. Being a Christian is not a spectator sport but requires our personal and dedicated involvement in the things of God and of the church. 

Interested in becoming a member?


We would be delighted to talk to you about membership. Please contact us is you would like to meet informally with a pastor who can answer any questions you might have. You will then be asked to complete a membership application form. The process is for you to then meet with two other members who can get to know you and answer any further questions you may have. Your application will then be voted on at our next Church Meeting and you will be welcomed into membership at a communion service.

 

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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.