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A community resource providing advice, information and training

The doors to the Purley Cross Centre (at Purley Baptist Church, Banstead Road) are closed until further notice due to Covid-19. We are running limited services at this time but as ever, are here to provide advice and information. If you have an enquiry please leave a message on 
020 8668 4189 
(we are checking this regularly) or email

Our current programme of services are summarised HERE.

Legal & Family Law Advice 
A consultation service is available by phone. Please contact us to arrange a free 15 minute appointment.

Other useful information

Coronavirus information from Croydon Council including Covid-19 details, how their services are affected at this time and much more is here.

food hubThe Food Hub is resuming it's food distribution during the Coronavirus crisis with a home delivery service. Pre-packed food parcels will be taken to clients and families in crisis, as referred by their Ticket Partners.
As a result of the Government’s travel instructions only the following postcode areas will be covered: CR2 (South Croydon, Selsdon, Sanderstead), CR5 (Coulsdon, Old Coulsdon), CR8 (Purley, Kenley), CR0 4 (Waddon). Morning deliveries are made on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. Contact: or 07546 635295.

Help with food and essential supplies for vulnerable elderly people
Age UK: 020 8686 0066 or


Urgent help with food vouchers, utility tops or with rent arrears for families
Discretionary Support Team: (preferred method of contact) or 020 8604 7226 (Mon– Fri 9am-4pm)

  • Gateway Offer (supermarket e-vouchers). ?Supermarket e-vouchers are awarded according to the need and sent by email. Residents take these to the supermarket to use to buy essential items. The supermarkets/services provided are: next day delivery: Tesco, Sainsbury’s, within 2 working days: Morrison’s, within 3 working days: Asda 
  • Emergency living expenses for gas/electric. Support for residents who pay their gas and electric via a key card. A mobile number for you or alternatively a trusted friend/family/neighbour is needed. You can then go to your local newsagents who display the pay point sign to top up. 

Help with blue badge, taxi cards or freedom passes

Travel Services: (preferred method of contact) or 020 8726 7100 (Mon-Fri 10am-12pm and 2-4pm). Requests for a freedom pass or taxi card paper application, should be made by email. There is currently a 12-week processing time for new blue badges applications.  

Help with benefit advice, form filling and benefit appeals

Welfare Rights Team: (preferred method of contact) or 0800 731 5920 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm). Advisors are doing phone based assessments, but referrals can still be made for residents who need help filling out their form.

Help with money advice and debts

Money Advice Service: (preferred method of contact) or call Mark 07742 405 363 or Stephen 07740 545236 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm). 

The Money and Pension Advice Service have provided information on Covid-19 and your money and what Covid-19 means to you.

Energy provision guidance

Residents are encouraged to check with their provider what provision they have in place for them with regards to their energy. More information can be found here. Government measures with energy industry to support vulnerable people through Covid-19 can be found here. OFGEM information is here

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.
Click here to see more.

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

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.