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Purley Week

Welcome to Purley Week online, a round up of what's happening at PBC and beyond. Click on links to access more details on our website or externally. Check-in here on Fridays for latest update or go on our mailing list for reminder email.

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Sunday 25 October 2020 10.30am

Clocks go back this weekend!

Live streaming via website or YouTube. Contact us to be part of the congregation, limited walk-in space also available.

Sermon James Collins The Community of the Kingdom of HeavenForgiveness and Justice Romans 12:17-21

Sunday at Seven Romans 8 - God is For Us (6)
Today: Marilyn Webb No Separation Romans 8:38-39

LIVE LOUD Youth Mark Humm James 4
PBC Kids Wendy Colpus  God's Faithfulness will be my Shield and Rampart Psalm 91: 4-6 

Recordings are available in the Media Library.

This Week and Beyond

You are welcome to pre-book to come to church on Sunday 10.30am & 7pm or CAMEO on Tuesday 10.30am. Read all about it here, and book your seat with the church office.
If you don't manage to book in advance (by Friday 10am), feel free to drop in on Sunday. We tend to have a few spare seats available each week.
life exploredWednesdays 7.45pm, 14 Oct - 18 Nov
(6 sessions)
Register to join the pilot of this newly updated course at Session 3. The online course is going through the story of God's creation up until the revelation of the future - it raises some important questions. Click image for more information and registration
If you are coming to church and would like to give an offering this can be placed in the labelled internal postbox in the Entrance Foyer. Envelopes are available for Gift Aid.
Alternatively, you can give by standing order or via the online secure payment system, on the
Giving page. Also, if you are shopping online, please make the most of options to give to PBC at no extra cost to yourself via Amazon Smile and Easyfundraising.
It is with much sadness that we share with you that Margaret Lane passed away peacefully around 10.15 on Sunday morning.  Margaret has been an active member of our Church family for 50 years and had been battling against cancer for 2 years.  In the sadness we are all grateful to know that Margaret is no longer in pain and is now rejoicing with her Lord and Saviour.

The family would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers for Margaret.  Please continue to uphold them all at this sad time.
CSWMark Humm and Kevin Hardcastle have completed their 20k kayak event as part of their Twenty Challenge, raising money for CSW!  Blessed with amazing weather, they did their big paddle on Monday 26 October, and would like to thank everyone for their support and donations to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), who work in 20+ countries around the world to ensure the right to freedom of religion or belief is protected. You can be part of the Twenty Challenge by doing a sponsored activity or making a donation. Full details including how to make a donation are here.
CAPA free online course to help with budgeting and managing money. Click image for details.
PurleyCounsellingService logoCaring, professional, confidential counselling. Fees are based on a sliding scale of income/ circumstances. Click image for details.
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Psalm 91:1-6 
Children and adults are encouraged to memorise this scripture! Send a video of you/your child saying a verse or the whole passage, by end October. Click image for more details.
Christmas-Angel-logo-normalTo those who knit: please can you start knitting angels for the distribution during December! As in previous years, we plan to bless individuals in Purley by leaving knitted angels with bible verse tag around town, for people to pick up and keep. For more details including the knitting pattern click the image.
Poppy Appeal 2020
Poppies and a collection box will be in the Foyer leading up to Remembrance Sunday 8 November. If you are not coming to church you might be interested in 'Poppies in the Post' which the British Legion are providing this year. Click the image for more details. 
RTR-Banners Page-Header-EVBOnline event for men from Care for the Family delves into the the realities of how we run the race of life, and what perseverance looks like for men today. Click the image for more information and to book - 10, 11 or 12 November.
Parenting course with guidance in helping children walk with God. Free from Parenting for Faith.

Marriage enrichment courses Free with Care for the Family and HTB.

Food HubDonations to the Purley Food Hub, a food bank to help people in crisis in our community, can be dropped off at the Food Hub at Purley URC - Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-12pm. Bring donations to open door near Youth Centre. Alternatively most big supermarkets also receive the donations.
Priority items for October: jars of fish paste & meat paste •  tinned tomatoes • tinned cooked meat such as chicken • children's chocolate treats • toothpaste •  Click here for the full list.
Thomas More School is raising funds to help provide local families with a Food Bank on Friday 18th December 1-4pm, for support over the Christmas period. If you would like to help, please donate to their Just Giving Crowdfunding Page: thomas-more-catholic-school-purley
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Prayer Resources A useful list of digital and book resources to help make the most of praying.  Prayer Chain Can we pray for you? Please call the Church Office (answerphone for out of hours), Pam Davies or Jim Beacom to have your concern covered in prayer.
Praying Together Our prayers and faith are more powerful when we come together to pray. Do join us! Praying for Each Other Please join in praying for our church membership. This week we are praying for: Cyril & Dianne Ranasinghe, Mark & Susan(Sue) Rathbone, Andrew & Marion Reeves.
thykingdomcomeThe monthly 'Thy Kingdom Come' prayer meeting is meeting on Wednesday 28 October 8-9pm via Zoom (4th Wednesday of month). We will be praying for issues facing our world, community, friends, neighbours and church. Please contact the church office joining details.
COVID-19 Government Regulations. We are actively following regulations including guidance provided by the Baptist Union. Thank you to everyone for their diligence in helping us all look out for each other. Everyone coming into the church building must sign in (track & trace). If you plan to let yourself in with church keys, please contact the Church Office before entering the building.


Keep in Touch

We hope you are still connecting with PBC family at this time. Please make the most of:
Life Groups. Central to church, offering Bible study, encouragement, fellowship and care for each other. Groups are currently exploring and using the latest technology like Zoom and Google Hangouts to stay connected. More HERE
This Website. Most popular web content: Media Library Prayer | Pastor's Blog
Social Media. PBC Facebook page (Church Office content) PBC Facebook Congregation group (interaction between regular attendees)
Church Office. The office is open. Contact us at or phone 020 8668 0422.

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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

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.