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 Purley Week

Here is a round-up of what's happening at PBC on Sunday and beyond. Please click on links and images for more details. Check here on Fridays for the latest update or go on our mailing list for a weekly reminder email.

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S U N D A Y   S E R V I C E S

26 March 2023

Come to church or watch online
9.30am & 11.15 Service
Rooted in Jesus [12]  Colossians 4:2 [Jonathan Oloyede]
5.30pm Youth Hangout games, snacks, and friends
Sunday at 7 logo Mar2023 7pm Communion Service Rhythms of Grace [2]  Sabbath [Chris Roe]
Interactive informal intergenerational - the service starts with praise, fun and lightheartedness, then the preach, opportunities for testimony, words, pictures, and whatever else God does - and help yourself to refreshments whenever you want!
If you are new to PBC you are very welcome. Please introduce yourself by completing a Connect Card online or at church. Click through for information on What We Believe in and Who's Who.
This Sunday: DNA Course during the 11.15am Service. Next Newcomer's Lunch: 14 May.
  Small groups
Dynamic communities which provide friendship, care, coaching, and disciple-making. More details, including new groups, are HERE
Can you help on Sundays or volunteer with a particular ministry? We are looking for more help on Sundays with PA (Sound/Audio), Livestream mixing, Children and Youth Helpers, Renew 23 Cafe, Bookshop, Communion... To find out more details about how you can get involved by visiting purleybaptist/serving or contact the Church Office.
Use our online giving pages for secure payments or give at church by placing your gift in an offering bag. If shopping online. if possible please also use Easyfundraising to give to PBC at no extra cost to yourself!
COMING SOON! Contactless and chip & pin giving in church.


Bibles and other selected titles - Book of the Month: The Air We Breathe by Glen Scrivener (available 19/3/23). "This is a book for both believers and sceptics - giving Christians confidence to be open about their faith and showing non-Christians the ways in which the message of Jesus makes sense of their most cherished beliefs." from 
Each sale includes a 35% charity donation. Payment: cash on the day or online card payments at Bookshop Purchases - contains list of book titles/prices. Contact Us to volunteer to run the Bookshop once a month. Visit our 
Pastor's Blog for news and lots of book reviews.

This Week & Beyond

CAMEO Tuesdays 10.30am-12pm
Tuesday 28 March Speaker: James Collins, PBC Senior Minister
This mid-week church service is suitable for anybody available during the day! Originally a group for older people to Come and Meet Each Other, the varied programme of speakers brings an opportunity to hear God's Word. 
Easter 2023 Presentation
Invite Cards (2)
As last year, we are holding a service to recall loved ones we have lost. We will read out their names during the service - please send them to Jenny Ginger if possible with a photo and the dates of their birth and death.
Sleep Course
Do you want to know how to get a good night’s sleep every night? If so, this course: tackles insomnia and other sleep-related problems - explains good sleep ‘hygiene’ and sleep strategies - covers the impact of not getting enough sleep.
Quiet Day (1)
Mens BBQ Sept 2022
6-week course at PBC - Thursdays 7.30pm - 9pm from 9 March until 13 April
The Alpha course seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions.
 Come along if interested, you are welcome to join us in the Lower Hall.

Prayer & Family News

Can we pray for you? Please call to have your concern covered in prayer. Church Office: 020 8668 0422 (with answer phone) or Jenny Ginger 07971 194954. Find out more about Pastoral Care.
PRAYING THROUGH THE MEMBERSHIP This week we will be praying for Nick & Amanda Lunn. Nick and Amanda serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators. After working on a New Testament in Kenya, Nick is now working as a Translation Consultant on a number of different Bible translations in eastern and central Asia. His main project at the moment is the Kurdish Old Testament, for the Kurds living in Turkey. Amanda has an ongoing interest in a project to help rehabilitate Nairobi street children that she was involved in when living in Kenya. This is a growing project - visit the International Needs website.
Barbara Baileychurch member and previously leader of the PBC Brownie group for many years, sadly passed away on Tuesday 21 March at Hayes Court Nursing Home. She was 90 years old. Psalm 84 :4 ‘Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you’. Peter & Michele would value your prayers for themselves and their family at this time.
Congratulations to James Holman & Christabel Cutting who got married at PBC on Saturday 18 March!!
Doreen Goodchild who was the longest-standing member of our church, died on Tuesday 24 January. Doreen was a much loved and faithful member of the church and grew up at PBC with her parents from the 1930s. She taught in the Sunday School for many years and was a member of the PBC Tennis Club for several decades. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. Please do remember her sons Philip, Andrew and Jeremy and their families at this time. A Thanksgiving Service for Doreen's life is on Wednesday 26 April 2.30pm. Refreshments will be served following the service - please contact Phil or Rosemary Goodchild via the Church Office for catering purposes.
Our Senior Minister James Collins is running the London Marathon on Sunday 23 April. James is running to raise money for International Needs, to help homeless and desperate children and young people in Nairobi, Kenya. Please support James by giving here
Heartbeat Jan 2023 (Canvas Ban
PBC Leadership Team are aiming to make prayer a greater priority for us all in 2023! To this end, the Team also felt challenged to fast as a team on Heartbeat dates, and ask the church family to join in fasting and praying, even if you are unable to come down to the meeting: Wednesday 19 April as we believe there is value in being united in this. Heartbeat Prayer & Praise - 3rd or 4th Wednesday of each month 7.30-8.30pm.
Prayer points: Pray for churches under pressure: because of poverty, politics, and war • because of persecution. For more info see Pray for PBC: that as individuals and corporately we will carry the light of Jesus into our community. Please use the Purley Week to pray for our outreach activities.
Save the Date! Prayer Ministry Training Wednesday 10 May 7.30pm Auditorium


• Pray for the people who move into the flats opposite in the coming months, and pray that the church will be a real blessing to them
• Pray for wisdom  and encouragement for the 58:12 trustees and the Design forum members
• Thank God that His plans will prosper

Isaiah 58:12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings 
Read more about the 58:12 Development Project here.

Praying for Muslims during Ramadan - Mahabba are organising prayer for Muslims during Ramadan, which is from 22 March to 21 April. A prayer event which is open to all Christian in Croydon is on Friday 24 March. It is a Christian prayer event for Christians to pray for Muslims, no Muslims will be present.

Get Involved

PCCLOGOThe Purley Cross Centre provides advice, information, and training for the community. Visit in person: Tuesdays 10am-4pm & Wednesdays 12-4pm at PBC Foyer. Contact us via 020 8668 4189 (with answer phone) or Download the latest flyer here. 
Purley Food Hub 2021

Urgent appeal to tackle ‘desperate’ food shortages. Serious shortages in our food and toiletry stocks have prompted an urgent appeal to the Food Hub’s supporters for donations in March. Please drop off items at PBC on the 3rd Sunday of the month/Communion Services, also at CAMEO services. 

Priority items for March:  Food: • jars of fish paste & meat paste • peanut butter • breakfast cereals (500g size) • honey • jam • packets of dried potato • savoury biscuits • children’s desserts (jellies, puddings & Angel Delight) • packets of dried custard needing only water and • tins of rice pudding. Non-food: • unisex deodorant • toilet rolls.  Find out more including local drop-off points at


We offer a confidential service and work across a broad spectrum of emotional difficulties. We have a wealth of experience in anxiety, depression, stress, loss, low self-esteem, workplace issues, life events, and relationship issues. Every inquiry and booking is handled sensitively and in the strictest of confidence. Phone, text, or email to discuss our services and book an initial session: 07513 092476 or counselling@purleybaptist.orgMore details here.

Embrace the Middle East

Emergency Earthquake Appeal
Praying in response to the earthquake in Syria (and Turkey) - please use this prayer to pray alongside Embrace the Middle East, click here. You can give to the Emergency Earthquake Appeal here. Read an update on work being done in response to the earthquake here.
Find out more about our other community projects and involvement here.
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From the Church Calendar
PBC Members can see more details when logged in to the website or on the Church App
Job Club Mon 6 Feb-3 April 10am-1pm Lower Hall
Alpha Course Mon 9 March-13 April 7.30-9pm Lower Hall
Positive Life Course - Boosting Life Skills: An Introduction Mondays 7.30-9.30pm 27 Feb-17 Apr
Young at Heart Monthly Afternoon Tea for older people living on their own. Tues 21 Mar 2-3.30pm Lower Hall
Heartbeat Prayer Meeting Wed 22 March 7.30-8.30pm Auditorium
Super Saturdays 3rd Saturday of month 10am-12.30pm - Art, crafts, and games for 5-10 years olds: Sat 25 Mar Lower Hall
Book Club Monthly: Thu 30 Mar, reading: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sachs
Maundy Thursday Communion Service Thurs 6 April 7.30pm Auditorium
Good Friday Thurs 7 April 10am Auditorium
Easter Sunday Celebrations Sun 9 April 9.30am & 11.15am, 7pm Auditorium

A Time to Remember Sun 16 April 4pm Auditorium
Heartbeat Wed 19 April 7.30pm Auditorium
Quiet Day Saturday 22 April 10am-3pm Lower Hall

Prayer Ministry Training Wednesday 10 May 7.30pm Auditorium
Beavers Girls & Boys 5¾-8yrs 5-6.15pm Lower Hall
Aperture Photography Group 1st & 3rd Monday of month: 7.30-9pm Lower Hall
Purley Cross Centre 10am-4pm Foyer
CAMEO 10.30am Auditorium
The Cage 7pm Football on the Sports Court

Bods & Tods Parent and child group 9.30-11.30am Auditorium
Purley Cross Centre 12-4pm Foyer
Renew 23 Wellbeing Café 10am-2pm Foyer
Art Group 10am-12pm Annex
The Link Homeless Drop-in at East Croydon URC - permanently closed
Cubs Boys & Girls 8-10½yrs 6.15-7.45pm Lower Hall
Scouts 10-14yrs 7.30-9.15pm Lower Hall
Explorers 14-18 7.30-9.15pm Lower Hall
Please contact us at the Church Office for more information - new people are always welcome!

Next Week: Palm Sunday 2 April

9am & 11.15am Service Psalm 118 [James Collins]
7pm Service Rhythms of Grace [3] Simplicity [Charlie Powell]

Local Events & Opportunities

WintershalllogoThe Passion of Jesus - 7 Apr 2023 - Trafalgar Square
Supported by the Mayor of London, one hundred Wintershall players bring their electric and moving portrayal of the final days of Jesus to this iconic location in the capital. The 90-minute production is completely free of charge - a gift to Londoners and visitors. No tickets are required. There is a performance at 12 noon and 3:15 pm. More details hereFor those who cannot make it to the Square the performances will be livestreamed on their Facebook Page. 
Croydon London Borough of Culture (1 April 2023 - 31 March 2024) Fairfield Halls event
Community groups and churches are being encouraged to consider ways in which they might engage with their local communities through such activities as open days and concerts. We want to demonstrate that faith is very much part of the culture of Croydon. Plans are underway for a 2-day united churches event at the Fairfield Halls on 9 & 10 June which will incorporate a celebration of our churches and our communities. Information will be sent to all Croydon churches in the next month. Please save the dates.
Birdhurst Day Nursery a registered day nursery in South Croydon, run by Christian Family Concern is advertising places for children. Details are here.
Archbishop Tenison's School is advertising for the part-time role of Caretaker. More details are here.
St Mary Magdalene with St Martins in Addiscombe is looking for an experienced Deputy Manager for a permanent position in their preschool, term time only. More details 
Can you help? Do you have a spare room? Purley United Reformed Church will be hosting an International Partnership Gathering from 31 July - 6 August 2023. Guests are expected from their partner churches in the United States, Germany and the Czech Republic to participate in the Gathering, which will be held at PURC. Hosts are asked to provide bed and breakfast for 6-8 nights, and where possible, a few other meals. If you can help, or would like further information, please contact Eleanor Day or 020 8660 6281.
Music at Sanderstead United Reformed Church concert season continues on Wednesday 26 April 2023 at 7.45pm: A special midweek organ recital given by Jeremy Lloyd.

Further Afield

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PBC is planning to make a group booking to go to the Big Church Festival.

You can go for the weekend (camping) or just make a day of it. Come along with us and see what it's like! We will join with over 30,000 people from across the UK and beyond to worship together in the jaw-dropping surroundings of the Wiston Estate, in the company of some of the best Christian artists in the world. Check it out at 

Contact Charlie Powell or the Church Office for booking details (approx. half price with group discount).

Transform Croydon Prayer Meetings in 2023 are on Wednesdays: 7 June & 11 Oct. At: New Life, Christian Centre, 5 Cairo New Road, Croydon, CR0 1XP.

Spring Harvest 2023 logoSpring Harvest at Butlin's for 2023 - Skegness and Minehead 10-14 April 2023 Both  resorts have a greater number of 4 - 6 bed accommodation types with limited 2 bed accommodation types. It's an exciting and safe space for you to find Spiritual refreshment, hear God's voice and be inspired to go back to your streets, villages, towns and cities to make a difference. Spring Harvest is the perfect holiday packed full of inspiration. To book, visit their website here.
BibleBythebeach 2023Bible by the Beach 2023 - 28 April-1 May - Congress Theatre Eastbourne
A great line-up of speakers: Alistair Begg - with Bible-readings from the Book of Daniel, Andrew Sach, Kristi Mair, Lee Gatiss,  Paul Mallard, Glen Scrivener to help us consider what it means to be:  “Undaunted - steadfast by faith when the world gets tough!”. There will be: High quality Bible teaching in a lively and contemporary style; Youth and children’s work for all ages in partnership with Faith in Kids; Music brought to us by EMU Music; Seminars, Evening Celebrations, Family Praise, After Hours events, bookstalls and exhibitor stands; and all this by the seaside! Click here for more details.
Leadership Conference Text+LogLeadership Conference from Alpha 1-2 May Royal Albert Hall
Back live at the iconic Royal Albert Hall on 1–2 May, the two-day event promises to be a time of encounter, unity, and hope for the church. Join thousands of other global leaders in the room. Ticket prices start from £59. Book your place here.

Keep in Touch

Life Groups Central to church, offering Bible study, encouragement, fellowship, and care for each other. More HERE
This Website Popular web content: Media Library | Prayer | Pastor's Blog
Social Media Facebook Page - Facebook PBC Congregation Group (interaction between regular attendees)- Instagram - YouTube
Church Members' contact details are in the Address Book - available to members when logged in to the website
Church Office Contact us at or phone 020 8668 0422.

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