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Purley Week

Welcome to Purley Week online. No need to wait for Friday (or Sunday) to find out what's going on. Instead, details of this Sunday's services and what's new will be uploaded at intervals throughout the week. If you're on our mailing list we'll send you a reminder to check-in on Fridays.

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Sunday 9 August 2020

Join us for online services plus extras

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Sermon James Collins Stories of the Gospel: The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37

After Church Chat Drop in to the Zoom chat straight after the service to find out how others are - hot beverages and biscuits optional. Zoom meeting details sent out with Purley Week email. Contact to join the distribution list.

LIVE LOUD Youth Mark Humm Testimonies: 'I used to be in LIVE LOUD and I STILL LIVE LOUD'
PBC Kids Wendy Colpus The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37

Recordings are continuously available in the Media Library. Paper transcripts of 10.30am sermons are also available.

This Week and Beyond

Embrace the Middle East Please pray for Beirut   
The massive explosion that ripped through Beirut on Tuesday 4 August was felt as far away as Cyprus.  Many people are reported dead, thousands are injured and many more missing.  One of our Mission Partners is Embrace the Middle East, who have many volunteers working in Beirut.  They say, "The situation is absolutely dreadful but as far as we know all our partners are OK, though there is a lot of damage to buildings.  One partner’s building has been totally destroyed.  The fifty or so members of staff had left just an hour before.  They are all so grateful to be alive...  This couldn’t have come at a worse time as aid agencies estimate that before the explosion half a million children are going hungry in Lebanon.  It is now thought that 200,000 people have been made homeless by the blast."  If you are able and would like to donate please use this link.  
CAP Money Course logo green The CAP Money Course  
This free course provides guidance in managing your money and learning to budget, save and spend well. CAP Croydon South money coaches, are planning online courses over 3 sessions plus 1:1 support. Another course will be starting soon. If interested please contact  
csw Christian Solidarity Worldwide  
CSW are a team working in 20+ countries around the world to ensure the right to freedom of religion or belief is protected.
Could you be part of our Twenty Challenge by doing a sponsored activity or making a donation? Feel free to participate in any way you wish! We are yet to hear how our Assistant Minister, Tim Allen, got on with his 120 mile cycle ride on Wednesday,  this page will be updated as soon as we know! Although you don't have to be that adventurous, whatever you choose to do, we hope much fun will be had whilst providing invaluable support. Read full details here, including a motivational call-out from Heidi Allen to all PBC Runners, (whether a couch to 5K or hardened marathon runner). 
Catchup on the talks from last week's Keswick Convention. The five day virtual convention offered engaging biblical teaching on the theme of Hope. Click for the Virtually Keswick Convention website, or their YouTube channel, which has talks for adults, children and youth, and much more!  
Also catchup on the talks from New Wine - United Breaks Out: which was their first ever online event for all ages and all abilities. Their website, links to their YouTube channel where you can catch up at any time.   
A message for all key holders: If you need to enter the church building, you will need authorisation first. Maintenance works are being carried out and since we need to minimise contact between people (including via surfaces which have been touched) we are actively monitoring access to the building.  
JOB VACANCIES: Clerk of Governors at Archbishop Tenison’s School. The school would like to recruit someone from a local church who is very much aligned with the school's Christian ethos. Part time, 5-8 hours per week in term time, lots of flexibility to fit around own availability. Full details on school website. Closing date: Friday 4 September 2020.  
Poverest Road Baptist Church (Orpington) require Youth/Assistant Pastor. The church has been considering a greater level of provision for their young people, as they have a relatively large group of under 20’s and have made their discipleship a priority within the church mission statement. They are looking for someone, male or female to enter into a one or, maybe two-year contract on a part-time (18-20 hrs p.w.) basis. This contract would be reviewable at the end of the term and would involve an element of ongoing training and learning as the role developed. For a full job profile and contact details please click here.  
Age UK are trying to find a befriender for a lady who is virtually blind and lives in Kenley.  The lady would like to go on walks and may need some help with paperwork from time to time.  If anyone feels they would like to help, please contact Marilyn on  
Morning drive Breathing Space this Autumn will begin a major new series.   
We will seek to gain a clear vision of God's final purpose for his world and how knowing that can transform our lives right now! Our sessions will be informed by Tom Wright one of the UK's foremost New Testament scholars. His prophetic teaching set out in his book 'Surprised by Hope' is available to us on DVD. We are especially happy for those without a Life Group to join us. These are the dates: Thursday evenings from 7:30pm, September 10, 24; October 8, 22; November 5, 19; with December 3 for a social. We plan to meet initially at least via Zoom. We will be pleased to answer any question so please let us hear from you! Contact Bill McIlroy, David Chilvers, Liz Davison or the Church Office.  
PurleyCounsellingService logo Purley Counselling Service   
Our counselling service is open and continues to offer caring, professional, confidential counselling. Fees are based on a sliding scale of income/circumstances. More details are on their web page.  
Kids See our updated online content for children!   
Psalm 100v2 Access the visuals for all five of August's memory verses from Psalm 100. Also see NEW online games, challenges, and more. Check it all out here.  
Summer Holiday Fun for Children/Young People/Families:
New Wine is going virtual – watch their VIDEOScripture Union are doing Summer Camps online - details are hereCPAS Venture Camps are doing online camps - watch their VIDEOVirtual Ventures - details are here.
generosity blue-tight Bereavement Care Awareness Online Training  
Seeking to equip churches to support those in their community dealing with the heartache of losing a loved one. This aims to help develop knowledge, skills and understanding of how to provide appropriate levels of ongoing support to people who have lost a close family member or friend - including specific references to grieving during the current COVID-19 health crisis. It is suitable for anyone who has a heart for bereaved people, or who wants to be better equipped to support those who have suffered a bereavement. In the long term, it would be great if PBC could support our local community by providing bereavement care courses. Dates for this Care for the Family Course are now available - more details and booking here.
food hubFor the duration of the Coronavirus crisis the Purley Food Hub is operating a home delivery service of food parcels to clients and families in need who live in our catchment area, referred by Ticket Partners. Donations (see below) and volunteers are needed. See
Donations: The Hub is open to receive donations at Purley United Reformed Church, Brighton Road on Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-12pm. Bring donations to doorway near the Youth Centre - left side of church building, far end of internal road. Alternatively most big supermarkets in Purley and Coulsdon have collection boxes.
Priority items for August: small 500g bags of sugar • tinned & packet custard • tinned carrots & sweetcorn • tinned & packet potatoes • tins of chicken • bottles of squash • cartons of long life fruit juice • jars of peanut butter & meat/fish paste • tinned fruit • tinned pulses • long life whole milk • shampoo • unisex deodorant. Click here for the full list.
Youth NEW London Baptist Association Leadership Year   
This exciting internship programme for 18-25 year olds who wish to explore leadership in today’s urban Baptist context. The programme runs for Sept 2020 - May 2021 and includes theological & leadership training, one-to-one mentoring and placements. Watch the 3-min video to see what has been happening in the past year. More details including how to apply or find out more information are here.  
Prayer-tight PRAYER Our online content is relevant to believers and non-believers. Here is what's coming up:   
Our intention is to listen to the heartbeat of God and then pray. During the summer, we are using Pete Grieg's excellent book, How to Pray, where he has a simple but effective acronym to help us focus our prayers; PRAY - Pause, Reflect, Ask, Yeild, we are also taking inspiration from Psalm 136, so let's join together, giving thanks in prayer to the Lord, for he is good! Please see a prayer for Lebanon and more prayer points in the Heartbeat page of our website.
Wednesday Morning Prayer Meeting - 12 August, 10:30am (in Church building!)
We are very excited about our new Wednesday morning prayer meeting to be held in the church! You will need to register to join in and of course wear a mask, adhere to social distancing and hand sanitising, but this is an exciting step forward. Please contact the
Church Office to register your interest, as spaces are limited!
Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting - 12 August, 7:30-8:45pm (Online) 
Croydon Churches very first Transform Croydon Prayer meeting will take place via Zoom. It will be a great opportunity for the whole church to join together across the borough without having to worry about social distancing. Churches and networks have been praying faithfully throughout lockdown, but there is power and promise in unity. Many issues need our prayers at this time as our churches begin to navigate their way out of lockdown: equality and justice; how to support those in mourning or suffering from poor mental health and, of course, Croydon’s economic future, following the closure of John Lewis and Debenhams.
The link to the meeting will be sent out via email closer to the time, please put the date in your diary and we will look forward to seeing you there.
After reviewing the Government guidance, we have reluctantly concluded that we need to alter our plans for a ‘Recalibrate’  prayer room in church.  By the time we had considered the requirements to distance, sanitise and track and trace, it became obvious that we wouldn’t be able to offer the freedom to move around from board to board that we have had in previous prayer rooms.

We are disappointed, but we are not defeated! 

The first disciples managed to keep praying despite all kinds of obstacles and persecutions so, in the same spirit, let’s embrace this as a great opportunity to do something a bit different.  The planning team is now considering ways to present the material on-line or as a down-loadable booklet which could be used by individuals or life groups, probably during the autumn. If you have been planning to send in a photo, drawing or other contribution on the theme of RECALIBRATE LOGO 2, for the ‘exhibition’, please still send it into the church office and all will be incorporated.  To God be the glory!
Praying for Each Other
Join us in praying for our church membership. This week we are praying for: Pauline & Steve Miller, Karen Mitchell, Ann Margaret Mumyakazi, Nicholas & Linda Muyobo.
Prayer Chain
We would like to pray for you! Call Pam Davies or Jim Beacom to have your concern covered in prayer.
Friday Prayer Meeting
This group continues to pray for church members, plus everything in the Purley Week. Contact the Church Office to be involved.


Please be reminded you can give by standing order or via the online secure payment system. Details are on our 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.

Keep in Touch

We hope you are still connecting with PBC family whilst we are in lockdown. 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: Reflections Media Library Prayer | Pastor's Blog
Social Media. PBC Facebook page (Church Office content) PBC Facebook Congregation group (interaction between regular attendees)
Church Office. Staff are working from home and can be contacted by email or phone 020 8668 0422 (answerphone checked regularly).

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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. Purley Baptist Church is committed to bringing God's blessing to our community.

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.