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  Purley Week

Here is a round-up of what's happening at PBC on Sunday and beyond. Click on links & images to access 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
11 December 2022

Come to church or watch online
Third Sunday of Advent
9.30am Service

Jesus: The Hope of the Wealthy Matthew 2:1-12, Luke 18:18-30 [James Collins]

11.15am Parade Service
The Hope of the Christingle [Charlie Powell]
Christmas Card Stall with charity cards, 2023 diaries & calendars, books, devotionals, gifts and lots more - in the Foyer today and every Sunday morning leading up to Christmas.
Sunday at Seven 7pm Service Modern Carol Service - Jesus: The Hope of the Poor Luke 2:8-20 [Tim Allen]
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. Date of next Newcomers' Lunch tba
  Small groups
Dynamic communities which provide friendship, care, coaching and disciple-making. More details, including new groups are HERE
Would you like to help on Sundays or volunteer with one of our ministries? Our teams are keen to welcome new people and we encourage our congregation to serve one another. To find out more details about how you can get involved, please visit  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. Please also use facilities to give to PBC at no extra cost to yourself: Easyfundraising SmileAmazon 
Details for giving to Christmas Projects are here

This Week & Beyond

CAMEO Tuesdays 10.30am-12pm

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. 
Tuesday 6 December Christmas Carols! Last meeting of the year, resumes 10 January 2023
Come to our Christmas services!
See details at and invitation flyers in church. Enjoy the digital advent calendar!
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The Young Adults have organised a social hangout with snacks, board games & video games. There will be PlayStation & Nintendo games available with a selection of board games. People are encouraged to bring along board games. A chance to get to meet new people and catch up with old friends, enjoy games and snacks with good company. Afterward, we plan to attend the Modern Carol Service together. Sunday 11 December 4.30pm 
Party & Social
Positive Life Courses (Logo) (Boosting the Benefits of Sleep how to get a good night’s sleep every night
Monday 5 & 12 December 2022 7.30pm-9.30pm - Free of charge - PBC Qube Meeting Room
Tackling insomnia & sleep-related problems, good sleep ‘hygiene’ & sleep strategies, the impact of not getting enough sleep, when (& when not) to eat & drink to help our sleep. Based on the books Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker and Sleep - Harness the power of sleep for optimal health & wellbeing by Petra Hawker. More details are on our Courses page here.

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 are praying for Jean Abbott 
 Roselind Ahiabah, Elsie & Stephen Akinsanya, Victor Ahiabah Quarshie and Valerie Woodley.
David Baggott, a faithful member of our church family for many years, passed away peacefully on Monday 14 November. The funeral will be at 1.20pm on Friday 9 December at the Crematorium Chapel, North East Surrey Crematorium. Access to the online webcast and invitation to the open house following the funeral are being circulated by the Church OfficePlease keep the family in your prayers. 
bmsHappy Belated Birthday from the BMS Birthday Scheme to Trevor Goodchild who celebrated her birthday on 10 June! This birthday scheme supports medical and health work around the world and each year members give towards vital health care. Find out more here.
58.12Isaiah 58:12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
PRAYER POINTS FOR 58:12 • The ongoing development of the coffee shop design •  The work being done with a communication consultant to develop a strategy. Read more about the 58:12 Development Project here.

Pray for Qatar - World Cup 2022

Excited about the Football World Cup? For the first time it is being hosted in the Middle East - Qatar. Let's use this time to stir up our prayers for the nation of Qatar and pray over the World Cup event. Here is a usefuPrayer Guide.

Get Involved

Purley Food Hub 2021
Purley FOOD HUB helps local people in crisis. Details on how to support the Food Hub including drop-off points is at Collection at PBC happens is monthly at morning Communion services (normally 3rd Sunday of month). Stocks are now very low and PFH needs an urgent top-up of milk supplies as they head towards Christmas.
Priority items for December:  • milk  • tinned chicken • tinned ham  • corned beef • tins of peas and carrots • tinned dessert fruit • small bottles of squash  •  washing up liquid • biscuits  • mince pies • chocolate treats • desserts
The Purley Cross Centre provides advice, information and training for the community. Contact us via 020 8668 4189 (with answer phone) or You can visit in person as well, PCC is open Tuesdays 10am-4pm & Wednesdays 12-4pm at Purley Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Purley CR8 3EA. You can download the latest flyer here.


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, More details 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 Mondays 10am-1pm: 10 Oct-12 Dec Lower Hall
Nativity Production Sat 17 Dec 4pm and Sun 18 Dec 11.15am Sanctuary
Youth Christmas Party & Social Fri 23 Dec 5.30-8.30pm Upper Hall
Heartbeat Prayer Meeting Wed 11 Jan 7.30-8.30pm Sanctuary
Book Club Monthly: Thu 12 Jan, reading Imagine Heaven by John Burke
Super Saturdays 3rd Saturday of month 10am-12.30pm - Art, crafts and games for 5-10 year olds: Sat 21 Jan Lower Hall
Young at Heart Monthly Afternoon Tea for older people living on their own. 2-3.30pm: 31 Jan Lower Hall
Creative Workshop Sat 4 Feb 9.45am-12.30pm Lower Hall


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 Sanctuary Foyer
CAMEO 10.30am Sanctuary


Bods & Tods Parent and child group 9.30-11.30am Sanctuary
Purley Cross Centre 12-4pm Sanctuary Foyer


Renew 23 Wellbeing Café 10am-2pm Foyer Café
Art Group 10am-12pm Lower Hall
The Link Homeless Drop-in 6.45-7.30pm East Croydon URC


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: Sunday 18 December

Fourth Sunday of Advent
9.30am Service Jesus: Hope that Shines in the Darkness - Luke 1:76-79 [James Collins]
11.15am Service Nativity [Tim Allen]
7pm Service Modern Carol Service - Jesus: The Hope of the Poor - Luke 2:8-20 [Tim Allen]

Local Events & Opportunities

Purley Library & CALAT Festive Fair - Saturday 10 December 11am-3pm, Purley Library, Banstead Road, Purley, CR8 3YH. Come along for some festive fun! Click here for their flier.
Carols in Croydon - Churches in Croydon coming together at Christmas to share the good news of Jesus - Saturday 10 December 2022 1-4pm outside the Whitgift Centre in Northend. Please join us as we again take the good news of Christmas to the town centre. (If you are unable to stay the whole time that is fine, but if you can for as long as you can between 1-4pm that would be great!) Click here for more details on getting involved.
Live music at Christmas performed by Steadfast at Purley Social Club, Saturday 10 December 8.30pm £5 Admission fee - Go along and support our Kevin Hardcastle and Graham Jones as they play a few Christmas and rock & roll songs!
Archbishop Tenison's School 
are currently advertising for the part time role of Caretaker. More details are here.
Oasis Christian Bookshop, Wallington is recruiting a full time Shop Manager. More details from or call 020 8773 1428. More details 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 here.

Further Afield

Christian Family ConcernChristian Family Concern is seeking suitable people to serve as additional Trustees and share the important work of steering and developing this distinctly Christian charity. The Trustees hold 6-10 main meetings a year and keep in touch to handle issues arising between meetings. Do you feel called to serve the Lord in this way? An application pack can be requested from Chloë Lindsey at There are other jobs advertised by CFC for Birdhurst Day Nursery in South Croydon here.
nativityThe Nativity Journey 14-19 December 2022 at Wintershall Experience the Christmas story in a new way. Walk with Mary, Joseph and the donkey on, the winding, steep road to Bethlehem. Register for the census and journey with other travellers, Roman travelers and shepherds as you enter the stable to watch the miracle unfold. The Nativity is an unforgettable experience, bringing the true meaning of Christmas to life for the whole family. Adult tickets start from £20. Book tickets here.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18-25 January 2023
Churches Together in South London (CTSL) have asked to be informed of any plans you have for the forthcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. More resources here.
Transform Croydon prayer meetings for 2023 will be held Wed Feb 1, Wed June 14, and Wed Oct 11. Venue: New Life, Christian Centre, 5 Cairo New Road, Croydon, CR0 1XP.
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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