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     Purley Week

Welcome to the Purley Week, 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 24 January 2021

10.30am Encouragement in Exile (4) [Tim Allen] Isaiah 40:18-20
Live streaming via website or YouTube
Sunday at Seven How to Repent Psalm 32 [Ashley Cooke] 
Tune in at 7pm via our Facebook page or YouTube to interact during the service.
All past recordings are in the Media Library

This Week and Beyond

A message from our Associate Minister, Marilyn Webb: 

How are you doing? It's a question we often ask each other and if we are honest we almost always say fine, thank you, even when that is not true. I want to encourage us all if we are struggling in any way - self-isolating with not much food in the house, struggling with home-schooling, desperately missing social interaction... if life is tough at this time in any way, spiritually, financially, practically, please tell someone. You might share in your Life Group or you might contact the Pastoral Team, you are not in this alone, please let us help you. God bless you, Marilyn

You can give by standing order or via the online secure payment system, on our Giving page. If you're shopping online, please make the most of options to give to PBC at no extra cost to yourself at SmileAmazon and Easyfundraising
PBC Face Masks A limited number of masks have been produced. The cost of £5 per item (incl p&p) includes a donation to the BMS Nepal Leprosy Appeal. Full details and purchase your mask at
Dates For Your Diary Church Members, please note our 2021 meeting dates: 3 March • 5 May • 30 June • 8 September • 17 November 

Our 24/1 Virtual Prayer Room opens on Wednesday! 27 January 6am - 28 January 6am. 
We will be praying for our world, our nation, our communities and our church. This is our time to pray together over a 24-hour period, and since we are socially distanced - we will be using a virtual prayer room for an unbroken chain of 24 hours of prayer. So please, get together with your Life Group, prayer partner, friends or ministries, by booking an hour's prayer slot. Book your prayer slot HERE. There is also a resource guide containing ideas for praying and a Prayer Wall for us to use to put prayer requests up and pray for each other. Full details are at
Our prayer room is registered with the global 24/7 prayer movement
mark-humm-roundelHuge congratulations to Rev Mark Humm, our Youth Minister who has passed his newly accredited period and is now a fully accredited minister with the Baptist Union. Well done Mark! We are very proud of your achievement and count having you as part of the staff team, amongst our blessings.
Bible Verse Challenge Psalm 121:1-5
Children (and adults) are encouraged to memorise this scripture. Please send your video of you/your child saying a verse or the whole passage, by end of the month to Wendy Colpus, our Children's & Family Leader - this will be used to create a video montage to be broadcast once complete. Wendy would also like to include artwork inspired by these verses. So do be creative and send in your pictures! Click image for more details.
Croydon Churches Floating Shelter
Cooks and sandwich makers needed on Wednesdays from February 17th to 31st March 2021 inclusive!
Due to Covid-19 Croydon Churches Floating Shelter have been unable to run the Night Shelter this winter. Instead they are supporting fellow homeless charity Croydon NightWatch which is currently having to buy in sandwiches to cover the huge increase in demand for their nightly food service. This is where PBC comes in.
Additionally we have been approached by the Croydon Council to provide a Wednesday nightly hot meal for 5 rough sleepers, staying at the Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub located at the front of Croydon University Hospital, during this same period. If you are able to get involved please contact Jo Rifaat - contact details available from the online Address Book for members or via the Church Office.

ChristianityExploredMinistriesJob vacancy for the new role of UK National Director. Please pray for wisdom in the search for an experienced, dynamic, and visionary leader to help take the ministry of CEM to the next level. More details or to apply go to

The Love Live Tell Annual Review Evening is online on 11 February. Sign up to watch the event and hear the team give lots of updates on things being worked on over the past year and some of the plans for the future. Please pray as the team works to create a programme for the evening. 
Embrace the Middle EastEmbrace Annual Lecture will be available to watch online later this month and in February. The speaker is the writer and broadcaster John McCarthy, following on from his acclaimed book, You Can't Hide the Sun - A journey through Israel and Palestine. Register to watch. 
Lets Pray

Go to for Heartbeat, Prayer Meetings, Prayer Resources and more. 
Can we pray for you? Call the Church Office (answerphone for out of hours), Pam Davies or Jim Beacom to have your concern covered in prayer.
Praying for Each Other: Please join us - this week we are praying for Susan Staples-Attah, Agnes Stocks, Daniel & Adriana Stremtan, Daniela Stremtan and Madalina Stremtan.

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PFH-logo-roundel-blob-masterDonations to the Purley Food Hub, which helps local people in crisis, 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 donations. Full details are on their new website
Priority items for January: cartons of long life whole milk • tins of chicken, corned beef and ham • jars of honey, jam and peanut butter • 500g packets of breakfast cereals • small bottles of squash and cartons of long life juice • Click here for the full list.
Public Reading of SciptureCome along and hear scripture read aloud together with others, and share in a tradition that dates back to Moses! Sundays 5-5.45pm via Zoom - everyone welcome! We are currently listening to the book of Esther. Joining details are in the email broadcast sent on Fridays or on request from the Church OfficeHere is what it's all about.
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Caring, professional, confidential counselling. Fees are based on a sliding scale of income/ circumstances. Click image for details.
An online course to help with budgeting and managing money. New course coming up in February. Click image for more details including to register your interest.CAP
CAP-Logo-RGBCAP Job Club, an 8-week online course offering practical help for employment: Mondays 10-11am,  7 Dec 2020 - 1 Feb 2021. Click image for more details including how to book.
Children's Church is on Sunday mornings (via Zoom) 2-6 year olds: 9–9.30am, 7-10 year olds: 9.45–10.30am. Our email broadcast sent on Fridays contains the Zoom link or contact the Church Office for details.
LIVE LOUD (School Years 6-8) has a bi-monthly programme hosted by Mark Humm (Youth Pastor): meet-ups via Zoom on Sundays 11am (discussion, teaching and fun) on the 1st week, and on the 2nd week the Sunday magazine style video is broadcast after the 10.30am service.
This week - LIVE LOUD 'LIVE' on ZOOM !

UNDERGROUND meets bi-monthly Thursdays 7pm on Zoom for chat, talks and discussion. Contact Mark or the Church Office for Zoom meet ups details.


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.

COVID-19 Government Regulations. We are actively following Government Regulations and also guidance provided by Baptists Together. 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 doing so.

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