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Children

Church for children during this Covid era is very different to when we are meeting together.

The n
ormal full programme of activities for children aged 0-10 aims to create a safe, welcoming environment where every child can be themself. We can't provide the physical environment right now but recognise the value in regular contact with peers and friends, and are trying to help encourage this. Our team of children's workers, led by our Children's & Families Leader and supported by some of our young people, are keen to provide content to entertain/educate children and support those who are looking after them. This is: PBC KidsMemory Verse ChallengeOnline Games, Scouting Groups.

PBC Kids

Our pre-recorded online programme for children is available on Sundays. Tune in to watch the varied programme of Bible stories, scripture memory verses, craft activities, birthday greetings and more.
 

Memory Verse Challenge: October 2020 

Each month we are memorising a part of the Bible. Children aged under 10 might prefer to learn the passage one verse at a time. Send a Whatsapp video of your child saying a verse or the passage to Wendy: 07732 648693. Prizes are awarded monthly for achievements and/or showing perseverance in learning. Do let us know which verse you like best and why. Adults, you are invited to learn the scripture and take part too!

Psalm 91v1

Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
 

Online Games

Do you want to compete with friends and find out 'who is the best'? Or simply have a go at some games to see what fun is to be had. You'll be learning from the Bible as you go along. Click the logo to access. Adult supervision may be needed for login.
 
adventure bible Watch this YouTube video for a summary of the Bible games and other resources. NB. This sites uses Adobe Flash so needs to run on Internet Explorer to run smoothly.
Aimed at ages 5-8 yr olds: activities and resources to help children learn about the Bible. Interactive games will help in learning the word of God. Also contains material that parents can download and print for children to do away from the computer.
 

superbook
Aimed at ages 5-8 yr olds: online bible games and also an app with games, bible story videos and so on. Games and stories teach Bible principles and how they apply in day-to-day life. 
Option to register and be part of a leaderboard to win online badges and points. There are also videos (need to register) which transport children into bible stories and help them understand what it would have been like to be there when the story happened.
 
theaetherlight Aimed at ages 9-11 yr olds: interactive, multi-player game where children play in an imaginary world and embark on various missions, whist learning about the Bible. Includes puzzles and quizzes which children need to solve in order to advance. 
Parents need to register their kids to play. It is free to try out, but the full games need to be purchased, and has an app version which can be downloaded.
 
Bible Games Central Lots of books of the Bible games!

Bible Activities ZoneMemory Games, Jigsaw Puzzles, Matching Games, Maze Games, Dot to Dot, Moses Adventure Game, Hangman, Sliding Puzzles, Spot the Difference, Bible Trivia Quiz, Counting Activities, Colouring, Word Search, Word Scramble, Crossword.

We're ready to create online leaderboards. Please email us details to publish on this page so that you can challenge others players!
  • your username (not related to your first name)
  • name of the game
  • your score

Scouting Groups

We partner with the 29th Purley Scout Group who provide groups for children and young people aged 6-18 years. Groups for boys and girls meet in term time. These groups are currently meeting online using Zoom. For further information please contact
Anthony Eeles at gsl@29thpurley.org or phone the church office: 020 8668 0422

 

What will be available for children after Lockdown?

We will look to reinstate our normal programme of activities when it is safe to do so. When we are able to meet together again, we will look to resume our content on Sundays, midweek term-time activities and holiday activities. Naturally, most of these are indoor in a restricted space where social distancing will be a challenge. We may have to be very patient in waiting for groups to return! These are: Children's ChurchBods & TodsFun Club and Scouting Groups.
 

Children's Church
Sundays at the 11.15am Service

We want children to have great fun whilst learning more about Jesus and meeting with Him. An announcement is made during the service when it's time to go out. If you are new, please follow the crowd towards the Lower Hall and say hello to one of the leaders!

Our Sunday morning Children's Church groups for School Years R, 1 & 2 (Explorers) and School Years 3, 4 & 5 (Adventurers), use Energize resources with age relevant bible teaching and prayers, plus crafts and games. Younger children ages 2-4 years (Scramblers) have lots of play time, plus Bible story and crafts. 6 mths-2 years olds (Tumblers) are looking after in the same space. You are welcome to stay with your child here, or if you prefer keep them with you in church of the Cafe area.

Bods & Tods
Wednesdays 10 -11.30am (weekly in term time) 

Refreshments provided for children and adults
Suggested donation per session: £1.50

Come along and join in the buzz of children at play! We have lots of toys and activities laid out for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. Each week there is a craft activity and story-time linked to the set theme. Refreshments are available all morning - we hope you will get a moment to sit down and enjoy your cuppa.  We finish with a song time altogether. Sleeping Bunnies remains a favourite! 

Fun Club

Third Saturday of the month, 10am-12noon. Doors open 9.50am
£1 per child

There's lots of fun to be had by children aged 5-10 making all kinds of crafts - clay, magnet making, ceramics, glass painting and collage.
We stay on for lunch after 12pm - ploughman's for adults, burgers/sausages for children. Please enquire in the morning.
 

Scout Groups

We partner with the 29th Purley Scout Group who provide groups for children and young people aged 6-18 years. Based on the Scouting Movement, groups for boys and girls meet in term time as below:

Beavers age 6-8  -  Boys Colony : Thursday 5pm  |  Girls Colony : Tuesday 5pm
Cubs age 8-10 ½  -  Boys Pack : Thursdays 6.30pm  |  Girls Pack : Fridays 5.30pm
Scouts age 10 ½-14  -  Boys Troop : Fridays 7.30pm  |  Girls Troop : Fridays 7.15pm
Explorers age 14-18  -  Boys Troop : Fridays 7.30pm 


If you have any questions about the programmes or want to know more about bringing your kids along then please fill in our Contact Us form.

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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.
Click here to see more.

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
Purley
Surrey
CR8 3EA

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.