Despite the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, we have an exciting range of online activities for young people aged 11-20+. As always, agnostics/seekers/non-Christians are especially welcome!
Activities and Groups
LIVE LOUD For School Years 6-8, it stands for Live Like Outrageous Uncompromising Disciples
Meets weekly - fortnightly Sundays 11am on Zoom for discussion, teaching and fun - details are sent to parents. In the alternate weeks Mark Humm, our Youth Pastor presents an online dynamic teaching video
Our times is divided into different elements such as Interactive Talks, Creativity, Worship and Games, all with a common theme - what it means to follow Jesus. In other words, to LIVE LOUD. In normal times we meet on Sundays during the 11.15am service at the Youth Centre at Purley United Reformed Church, just along the Brighton Road from PBC.
SA7 - PBC 7pm Service - currently available online
This is an "Owned Contemporary Worship Community" for younger people (ages 13-60+) and those longing to encounter God through preaching, worship and responding to the movement of the Holy Spirit. You can access it on Facebook or watch on YouTube here.
SCOUTS - Meet weekly on Fridays from 7.15-9pm on Zoom and outside in different locations when restrictions allow
The 29th Purley Scouts (and Purley Cross Explorers) are based at Purley Baptist Church, where in normal times we meet at set times in the week. PBC sponsor our group and section leaders are members of PBC. We offer 101/2 to 18-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and skills for life, helping young adults to reach their full potential, get jobs, save lives and even change the world. More information here.
UNDERGROUND - Meets fortnightly on Thursdays at 7pm on Zoom for chat, talks and discussion
Underground is for School Years 8+. It has a varied programme where we spend time together socially and also learn more about who Jesus is. We have a number of different sessions:
Mind the Gap is where we talk about issues in our daily lives and how these can affect us and people around us. We look at what the Bible says about some of these issues and think about what our response should be.
Stay on Track is a session where we explore a Bible passage and see what impact it can have on our lives. Before Covid-19 we also had sessions that included Movie Night, Toasties and Questions, Prayer Night and Christmas Story. We hope to resume themed sessions once the pandemic restrictions are lifted.
UNITY - Meets periodically on Zoom for support, prayer and fun together, also encouragement and mini videos via a WhatsApp group. Unity is for university students. Whether you are a fresher, second year, on placement or stressing over your dissertation, Unity is here to offer support. It consists of three main strands:
Gathering – Opportunity to meet up to worship, talk, pray, share, support during the term breaks
Network – This is where you will receive regular messages of encouragement and prayer support. Also an opportunity to let the youth team and other students know what is going on with you. A lot of interaction happens on the Unity Facebook Group.
Adoption – A PBC church member will commit to pray for an individual student every day.
ViBE & THE BIG PICTURE – members are encouraged to join the fortnightly UNDERGROUND meeting
Vibe is for girls in School Years 9-13. It is an opportunity to learn, share and discover together what it means to follow Jesus more deeply and to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength’. In normal times, Vibe meets on Sundays during the 11.15am service in Meeting Room 1 at PBC.
The Big Picture is for boys in School Years 9-13. It is an opportunity to discover ‘The Big Picture’ of what it means to follow Jesus. Using video clips, games and discussion, we look at different issues that affect young men and God’s perspective on these situations. In normal times, The Big Picture group meets on Sunday during the 11.15am service in the QUBE at PBC.
The following activities are currently suspended due to the pandemic. We look forward to the time when they can resume!
The QUBE is for School Years 7+ and is a place to hang out with friends, shoot some pool, prove who really is the best gamer with the latest consoles, or just relax on the sofas and chat. Located at PBC just next to Purley Library, the QUBE offers something you can't get anywhere else! In normal times open on Wednesdays and Friday 2.35-5pm during term time.
Infusion is our youth-work gap year scheme, established in 2003. It has been of great benefit to the ‘Infusees’, the young people and the youth ministry as a whole. For more information please click here. If you would be interested in being an Infusion Worker please contact Mark on 020 8668 0422.
The Cage is for boys aged 13yrs+ and is all about football, football, football. We play on Tuesdays 7pm-8.30pm in the sports court (car park) next to PBC. We can't wait to get going again once things with Covid-19 change. Watch this space for updates.
Here's some words from young people who attend/used to attend our groups. Click on a face to read about their relationship with Jesus.
There are lots of amazing people who help run this wide variety of activities for a diverse group of young people. All our leaders have been checked through the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS), worship regularly at PBC and the majority are also members of PBC. We are always pleased when more people want to get involved. Some roles require leadership training while others draw on existing skills. If you are interested in exploring the opportunities and options available please contact Mark Humm.
Did you used to come to PBC Youth events or activities? Relive your youth at our Youth Media Archive where you’ll find a large, unique and occasionally embarrassing collection of video, audio, photos and personal stories dating back to 2009. There's Generator Talks, My Story testimonies, Carroty Wood, Snow Balls, HE>i, 48 reasons and more.
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Contact Mark Humm
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