The church here is an inclusive, warm and human community, enriched by many people of all ages from 0 – 90+! As a parish church we are here for everyone in the area, both week by week and at special moments in life. We offer excellent provision for children and young families, and new facilities accessible for all. Our common life is centred on the Sunday morning 11am Eucharist through which we are fed to follow Jesus and to be God’s people in the world. Music, especially choral music, plays an important part in our worship. But we are not here just for Sundays. There are regular opportunities to pray and to act together, to learn more about the Christian faith, and to socialise.
Find us next to the beautiful Wettern Tree Garden on Purley Oaks Road / Beech Avenue. St Mary’s is a hidden treasure in the suburban streets, offering nourishment for body, mind and spirit. Whatever stage you are at in your journey of life and faith, you are welcome here.
For enquiries about booking St Mary’s Church Hall or Oclee room, please contact our administrator, on 020 8657 9232, email@example.com.
St Mary's during Lent and Easter
Morning prayer at 11 am on Monday 13th, 20th, 27th March and 3rd and 24th April.
Morning prayer at 9.30 am on Tuesday 15th, 22nd, 29th, March and 4th and 11th April.
Eucharist at 10 am on Thursday 16th, 23rd, 30th March and 6th April.
Prayer Labyrinth at 8 pm on Monday 20th March and at 7.30 pm on Monday 10th April.
Stations of the Cross at 8 pm on Tuesday 14th and 28th March and at 12 noon on Monday 10th April.
Lent Course at 11 am on Thursday 14th, 23rd, 30th March and 6th April.
Monday 10th April 9.30 am Morning Prayer with Eucharist - 12 noon, Stations of the Cross - 7.30 pm Prayer Labyrinth.
Tuesday 11th April 9.30 am Morning Prayer with Eucharist - 7.30 pm "Oddments Theatre Co." "Road to the Cross".
Wednesday 12th April 9.30 am Morning Prayer with Eucharist
Thursday 13th April, Maundy Thursday 6pm Seder meal in St Mary's (booking required) - 8 pm Maundy Liturgy - 10 pm Vigil.
Friday 14th April, Good Friday 9.30 am Morning Prayer - 10 am Messy Church.
Saturday 15th April, Holy Saturday 9.30 am Morning Prayer - 6pm Evening Prayer - 8 pm Easter Vigil
Sunday 16th April, Easter Day 11 am Festival Eucharist with Easter Egg Hunt.
St Mary's actively supports a number of Christian charities, through prayer, raising awareness and a variety of fund raising activities.
Team Vicar, St Mary's
Rev Grant Cohen
tel 020 8657 1725
Honorary Assistant Priest, St Mary's
Rev Peter Macan
email via St Mary's Office, firstname.lastname@example.org
tel 020 8657 1398
Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary
email via Parish Office
tel 020 8657 0665
St Mary's Church Warden
tel 020 8657 8513
Organist, St Mary's
email c/o email@example.com
St Mary's Church, Purley Oaks Road, Sanderstead, CR2 0NR
St Mary's is on the corner of Beech Avenue and Purley Oaks Road, a turning off the B269 Sanderstead Road. Please park thoughtfully on nearby roads.
The church is 1/6 a mile walk from the 403 bus stops at the corner of Sanderstead Road and Mayfield Road or 1/2 mile walk via Purley Oaks Station from the A235 Brighton Road which is served by bus routes 60,166,407, 466 and N68.
St Mary's is 1/6 mile from Sanderstead and Purley Oaks stations.
St Mary's follows Southwark Diocese Safeguarding Policies, Procedures and Guidelines set out in their Manual entitled A Safe Church. Should you have a concern about safeguarding, please immediately contact Father Grant on 020 8657 1725.
House Groups meet in homes around the parish, mostly in the evening, but some daytime. There are between seven and twelve people in each group. We have a flexible programme of Bible study and discussions. House groups usually meet in term times and break up during Lent for an ecumenical programme of study up to Holy Week. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join a House Group. Please contact Grant if you would like to join a house group or for more information.
Attached to St Mary’s are sections of the 8th Purley Scout group comprising Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts. In addition, the 2nd Purley Rainbows and 3rd Sanderstead Brownies also meet at St Mary’s.
Sanderstead Parish Mothers' Union includes members from all four churches in the parish. Click here for the current programme. For more information please contact Rosemary Kempsell, 020 8657 0482, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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