to St Mary's, Sanderstead

St Mary's is now in the Parish of Sanderstead St Mary

Groupings of churches are often reviewed. After St Mary’s Team Vicar Rev Grant Cohen was also given responsibility for St James’s Riddlesdown as Priest in charge, it became possible for the churches to consider a re-shaping of their relationships. After a careful conversation, involving the Bishop, Archdeacon, the Team Churches and the Parochial Church Council, St Mary’s Church Council decided that the interests of gospel mission and ministry would be better served outside the Sanderstead Team. All the necessary legal documentation has been completed, so St Mary's is now no longer part of the Sanderstead Team. However St Mary's page will remain on the Sanderstead Parish website until their new website is up and running.

A warm welcome awaits you at St Mary's

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, stmarys.office@sanderstead-parish.org.uk.

Regular Service Pattern at St Mary's

First Sunday

8 am Said Eucharist

9.45 am Sung Eucharist with robed choir

Second Sunday

9.45 am Family Eucharist with worship band

6.30 pm Celtic Eucharist

Third Sunday

8 am Said Eucharist

9.45 am Sung Eucharist

Last Sunday

9.45 am Sung Eucharist with robed choir

6.30 pm Choral Evensong

Midweek Service - Thursdays

10 am Eucharist followed by fellowship

Special Services and Information

St Mary's Notices

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Parish Events

Team Eucharist

St Edmund's

Sunday 30 December 2018 at 10.00 am Info blueback12

News from around the Parish

Team Newsletter November '18

04 November 2018

"Lord for the years, we bring our thanks today...."

Christmas Day lunch

14 October 2018

The Sanderstead parish Christmas Day lunch is on!

Team Newsletter October 2018

07 October 2018

"There....but not there"

Changes to Sunday services in 2019

25 September 2018

Our strategic priority is Children and Families


St Mary's actively supports a number of Christian charities, through prayer, raising awareness and a variety of fund raising activities.

Christian Aid

Christian aid


The Children's Society



Joseph Storehouse


Joseph storehouse

International Needs


International needs

Shelter Box



Contact St Mary's

Finding St Mary's


St Mary's Church, Purley Oaks Road, Sanderstead, CR2 0NR

By car

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.

By bus

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.

By train

St Mary's is 1/6 mile from Sanderstead and Purley Oaks stations.

St Mary's Hall Hire


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.

Get Involved at St Mary's

House Groups

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.

Uniformed Organisations

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.

Mothers' Union

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 rosemary@kempsell.freeserve.co.uk.

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