to St Mary's, Sanderstead

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

8.30 am Said Eucharist
10 am Family Eucharist
6.30 pm Celtic Worship

Second Sunday

10 am Sung Eucharist
6.30 pm Evening Prayer

Third Sunday

8.30 am Said Eucharist
10 am Sung Eucharist
6.30 pm Evening Prayer

Fourth Sunday if not the last

10 am Sung Eucharist
6.30 pm Evening Prayer

Last Sunday

10 am Sung Eucharist
6.30 pm Choral Evensong

Every Thursday

10 am Eucharist followed by Coffee in the Family Room

1st Saturday

12 noon, Prayer lunch

Special Services and Information

St Mary's Notices

We apologise that St Mary's notices are not currently available online

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Parish Events

Ways into Prayer

Sanderstead Methodist Church

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Memorial Service

St Edmund's

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Parish Weekend away


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News from around the Parish

News from the Green Team

23 September 2017

The Green Team have produced some useful information about recycling

St Antony's 60th Celebration

17 September 2017

St Antony's celebrates 60 years serving the people of Hamsey Green

Win Collis

13 September 2017

We say goodbye to Win as she moves to a new home.

September Team Newsletter

03 September 2017

September's Team Newsletter


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

Christian Aid

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Contact St Mary's


Thumb grantcohen Team Vicar, St Mary's
Rev Grant Cohen
email grant@sanderstead-parish.org.uk
tel 020 8657 1725
Thumb petermacan Honorary Assistant Priest, St Mary's
Rev Peter Macan
email via St Mary's Office, stmarys.office@sanderstead-parish.org.uk
tel 020 8657 1398

Southwark Pastoral Auxilliary

Thumb juliastorey Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary
Julia Storey
email via Parish Office
tel 020 8657 0665

Church Warden

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Deborah Rastall
email rastalls@blueyonder.co.uk
tel 020 8657 8513


Thumb davidthomas Organist, St Mary's
David Thomas
email c/o parish.office@sanderstead-parish.org.uk
tel 07909975846

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.

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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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