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Purley United Reformed Church is a congregation of the United Reformed Church located in the heart of Purley, offering a place of worship and service to the community. We aim to be an all-inclusive community where all are welcome and all are valued. Our church building is a valued centre for the community activity and we have a strong commitment to work with other churches in the area.

We aim to be a community where people can journey together and explore faith issues in an open and non-judgemental environment.

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Our Church


Purley United Reformed Church
906 Brighton Road

Contact number:
020 8660 9371

Service times


Our Service Times 
Every Sunday –  Morning Worship starting at 10.30am.
On the first Sunday of each month we celebrate Holy Communion (all are welcome).

Sunday evening gatherings start at 6pm (please see programme).
A mixture of worship, discussion, bible study and reflection.

On Fridays – ˜Food for Thought” –  a short reflection service starting at 1pm.

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Upcoming Events

  • 27 May 2017 10:00Coffee and Cookies
  • 27 May 2017 10:00Book Fair - Feed the Minds
  • 29 May 2017 20:00Badminton Club
  • 31 May 2017 14:00Ladies Badminton
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‘Peace from a shoebox’

(article published in ‘Reform’ April 2017 issue)

Peace from a shoebox

How a food parcel led to the development of a global partnership between five churches

What happens when, in 1946, you send a marmalade pudding, tins of sardines and corned beef, dried egg powder and half a pound of tea in a shoebox to Germany? Twenty years later, the birth of a unique international five-way church partnership, which has developed and flourishes to this day.

That shoebox and others were sent by Shelley Road Congregational Church in Worthing to Wolfstein in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, leading to the creation in 1957 of the denomination’s link with the Evangelical Church of the Palatinate. Back then, and throughout the 1960s, the impetus was reconciliation – between West and East Germany, the UK and Germany, western Europe and eastern Europe, and the US and Europe.

As part of this partnership, Purley Congregational Church developed links with Speyer in Germany, but it also made connections with the USA. During a 1967 pulpit exchange, Purley’s minister, the Revd Cyril Franks, uncovered some highly prejudiced and stereotypical views of Germans in Hartford, Connecticut. He felt attitudes would only change if people met face to face and realised how much they had in common, whatever labels they wore. The churches in Purley and Hartford then piggybacked onto contacts already made by Speyer with Dessau in East Germany and Ostrava in Czechoslovakia, creating the five-way partnership as we know it today. This rationale sustained the partnership until after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The 1992 partnership conference, with Dessau and Ostrava fully represented for the first time, was a high point, with 120 visitors from three countries and four congregations staying in Purley for two weeks.

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Article written by Purley United Reformed Church’s world church partnership committee. To find out more about this international partnership, visit International Church Partnership

This is an extract from the April 2017 edition of Reform.

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Revd. Russell Furley-Smith

Revd. Russell Furley-Smith

Russell was born and brought up in Putney, South West London before studying history at  Edinburgh University. He trained for the ministry in Manchester and has served churches in Billericay, Essex, West Wickham and Elmers End in South London before becoming minister of Purley URC in January 2005. 

Russell is married to Nicola and they have two sons, Cameron and Ross.

You can contact Russell via russfurley@aol.com



Revd. Daphne Topple

Born in Streatham, South London, I attended a Congregational Church, which became a URC in 1972, and I served as a Church Secretary and elder, alongside my teaching profession and being an accredited lay preacher.

I took early retirement from my post as Head, when my school in Ewell amalgamated with another local school. The next three years I trained for ordained ministry on the then Southwark Ordination Course. 

I was ordained in Trinity URC/Methodist Church in Sutton, as the Associate Minister, working with the Methodist Minister, and in close contact with the local Baptists and Anglicans. During this time I became one of the Chaplains at St Raphael’s Hospice, North Cheam. 

I thank God for my calls to serve him in teaching and in the church.


  • 26 May 2017 12:00Friday Lunch
  • 26 May 2017 13:00Food for Thought
  • 26 May 2017 20:00Badminton Club
  • 27 May 2017 10:00Book Fair - Feed the Minds
  • 27 May 2017 10:00Coffee and Cookies
  • 27 May 2017 10:00Junior Badminton Club
  • 29 May 2017 20:00Badminton Club
  • 30 May 2017 10:00Coffee and Cookies
  • 31 May 2017 10:00Coffee and Cookies
  • 31 May 2017 14:00Ladies Badminton
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