St Barnabas Church



Our church has regular Sunday worship with Sunday School for children up to age 16, and Crèche for pre-school children. It is very light and airy, and sits at the top of a hill a mile from the centre of Purley overlooking parts of the South Downs. The parish comprises approx. 2,500 homes.

There are two halls that are used by the local community for activities including exercise classes, dancing, dog training and an independent Pre-school. We also have very active Guide & Scout organisations for girls and boys aged 5 upwards.

There has been a church on the site for nearly 100 years. The present building was constructed in 1958; it is simple and uncluttered, directing our attention to the Altar table and Cross. It is furnished with art, including the painting of "Madonna & Child" by John Hayward, an enamel "Resurrection Cross" by local artist Lesley Miller and many fine Altar Frontals.


Revd. Chris Thomson (pictured above) is Priest-in-Charge of St Barnabas, Purley and All Saints, Kenley. He was previously Curate at the united benefice of St. Mary the Virgin, Bletchingley and St. Peter and St. Paul, Nutfield. 

St. Barnabas, Purley and All Saints, Kenley, are joint benefices working towards unification; to visit the Joint Benefice website, please click here.