St Barnabas in the sun 

St Barnabas Church aims to make Jesus known to all and to be right at the heart of our local community

There has been a church here on Higher Drive, Purley for over 100 years.  The church was originally formed when St John the Evangelist Church in Old Coulsdon decided to plant a number of Churches in its very large parish (as it was then).  St Barnabas became a parish in its own right around the beginning of the 1960's.

Our main 10.00am Sunday service is shared with All Saints, Kenley.  Our music is a mix of traditional and contemporary and several hymns and songs have been composed by members of the choir.

A Fairtrade ChurchFairtrade Church logo

St Barnabas is proud to say that it is a Fairtrade Church, having gained this status in 2014 and renewed this pledge in 2020.  This means that we serve only Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar at Church events, and actively promote the buying of Fairtrade goods throughout the year.


“Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.”  For more information go to:

St Barnabas

Our Church is named after the Saint Barnabas.  He is described as having the status of an Apostle in Acts 14:14.  Together with St Paul, he undertook many missionary journeys throughout the Mediterranean.  He was originally called Joseph, although because of his ability to encourage those around him, the early church re-named him Barnabas which means son of encouragement (Acts 4:36).  St Barnabas understood the power of the Gospel to change people's hearts, and lives.  When an arch persecutor of the early Christian Church, Saul (later called Paul), arrived in Damascus claiming to have experienced a now famous conversion en route it was Barnabas who made great efforts to convince the early Church of the genuineness of Saul's conversion.  

You'll find us at 69 Higher Drive, Purley, Surrey, CR8 2HR. Click here for a map.  There is no public transport nearby, but the 434 bus stops a 10 minute walk away.  Pick it up in Purley Town Centre.

You'll find us at the top of a row of steps from Higher Drive.  Please get in touch well in advance if you need help getting to us. 

Post code for your satnav: CR8 2HR  Google Maps

 Summer get-together

St Barnabas takes the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously.  We comply with the Church of England’s policy and practice and the Diocese of Southwark's policy and guidance on the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.  For more information on who to contact locally, go to Safeguarding.