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A Living Loving Learning Community with Jesus at the Heart

26 March 2020
We want to invite as many people as possible to light a candle outside their house or in a window on Sunday evening as a symbol of hope that this virus will end very soon, and as a prayer for those affected.

Let's Stay Connected

22 March 2020
Thanks to coronavirus we may not be able to meet together as a church family for now. But that doesn’t stop us staying connected – online, by phone and through prayer.

In place of Sunday Worship, each week we will be posting a videocast on our YouTube channel. You can also join our Friday prayer meeting (9-10am) online via the Zoom conferencing app.  Go to and enter the Meeting ID code 667 634 181

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In the first of our weekly videocasts, Pastor Nick offers some thoughts on caring for our neighbours and keeping in touch with God.

Coronavirus: A Message from Pastor Nick

19 March 2020
Due to the coronavirus epidemic we have decided to follow government and denominational advice and close all church meetings, services and group activities with immediate effect.

This closure will last for the foreseeable future, but once we have been advised that it is safe to do so, we will re-open and continue our regular activities as before.

However, this does not mean that the church is closing down completely. Sunday services will be replaced by a video podcast which you can watch on the church’s YouTube channel each Sunday morning. If you know someone without internet access, we can provide them with a DVD. Just get in touch.

Prayer meetings, Bible studies and other church meetings will continue to happen over the internet, but our coffee mornings and regular hirer activities are all suspended, and we are not accepting any new hall hire bookings at the moment. However, emails and telephone calls will continue to be answered as normal, and I and the pastoral team will continue to stay in contact with people in the community by telephone or online.

This is a worrying and uncertain time for everyone and it is easy to find ourselves swept along by the mood of panic. I am reminded of the story about Jesus, fast asleep out at sea in a boat with his friends. An enormous storm suddenly appeared, threatening to sink the boat and drown them all. Jesus’ terrified friends wake him up, crying “We’re going to die, please do something!” The story ends with Jesus calmly standing up and commanding the wind and the waves: “Be still.”

I can’t help thinking that right now people all over the world are feeling the same as the disciples in the boat. Though it feels scary and uncertain, we can take comfort from this story because just as Jesus calmed the storm when his friends called out to him, Jesus also wants to calm the fear that many of us are feeling right now. All he is waiting for is for us to call on him just like his friends did. They didn’t offer a well rehearsed, beautifully crafted prayer. Their cry was simple, raw and straight from the heart. Our prayers need only be the same!

My prayer is that you all stay safe and well during this challenging time. Please call or message me if you become unwell so we can pray for you and help in any way we can. If you can’t get out to the shops, or are struggling to get by in other ways, please get in touch. I know lots of great and caring people in our community who are ready and willing to help anyone in need.

Latest Sermons

5 values concentric

David Lewis introduces our series on Old Lodge Lane’s five values – for everyone to thrive, to feel welcome, to find healing, experience freedom and continue to learn.

“Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Pastor Nick continues our series on OLLBC’s five values and what it means to be free.

Digging deeper into our values as a church, Richard Millar talks about Old Lodge Lane being a place where people receive healing.

Sunday Morning Family Worship (currently suspended)

10.30am – 12:15pm

Reedham Park Avenue, Purley CR8 4BQ
Close to 455 bus route terminus
Nearest rail station: Reedham

Weekly Events (currently suspended)


Coffee Morning


Baby Explorers

(Term time only)

PlayPlace Youth Club
(alternate Thursdays)



The Rock Project
Juniors 5pm-7pm
Seniors 7.15-9.15pm



Little Dragons Tang Soo Do
9-10am & 10-11am

Wine Club
(monthly, see Calendar)

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Thursday Tea

We believe that God welcomes all people. We want to do the same, and food is a great way of demonstrating this.

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The OLLBC Team

Introducing the individuals who make up the pastoral and community team at Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church.

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Your Function Here

OLLBC is a great venue for hosting children’s parties, private functions and activities which benefit the community.

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Vids & Photos Galore

Visit our Galleries section, find your favourites or have a browse. There’s videos and photos. Hundreds of photos.

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OLLBC works with CAP to help people facing debt problems. CAP can also help with jobs, budgeting and life skills training.

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Activities & Events

Enjoy a lively and varied schedule of social events, run partly by ourselves and partly by external organisations.

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Mission, Vision & Values

Our aspiration is to be a space where everyone can engage with the heart of God and experience life to the full.

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Our History

OLLBC opened 60 years ago in the summer of 1959. But the seed was sown ten years earlier at a house in Old Lodge Lane.

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Now We Are Sixty

1959-2019: a Diamond Jubilee retrospective in words and pictures