Celebrating 60 Years of Faith and Fellowship


This year marks a momentous occasion for the East Croydon United Reformed Church (URC) as it celebrates its 60th anniversary of moving to Addiscombe Grove. For six decades, this cornerstone of our community has been a beacon of faith, hope, and love, fostering a sense of belonging and togetherness among its congregation and beyond. As we look back on the remarkable journey of East Croydon URC, we reflect on its unwavering commitment to embracing community and envision its future as a nurturing home for all who seek solace and spiritual growth.

A Rich History Rooted in Faith


East Croydon URC emerged during significant social change. Its establishment was a testament to the resilience and dedication of a group of visionaries who sought to create a welcoming space for worship and community engagement. Over the years, the church has adapted to the evolving needs of its congregation while staying true to its core mission: to serve God and the community with compassion and grace.


A Hub for Community Engagement


One of East Croydon URC’s defining characteristics is its vibrant and inclusive community outreach. The church has long been a hub for various social and charitable activities, reflecting its commitment to positively affecting society. From hosting food banks and supporting local homeless shelters to organizing youth programs and cultural events, East Croydon URC strives to address the needs of the vulnerable and marginalized. The church’s involvement in community projects extends beyond providing immediate assistance. It also focuses on long-term solutions, partnering with local organizations to offer educational workshops, job training, and mental health support. These initiatives not only uplift individuals but also strengthen the community.


Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion


At East Croydon URC, diversity is not just acknowledged but celebrated. The church prides itself on being a place where people from all walks of life can unite and feel valued. This commitment to inclusivity is evident in its diverse congregation, which spans various ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds. The church’s services and programs are designed to be accessible and relevant to all, fostering an environment where everyone can grow in their faith and find a sense of belonging. The church is trying to promote inclusivity, extending to its worship practices. East Croydon URC offers a variety of worship styles, from traditional hymns to contemporary music, ensuring that there is something for everyone. This adaptability in worship reflects the church’s understanding of its congregation’s diverse spiritual needs.


Looking to the Future


As East Croydon URC celebrates its 60th anniversary, it also looks forward to the future with optimism and hope. The church is committed to continuing its community service and spiritual growth legacy. Plans are underway to expand its outreach programs, enhance its facilities, and develop new initiatives that address contemporary social issues. The church leadership recognises the importance of engaging with the younger generation and is dedicated to creating programs that resonate with youth. By fostering a sense of ownership and involvement among young people, East Croydon URC aims to ensure that its mission of embracing community will endure for generations.


A Personal Invitation


As we celebrate this significant milestone, we invite everyone to commemorate 60 years of faith, fellowship, and community service. Whether you are a long-time member or a newcomer, East Croydon URC welcomes you with open arms. Together, let us continue to build a loving, inclusive, and vibrant community that reflects the teachings of Christ and the values we hold dear. In this spirit of celebration and renewal, East Croydon URC reaffirms its dedication to embracing community, now and in the years to come. Here’s to another 60 years of making a difference, one act of kindness at a time. For more information about the anniversary events and how you can get involved, please visit our website or contact the church office at admin@eastcroydonurc.org.uk.


Victor Kisseih

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