We are a friendly, welcoming group of people who meet together at 10.30 am on Sundays to worship God. You’ll find a wide age range: from babies to 90+ with people in every decade. We are a multi-racial congregation – as well as people born and brought up in the Croydon area, others have moved here over the years, particularly from Ghana.
Our Minister is Revd Derrick Sena Dzandu-Hedidor. He was ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana and came to Britain to be Chaplain to Ghanaian students. He became a minister in the URC and has been at East Croydon for the past eight years. He is married with two grown-up children. Derrick is supported in leading the church by the Church Secretaries, the Treasurer and a team of 8 Elders.
We are part of the United Reformed Church (URC) which is itself part of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, in total over 80 million Christians worldwide.
Why Fellowship With Us?
- A community facility for local groupsWe are very well located with excellent transport links, and we are committed to making it available for recreational and educational purposes for local community groups and national organisations. You’ll find writers, singers, artists, stamp collectors, railway enthusiasts, lace makers and many other groups meeting at East Croydon.
- Supporting people in need in the area through church and community projectsWe believe that we have a very special mission in Croydon which has increased in recent years. We support several community organisations by providing the facilities for their meetings at no, or minimal cost. For example, The Link Drop-in is held once a week for people to meet over a cup of coffee and sandwiches and have a chance to chat and play games. Another group provides a similar session for people working with former drug users. AA and Al Anon groups meet regularly.
- Fundraising for local and international charitiesEach year we support several charities working in both our local community and around the world. We join in Christian Aid Week, and we also have special collections from time to time to support specific charities. We have sponsored a child in Ecuador for many years, and our Minister uses our Benevolent Fund, to help people in need within the church and the wider community. We support Fair Trade and use fair trade tea and coffee at all church events.
- Partnerships with other churchesAn essential part of belonging to the United Reformed Churches is a commitment to working with other churches. We support the Croydon Churches Housing Association and also Churches Together in Addiscombe. The Southern Synod Offices are located at the church. We are used regularly as a meeting place for URC churches from all over the South East of England.