Just 5 minutes’ walk from the church building is Lunar House – the UK Border Agency office in central Croydon. Due to the presence of Lunar House there are a high number of refugees and asylum seekers living in the Borough of Croydon.
In the 1990s, the church formed the Croydon Refugee Day Centre with the aim of helping people who had newly arrived in Britain as refugees or asylum seekers.
Every Tuesday between 10am and 1pm the centre is open to provide food, clothing, household goods, advice, a shower, a hot meal and a place of welcome and safety for our guests.
Every Wednesday, at 10am the centre is open to provide English language classes for women as well as general education classes for asylum seeking children who are unable to access a place at a local school.
The centre is run entirely by volunteers, many of whom come from the churches of Croydon.
Every winter, from the beginning of November to the end of March, the churches of Croydon combine to run the Croydon Churches Floating Shelter. Around 70 Croydon churches are involved in providing a nightly shelter for homeless people.
On Friday nights, in January and February, our church hosts the shelter, providing our guests with an evening meal, a shower, a bed for the night, a cooked breakfast and a packed lunch.
The shelter is run entirely by volunteers.
We are a church that loves God and loves Croydon! At least once a year we host a weekend festival in our local park to show our local community just how much God loves Croydon and just how much we love Croydon. So, from face painting to hair braiding, from nail painting to craft making, from zumba dancing to hoola-hooping, from penalty shoot-outs to limbo-dancing we are a church that likes to party with our local community. We cook a barbecue for everyone present and the best thing of all is that everything is free!
Little Jewels is our parent/carers and toddlers club for 0-5yr olds. Held every Thursday morning from 10-12 during term-time, Little Jewels is a safe environment for children to play, sing and have fun and for their parents/carers to enjoy a coffee and to meet up with others.
Why not pop down and come join us?
In 1086 the Doomsday Book described Croydon like this: “In Croydon there is a church”. Today there are more than 250 churches in the town but together they work together in unity to be the Church of Jesus Christ in Croydon. West Croydon Baptist Church is proud to be a member of the Croydon Churches Forum and to work and pray together with all churches as we go and make Jesus famous in Croydon.