Welcome to One Life!

We all get one life to live and deep down we’re all asking the same question – what’s it all about?

Our hope is that by browsing this site, we will whet your appetite about the special week of events we’re organising – enough to get in touch with us and to come along and find out more!

We look forward to meeting you!


We are a group of ordinary people passionate about playing our part in seeing Jesus transform Purley, Tilehurst and beyond – one life at a time.

At the heart of this passion is the belief, that life is most fulfilled when we know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

And so between Thursday 20 September and Thursday 4 October, we’re organising a week of special events that we hope will allow you to experience just that!

When we’re not putting on activities like these, we are most easily found meeting together on Sundays as St. Mary’s church – a  local Anglican church serving Purley and Tilehurst.

We seek to cater for people of all ages, from the youngest baby to the oldest adult and we deliberately have a range of Sunday services and midweek activities to encourage people with different needs and at different stages in their lives.

Our teaching as a church is founded on the message of the Bible, inspired by God to show us His will for our lives.  We acknowledge Jesus as our Saviour, and believe He is at work in our world today through the power of His Holy Spirit – changing people, healing them and setting them free!

We’re excited to have new faces joining us all the time.  Everyone is welcome.

Just come as you are!

To find out more about St. Mary’s please take a look at our church website www.stmaryspurley.org.uk.


The message at the heart of Christianity is pretty simple.
On this three-minute video, find out what it’s all about.


It’s all about one life, the life of Jesus, and it can be summed up in the answers to three questions.


He’s the Christ. The King who God himself had promised to send, who would put everything right by setting up a kingdom of justice and love. He’s also the Son of God. God himself, entering the world as a human being.

Jesus proved who he was by what he did. He healed people. He calmed storms. He raised the dead. By doing these things, the King was giving a glimpse of life in his kingdom. A perfect place, with no suffering, fear or death. It’s the world we all want.


Many people rejected Jesus. They thought they’d be happier making their own rules and living outside his kingdom. This rejection of the King is something we all do. Jesus called it sin. It damages our lives and will eventually leave us separated from the joy of being in the kingdom. God won’t let those who reject the King live with him. So we face what Jesus called hell. An existence without anything good, forever.

People rejected the King so violently that they killed him by nailing him to a cross. But his death wasn’t a mistake by God – it was a masterstroke. On the cross, Jesus was cut off from God’s friendship and goodness. He chose to experience hell – so that we don’t have to. The sinless King died to take the punishment sin deserves. Jesus was opening the way into his kingdom.

Three days after his execution, his tomb was found to be empty. Over the next few weeks many ate with Jesus. Dozens spoke with him. Hundreds saw him. Jesus the King could not be contained by death. He had risen!


So, today, right now, Jesus is inviting people to come into his kingdom. He tells us to repent and believe the good news. Repent means to turn around, to live with Jesus in charge instead of ourselves. Believe means to trust that Jesus has done everything we need to give us a place in his kingdom.

Living with Jesus as King isn’t easy. His followers will be rejected, just as he was. But they also live a life of deep security, satisfaction, and joy, knowing God and his forgiveness, being helped by his Spirit, and looking forward to the King’s return, when he will finally establish his loving kingdom forever. Jesus offers all this to anyone and everyone who repents and believes. Jesus freely offers all this to anyone and everyone who repents and believes.


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    St Mary’s Avenue,
    Purley on Thames,
    Reading, Berkshire, RG8 8BJ

    t: 0118 942 4390