The Parish of Walthamstow is a vibrant and diverse team of Anglican churches and we’d love to have you join us. As active members of the Church of England and the worldwide Christian family, we want to make Walthamstow a better place for everyone. We do this through our work with Citizens UK, the Forest Churches Emergency Night Shelter and through our Christians Against Poverty centre.

We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds. Join us as we seek to grow in our knowledge and love of God, to grow numerically, to grow in reach and impact in Walthamstow and to grow in our love for our neighbours and for each other.

We’re a local Church of England parish and part of the Diocese of Chelmsford.

Youth Alpha Starts Sunday 18 February, 6pm, at St Gabriel’s

We’re running Youth Alpha for Year 8-13s for six weeks and it starts Sunday evening, 18 February, 6-8pm. Alpha is a great way for young people to explore faith in a relaxed and open-minded way, and we’re keen for youth around Walthamstow to know about it. We’ll meet at St Gabriel’s, which is located on Havant Road (E17 3JF) near the corner of Havant Rd and Wood St. Join us on Sunday evenings as we take the adventure!

First Alpha Course of 2018 Starts at St Mary’s on 6 February

Join us as we explore life and faith at St Mary’s Walthamstow over the course of eight consecutive Tuesdays, 8-9.30pm, starting Tuesday, 6 February 2018. Millions of people around the world have tried Alpha, an open-minded way to explore the Christian faith and a place where no questions or ideas are off-limits. Each session starts with teas, coffees and cake; we then watch an approximately 20-minute film before breaking into small discussion groups. Alpha is free of charge and open to absolutely everyone – note your interest here by filling out the following short form. There’s no requirement to commit to coming to Alpha for all eight weeks, just come for the first week or two and see what you think! Register here.

Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2018 at St Mary’s and in the Parish

Join us for Lent and Holy Week at St Mary’s Walthamstow and in the Parish of Walthamstow beginning Ash Wednesday, 14 February, 7.30am at St Mary’s. We’ll journey through the season with two book groups, our regular 7.30pm Wednesday Vespers services at St Mary’s and special events during Holy Week. It all culminates on 1 April, Easter Sunday. A full listing of events and activities is here

Morning Prayer Now at 8.30am at St Mary’s

Join us at St Mary’s Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 8.50am, for Morning Prayer. We’ve recently started meeting at 8.30am to allow for people commuting to work to join us. Morning Prayer includes a period of silence, a reflection and a short reading from scripture. We also pray for our community, our world and for each other. Do consider joining us – it’s a great way to start the day.

St Mary’s Awarded £1.67 Million Heritage Grant

St Mary’s Church is excited to announce that we have won a £1.67 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore and renovate our ancient building, and to expand its use by making it into centre for music, art and culture alongside our regular worship and other ministries. To learn more about our ‘Creative Church for a Creative Community’ project, read our press release.

St Mary’s Music Hall 2018 Series

St Mary’s is pleased to announce that we are continuing our music venture with SoundThread, two members of the Nest Collective (one of London’s top world and folk music promoters) and the St Mary’s Arts Collective on the St Mary’s Music Hall – a curated series of world and folk music. For our 2018 shows and ticket information, visit our website here.

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