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.

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.

CAP Money Course Starts Saturday 20 January 2018

The Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Money Course teaches budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that really works. This course – which is free of charge and open to everyone – will help people better control their finances so that they can save more, give more and avoid getting into debt. This course will be held at St Gabriel’s on Havant Road (E17 3JF) on three Saturdays (20 January, 27 January and 3 February) from 1:30pm to 4pm and everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact David Baker () for more information, or simply turn up at 1.30pm on 20 January 2018 (St Gabriel’s is located near the intersection of Wood Street and Havant Road). To learn more about the Money Course and watch a promotional video, visit the CAP website here: http://bit.ly/2slI1aE

CandleGlow Children’s Party at St Mary’s, 27 January, 3-5pm

All are welcome to join us for CandleGlow – a free children’s party (ages 0-11) on Saturday, 27 January, 3-5pm, at St Mary’s in celebration of Candlemas (a church festival that remembers the presentation of the baby Jesus in the temple). With crafts, games, storytelling, snacks and even a glow stick disco, it promises to be a great event! Drop in for a while or stay for the whole thing (children must be accompanied by an adult). We would love to see you and make you welcome!

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.

Cafe Theology for 20s & 30s: Wednesdays, 8.30pm (Fortnightly)

8.30 pm  for 20s & 30s, Wednesdays after Vespers, 19 Barrett Rd (Fortnightly) 
Join Adam Childs, our curate, and Matt Ralph, who helps lead our young adult ministry, for post-Vespers theological chat with food at 19 Barrett Road (about a 10-minute walk from St Mary’s, between Wood St and Walthamstow Village) every fortnight. Our young adults group is for people in their 20s or 30s and is a great way to get connected at St Mary’s. Vespers is our contemplative service at St Mary’s, which happens every Wednesday at 7.30pm: 40 minutes of mindfulness and contemplation. Cafe Theology next meets 10 January 2018 and 24 January 2018.

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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