Learning the Way of Jesus and Growing in Love
St Mary’s is a diverse and inclusive Christian community of 300+ learning the way of Jesus and growing in love. Our goal is to be a centre of ministry in East London and a focal point of activity in Walthamstow: a place where interesting and transformative things happen.
We enjoy a range of Sunday worship and midweek activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. We run parenting, marriage and Alpha courses, help people out of debt through our Christians Against Poverty centre, advocate for affordable housing and other important issues through our partnership with Citizens UK and support the Forest Churches Emergency Night Shelter.
Our ancient building is the historic parish church of Walthamstow. People have worshipped here for nearly a thousand years – a great tradition we carry on, both on Sundays (8 am, 10.30 am and 7 pm) and in the week (Wednesdays, 7.30pm).
All we do celebrates and explores life in response to God’s love. We believe Jesus offers real hope for our world, and whilst we don’t get everything right, we want to contribute to the good of all in our community in the way of Jesus.
Sunday Worship at St Mary’s
8 am Communion
A great way to start the day in peace and quiet using traditional words.
10.30 am Morning Worship
A contemporary service with music, images and thought-provoking ideas. We welcome everyone and have special groups for children and young people. There is a Baby Lounge for children under 1; another group for children ages 1-3; and for older children, there are supervised groups in the Welcome Centre, which is located just across the churchyard from the church.
Generally the first and third Sundays in the month are Communion, the second is Morning Worship and the fourth is All-Age Worship, but please note this may be different around the major church festivals especially Easter and Christmas.
7 pm Evening Worship
Joining with people from across the Parish, our evening service varies between Communion, informal praise and contemplative prayer. Starting February 2017, the first Sunday evening of every month will be dedicated to praying for our church and parish, the wider community and our world.
Wednesday Vespers at St Mary’s
7.30 pm Evening Prayer, Wednesdays
Join us for 40 minutes of stillness, mindfulness and contemplation as we draw on the Christian contemplative tradition in Walthamstow’s ancient parish church. Vespers is for anyone at any stage of the spiritual journey and features two periods of silence, reflective music, a reading from Scripture and a short message which draws on over a thousand years of Christian contemplative teaching.
Cafe Theology, 8.30 pm, Weds 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 (a 10-minute walk from St Mary’s, between Wood St and Walthamstow Village) every fortnight. Cafe Theology is for people in their 20s or 30s and is a great way to get connected at St Mary’s. Vespers is our candlelit contemplative service at St Mary’s, which happens every Wednesday at 7.30pm: 40 minutes of stillness, mindfulness and contemplation. Our next Cafe Theology meetings are 15 November, 29 November, 13 December, 10 January 2018 and 24 January 2018.
Candlelit History Tours at St Mary’s: 24 November & 1 December
Explore St Mary’s Church, the oldest building in Walthamstow, on Friday 24 November and Friday 1 December with free candlelit history tours. Tours will begin at 7.45pm, 8.05pm and 8.25pm and each tour will last about 30-40 minutes. Do join us for an atmospheric tour of the building that has shaped over 900 years of Walthamstow history! There’s no need to book, just turn up a few minutes before a tour is set to begin.
Alpha at St Mary’s: Starts 3 October 2017, 8pm
We’re excited to be running the renowned Alpha Course for 8 Tuesdays – 3 October to 21 November 2017, 8pm to 9.30pm – at St Mary’s Walthamstow. Would you like to join us? It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore faith in a relaxed and open environment – a place where questions, doubts and thinking are very much encouraged! And it’s not too late to join! Register your interest: http://bit.ly/2eTwppI
St Mary’s Awarded £1.67 Million Heritage Grant
St Mary’s 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 a 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 2017 Series
St Mary’s is pleased to announce a new 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 latest shows and ticket information, visit our website here.
About Vanessa Conant, Our Rector
Revd Vanessa Conant has been the rector of St Mary’s and the Parish since July 2015 and comes to us from St Paul’s & St George’s Church in Edinburgh (‘P’s & G’s’), where she served as associate rector from 2011-2015. Prior to that, Vanessa was a curate in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Ordained in the St Alban’s Diocese, and originally from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Vanessa trained for ministry at Trinity College, Bristol, where she received a degree in theology. Vanessa also has a degree in history from Lancaster University. Prior to training for ordination and becoming a priest, Vanessa worked in fundraising for Crisis and Christian Aid in London. Vanessa is married to Cameron, a writer and communications consultant, and enjoys walking, reading, watching films and spending time with friends and family. Her vision for church is one where people’s individual passions are lived out in the context of Christian community and can be used to positively impact the world around them. Vanessa would love to have a coffee with you – do drop her an email!
Revd Vanessa Conant
Revd Adam Childs
Youth & Children’s Director
Parish Operations Director
Revd Jill Mowbray