A Church for the Whole Community
St Mary’s is a diverse and inclusive community learning the way of Jesus and growing in love – a centre of Arts, Prayer and Transformation, and a church for the whole community where all are welcome, always.
We run confirmation, marriage and faith-exploration courses, help people out of debt through our Christians Against Poverty centre, work with young people and children, and advocate for affordable housing and a Just Transition to a carbon-neutral London as members of Waltham Forest Citizens, our local chapter of Citizens UK. We also support the local night shelter and have been involved with the Christian Kitchen for many years.
We are a centre for arts and culture in Walthamstow. As home to the St Mary’s Music Hall and the St Mary’s Arts Collective, our arts projects and musical events bring people together, and our £3.37 million Creative Church project, which will break ground in 2021, will make our building more accessible to the whole community.
Our ancient building is the historic parish church of Walthamstow. People have worshipped here for over 900 years and it’s still the heart of all we do; indeed, worship is something that happens every minute of every day!
From 27th June 2021, the church building will be closed for renovations and we will move to two weekly in-person Sunday Services in the Welcome Centre, which is our church hall (located across the churchyard from the church): a 9am Holy Communion service (numbers are limited due to social distancing, so please pre-book here) and a 10.30am service (pre-book here), which we will also live-stream to our Facebook page. However, we will continue to meet online every Wednesday for Vespers (7.30pm), and throughout the week on our Facebook page for Morning Prayer (Monday to Friday at 8.30am).
St Mary’s is part of the Church of England and Diocese of Chelmsford and we are committed to safeguarding children and young people and all victims of abuse and vulnerable adults. Our PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practices on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website. Our parish safeguarding officer is Emma Clements; she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2015, an architect’s report indicated we had to make urgent repairs to St Mary’s ancient building. However, as we looked at how we might fund this work, we began to dream bigger and to imagine how we might make St Mary’s building the heart of Walthamstow again, as it was in centuries past.
Click on the image below to learn more about our plans to open up Walthamstow’s ancient church and oldest building to the whole community with a cafe, gallery space and more. Work begins in 2021.