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.
Our Sunday Services are in the Welcome Centre, which is our church hall (located across the churchyard from the church): a weekly 9am Holy Communion service (you can help us with Track and Trace by booking here) and a 10.30am service (book here), which we also live-stream to our Facebook page.
We also meet weekly for Vespers (Wednesdays at 7.30pm) in the Welcome Centre and we live-stream Morning Prayer (Monday to Friday at 8.30am) to our Facebook page. Our 2021 Advent and Christmas services will be almost entirely in-person, but due to limited space because of our church building project, we are asking you to book in advance. View all of our Advent and Christmas services here.
We do more than meet on Sundays and Wednesdays: we run confirmation, marriage and faith-exploration courses, work with young people and children, manage an award-winning churchyard (with opportunities to volunteer), and advocate for affordable housing and a Just Transition to a carbon-neutral London as founding members of Waltham Forest Citizens, our chapter of Citizens UK. We also support the night shelter and have been involved with Christian Kitchen for 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 Autumn 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!
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.