We are a small, long-established, Anglican church in Forest Gate, Newham.
Our worship is in the Anglo-Catholic tradition with a sung Mass at 10.00am. on Sundays. We also have a regular Mass every Wednesday morning, also at 10am.
The congregation reflects the ethnic diversity of the Borough of Newham with members from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, as well as the UK. Members contribute to ministry as servers, readers and intercessors. Four members of the congregation are also licensed to assist at Holy Communion. Members of the congregation are asked to provide individual prayers once each month which are read as “The People’s Intercessions”. We currently do not have a permanent organist but one of the congregation pre-records musical accompaniment for each Sunday service.
In this area of great belief in other faiths, our parish should strive to be a beacon of Christianity where Christians can continue to reflect the beauty of holiness in their witness and ministry, serving God in welcoming and inclusive ways to all irrespective of their cultural background.
The building is in a busy residential road virtually equidistant between two extremely busy shopping areas. It operates as a church and community centre in a converted old vicarage which replaced a traditional Victorian church building which was no longer deemed viable. It was dedicated in 1988 and subsequently remodelled in 1995 to improve accessibility.
The building is fronted by a chapel, designed by Cottrell & Vermeulen, with a single, floor-to- ceiling, pane glass window. There is a vestry and a small kitchen. The rest of the ground floor is a multifunctional area usually configured as a “lounge” and a main, larger, worship area.
Most of the first floor is rented out to the St. Edmund’s Pre-School - an independent, multicultural group. The Walsingham Room, reserved for quiet and reflection at the bequest of a deceased member of the church, is also on the first floor. The top floor of the building is a flat, currently let to the Priest-in-Residence.
To the rear of the Church is a small garden of remembrance. At the front is an area used by the Pre-school for outdoor play and a small open garden, mostly laid to gravel.
A number of other groups also use the building. Apart from the Pre-School, the Monega Residents Association uses the building for their meetings and the St Edmund’s Music Group hold concerts several times a year. Currently a keep fit group also meets in the hall.
In addition to this, a number of other Christian churches, such as The United Pentecostal Church of Europe, Bethel United and Bibleway Churches United Kingdom, worship in our building.
St Edmund’s have only recently joined the East Ham Team and are excited by the possibilities this offers them in joining with others to develop ourselves and help extend our ministry in this part of Newham.