Services

We meet twice on Sundays:

  • 10.30am: Our main service which includes children’s groups, and monthly Holy Communion (usually the last Sunday of the month).
  • 6pm: A more intimate and informal service which includes opportunity for discussion and open prayer. Every Sunday except on bank holiday weekends. Holy Communion on the second Sunday of the month.
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What to expect

As you walk in, someone will welcome you and will give you a Bible with a service card inside. You can choose where to sit, but ask the people at the door if you’d like guidance. When the service starts, the rector or whoever is leading the service will greet the congregation. When we sing, the words are projected on screen. You may not know some of the songs. That doesn’t matter. Join in or just listen, as you prefer. When we pray, a church leader or member of the congregation will lead us in prayer. This will include the prayer that Jesus taught his first disciples, and other intercessions.

At other times, various people will:

  • update us with news about church events
  • read a passage from the Bible
  • give a talk based on what we’ve read.

The service usually lasts between an hour and an hour and a quarter. Refreshments are available after the service. You are welcome to stay and chat with others.

Holy Communion

We have a service of Holy Communion on the last Sunday of each month in the morning, and on the second Sunday of each month in the evening. Holy Communion is a central part of Christian worship, a time when we remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross using the symbols of bread and wine to represent his body and blood. In the service, we follow Christ’s instructions to his disciples to remember him in this way.

You may also know Communion as the Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper or Mass. If it’s your normal practice to take Communion, you’re welcome to join us in doing so. If you prefer not to receive bread and wine, do come forward for those distributing bread and wine to pray with you.

Children and young people

At the 10.30am service, the children and young people meet with us during term time, then leave for Sunday Club during the service. Sunday Club groups meet in different parts of the building for age-appropriate teaching with fun activities. There is also a crèche room for children under 18 months who need to exercise their lungs. The sound from the service is relayed to the crèche room.

Children and Families

Chatterbox & Who let the Dads out?!

Chatterbox is our playgroup for 0-3 year olds and meets in the crypt on Wednesday mornings during term time from 10 till 11.30am. There are toys, songs, crafts and stories for the children, and coffee and chat for the grown-ups. All parents, carers and toddlers are welcome. Get in touch for details.

Who let the Dads out?! is our group for dads and toddlers which meets on occasional Saturday mornings in the crypt. There are toys for the children, and breakfast rolls, tea & coffee and newspapers for the dads. See ‘events’ section below for details of the next session.

Children’s groups on Sundays

We run a number of groups for children aged between 18 months and 11 years during our Sunday morning services in term time. See the section above for more details.

Can’t see what you’re looking for here? Get in touch if you have a question about groups for children and young people at St Anne’s.

Youth

Youth Group

The St Anne’s Youth Group is open to anyone in School years 6 to 9. The group meets on Sundays at 4pm to build friendships, play games, learn about the Christian faith through the Bible, and have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions. There is no fee but please contact Robin in order to book your child a place.

Discipleship Groups

We’d love everyone to join a discipleship group if possible, as well as being part of church on Sundays.

Being part of a smaller group helps us grow stronger relationships and discuss the Bible’s teaching more fully than a Sunday service usually allows.

Home Groups

Small groups meet for fellowship, Bible study and prayer in people’s homes. There are currently groups meeting in Limehouse and on the Isle of Dogs. Groups usually meet weekly on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Get in touch for details.

Ladies’/Men’s daytime groups

For anyone who can’t come to an evening group, there are Bible study groups for ladies on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and for men on Thursday afternoons. Get in touch for details.

Can’t see what you’re looking for here? Get in touch if you’d like to join a small group but none of these seem to fit the bill!

Christianity Explored

Have you ever wondered who Jesus is, or why Christians believe what they do?

Deep down, many of us have questions about what life is about. Christianity Explored is a free seven week course looking at the basics of the Christian faith. It focuses on exploring who Jesus is and why it matters today, through considering the eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life. This video will give you a taste of what the course is like:

Everyone is welcome at Christianity Explored. Whether you’re a complete sceptic or someone who wants to brush up on the basics, Christianity Explored is designed for you.
We make no assumptions about people’s backgrounds or beliefs:

  • You don’t need to know anything about the Bible
  • You won’t be asked to pray, read aloud or sing
  • You can ask any question you like, or you can just listen.

For more details about the course visit the Christianity Explored website. We run Christianity Explored at St Anne’s most terms and can usually be flexible to find a time that suits you. For more information about courses at St Anne’s please contact us.

Events and Meetings

Central prayer meeting | second Wednesday of the month, 7.45 for 8pm

Our monthly central prayer meeting held in the crypt. Join us to pray for the ministry of St Anne’s, church family needs, and wider concerns.

Chatterbox | Wednesdays during term time, 10-11.30am

Weekly group for parents/carers and toddlers meeting in the crypt, with toys, singing, story time and refreshments, just £1 on the door. All welcome!

Who let the Dads out?! | occasional Saturdays, 10-11.30am

Our group for Dads and toddlers meets once or twice a term on Saturday mornings, with toys, newspapers, breakfast rolls and coffee/tea. All welcome, just £1 on the door. Watch this space for details of the next session.

Chill & Chat | first Saturday of every month, 10am-12pm

We’re opening up the crypt every first Saturday of the month for women to get together and just chill & chat with free refreshments. All welcome! The next Chill & Chat will be on Saturday 3 December.

History evening – Limehouse Lives | Sunday 27 November, 7.30pm

Join us on 27 November as Professor Alistair Owens reveals the stories of some of those buried in St Anne’s churchyard and crypt. Discover the history of these amazing lives and enjoy a drink from the bar. Free entry.

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Christmas

Family Carols | Sunday 11 December, 10.30am

All-age carol service with traditional and modern Carols, interactive elements for the children, puppets, and a Christmas talk. Followed by a free children’s lunch.

All-Together Christmas | Wednesdays 14 December, 1o-11.30am

Our toddler group, Chatterbox, welcomes you to join them for a morning of Christmas fun. With carols and songs, refreshments, toys for the kids and a short Christmas talk. All ages welcome!

Carols by Candlelight | Sunday 18 December, 6pm

A traditional carol service in our beautiful candle-lit building, with readings, carols, and a short Christmas talk. Followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Christingle Service | Christmas Eve, 4pm

All-age Christmas Eve Christingle service with traditional carols, Christingle-making and a short Christmas talk.

‘Midnight’ Service | Christmas Eve, 11.30pm

See in Christmas Day in our beautiful candlelit building, with traditional carols and readings, and a short Christmas message.

Christmas Day Celebration | 10.30m

Join us on Christmas morning as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus! With songs, carols, and a short Christmas talk.