Responding to Coronavirus

  • We are encouraging people to join us in person on Sundays for corporate worship at 10.30am. We will be reintroducing congregational singing from 25 July but will be asking those who join in to wear a face mask to reduce the risk of virus transmission.
  • People will no longer be asked to sign-in and will be free to choose where they sit.
  • We will maintain a zone within the building where distancing and face masks are mandatory for those wishing to continue with these measures.
  • Our creche room will be restocked with toys and there will be space in the crypt over the summer for parents with toddlers to use during the service if they wish.
  • We will also continue to live stream the Sunday service through our Youtube channel at 10.30am for those who are unable to join us in person. This will remain online to watch after the service ends if you are not able to join us live.
  • Your small group leaders will keep you informed about any changes to these meetings. If you wish to join a small group please use the contact form to get in touch with us.
  • Please do get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns.

The rest of the information on this page reflects the normal pattern of ministry at St Anne’s.

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.
click here for our programme card

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.

During the service, there’s an opportunity for giving money in the collection. This is mainly for regular members, so please don’t feel you have to! 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

On the last Sunday of each month, there is a service of Holy Communion. 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

In 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 meet groups meet in different parts of the building. 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

Our playgroup for 0-3 year olds 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.

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.

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 weekkly 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 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 contact Matt Endersby.

Events and Meetings

Coffee and creativity for women | Monthly on Mondays, 1-3pm

A free group for women with coffee, tea, chat and the option to be creative! Bring your own craft project, join in with what’s provided, or just come along to chat.

Mondays: 14 June, 19 July, 16 August, 20 September in the churchyard.

Harvest Service and church family lunch | Sunday 26 October, 10.30am

Join us as we give thanks to God for all his provision in this life and the next. We will be collecting food donations for the Tower Hamlets Food Bank. Stay on afterwards as we celebrate God’s goodness and enjoy lunch together.

Marathon Sunday open-air service | Sunday 3 October, 10.15am

Join us for a short open-air service in the churchyard before the elite runners pass us by on Commercial Road. We’ll stay open to offer refreshments and toilet facilities for marathon spectators.

Quiz Night | Friday 8 October, 7.30pm

Our family-friendly quiz night is back! Come along and join a team or bring all your friends and create a team of your own. Order fish or chicken & chips on the door for £6, bring your own drinks. All welcome!

The Great Rescue Activity Day | Friday 29 October

Activity day for children in school years R-9, with games, activities, crafts, music and more – all centred around the book of Jonah from the Bible. Followed by Finding Nemo on the big screen. More details here. To book a space now, follow this link.

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!