Responding to Coronavirus

  • We are encouraging people to join us in person on Sundays for corporate worship at 10.30am. To keep within the current guidelines for safety we will not include any congregational singing in the services, but will sing one song outside after the service with refreshments. People will be asked to maintain social distancing inside the church and wear face coverings.
  • We would encourage any who are vulnerable or who feel it is safest to stay at home to join in via the YouTube live stream rather than coming in person.
  • We are currently running our Sunday Club groups in a Covid-safe way for children in years R-6. In addition to this there will be distanced ‘pods’ available in the porch for preschool children with a parent, and the creche room will be available for parents with babes in arms with space for two distanced pairs.
  • We will also 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.
  • Midweek small groups will mostly continue to meet online/by phone for the time being, although some smaller groups will be meeting in-person. Your small group leaders will keep you informed. If you wish to join a small group please use the contact form to get in touch with us.
  • We will be updating our Facebook Page regularly and providing resources there to help you study the Bible, pray and encourage one another in these strange times.
  • Click here to watch a recent service thinking about ‘Lessons from the book of Revelation for the present crisis’.

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

Chatterbox in the sun | Wednesdays, 10-11.30am

Chatterbox is our parent/carer and toddler group which will be restarting in a new outdoor format from Wednesday 9 June. The group will be meeting weekly from 10-11.30am in the south side of the churchyard, with toys, tea/coffee and chat. All are welcome, just £1 per family. Download the flyer here.

Christianity Explored | Starts Tuesday 15 June

This short course exploring the basics of the Christian faith will be run over Zoom from 8-9.30pm on Tuesday evenings. Please get in touch with Matt if you or someone you know might be interested in joining.

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.

Church Day Away | Saturday 3 July

We’re planning to go away to Chalkwell again this year for a day of  teaching, fellowship and fun. We’ll have groups for young children, a guest speaker, lunch, and afternoon activities. Get in touch to sign up!