Responding to Coronavirus

  • We are encouraging people to join us in person on Sundays for corporate worship at 10.30am. Face masks are now mandatory for all over 11s unless exempt.
  • 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 is mandatory for those wishing to continue with this.
  • Our creche room will be open and stocked with toys for any parents with babies to use.
  • 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 how these groups will run. 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.

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 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

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

Our monthly central prayer meeting held in church. 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?! | Saturday 22 Jan & 19 March, 10-11.30am

Occasional Saturday morning group for Dads and toddlers meeting in the crypt, with toys, newspapers, breakfast rolls and coffee/tea. Just £1 on the door!

Newcomers’ lunch | Sunday 23 January

If you’re new to St Anne’s or have been following online, we’d love you to join us for lunch at the Rectory after the morning service on 23 January. Get to know some other members of St Anne’s, new and old, and find out what we’re about as a church. Get in touch to let us know you’re planning to come.

Bring & share lunch | Sundays 30 January and 13 March

Stick around after the morning service on 30 Jan and 13 March to join us lunch, and bring some food or drinks to share if you can!

LIFE! | A month of guest events, 21 March – 17 April

We’re planning a month of guest events between 21 Mar and 17 Apr. Watch this space as we add more events, and consider which you might bring guests along to.

  • Friday 25 March, 7.30pm – Quiz night
  • Sunday 27 March , 10.30am – Mothering Sunday guest service