Responding to Coronavirus

  • Following Government and Church of England advice we are pleased to say that we will now be opening on Sundays for a simple spoken service at 10.30am. To keep within the current guidelines for safety we will not include any congregational singing in the services nor will we be able to offer refreshments. People will be asked to maintain social distancing and bring their own Bibles and face coverings.
  • From 6 September we will be running Sunday Club groups for children aged between 18 months and school year 6. Pre-school children above 18 months old will need to be accompanied by a parent or carer. Click here to read our briefing on provision for children after 6 September, or watch our short YouTube videos which contain the same information.
  • 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 continue to meet online/by phone for the time being. Your small group leaders will be in touch if this changes. 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.

Our current programme for the term can be found here.

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 Robin Emmanuel.

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.

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 Andy Jelfs.

Events

Mission: Unstoppable | Friday 30 October

Mission: Unstoppable is a spy-themed activity day and film afternoon for children in school years R-9. Lots of fun activities and games with teaching from the Bible book of Acts. Sign up to one or both parts for just £3 per family. Contact us for more details or to sign up. Spaces are limited, government guidelines for protecting against Covid infection will be followed.

Free online resources

Resources for children and youth

Videos and YouTube channels 
There are lots of great videos to help teach the Bible to children available on YouTube. Check out Saddleback kids for Bible stories suitable for kids up to age 10, or the Beginner’s Bible for younger children. The Beginner’s Bible website also has some extra activities. What’s in the Bible? with Buck Denver is also a firm favourite at St Anne’s and well worth checking out, as well as their website which has some extra activities such as colouring sheets and games.

Music and playlists
One of the best ways to help your children learn and remember Bible truths is to encourage them to sing them! Some of our favourite artists are Colin Buchanan, Awesome Cutlery, Sovereign Grace Kids, Slugs and Bugs, and Maynard’s Groovy Bible tunes. Search for them on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services.

Kids’ talks with Colin
Colin Buchanan has produced some new talks for kids – obviously with some of his music too! Check them out here.

Max 7 Bible resources
The Max 7 website has loads of resources, including videos created by our friend Rod down in Australia. Check it out for videos, songs, crafts and other activities.

Bible Crafts
Download this free book of 101 bible crafts. Also check out My Little House for some amazing templates to build whole Bible scenes!

Diary of a disciple
Diary of a disciple is a series of great books for kids aged 8-11. Have a look at the website for some free resources including a download of the audiobook and links to videos.

Faith in Kids
Faith in Kids are streaming a daily family Bible-time video on their Youtube channel which is well-worth a watch! They’ve also started a new podcast stream designed especially for kids to listen to with their parents. In addition they offer a podcast especially for parents to help equip them for raising their children to know and love Jesus.

Youth Videos
The Bible Society and Good News Youth Bible have produced a series of short videos for youth, to tackle some of the most challenging and chat-worthy parts of the Bible.

Resources for adults

Bible Gateway: Online Bible 
Bible Gateway is a brilliant way to access the Bible online and provides lots of different translations and languages. The NIVUK version, which we use at St Anne’s, is even available to listen to read by actor David Suchet – just click on the speaker icon.

PrayerMate – prayer app
The PrayerMate app is an amazing tool to help you pray regularly for all the things you might otherwise forget to pray for! You can add your own prayer points for family and friends, and also download ready-made ones from churches, organisations, mission partners, and scripture. Daily prayer points for ST Anne’s are available on the app.

Clayton TV – videos and talks
Clayton TV has collated a vast array of amazing video-based resources and made them available for free through this website, including talks from major conferences, video-based courses, evangelistic tools, sermons… it really is a fantastic resource – check it out NOW!!

Hymns of Hope – music playlist from the Gettys
Singing truth about God and the hope we have in him can be a great way of helping us take these truths to heart. Keith and Kristyn Getty have put together this playlist of some of their songs which might be particularly helpful at the moment.

The Bible Society UK
The Bible Society UK has a number of resources to help you engage with Gods’ word, including devotionals, Bible book guides and videos.

Coronavirus and Christ
This free ebook written by John Piper offers six biblical answers to the question, What is God doing through the coronavirus?—reminding us that God is at work in this moment in history.

Crossway books and resources
Crossway have a number of free resources on offer, including a couple of ebooks, some Bible verse cards, articles and podcasts. It’s well worth checking out!

The Bible project – scripture videos
The Bible project produces really great animated videos to help get adults and youth get to grips with books of the Bible and Biblical themes. Their Bible books series is particularly helpful in providing a simple visual overview of each book of the Bible – enjoy!

Resources for children and youth

Mission: Unstoppable | Friday 30 October

Mission: Unstoppable is a spy-themed activity day and film afternoon for children in school years R-9. Lots of fun activities and games with teaching from the Bible book of Acts. Sign up to one or both parts for just £3 per family. Contact us for more details or to sign up. Spaces are limited, government guidelines for protecting against Covid infection will be followed.

Videos and YouTube channels 
There are lots of great videos to help teach the Bible to children available on YouTube. Check out Saddleback kids for Bible stories suitable for kids up to age 10, or the Beginner’s Bible for younger children. The Beginner’s Bible website also has some extra activities. What’s in the Bible? with Buck Denver is also a firm favourite at St Anne’s and well worth checking out, as well as their website which has some extra activities such as colouring sheets and games.

Music and playlists
One of the best ways to help your children learn and remember Bible truths is to encourage them to sing them! Some of our favourite artists are Colin Buchanan, Awesome Cutlery, Sovereign Grace Kids, Slugs and Bugs, and Maynard’s Groovy Bible tunes. Search for them on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services.

Kids’ talks with Colin
Colin Buchanan has produced some new talks for kids – obviously with some of his music too! Check them out here.

Max 7 Bible resources
The Max 7 website has loads of resources, including videos created by our friend Rod down in Australia. Check it out for videos, songs, crafts and other activities.

Bible Crafts
Download this free book of 101 bible crafts. Also check out My Little House for some amazing templates to build whole Bible scenes!

Diary of a disciple
Diary of a disciple is a series of great books for kids aged 8-11. Have a look at the website for some free resources including a download of the audiobook and links to videos.

Faith in Kids
Faith in Kids are streaming a daily family Bible-time video on their Youtube channel which is well-worth a watch! They’ve also started a new podcast stream designed especially for kids to listen to with their parents. In addition they offer a podcast especially for parents to help equip them for raising their children to know and love Jesus.

Youth Videos
The Bible Society and Good News Youth Bible have produced a series of short videos for youth, to tackle some of the most challenging and chat-worthy parts of the Bible.

Resources for adults

Bible Gateway: Online Bible 
Bible Gateway is a brilliant way to access the Bible online and provides lots of different translations and languages. The NIVUK version, which we use at St Anne’s, is even available to listen to read by actor David Suchet – just click on the speaker icon.

PrayerMate – prayer app
The PrayerMate app is an amazing tool to help you pray regularly for all the things you might otherwise forget to pray for! You can add your own prayer points for family and friends, and also download ready-made ones from churches, organisations, mission partners, and scripture. Daily prayer points for ST Anne’s are available on the app.

Clayton TV – videos and talks
Clayton TV has collated a vast array of amazing video-based resources and made them available for free through this website, including talks from major conferences, video-based courses, evangelistic tools, sermons… it really is a fantastic resource – check it out NOW!!

Hymns of Hope – music playlist from the Gettys
Singing truth about God and the hope we have in him can be a great way of helping us take these truths to heart. Keith and Kristyn Getty have put together this playlist of some of their songs which might be particularly helpful at the moment.

The Bible Society UK
The Bible Society UK has a number of resources to help you engage with Gods’ word, including devotionals, Bible book guides and videos.

Coronavirus and Christ
This free ebook written by John Piper offers six biblical answers to the question, What is God doing through the coronavirus?—reminding us that God is at work in this moment in history.

Crossway books and resources
Crossway have a number of free resources on offer, including a couple of ebooks, some Bible verse cards, articles and podcasts. It’s well worth checking out!

The Bible project – scripture videos
The Bible project produces really great animated videos to help get adults and youth get to grips with books of the Bible and Biblical themes. Their Bible books series is particularly helpful in providing a simple visual overview of each book of the Bible – enjoy!