Our Church & Our Vision

Where everyone is welcome

St Mary's is a Church of England Parish Church, part of the Diocese of Southwark.
We are committed to our vision: Growing Together With God.

We are a medium-sized church, with a membership of around 200 adults and 30 children. Our worship is reasonably traditional but not stuffy. Informally formal would be a good description. We have a varied menu of services centred on the celebration of Holy Communion.

Some would call us ‘middle-of-the-road’ – we’re definitely not a party church, but we’re not wishy-washy either. We are a diverse church in terms of ethnicity, social and economic background, age, sexuality, gender identity, politics and strength of faith. Whatever your background, we hope you will find a welcome.

We have a strong musical tradition and a long history of serving this neighbourhood. We have strong links with Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, the Katherine Low Settlement, Battersea United Charities and Thomas’s Battersea.

We are a historic church. William Blake was married here; J M W Turner painted here; Benedict Arnold is buried here. Today’s Grade 1 Listed Building – recently extensively refurbished for the 21st century – was completed in 1777.

 

Our approach

We try to be church by being:

  • A community of Christ’s disciples, faithful and enquiring;
  • A community of love, hospitable and nurturing;
  • A community of difference, inclusive and transforming.

What does that mean in practice? We like these words from The Iona Community:

Come, you who have much faith
and you who have little,
you who have been here often
and you who have not been for a very long time,
you who have tried to follow
and you who have failed.

Come, not because it is I who invite you:
it is our Lord.
It is his will that those who want him
should meet him here.

Our mission statement, Growing Together with God, includes a firm commitment to reach out to our neighbours and networks with the good news of God’s love. You can find out a little bit more about that by having a look at our Mission Action Plan 2020-25.

Meet Our People

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Growing in Faith

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St Mary's Rule of Life

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Serving Our Community

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Children & Godly Play

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Music at St Mary's

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Our Historic Building

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