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Celebrating Community - Loving lives - Empowering Change

Welcome to our website!

You are very welcome to join us in worship at 10.30 am on a Sunday. You can't miss our huge brick building on Barking Road, opposite Plaistow Police Station, but the entrance is tucked away on the right hand side. For more information, you might like the April Neighbourhood News or the August issue of the church magazine.

Tuesday is a good day to drop into the church building. The WAF CAF is open from 11 am - 2 pm in the big hall at the front serving a hot, home-cooked lunch. And for older people the Active Tuesdays club in the Welcome Centre helps keep mind and body active with crafts, gardening, Tai Chi, outings and more. 


Tower Gallery: A new exhibition of contemporary art by women of the East End opens on 8 March - International Women's Day.

You might have seen Sian-Kate Mooney's sculpture DARKWAVE, which has appeared outside the church building. The exhibition will spill out of the Tower Gallery into other areas of the historic church building, with works created in response to its spaces.

The exhibition is being curated by Rebecca Feiner of Elements Gallery and includes a programme of events starting with a private view on Wednesday 8 March 6-9 pm.

MARCH 8th / Opening night
Rosary Drawing XII by Birgitta Hosea, first performed at Sichuan Fine Art Institute, China
*Tend, by Lynn Lu, first performed at the Palais de Tokyo Paris
*Poetry in the belfry by Sooz Belnavis
*Spoken word by Emma Roper Evans
*Will you marry me for an EU passport?/I've looked at it from both sides- an ironic nod to Brexit Britain with a satirical mass wedding by Kylie Boyd

* The Graffiti women take to Barking Road for a 'Graffiti Jam'

*Artist photographer Philippa King takes you back in time with her history walk of life during the first world war

* Pop Up Cinema, presenting the Lying Belly, screening cutting-edge work by female animators drawn from the Royal College of Art archives, spanning 30 years of experimentation. The short films address discomfort with appearance, sexuality, ageing, displacement and war
* The Red Line, artist Sooz Belnavis returns with her empowering participatory performance piece.

Closing event in celebratory mood presents
* The Feminist Disco, ‘Putting The Disco Into Discourse’ by Rachael House. Embracing lo-fi, House will spin vinyl from the turbulent years of 1976-1983 on her twin Dansette record players. The so-called second wave of feminism (punk and post punk) will be much in evidence. Including feminist disco boiled sweets to enjoy, art to make, games to play and a six-foot banner proclaiming a call to arms: "To be normal is not a healthy aspiration."

The exhibition will remain open three times a week for a month. For updates, please follow Tower Gallery on facebook or twitter.

This great blog about the Plaistow area has some historic pictures of the  church.... and one of the sculpture, if you haven't seen it.


Plaistow South Arts Hub - daytime and evening sessions

Continuing  in the Memorial Community Church building - free drop-in art sessions run by our friends at Rosetta Art Centre. There are day and evening sessions, thanks to funding from the Postcode Community Trust as well a PSBL, so do come after work for some creativity and relaxation!

 The WAF CAF  

Tuesdays 11 am-2 pm, Memorial Community Church

This weekly café re-launched on 6 September with an expanded menu of good home cooked food. On the first Tuesday of the month there will also be a Table Top Sale, and each week Community Buddies will be available to help with any issues. Call Julia on 020 7476 8215 for info.

Come along for lunch! More info here. 


Find out more

There's lots going on during the week in our buildings - we hope you enjoy browsing this website.  If you can't find what you're looking for, please do ring 020 7474 6603 or or email us on or drop in. 


 Local Heroes

Find out all about the Memorial Bells and the fallen servicemen from the First World War they commemorate on a fantastic website,, created with a grant from  Heritage Lottery Fund.


Memorial Community Church was formerly St Andrew's Church and Memorial Baptist Church. The two started worshipping and working together in January 2006 and officially merged in 2008. 





Get in touch

The Welcome Centre is open Wednesdays 10.30 am – 12 and Thursdays 2 – 4 pm. Please feel free to drop in for a chat.

At other times, contact the church office on:

020 7474 6603