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The Church

Community Church is a grade 2 listed Byzantine-style church opened in 1922. Built after the First World War, it is dedicated to the memory of local men who were killed serving in the war, and the names of 169 such men are cast into the bells which hang in the east tower. One bell bears the name of Prince Maurice of Battenberg, the only  member of the royal family to fall in the First World War, and one bell is dediated to The Unknown Warrior.

As well as being used by the church, the building is home to community projects run by members of the congregation and other local groups including the Bridges breakfast for homeless people, the Plus Centre offering free computer use and training, the Welcome Centre and the We Are Family Club for young and vulnerable parents run by local charity Alternatives. Rooms are available to hire for meetings, training courses and events.

Since Memorial Community Church was formed in 2006 there have been three phases of high-level repairs to make the building safe and watertight. The last of these huge projects was finally completed in 2013. In addition the Memorial Bells were restored. In 2012 we installed a new boiler and new toilets and improved access to the Welcome Centre at the back of the building. in 2013 we replaced the Welcome Centre windows and skylights, thanks to a grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust. 

We still need to to restore the organ and start to develop the inside of the building to make it a more warm and welcoming place for all local people, especially those who don’t find a welcome elsewhere.

In particular we'd like to put the main doors back at the front where they belong, to make the building easier to use. 

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