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Following the joining of Memorial Baptist Church and St Andrew’s Church in January 2006 to form Memorial Community Church there was a new emphasis on improving the Baptist church building so it can better serve the local community in Plaistow. We wanted to make it a place that is open to all local people, especially those who don’t find a welcome elsewhere.

The most urgent need was to stop rain coming in through parts of the roof and the eroded bricks on the towers and façade. Repair work on the west side of the building was completed in October 2009, and thanks to many donors to our Bell Tower Appeal  plus events and grants, the restoration of the bell tower and bells were completed at the end of 2011. In December 2013, thanks to another generous Repair Grant, we were able to complete the third and last phase of repairs needed to make the building watertight, and respair all the leaded windows with funds from the National Churches Trust. 

But there is a real need to upgrade the facilites inside the building to make it warm and welcoming, and so it can be used much more for activities and events run by other local groups. We need to rent out unused space to make the building sustainable, but more importantly we want it to offer a wider range of services that will meet the needs of local people and improve their lives.

Also in 20011 we were able to install a new boiler which made a huge difference, and in 2012 we installed new toilets at the back of the building and improved access through the rear door, to make it easier for people with disabilities, particularly wheelchair users, to take part in activities held in the building. We are very grateful for funding awarded by City Bridge Trust, the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities programme, Trusthouse Charitable Fund and the National Churches Trust  for grants to make this possible.

In the longer term we would like to put the front doors back at the front, create a community cafe space in the room that overlooks Barking Road, improve those toilets and add disabled access at the front as well as modernising the decoration to make the building a  venue for worship, arts, and to serve our local community long into the future.

If you have some money - from £5 to £5 million - that you'd like to invest in the heart of one London's most deprived areas, there are opportunities to make real practical, spiritual and lasting improvements to people's lives. Please contact to find out how.

click here to get an idea of our development plans for the front of the building.


Restoring the bricks at the top of the towers.... and installing new toilets 


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