Welcome to Bow Church!

About Us

We are a church in Bow, London, where you’ll meet people born just across the road and people born half-way across the world. While we have a variety of backgrounds and traditions we’re drawn to meet by the sense that we’ll find God’s truth together (though we don’t claim a monopoly on it). We sing songs, we pray, we share laughter, questions and concerns – and sometimes the best moments occur over a cuppa or a glass of something stronger

We stand in the mainstream of the Anglican tradition, embracing established forms of worship and exploring new ways to express our faith. Quietness and meditation take their place in the life of our church alongside joyful hymn-singing. Choral music is alive and well here too, in services and occasional concerts, while enthusiasts come from far and wide to practise bell-ringing here, in addition to the regular team of ringers.

Our Building

We’re situated on a narrow plot in the middle of the A11, right beside the Stratford flyover,  yet when you walk through the door there’s unexpected calm. You might rather rapidly find yourself pondering different eras, different lives. It gives a sense of perspective to know that people have been coming to church here for over 700 years, and that we’re just the latest to discover it as a place for worship, meditation and spirituality, and as a venue for music, drama and community outreach.

Caring for the building is an honour but also a challenge. We need to raise a lot of money for urgent repairs to the structure, and also to increase the flexibility and use of the building as a venue for community activities.

What We Believe

We believe in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We worship and follow Jesus as the Son of God and believe that we are blessed as we strive to follow his teaching and example, in loving God and our neighbours as ourselves.

We believe in showing Christian witness not only through worship and prayer but in welcoming visitors, offering comfort and support to all those who seek help, supporting local community initiatives and contributing to national and local charities. We strive in all we to do to promote justice, equality and inclusion, and the dignity of all people regardless of ethnicity, religion or sexuality. We believe in working closely with our fellow Christians and with many other groups and partnerships to make a difference to the lives of people in Bow.

Amid all the opportunities that life presents to judge others and exclude, we strive to accept all – and are pleased to be part of the wider fellowship of congregations making that commitment. Inclusive Church

We welcome visitors and new members, so if you are interested in finding out more, see what’s on, services, projects (Garden, or Food Bank), or discover the secret history of the Church.

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