Welcome and Vision

Welcome to St Mary Magdalene's

St Mary’s is a thriving church within the liberal catholic tradition. The main Sunday service is the Parish Mass at 10am when people of all ages and many nations and backgrounds come together to worship God in song, prayers and communion. We encounter Our Lord Jesus in the reading and preaching of the Bible and in the Sacrament. Our worship strives for relaxed dignity with reverence and joy. As we use all our senses to worship God, incense is used in this Mass.

 There are regular Baptisms, Wedding and funerals taking place in the church.

We are a racially mixed congregation with recent arrivals to the Borough and also have some long-established church members. There are a growing number of young families. The Team Vicar is Fr Paul Gurnham (07792 200340)

The church building dates back to approximately 1130 and it is the oldest edifice in the London Borough of Newham. It is Grade 1 listed.

The nine and half-acre churchyard is leased to the London Borough of Newham. Set within the churchyard is a church hall with a variety of user Groups including a Nursery and also a Nature Reserve Building used by the Council and the local Green Gym. Every Wednesday morning, the Green Gym work within the churchyard. Many of the local schools regularly visit the church. This links in with the mission of the church within the wider community. We have strong links with two charities, USPG and the Mildmay mission.

Our Vision

East Ham should be a place where the signs of God’s kingdom are discerned and nurtured, and where people, in all their diversity, share in the abundant life of God’s creation.

We seek to worship in ways which honour both the long tradition of Christian witness here and also our constantly changing and very mixed congregations.

We strive to be inclusive and hospitable, to serve and learn, reflecting God’s love for the world through the work which takes place in our buildings and in our lives beyond the buildings.

Mass Times

  • Sunday 8am, 10am

  • Wednesday 6.30pm  (except during August)

For details about all our services and ministries, please see Services and Sacraments


Lent 2024


Preparations for Easter begin with Ash Wednesday on 14th February with services at St Bart's (12.15pm) and St Mary's (6.30pm). We also have three opportunities to join our Lent Course on the Passion Gospels: Tuesdays online, Wednesday evenings and Thursday mid-morning.


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Holy Week and Easter 2024


A joint service at St Mary's at 10am on Palm Sunday 24th March begins our Holy Week journey. There is daily worship across the Parish leading to Easter Day  itself.


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Upcoming Events

Thursday 22nd February
12:15 pm -
Sunday 25th February
8:00 am -
10:00 am -
10:00 am -
10:00 am -
Tuesday 27th February
9:00 am -
Wednesday 28th February
6:30 pm -
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