Art Trail Wanstead

Image courtesy of Alison Stenhouse

This lovely image of Christ Church is by local artist Alison Stenhouse, whose work can be viewed during the eighth Art Trail Wanstead 2017 this month.

Alison’s work can be viewed on Wanstead High Street during the Art Trail at Stow Bros, Martin & Co, Revive, East London Open House next to Wanstead Pharmacy, and Bennetts. The painting of Christ Church will be on display at Martin & Co.

The Trail itself starts on Saturday 9th September, but the afternoon/evening of Friday 8th sees a preview reception for children and adults alike at Trail supporter and hub, Stow Bros. Judging from the list of events, it promises to be a great one.


St. Mary’s Open Day

St. Mary’s will be opening its doors to explore its Georgian heritage. This forms part of the development work for the Heritage Lottery bid. As part of the bid we need to engage with the community to develop their understanding of this beautiful building. We are planning tours of the church and churchyard, Georgian games and the chance to dress up in Georgian costume. There will also be refreshments.

We are looking for volunteers to help us stage the day. If you can help in any way please contact Carry Green (07768 616838 or Avril Carnelley 07905 764343). Alternatively come along on 16th Sept and learn more about our Grade 1 listed church and the plans to restore it to its original splendour.


Junior Confirmation classes

The Parish are running two confirmation classes this year; one for young people who will be in Years 7 & 8 from September 2017; these classes will be on a Sunday afternoon from 4 – 5.15pm during Oct & Nov. The second class will be for those children who will be in Year 6 from September and will run on a Friday afternoon straight after school from 3.15pm – 4.30pm. Those children at the Church School will be collected from school and brought over to Christ Church.

Full details are included in the attached letters. Adults interested in confirmation should contact Father Jack or Canon Ann Clarke via the parish office or 020 8530 8743.

Junior confirmation registration letter 2017

Year 6 confirmation registration letter 2017

Summer in the Parish

The last couple of months have seen a whirlwind of social activity al fresco in our parish – luckily we were blessed with good weather.

On 2nd July the gardens of St. Mary’s hosted our Picnic Sunday All Age Eucharist. After the service, parishioners enjoyed their picnics whilst the children discovered the delights of the churchyard – climbing trees and reading the tombstones proved most popular.

Back in June, the Friends of St. Mary’s with Christ Church held their  summer BBQ, raising £2,400 in the process. With jazz music from Wanstead High, BBQ, Pimms, bouncy castle and much more, it was a huge success.

Photo: Julia Saul-Watts

May saw the return of the Friends’ Dog Show, another hugely popular event which attracted a large crowd, both human and canine.

Frank the French Bulldog



Evie Scranage with her parents Natalie and Andrew, and sister Pippa

We welcome to our Church family those who have recently been baptised in the parish: Greg Sage, Jacob Koopman, Annabel Sawyer, Samuel Harrison, Callum and Jessica Boddy, Florence Fawcett, Alice Cowley and Evie Scranage. Evie is the 4th member of the 4th generation of our own Jan Andrews’ family to be baptised in the church, which is quite a record!

Please pray for the happiness and wellbeing of them all.