The Friends

We get by with a little help from our Friends

The Friends of St. Mary’s with Christ Church raise funds to maintain our two beautiful churches. We plan and host a wide range of events throughout the year for people of all tastes and ages, both in our congregation and within the Wanstead community as a whole.

  • The phenomenally popular annual Jazz Night
  • Our annual ‘Glamour on the Green’ – an open air opera evening a la Glyndebourne’esque
  • A sizzling selection of barbeques and quiz nights
  • Bingo & Boogie
  • The famous Village Dog Show
  • Rock Me Baby – an infant disco event specifically for our Church Nursery crew

How to get involved

The Friends plays a huge role in maintaining the social side of the parish as well as the buildings. We always have a great time and enjoy watching our guests enjoying themselves too. If you’d like to join us, there are several ways to get involved.

Join the committee

The Friends’ committee meets, plans, instigates, fundraises – and has a lot of fun on the way. We all share the responsibility of leading different events so nobody has to sign their life away. We try to attend each event to support one another. And we are always on the look out for enthusiastic new people.

Interested in joining us?

Click here to get in touch

Become a member

Just by joining the Friends, you will help to support the upkeep of our two historic churches. Annual membership costs just £7 for an individual, £15 for a family and £5 for a senior citizen.
Click here to print a copy of our Friends Membership form

Help on the day

We’re always grateful for the help of willing volunteers who can spare an hour or two on the day of an event – perhaps to man a stall or grill some sausages.
Would you help out as an occasional volunteer?
Click here to get in touch

Or just turn up!

Our events are not just for our parishioners. They are for everyone. So please come along and support us – and don’t forget to bring your friends. Some are ticketed, others you just need to turn up to, all are great fun. So keep your eyes open for the next one: we advertise in the church weekly notice sheet, we print flyers, and take space in local magazines like the Wanstead Village Directory, The Green, etc. You can also see details on our blog and in the Parish Diary.

Click here to view the diary

Jazz 1
Jazz event


Jazz 2
Jazz event
Dog show
Dog show