St John on Bethnal Green, Bethnal Green

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St John on Bethnal Green is a Church of England (Anglican) church in the Diocese of London. It is part of the Anglo-Catholic tradition which, from the mid-nineteenth century, has sought to maintain the rich styles of worship and spirituality which have existed in this country from before Henry VIII's Reformation. We believe that, as a consequence of the birth of Jesus - God entering the world as a human being, we should celebrate the beauty of this world and human creativity so that our worship engages our senses as well as our heart and brain. Our church, then, has statues, candles, artwork and we use incense, colour, movement and music in our services.

Rooted in this tradition, we are committed to social justice and human flourishing and so we are a church that is enriched by the ordination of women and, frankly, is simply not bothered about sexual orientation!

We have an exciting arts programme and regularly host exhibitions, installations and concerts. In these engagements with artists  we wish to challenge them with our religious tradition and expression, and we seek to be challenged by their perspective and originality!

The Rector of St John's, Fr Alan Green, is Chair of Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum and is deeply committed to the Faith Communities of this diverse area working together to support one another and serve the local communities.


The East End of London experienced a huge increase in its population after the Battle of Waterloo and the Commission for New Churches responded with a flurry of church building. The commissioners appointed the eminent architect Sir John Soane (1753-1837), designer of the Dulwich College Art Gallery, to draw up plans for St John on Bethnal Green. St John's was consecrated by the Bishop of London on 16 October 1828.

St John on Bethnal Green has now embarked on a comprehensive repair programme which seeks to restore the crisp, clean lines of Soane's original building and to keep it at the heart of community life in Bethnal Green.


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Revd Preb. Alan Green
St John's Rectory,
30 Victoria Park Square,
London, E2 9PB
(020) 8980 1742

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Morning Prayer
Every Sunday at 9:15 AM for ¼ hour
Parish Eucharist
Our main weekly service of Holy Communion, with Sunday School. Common Worship Rite A with organ and hymns
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments Incense Common Worship


Morning Prayer
Every Monday at 9:00 AM for 20 minutes


Morning Prayer
Every Tuesday at 9:00 AM for 20 minutes
Said Mass
Every Tuesday at 1:10 PM for 25 minutes
Common Worship


Morning Prayer
Every Wednesday at 9:00 AM for 20 minutes
Said Mass
Every Wednesday at 7:30 PM for 25 minutes
Common Worship


Morning Prayer
Every Thursday at 9:00 AM for 20 minutes


Morning Prayer
Every Saturday at 9:15 AM for ¼ hour
Said Mass
Every Saturday at 9:30 AM for 25 minutes
Book of Common Prayer



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(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
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Church Open During service times and between 10am and 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10-12am on Saturdays.
Hall for Hire Contact Stan White: 07765 117 182
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Incumbent: The Revd Preb Alan John Enrique GREEN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 15447
Diocesan ID: 0706
Built: 1826 - 1828
Architect: Sir John Soane
Style of worship: Modern Catholic
Our Patron: Patronage Board
Archdeaconry: HACKNEY (232)
Deanery: TOWER HAMLETS (23203)
Benefice: St Jo on Bethnal Green (23/020CR)
Parish Legal Name: St. John on Bethnal Green (230150 )
CofE Church Info: (623150 23/150)
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The current editor is: Alan Green

This page was last updated on Saturday 15th July 2017
St John on Bethnal Green : Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA - Cambridge Heath Road, immediately outside Bethnal Green underground station

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