<span style="font-size:14px"><strong>Who we are ...</strong></span>
St Edmund's is part of the Church of England - the nation's church.
We are part of the local community: our members live in South Chingford or the surrounding area.
We gather together as a body that welcomes and celebrates human diversity.
Our church building provides a space where people of any faith or of none can explore the sacredness in life.
We are committed to stand alongside those who find themselves marginalised in society.
Sometimes we fail, but we always keeping trying.
<span style="font-size:14px"><strong>What we do ...</strong></span>
We meet for worship each week, and pray for our local community and its hopes and needs.
Our parish magazine is distributed free to 1,000 homes in our area.
We run a range of socials, groups and events, including -<ul> <li>Little Edmundos, for Under 5s and their parents/carers: for those who like fun and games, songs and stories</li> <li>Bereavement Support Group, for those who have someone special: to meet and chat, or to be quiet</li> <li>Special services throughout the year, including our popular Animal Blessing Service on the first Sunday in October</li> </ul>
We support our local Food Bank and run the local Animal Food Bank.
<span style="font-size:14px"><strong>What we offer ...</strong></span>
Our Church is a Listed Building of Architectural Importance, with pieces of significant artwork, and a musical tradition, providing opportunities for you -<ul> <li>to explore prayer and spirituality</li> <li>to learn more about the Christian Faith</li> <li>to celebrate important events in your lives</li> </ul>
In addition to when it is publicly open, it can be specially opened for individuals seeking reflection, silence or simply 'space to be'.
Our Halls provide a clean and affordable space for community groups and local residents at affordable rates.
<span style="font-size:14px"><strong>What we believe ...</strong></span>
We believe that God is not distant and remote, but is revealed through the mundane ordinariness of life and in the stories of our own lives - in our relationships and in the love that we share with each other.
The Bible teaches us that God is Love, and that Love is the source of all life and pervades all existence.
All people are equal before God - irrespective of belief, background or lifestyle choice.
We believe that forgiveness is always available when we fall short of what we hoped for or what was expected of us.
This understanding of God is seen in the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth, and through his story the closeness of God is made real.