St Mary's is the Mother Church of the town and people have worshipped here since 1831. We are an Anglican church in the catholic tradition of the Church of England.

Today we are an eclectic community of people seeking to journey together on the pilgrimage of faith whilst making the love and peace of Christ known and being a transforming presence in the community we serve.


Whatever the reason you have visited today,  and whoever you are, you are welcome and we look forward to seeing you soon.  

If you'd like to know what we really mean when we say 'you're welcome', read our Welcome Charter.

Fr Gareth Jones, Vicar.

Image by Daniel McCullough

Public Services

Due to COVID-19 social distancing regulations, if you would like to come to Mass on Sunday we ask that you let us know in advance by completing the registration below. This will ensure there is a safe space for everyone. 


You do not need to register for weekday services.

All services will continue to be live-streamed on our Facebook page here.


9am Morning Prayer

10am PARISH MASS and Sermon

5pm Evening Prayer


10am Mass


10am Mass


9.30am Jesus Prayer and Adoration

10am Mass


12noon Angelus and Mass

If you would like to receive updates about these services please add your details to our contact list at the bottom of this page. 

To speak to a priest please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.


Contact Us

St Mary the Virgin

426 High Road

Ilford  IG1 1TW


Parish Office (correspondence)

26 South Park Road

Ilford  IG1 1SS

020 8478 0546

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