A place of worship


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.




Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus HM Government and the Archbishops of Canterbury
and York have
suspended all public services across the UK.

In these unprecedented times we are seeking to maintain a pattern of regular prayer and worship using online streaming and other resources.

Live Streamed Services

Mon - Fri & Sun

10am Mass

5.30pm Evening Prayer

9.15pm Compline (Sunday only)



You can access the live online worship by clicking here

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

For current information about the parish please see the latest newsletter here

For current information from Her Majesty's Government please see here

For current information from the NHS please see here

For current information from the Diocese of Chelmsford please see here

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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