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©  2019 St Mary the Virgin, Great Ilford (SMGI)


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.



Service times can sometimes vary from the usual schedule.
Please check our monthly calendar here.


8am Angelus & Mass of the Dawn

9am Morning Prayer

10am Sung Parish Mass & Sermon

5pm Evening Prayer


Monday 10am Mass

Tuesday 8am Angelus & Mass

Thursday 9.30am Jesus Prayer & Adoration; 10am Mass

Friday 12noon Angelus & Mass

MASS OF THE DEAD (requiem)

On one Thursday of each month a Mass of Requiem is offered for the departed of that particular month throughout the generations, together with the recently departed. A Mass of the Dead may also be offered on request for a particular person. Please contact us to arrange that.


On one Thursday of each month - usually the first - at 10am Mass of Healing and Wholeness is said, during which the healing ministry of Anointing and

Laying of Hands is offered.


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