In 1833 The Revd John Keble preached the assize sermon before the judges in the University Church of S. Mary Oxford. His message was simple, the Church of England he contended is the One Holy Cathlolic and Apostolic Church in England.
Thus began the religious revival known as the Oxford movement or Anglo-Catholicism.
St. Peter’s London Docks was built as a direct result of the Anglo-Catholic revival. From the foundation of the Church it has proclaimed catholic faith morals and order. The worship has been rich in beauty and austere in season. Anglo-Catholicism has long held the Incarnation (the birth of the Son of God, Jesus Christ as a man) as a defining ordinance. Human life and the human condition matter, because God has chosen to share that life and condition, or as Canon Henry Scott-Holland put it “I care about drains beacause God became man”.
At St. Peter’s London Docks we seek to serve the diverse community in which we are set. The new developments of Docklands, includes our traditional East End neighbours and those who have settled in this counrty in recent years, all are part of the life of this community on the bank of the River Thames.
The worship at St. Peter’s is traditional and formal at the right moments and full of joy and laughter at others. Those who worship here seek the holy in their lives and rejoice at the God of the everyday who shared our human life. Our catholic faith draws us both into the mystery of God and into the best use of human life.
We have a strong and organic link with our Church School, you will find a button to their website on the welcome page of this site.
St. Peter’s London Docks still proclaims catholic faith and order within the Church of England. It is the parish Church of Wapping and St. Katharine’s, the East End of London from the Tower to the Prospect of Whitby. We are a neighberhood church designed for the neighbourhood, our vision is local and based in bringing holiness to the lives of those who live around us.
We have a mixed all age congregation from many backgrounds. What we have in common is a desire to live out discipleship and catholic life. To this end, the Mass, the service Jesus himself gave us at the Last Supper is the centre of our life and worship.
As a traditional Anglo-Catholic parish (don’t let the word traditional confuse you or put you off, we were recently described as having ‘a really accesible liturgy and an authentic and warm welcome for children’) we have excllent relationships with the Stepney Area in the Diocese of London, our Episcopal care come from the Bishop of Fulham http://www.bishopoffulham.org.uk
We take a full part in the thriving Fulham Bishopric and work alonside other parishes of the Society of St. Wilfred & St. Hilda http://www.sswsh.com