Vision & History

St Paul Old Ford is a vibrant, energetic church in the heart of London’s East End. We have worked to be a transforming presence at the heart of the community of Old Ford since the church was built in 1878. This has been particularly true since the reopening of St Paul’s in 2004 following a 13 year closure.

At the heart of who we are is a worshipping and prayerful church community which reflects the diversity of the area. We are a Church of England church but our congregation is made up of people from a wide variety of faith backgrounds, viewpoints, ages, ethnicities and cultures.

Our building is open 7 days a week and welcomes people from all over East London. We pray for people to encounter the transforming work of God in the fullness of who they are; emotional, spiritual, physical and mental. Our café is open Monday-Friday and is a big part of our ministry of hospitality and we welcome 30-40 community groups a year to regularly use our space, in additon to Ability Bow and IntoUniversity who are based in our building.

Our parish is in one of the most deprived areas in England, with big issues around child poverty and the distribution of wealth. More information can be found by going to and typing the church’s postcode into their ‘Poverty look up tool’.

You can see some of our good news stories in our Annual report for 2014, on the rest of this website, and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts