The sister church of St.Mary Magdalene’s is St.Peter’s, Elgin Avenue W9. Together we constitute the United Benefice of St.Mary Magdalene & St.Peter, Paddington. St.Peter’s Parish is bounded on the north by Shirland Road, and to the south by the Grand Union Canal; the eastern edge is Formosa Street, and the western edge is Walterton Road and Maida Hill Market.
St.Peter’s Church is on the junction of Elgin Avenue and Chippenham Road. The original Victorian church (where Thomas Hardy was married) was demolished in the 1970s and replaced by a much smaller, multi-purpose building.
St.Peter’s has a vibrant, multi-ethnic congregation of all ages, mostly from the immediate neighbourhood. The style of worship is relaxed but dignified, as suits the congregation and their building. Sunday worship is at 11am. Normally the first Sunday of the month is a Family Eucharist, and on the other Sundays in term there is Children’s Church alongside the Parish Eucharist. Newcomers are always made welcome.
St.Peter’s has a long tradition of commitment and social action, and St.Peter’s Support Service operates a Saturday Lunch Club and a Thursday breakfast club (called “Tea & Toast”) which are largely funded by community market stalls. The clubs are open to all who need them.
The former vicarage, St.Peter’s House, is let to Paddington Development Trust as the Westminster Enterprise Centre, providing help and support for those starting their own businesses.
The building is in frequent use from community groups of various sorts, including NA, AA, CA, an after-school club, and the Brownies. A Sufi group meet in the Hall for weekly zikr. We aim to make the Hall available to serve community needs. The church is used by a Brazilian Pentecostal congregation, an Ethiopian Orthodox congregation, and a Ghanaian congregation, as well as the home team.
Tel: 0207 289 2011