Real God + Real Life = Real Church

“Take God out of the fairytale realm, don't limit him to funerals and Christmas. Live for something Great. He's real and inviting you to join in heaven on earth here in Canning Town.”

Welcome to Canning Town Parish Church

What is it?

Real God

God is a friend 🤝, not a fairytale 🙈

So we are confident in the fact that Jesus was a real person who showed us what God is like, putting flesh and bone on the distant, angry, make-believe idea of ‘God’ that many of us have grown up around. We do this by learning from what he did and said, doing it in our lives and seeing that life is positively differently because of him.

Real Life

Monday blues 👔 and Friday fun 💃🏼, not just Sunday best 🙌🏼

So we don’t shy away from hard conversation and tough situations. We love to celebrate and need no excuses. We’re honest when we’re having a bad time, knowing that crying together is as important as laughing together. The bible shows a God who has dirt under his fingernails because he wants to be involved with the grit of real life. So there’s no need to hide – everyone’s welcome.

Real Church

We’re a family 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 , more than a tradition ⛪️

So we stay in touch through the week and are learning to have each other’s backs. We’re a community of neighbours that stick together because of God’s love for us. He’s made us all different but we don’t go it alone. So we’re learning to follow Jesus’ example and celebrate what he’s done for us – 2000 years ago and today. In our homes, out at work, walking the dog or wherever: we’re part of his family and learning to live like it.

“My three young kids feel welcomed by everyone!”
“It feels like freedom”
“I’ve found a family to walk with through the realities of life.”

Can I Join In?

Yes! You can experience for yourself what this is all about. Have a look here, on Facebook and Instagram.

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WEEKLY Piece of Cake

Every Friday / 1-3pm / St Matthias Church Hall, E16 4NT

Coffee, cake and good company. Free.

WEEKLY Sunday Church

Every Sunday / 10.30-noon. / Church Building, E16 4NT

If you don’t know anyone yet then Sunday Church is a great way to find out more. You’ll be welcomed and helped to feel right at home.

A lively hour of community, learning from Jesus and celebrating what he’s doing in Newham and beyond. Come as you are to find out more with a warm welcome, a hot drink and a taste of what church is like.


MONTHLY Commuter Coffee (and tea).

Final Friday of every month / 7-8.30am / Star Lane DLR

Free tea and locally-roasted coffee outside Star Lane DLR on the final Friday of every month. Because Jesus cares about your commute!


We are part of the Church of England, in a regional group of churches that stretch from Canning Town to Clacton on Sea, from Stansted to Suffolk. Amazing eh!

All Hallows Bow is a neighbourhood church that was given a new lease of life in 2010 by a small team and a big God. In 2016 they gave away a handful of people who call Canning Town home to be part of the future at St Matthias. Generous!

We are part of the HTB network; a group of churches across the country who work together to start new churches and help existing ones thrive. You could say they’re our great-grandparents!