Welcome! I am Fr. Tom Pyke and I am the Vicar of Church of England Parish of the Isle of Dogs, London. Our church, Christ Church, is on Manchester Road at the southern tip of the loop in the Thames (we call it ‘the Island’).
The congregation comes from many nationalities, traditions and denominations and reflects the diversity of the Island’s changing population – personally, I have worked in the Parish since November 2006. Before that I was vicar and industrial chaplain in Birmingham. I combine my work in the parish with work as a Chaplain in the Royal Naval Reserve.
Christ Church belongs to the catholic tradition of the Church of England. Our worship is beautiful, using colour, music, teaching, drama and poetry. At the same time it is relaxed and welcoming. We have different groups offering children’s work during the week. The focal point of our life together is the Parish Mass at 11am on Sunday.
We welcome people who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith.
Live on Sundays at 11am
Following government directions of 16 03 2020 we have suspended public worship in our church since it creates a gathering of people in which infection can spread. Our Archbishops encourage to think of church 'in a new shape' focussing not on prayer and public service. This may be a profound moment of change and new energy for the Church, and an opportunity to be grasped with hope. Please follow this linkto see advice from the Church of England's Archbishops.
Throughout the current period of COVID-19 our services are held online on Google Meet and some will be recorded for you to listen back.
Recordings of Morning and Evening Prayers are shared here
Our Sunday Podcast will be published every week as we are able on Sundays at 11am, featuring music, reflections, readings and prayers as listed above. You can watch or listen to it live at 11am, or afterwards in your own time. Please be in touch or email me with your impressions, and for us to record 'attendance' in our church registers. We also encourage anyone to be in touch about getting involved, creatively, through readings, prayers or music.
Our thoughts are with all of you throughout the current global health situation, wishing you good health and safety.