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 Staff Chaplain in the Royal Naval Reserve Headquarters.
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.
Coronavirus Measures We are welcoming people back into the church to worship in person and all together. However, we should not expect to be able to stop using some of the measures that have kept us safe since March 2020 for the foreseeable future. We will still need to be careful about hand hygiene; we will still not be able to sing as a whole congregation; nor will we be able to drink from the communion chalice. We will still need to keep socially distanced, and so places at the Sunday Mass will be limited to 50 people. When you come to Mass you are required to sign in for Track and Trace both with the QR code and the paper list. You will also be expected to wear a face-covering. We'd ask you to take away your used noticesheet when you leave.
Those who are extremely clinically vulnerable should not attend church services in person until they are told otherwise. They should stay at home. Resources are available for you online and as a prayer booklet. Please contact Fr. Tom if you would like to pray on your own in the church, and an opportunity will be made for you.
Throughout the current period of COVID-19 our services were held online as Zoom meetingsand some have beeen recorded for you to listen to again here. We now have our Sunday service live-streamed online at 11am (see below for the link to the service on our YouTube channel). The link for Sunday 23rd May (the Feast of Pentecost) is shared below.
Our latest services, past or up-coming are posted at the top of the page
Other Online Opportunities
On Sunday evenings Evening Prayer is broadcast at 6.30 on Zoom. Do join us - the login details are published each week here
On Friday morning we meet at 8.30am for Morning Prayer - find the login details here
Please visit our Prayer Page to remember in prayer those who are sick and those who have died. Names are published with the consent of the individual or the family.
Giving local churches depend on the generosity of their members and the local community. Christ Church Isle of Dogs is no different. We would welcome your donation to restore our bank balance which has been severely dented by the coronavirus crisis (we were unable to rent out our building during lockdown and some of our hirers have not yet returned). Please use the button below to take you to our secure giving page. Please look out for our QR code on the noticeboads which will take you to the same site.