"We believe in a church that respects the past, celebrates the diversity of our city and is not afraid to break out of the status quo to ask questions about the future."

Reverend Prebendary Alan Green, Rector of St John on Bethnal Green

About St John’s


We were reluctant to close our doors on Mothering Sunday this year as lockdown was announced – but recognised how important it is to keep the community safe – both our congregation and the wider community who would be affected by our actions.

Since then Fr Alan has continued to say Morning Prayer every day in the closed church and a regular pattern of Masses – Sunday 10am, Tuesday and Wednesday 7pm as well as the major festivals. With any luck (!) you can join all of these Masses on our website here and, in addition, the information to join each service on zoom can be found here, and here.

The Government is allowing faith buildings to open for individual or private prayer from 13 June. As with most Church of England churches in Tower Hamlets we will not be opening at this time, because we believe that, in a borough that has had the 4th highest rate of COVID related deaths in London, we still cannot risk endangering our congregation or the wider community. This is explained in more detail by a statement released on 9 June by Fr Alan, as Chair of Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum, John Biggs, Tower Hamlets Mayor, Cllr Sirajul Islam, Deputy Mayor, and Dr Somen Banerjee, Director of Tower Hamlets Public Health asking all faith buildings to remain closed in the borough at this time.

If you wish to speak to Fr Alan please ring him 020 8980 1742 or email alan.green@virgin.net.

Our church building is sadly closed, but our church – the people – remain open and committed to serving the whole community of Bethnal Green.

Safeguarding at St John’s

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St John on Bethnal Green, a grade 1 Listed Building, was designed by Sir John Soane and built between 1826 and 1828. It also contains Chris Gollon’s magnificent 14 Stations of the Cross. St John’s has been listed in  The Guardian newspaper  as one of the top five cultural highlights of the East End because of our mixture of spirituality and art. If you are interested in family history, read this page to see where our registers are stored.

How to get to St John on Bethnal Green


St John on Bethnal Green is a Church of England parish church in the Diocese of London, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion. It is part of the Anglo-Catholic tradition that seeks to combine dignified traditional worship with a commitment to social justice and an engagement with contemporary arts.

We are a church that is enriched by the ordination of women and unconcerned with sexual orientation!

At present St John’s is closed for worship and is streaming Masses online, Sunday at 10am, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm. You are welcome to join us by going to this page which also holds the most recent weekly service sheet.

Community Art Room

The Crypt at St John’s contains a number of community enterprises, including our Community Art Room. This is the home of St John’s arts programme and holds regular classes for all experience levels.

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Multi Media Bar

Station I

Jesus is condemned to death

Station II

Jesus receives the cross

Station III

Jesus falls for the first time

Station IV

Jesus meets his mother

Station V

Simon of Cyrene carries the cross

Station VI

Veronica wipes Jesus’ face

Station VII

Jesus falls for a second time

Station VIII

Jesus meets the Women of Jerusalem

Station IX

Jesus falls for the third time

Station X

Jesus is stripped of his clothing

Station XI

Jesus is nailed to the cross

Station XII

Jesus dies on the cross

Station XIII

Jesus is taken down from the cross

Station XIV

Jesus is laid in his grave