St John's Church, Ealing

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St John's, Ealing
St John With Saint James Parish
St John's Church Ealing.jpg
LocationMattock Lane, West Ealing, London, W13 9LA
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationChurch of England
Architect(s)Edwin Henry Horne
Years built1876, reconstructed (after the 1920 fire) in 1923
ParishSt John With St James
Vicar(s)Rev Peter Mackenzie; associate vicar (St James) Rev Carolyn Dunk

St John's, Ealing is an Anglican church in West Ealing, London, UK. It is an evangelical Anglican church. The church has been designated as a Grade II listed building.[1]


Built in 1876 by Edwin Henry Horne, it burned down in 1920,[2] and was rebuilt and re-opened in 1923.

St John's first two vicars were, unusually, father (Julius Summerhayes) succeeded by son (Julius James Summerhayes [3]), and between them they pastored the church for the first 64 years of its life. According to church documents, in the late 19th century the church founded the local cottage hospital and St John's School, and in early years of the 20th century recorded regular congregations of more than 1000 at both morning and evening services.

Notable Clergy[edit]

A notable curate at St John's around 1927 was Eric Nash ("Bash") who went on to lay the foundations for the postwar growth in British evangelical Christianity by running summer camps that resulted in a number of boys from leading public schools becoming Christians and subsequently entering Christian ministry.

In more recent years, Sally Hitchiner was curate from 2009-2012, during which time she developed a role as a media commentator and was frequency seen on television discussing religious affairs.

Current Activities[edit]

St John's hosts six regular Sunday congregations. STJOHNS@TEN is conventional contemporary evangelical Anglican worship. The early evening Cafe Church is a fresh expression congregational with many members who are or have recently been homeless or vulnerably housed. The Maze is a Sunday evening youth congregation. There is a monthly Messy Church for young families on Sunday afternoons called Snips Plus Messy Church. The Arabic-speaking Living Waters Arabic Church meets on Sunday afternoon, as does the Burmese-speaking Myanmar Christian Fellowship.

St James' Church in Ealing, which is in the same parish with St John

There are also a large number of midweek groups and activities, including "Snips" which has been providing a carers and toddlers playgroup/cafe/shop at least twice each week since 1987.

St John's has a "sister" church, St James in West Ealing, founded in 1900, disused later in the century and "re-planted" with a new congregation in the late 1980s with its own associate vicar. The two churches have a common PCC (Parochial Church Council).

St John's is also the venue of the Ealing Soup Kitchen which has been supported by many local churches providing meals each Saturday and Sunday since 1973.


  1. ^ "Church of St John". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
  2. ^ "Letter to the Editor from J. Jas. Summerhayes". The Times. London. 25 November 1920. p. 8.
  3. ^ "Prebendary J. J. Summerhayes [obit]". The Times. London. 9 June 1939. p. 18.

Coordinates: 51°30′36″N 0°19′02″W / 51.5099°N 0.3172°W / 51.5099; -0.3172