A place of worship

Canon Gareth Jones

Fr Gareth has been Vicar and Parish Priest of St Mary's since 2010.

He looks after the pastoral and spiritual affairs of the parish together with having oversight of day to day management and ministry.

Fr Gareth is Canon Commissary of the Diocese of Cape Coast, Ghana and represents the bishop of Cape Coast in the UK.


St Mary's is the Mother Church of the town and people have worshipped here since 1831. We are an Anglican church in the catholic tradition of the Church of England.

Today we are an eclectic community of people seeking to journey together on the pilgrimage of faith whilst making the love and peace of Christ known and being a transforming presence in the community we serve.


Whatever the reason you have visited today,  and whoever you are, you are welcome and we look forward to seeing you soon.  

If you'd like to know what we really mean when we say 'you're welcome', read our Welcome Charter.

Fr Gareth Jones, Vicar.

Image by Daniel McCullough

Public Services


9am Morning Prayer

10am PARISH MASS and Address

5pm Evening Prayer*


10am Mass


10am Mass


9.30am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

10am Mass


12noon Mass

*Except bank holiday weekends & August

**Except the last Friday of each month

If you would like to receive updates about these services please add your details to our contact list at the bottom of this page. 

To speak to a priest please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.


Contact Us

St Mary the Virgin

426 High Road

Ilford  IG1 1TW


Parish Office (correspondence)

26 South Park Road

Ilford  IG1 1SS

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020 8478 0546

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