The man - your parish
It is not every town that has its own special Saint. Barking has two Saints of its own
- St Erkenwald and his sister St Ethelburga. A Saxon prince, Erkenwald founded the Abbey
in Barking in the 7th century, putting Ethelburga in charge.
His reputation spread and, in 675 Erkenwald became Bishop of London. He was a popular Bishop who finally died in Barking in 693 and was enshrined in St Paul's Cathedral.
Over the centuries, the Abbey grew and prospered, until Henry VIII dissolved it,
almost 900 years later.
When planning a new church for the houses around Faircross and Upney,
we looked to our local Christian heritage to find a Saint to whom the church would be dedicated. Erkenwald was the obvious choice. In November 1955, St.Erkenwald's Church
in Levett Road was consecrated by the Bishop of Chelmsford, and has now been worshipped in for more than 60 years.
We are Biblically rooted, Spirit led and Community minded people of God.
We believe St Erkenwald's is called to be a:
A church that celebrates diversity, a church for all nations
Offering a safe place for the vulnerable
A community hub where people can get connected
A church where people can encounter God through prayer, the Bible, worship and listening to His voice
A church which helps people to worship God in freedom and grow in the knowledge of God
A church that puts God first in everything and our lives reflect His kingdom
A church that exists to bring and share the Good News of Jesus' life, death and resurrection
A church where people find encouragement and resource to live out their Christian faith
church buildings being used for both worship and mission
Caroline and Theresa
FMT (Focal Ministry Team)
Georgina, Bill, Karen