The church’s ministry across the Kensington Area is under the pastoral leadership of the Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, with the Archdeacon of Middlesex, the Ven Stephan Welch.
The Kensington Area includes the west London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, the borough of Richmond north of the Thames, and the Surrey Borough of Spelthorne. Spanning from Knightsbridge to the ancient bridge that crosses the Thames into Staines, the parishes of the Kensington Area serve hugely diverse and dynamic communities.
Our churches include a vibrant array of Anglican traditions, and vary in style and setting, from many churches with larger congregations, including Holy Trinity Brompton (the home of the Alpha course) and the historic St Mary Abbots on Kensington High Street, to fresh expressions of church on inner-city estates, in suburban settings, as well as some village churches in the Spelthorne Deanery. There are 98 parishes, and 114 churches serving a population of over 800,000 people.
The Church of England is actively involved in education across the Kensington Area, with 31 Church of England schools providing an outstanding education to over 12,000 pupils.
It is also a significant home for theological training, with St Mellitus College training over 100 ordinands (and many hundreds of other students) at its state-of-the-art premises at St Jude’s Earls Court.
Chaplains serve across higher education, as well as in 11 hospitals and three prisons, including the Young Offenders Institution in Feltham.
Image: Kensington skyline by Mags L Halliday, used under Creative Commons licence 2.0.