THE PARISH OF ALEXANDRA PARK


came into being on 1 August 1993, superseding the two former parishes of St Andrew, Alexandra Park Road and St Saviour, Alexandra Park Road. Both former parishes and their churches date from the early part of this century. St Andrew's Church, designed by the architect J S Alder, was completed and consecrated in 1903. St Saviour's, another church designed by Alder, was consecrated in 1904.

St Andrew's was severely damaged during an incendiary attack in 1944. Restoration, under the supervision of one of Alder's pupils, was completed in 1957 when the church was re-dedicated. A history of structural problems led to St Saviour's being declared redundant in mid-1993 and, with the legal creation of the new parish by an Order in Council, St Andrew's became the new Parish Church.

Buildings are very important; but the church is above all its people - a community, which gathers to explore faith in Christ, to worship God, to serve the community in which it is set.

Of course, we don't do this alone. The Parish of Alexandra Park is part of the Church of England and one of the about 530 parishes in the the Diocese of London. The Diocesan Bishop is the Bishop of London. More locally, we are part of the Edmonton Episcopal Area and one of 10 parishes in the West Haringey Deanery. The Area Bishop is the Bishop of Edmonton. The 'mother church' of the Diocese is St Paul's Cathedral. There is also a history of close collaboration with our Christian neighbours of various traditions through the Muswell Hill Christian Council.

The Parish of Alexandra Park seeks to serve the local community in which it is set, offering companionship and social activity, silence and contemplation, celebrating the sacraments, affirming the presence of God in his children, giving voice to their concerns, their joys, their sorrows and their spiritual longings.


PARISH ACTIVITIES

Children's work: the Junior Church meets during the 10.00am Eucharist every Sunday with a group of helpers led by trained teachers; there are occasional outings & parties; special services and other activities take place from time to time. We hope to give fresh impetus to the Youth Group in the near future. The Parochial Church Council has adopted guidelines produced by the Diocese to promote the care and protection of children. We are exploring the possibility of engaging a part-time worker for children and young people.

Prayer, Worship & Study: lies at the heart of the Parish's life. In addition to Sunday services, there is a regular pattern of weekday Eucharists. On major holy days professional singers have regularly contributed to the Solemn Eucharist. Small, home-based groups meet on a regular basis for bible study, to discuss topical issue from a christian perspective and to explore meditative prayer. The Choir and the small team of young Altar Servers play an important part in our worship.

Drama: The St Andrew's Dramatic Society (SADS), founded at St Andrew's Church seventy-five years ago, continues to offer not only the chance to become involved with amateur dramatics (with Spring and Autumn productions each year), but also a round of social activities!

The Church Hall is also used throughout the week by independent groups, offering a range of activities, including: Step Aerobics for women; Dog Training; Kumon Maths teaching and Ladies keep Fit! We can put you in touch with the leaders of these different groups.

You will find out more about the many aspects of life in the Parish of Alexandra Park in the various sections of this site. If you would like to know more, if there are questions left unanswered, send an e-mail, give us a call - or, best of all, come and see us (we're on the map) and we'll do our best to make you feel welcome!