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Published September 22nd 2013
A beautiful church in the heart of Kensington
St Mary Abbots Parish Church is located on Kensington High Street in the middle of a busy shopping district. The current building only dates to the late nineteenth century, but there has been a place of worship on the grounds since Anglo-Saxon times. The beautiful church is a place of calm stillness in an otherwise crowded and heaving street.
The baptismal font is an intricate piece of nineteenth century craftsmanship. It is located in a corner of the church near the west door under a bright stained glass window. The original window was destroyed during the bombing of London and replaced in the 1960s.
Daily prayer services are held at 5.30pm during weekdays and in the morning (see website for details, as times are variable). Sunday services begin with Holy Communion at 8am, a sung Eucharist at 9.30am, Choral Matins at 11.15am, and Holy Communion at 12.30pm. Evening services are held at 6.30pm in the form of Evensong and Holy Eucharist or Taize Prayer and Eucharist (first Sunday of the month).
The church also offers a variety of special services, including Baptismal Sundays, All-Age Family Eucharist, and Healing Eucharist. The Healing Eucharist occurs on the third Wednesday of each month at 2pm. The other service times are variable. Please contact the church (020 7937 5136) or check the website for exact dates and times before visiting. Service times may also vary during the Christmas, Lent, or Easter seasons.
Outside of service times, the church is open to visitors during the day, every day of the week.