As a church based in the local community we love to bring benefit to the people who live in Manor Park.

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Community Textiles Project
Lottery funding received

Little Ilford Baptist Church has run a successful and popular Wednesday morning textile and embroidery group for a good number of years. It is a community project welcoming people of all faiths and none, and all levels of skill - from beginners to the highly skilled.

Our work has been exhibited locally in Newham, in the Epping Forest Visitor Centre, and in museums and galleries throughout London. In 2018 the group created a 'Migrant's Coat' at London Tate Modern.


Our current 2019 project, generously supported by a Lottery Community Fund grant, is entitled 'Textile Journeys' and explores Asian textile traditions and techniques. To deliver this latest project we will be in partnership with a range of organisations including East London Textile Arts, East Ham Library, Subco, The Malayalee Association, The Art Workers Guild and The Watts Gallery. Our work will be shown at a number of exhibitions and open days during the year.

Sessions are run at Little Ilford Baptist Church on Wednesdays in term time between 10:30am and 1:00pm. They are led by our qualified and experienced textile arts tutor. Everyone is welcome, no advanced booking is necessary and the sessions are completely free of charge. Light refreshments are available.

For more information contact us

The Big Clean Up 2'The Big Clean Up'

Little Ilford Baptist Church has so far twice joined a national initiative called 'The Big Clean Up'. Along with thousands of other community groups around the country we've taken to the streets near the church to pick up litter and generally do our best to make a positive difference to the way our neighbourhood looks. We did this to bless Manor Park, and to show people that we care for our shared environment.

Neighbourhood Watch

Local Area Neighbourhood Watch

As a part of the local community, Little Ilford Baptist Church shares the same kinds of concerns that those living around us have for the safety of our neighbourhood. We are proud to host the regular Neighbourhood Watch meetings for the Little Ilford ward, often attended by local councillors and the Metropolitan Police's Safer Neighbourhoods Team in the ward.

Next meeting date: To be announced


More Church and Community

Little Ilford Baptist Church has also:

- Organised fun days, street parties and similar events for local people
- Visited a nearby sheltered accommodation for the elderly
- Joined with other churches to stage events such as concerts in the park
- Hosted a temporary classroom block on part of our site while a local primary school was being extensively redeveloped