Mar Thoma church as a worshiping community have been in existence in UK since the early 1950s. The congregation in the early days mainly consists of students who came here for higher studies and a few in search of employment. The Indian YMCA and student hostel in central London was the focal point. Regular worships started in 1957 and it is recognized as first Mar Thoma congregation in the western hemisphere. The 1970s have witnessed significant increase in Marthomites coming from Malaysia, Singapore, India and parts of Africa. With the increase in members came the need for bigger premises and the services were shifted to St Mary’s Parish Church, Kennington, London and 1989 to St Katharine Cree, in the city of London. With the growth in membership came the need for organizing the parishes at regional level for more effective ministry. Today, there are 8 parishes and 2 congregations.

St James parish continued to be the central London based parish. Membership consists mainly of families who reside in and around London and the Home Counties. Given the parish’s location and outreach program, it attracts significant number of students and young people who come to this great and ancient city for work and study. The regular Sunday worship services as well as special services are held at the St Katharine Cree church, Leadenhall Street, London EC3A 3DH. St.James Mar Thoma Family consist of 190 families and we have very dynamic activities in Sunday School, Youth League, Choir, Sevika Sangham, Edavaka Mission.

The parish acquired the property situated at Avery Hill Road, New Eltham, in the London Borough of Greenwich, in 2005. It currently serves as the Mar Thoma Centre with facility for assembly and leisure activities. The centre consists of an assembly hall, football and cricket pitches and tennis courts. The centre is the focal point for much of the social, cultural and sporting and outreach activity of St James community as well as the community at large.

At our heart is a living relationship with God revealed through Christ in the Bible. We are lighted to lighten and we are committed to living that out in our everyday lives where ever we are placed. We are part of the worldwide Mar Thoma community and we are international but we are also a family.

“Mar Thoma  Church defines itself as “Apostolic in origin, Universal in nature, Biblical in faith, Evangelical in principle, Ecumenical in outlook, Oriental in worship, Democratic in function, and Episcopal in character.”

All are welcome and if you are here for business, pleasure or studies, come and join us for worship and fellowship with the Body of Christ




October  2014
  • Parish Convention and Parish day celebrations
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 27, 2014 - 12:00 am
    Location: 167 Avery Hill Road, London SE92eY
    Description: "Parish Convention and Parish day celebrations.

    I am happy to confirm that our annual Parish convention and Parish day celebrations will be on 24 to 26th October 2014.
    The details are as follows:
    Friday 24th October 7.30 pm, Mar Thoma Centre, New Eltham.
    Saturday 25th October 7 pm, Mar Thoma Centre, New Eltham.
    Both evenings will start with praise and intersession, followed by the message by Thirumeni.
    Sunday 26th October 2.30 pm, Holy Communion followed by Parish day and concluding session of Parish Convention at St Katharine Cree Church.
    (Please note the change to our regular Sunday worship service)
    Rt Rev Dr Thomas Mar Theethos, Episcopa of Mumbai Diocese will be the main speaker and chief guest.
    We are very privileged to have Thirumeni with us for our convention.
    Please pray for this upcoming event and plan your calendar so that you can attend all the sessions. Please share this information with friends and family"