News & Progress

Progress update

Excellent progress is being made on Phase 1 of the Appeal Masterplan

(See items A, B, C and T on our interactive map – see Appeal page).

The most obvious sign of work is the scaffolding to the roof, enabling the renewal of roof areas above the Nave, Aisles, porches and South Transept (Item A; repairs to the Chancel roof will be carried out later in the appeal cycle, see H). We hope the scaffolding will be coming down in early November.

We’ve already created the new Garth (T), with the first internment of ashes held in September. Read More

Head of Fundraising joins the Appeal

We’re delighted to announce the arrival of Karen Bryant as our newly appointed Head of Fundraising.

The role was urgently needed to ensure we reach our ambitious income targets. Karen will be developing a fundraising portfolio including grants and trusts, events, major donors, corporate sponsorship, community engagement and legacies.  She will also be responsible for all communications about the appeal’s progress. Read More

We’re looking for a Fundraising Manager!

Looking for an exciting challenge with competitive pay? Maybe you should apply to become our Appeal Fundraising Manager!

St Mary Abbots is a large and extremely busy Church of England Parish Church, with a high public profile, serving the heart of Kensington in West London.

We have launched a multi-million pound Appeal to raise funds for a comprehensive restoration and enhancement of the church building. We seek to appoint a full-time staff member who will take the lead role in coordinating all the Appeal activities, working closely with the Appeal Chairman, the Vicar, Churchwardens and other officers of the PCC. Read More

A Response to the Organ Petition

Yesterday, a concerned organ-lover started a petition to save our wonderful Hill organ because he had seen that, as part of our plans of our plans to improve St Mary Abbots, the organ was to be removed. For all others concerned about the world losing such a fine instrument, please read our Vicar’s response:

Dear Richard,

We could not share more deeply your concern for the musical heritage of the Anglican church (a glance at our weekly service schedule indicates how our Sunday and Festival worship is saturated with the great classics of Christian choral and organ music). Read More

The Appeal has Landed!


Kensington, 5 June 2015: St Mary Abbots Parish Church, Kensington, today announces the launch of an historic fundraising appeal to raise £7m over three years to restore one of London’s most beautiful and historic churches. This appeal will improve St Mary Abbots as a place of worship and allow it to expand as a community hub.
St Mary Abbots, itself 140 years old, is the fourth church to stand on a site that has served the community of Kensington and Chelsea for a millennium. It is launching this fundraising effort to ensure that the church is fit for purpose for generations to come. Read More