Welcome to the website of St Botolph without Aldgate. St Botolph’s, a Church of England parish in the Diocese of London, sits on the boundary of the City of London and the East End.
St Botolph’s has a lively, diverse congregation which meets on Sundays and during the week. We believe strongly in the love of God for all people, and the good news of Jesus Christ who in time on earth embraced all people, drawing them into a community of faith. All are welcome at St Botolph’s and we are proud to be an inclusive church of people who are male and female, straight and gay, of all backgrounds and situations and we work together to celebrate the glorious diversity of humanity both in the church and in our community.
We welcome people of all faiths, and none, and hope that, as people have been doing since at least the twelfth century, you may find here a place of rest, prayer and reflection, of challenge and celebration. The church is open on Mondays to Fridays 0900 – 1500 hrs; though we are closed on Bank Holidays. (If you are making a special trip into London to visit St Botolph’s, please contact us in advance in case there are any special occasions or circumstances that may affect the open times on that day.)
Statement by the Parochial Church Council (24 January 2016)
in the light of the recent Primates’ Meeting at Canterbury
“This PCC supports the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in our common life. We share the pain and disappointment of The Episcopal Church (in the United States of America) following the decision reached at the recent Primates’ meeting regarding relational consequences for that Church, because of its position on equal marriage.
“As an Inclusive Church, we believe that the Love of God transcends any bounds or limits that we seek to impose. We believe that any move to segregate or exclude or impose sanctions on or affecting those with whom we disagree, would be contrary to our calling as an Inclusive Church.
“We nevertheless feel it is necessary to express our disagreement with the exclusion of TEC from full participation in the Anglican Communion. Consequently, we commit ourselves to explore opportunities to affirm our relationship with TEC, and our support and commitment to LGBT people including our support for equal marriage.
“We commit ourselves to love one another and to serve God together.”
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