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For several years now the British Orthodox Church (a Coptic congregation, worshipping in English) has celebrated a monthly liturgy on Saturday mornings, with a monthly midweek prayer and study group.

On Saturdays, the Soytten Sen School of Performing Arts rehearses in church, and performs regularly around Tower Hamlets as well as in church. They are committed to passing on the rich traditions of Bengali folksong, dance and drama to the rising generation - for instance, in 2011 celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) - and we are glad to be associated with them.

We host, or organise ourselves, series of concerts and one-off events:

We have not just one, but two, good grand pianos - a fine Bl├╝thner, recently-restored, and a late-Victorian Broadwood. 


All the children of our church school, St Paul's CE Whitechapel, come to church for special services at least twice a term, and individual classes come at other times. The London Diocesan Board for Schools provides support for governors and staff, and resources for festivals. The most recent denominational inspection rated the school as 'outstanding' in all four categories - distinciveness and effectiveness as a Church of England School (serving a Muslim-majority intake), collective worship, religious education, leadership and management. Other school groups, primary and secondary, visit for various curriculum projects - not only RE, but history, geography and art (for example, this Religion and Place project by Building Exploratory). Students from colleges and universities study the building and its local context. And adults come, as groups and individuals, often as part of local history or Hawksmoor trails, or during the Open House, East London Heritage, and Ride+Stride weekends. We are always glad to welcome them - particularly those who, out of courtesy and good sense, tell us in advance that they are coming!

Here is a short video made in 2008 for Cancer Research.

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