Welcome to St Paul's Shadwell

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to have a browse around and if you’re unsure of anything don’t be afraid to ask. We’re always here and we’d love to hear from you… hello@sps.church

What you really need to know about SPS is that we love Jesus. We love prayer and worship, we love being creative, we love serving our community and caring for people. We love running Alpha. We love being one big family and creating great space for kids and families, working with youth, students and young adults. We love making friends and encouraging one another as we all grow together in our relationship with God and his world.


Vision that excites us

St Paul’s Shadwell is a Jesus loving, vibrant, outward looking church in the heart of east London with a bold vision to ‘Make Disciples’, ‘Transform Communities’, and ‘Plant Churches’.

Reignited by a church plant from Holy Trinity Brompton in 2005, the congregation grew and began planting churches itself. These include 4 significant plants into St Peter’s Bethnal Green, All Hallows Bow, St Luke’s Millwall and Christ Church Spitalfields.

You can read more about our recent adventures in church planting in the independently commissioned report:

Love, Sweat & Tears‘.


There is something deep in the SPS DNA about generosity and resourcing others and in the last 18 months we have been excited to be a part of commissioning our first ‘grandchild plant’ in Canning Town. We have also recently been involved in a new initiative to help breathe fresh life into a church in Southwark.

Currently we are excited to be praying for and cheering on six incredible leaders that we had the privilege of sending out to be trained up as ordained church leaders.

This is the kind of stuff that we’re passionate about – sharing the love of Jesus with our community and seeing Jesus’ church grow and flourish in east London and beyond.

We can’t wait to see what’s next!

Location & History

‘The Parish of St Paul’s Shadwell with St James, Ratcliff’ (SPS) is situated in the eastern part of Wapping in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Nestled within it’s beautiful gardens and backing on to the open water of the London Docks, the current building dates from 1820. It is located on the Thames River Path, equidistant between Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf. The area is well served by the Overground Line and the Docklands Light Railway as well as The Highway, a busy road route into central London.

The parish has its origins in the 17th Century, serving the sailors and residents of the working docks. SPS was traditionally known as the Church of Sea Captains. Captain James Cook baptised his children and worshipped here, as did Jane Randolph, mother of Thomas Jefferson. Records show that John Wesley preached several times and it is thought that his last ever sermon was delivered from our pulpit.


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