The church was built in the 1880s, at a time when south London was expanding rapidly, with a donation from Mr Peek – as in Peek Freans biscuits – who was concerned about the rapid construction of housing with nowhere to worship. Tucked away down a side street, the church drew a congregation from Champion Hill for the next century.
In 1978 the building was extensively remodelled and converted into a community centre with a central worship area shared by the Anglicans and the nearby Hanover United Reformed Church. The congregation is multi-cultural and children are especially welcome. The constitution is a mixture of Anglican and URC structures and our worship reflects this.
The day to day running of the Centre comes under the management committee which is a partnership of church members and community representatives.
Copleston Church was redeveloped in 1978 to include a community centre. The centre provides a range of activities for everyone in the community. Young and old, long-time residents and asylum seekers in the area, people of all faiths and none: all are welcome.
We have affordable spaces for hire for the local community and our staff and volunteers reflect the diversity of Peckham.