A unique church and community setting
We are an Anglican parish church joined with the United Reformed Church. Our community is rich in its diversity and open to all, regardless of race, gender, sexuality or background.
Our main Parish Service is at 10-11.15am on Sunday, and we hold services and events throughout the week, with several groups, for all ages.
We believe in a fully Inclusive Church – which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality.
We believe in a Church which we welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.
The Copleston Centre was established in 1978 as a multi-purpose community centre, as part of the Church's commitment to work with and serve the local community in Peckham. The church building was substantially redeveloped to create spaces for group activities of different scales. Originally focussing on youth work, the Centre's remit has continually adapted to changing local needs. Currently home to a range of services, activities and events, particularly for older people, young people and families, people with mental health concerns, and refugees and asylum seekers, it is also a much-valued community space.
We have affordable spaces for hire for the local community and our staff and volunteers reflect the diversity of Peckham.
Charity number: 1116694.
The church was built as St Saviour's 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.