Memorial Community Church
The Memorial Baptist Church building was opened in 1922 to house the church and its welfare work, Memorial Community Church was formed in January 2006 and the church is a vital and welcoming community hub. A recent project has been "Nosh" a community cafe that combines growing fresh produce, preparing great food and learning how to eat well on a budget. Serving food grown in the Nosh garden, the idea is that people who volunteer in the garden or cafe get to eat for free, but the food is so good that people who live or work in the area come along too, providing income to buy the ingredients for the next week. The church's congregation reflects its location in Newham, London's youngest and most multicultural borough. It is involved in the local community through projects such as Bridges and youth work, and links with other groups such as Alternatives' We Are Family Project and Transform Newham's group of four churches in Plaistow. The architect was William Hayne. The congregation at the time envisioned "a great cathedral Church towering above the mean streets of West Ham, witnessing to the love of God and welcoming, as to a house of beauty and peace, burdened and weary hearts". Although built in the Byzantine style, the church embraced the new technology of the time and has a projector room so that the auditorium could be used to show films. In the East tower there is a unique chime of ten pealing bells cast by Gillett and Johnston of Croydon in 1925. The names of 169 men from the church and local community who were killed in the First World War of 1914-1918 are cast on the bells. The major Cornerstone grant was to help fund urgent to high-level brickwork on the central section of the west front. This had deteriorated, and along with movement in the terracotta and decay in the original windows, was putting the west front at risk.