Social Activities


Details of our occasional social activities, meals, parties, concerts and outings are listed below.
We also have a regular coffee hour and time to chat after the Sunday service each week.

Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance
Sunday 2nd February 2020 from 2-5pm

Join us for a tea dance with social dancing and actual tea and cake! Come and enjoy a gentle afternoon learning some basic social dancing steps with Rachel who can teach even the most left-footed people (there will be a beginners dance lesson at 2.15pm). This is an inclusive event for anyone including LGBTQI+ people and we ask that everyone is respectful to each other. The partnering at this tea dance is gender-neutral, meaning anyone can lead and anyone can follow, and we are completely body positive. The venue is wheelchair-accessible and has gender-neutral toilets. We ask you not to wear high heels as we need to protect the floor! You are invited to bring your own home-made cakes (clearly labelled), to raise money for our nominated charity, Stonewall Housing. At previous dances we have had a good selection of teatime treats including some vegan options.

Tickets: £15 on the door (free entry to members of Essex Church).

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Read more about our tea dances (and see more photos) on our tea dance page.

Cultural Outing to the Garden Museum
for Restoration and Tranquillity
Sunday 16th February, setting off at 1.15pm

Organised by Carolyn Appleby. There’s nothing like having a walk and seeing our beautiful city, including the River Thames! We will depart at our leisure and you needn’t miss anything! We’ll set off after the vocal trills of Margaret’s singing class, for those who want to attend it. As it’s a fair distance from Essex Church we will use public transport some of the way and walk the rest. Everyone is welcome! Admission: £5 to £10. The Garden Museum is in a disused church. It is an oasis of calm and spiritual uplift. Its cafe is also a delight. It is situated on Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7LB. For more information see the museum’s website: