Multi Faith Forum

The Multi Faith Forum, an initiative of Councillor Brian P Sandler when he was Chairman of the Council and has now been adopted by One Epping Forest, the Epping Forest Local Strategic Partnership. It has been established in order to bring communities together and to encourage understanding, goodwill and friendship between different faiths and cultures. The LSP tackles issues for local people - such as crime, jobs, learning, health and housing - and requires that a range of local organisations work together. Formed in October 2002, the partnership's core membership represents the public sector, community and voluntary sector, faith community and local business, working together as a single body.

Terms of Reference

  • Achieve the objectives identified by the Forum by devising targets that remain focused and are specific, measurable, appropriate, realistic and time limited (SMART).
  • Identify barriers to achieving targets and possible solutions to overcoming these barriers.
  • As organisations represented in the Forum are working in partnership to achieve these objectives, decisions are reached by a general consensus amongst the membership.
  • Monitor and review progress on targets.
  • Members to alert the Forum to any other matters of concern identified.


The membership of the Forum is determined by the Chair and members of the Forum and is as inclusive and diverse as possible.


Meetings are held as required but at least every three months.

Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary

These Forum roles are nominated and elected by the members of the Steering Group for a one-year term of office.

News & Events

Faith Communities in the 'Big Society'.

Together with the Chief Rabbi and Archbishop of Westminster and leaders of other faiths, the Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday hosted a discussion with the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, and the Minister for Decentralisation, Greg Clark on the government's new scheme. For more information, please click here

Faith Groups regularly hold Community events.

Places of Worship

There are many Places of Worship in the Epping Forest District. Many of them are shown below, but this is not an exhaustive list.


Epping Methodist Church,
119 High Street, Epping, CM16 5DE
Epping United Reformed Church,
Lindsey Street, Epping CM16 5DE
North Weald Methodist Church,
High Road, North Weald, CM16 6 HW
Contact : Revd Dr Jason Askew
Tel: 01992 572931

Loughton Methodist Church
Loughton Methodist Church
High Road
IG10 1RB
Minister Tony Morling
Tel: 020 8502 3071


Church of the Immaculate Conception, Epping
11 Church Hill, Epping, Essex CM164RA
Parish Priest Fr James Hawes STL
Parish Deacon Rev Duncan Whitehouse
Tel: 01992 572516


Epping Meeting House,
Hemnal Street, Epping, CM16 4LL



South Woodford Muslim Community Centre
10/14 Mulberry Way
South Woodford
Contact: Dr Mohammed Fahim
Tel : 07850 350942


Duldzin Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre
5a Buttercross Lane
Epping, Essex CM16 5AA
Contact: Kelsang Wangchuk
Tel: 01992 571354


Contact: Behjat Freeman
Tel: 0208 502 9465


Contact: Rabbi Michael Foulds, OBE


VHP Ilford Hindu Centre
43 Cleveland Road,
Tel :  020 8553 5471


Ramgarhia Sikh Gurdwara (Temple)
10-16 Neville Road
Forest Gate
London E7 9QX.
Contact: Secretary, Surinder Singh Jandu
Tel: 020 8552 9494

C of E

St John the Baptist
St John's Road, Epping
Rector Revd Geoffrey Connor
Tel: 01992 572906

St John the Baptist
Church Lane, Loughton
Rector: Revd Geoffrey Smith
Tel: 020 8257 9095

St Mary the Virgin
High Road, Loughton
Vicar: Revd Malcolm McDonald
Tel: 020 8508 7892

St John's Buckhurst Hill
High Road, Buckhurst Hill
Team Rector: Revd Ian Farley
Tel: 020 8504 1931

Waltham Abbey (Holy Cross)
High Street, Waltham Abbey
Team Rector: Vacant
Team Vicar Revd Joyce Smith
Tel:01992 767916

St Martin
High Street, Chipping Ongar
Rector: Revd Susan Cooper
Tel: 01277 362173


Theydon Bois Baptist Church
The Green
Theydon Bois
Minister: Sue Barclay
Tel: 01992 611322

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