Our History

Crossway Church has a long and rich history of serving the community with links to the Mayflower ship and the Pilgrim church.

Crossway, is the only church in Southwark that links back to the story of the non-conformists or separatists that journeyed from Lyden in Holland on the Mayflower to New Plymouth in 1620. The Pilgrim Church was incorporated into Crossway in 1972 and was destroyed during the blitz in 1940, only to raise from the ashes in 1956 with help and support of the descendants of the Mayflower in America.

There are letters from the then president of America, Eisenhower, in a letter dated 10th October 1956:

“Please give my greetings to the members and friends of The Pilgrim Fathers’ Memorial Church in London. As co-heirs of a great tradition, this congregation has a secure place in the hearts of all who cherish the spirit of religious liberty. Long ago, when the Mayflower carried early pilgrims from your church to our shore, they helped to establish one of the strongest bonds which unite, the peoples of our two Nations.”

 

(Original communion plate from the Southwark Pilgrim Church-circa 1690s)

About the Mayflower and Crossway:

When the Mayflower set sail in 1620 it is no exaggeration to say that its voyage changed the course of history and it would ultimately lead to the establishment of the United States of America. The event of the Mayflower ship is not only a moment in world history, it is also our story. It is the story of Crossway and its links to the first Pilgrim Church here in Southwark.

 

(Rev. Jacob and assorted past and present members of the Crossway congregation and Elders.)

EXHIBITION – An online journey through the history of Crossway, the Pilgrim Church and its links to the Mayflower 400 Story.

As part of the exhibition we will highlight the story of the ‘Pilgrim Church’ which was incorporated into Crossway in 1972. It will highlight how the Pilgrim church was destroyed during the blitz in 1940, only to rise from the ashes in 1956 with help and support from the descendants of the Mayflower in America.

All of our activities are free during the week-long festival, and Crossway is looking forward to opening its doors for all in the community both virtually and socially distanced at this difficult time. John Whelan, the artistic director of People’s Company said of the project, “the story of Crossway and the links with the first Pilgrim Church and the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620, is an amazing part of our local history that needs telling! This project will animate the story in so many interesting ways and it is great that we get to tell the story of Crossway and its links with this journey through this weeklong festival”

A bible in a church pew

What we believe

We are a mainstream Christian church believing in God the father, the son and the Holy spirit.  We believe that God is real and that all can have a relationship with Him.

Crossway Church URC building Elephant and Castle

Our History

Crossway Church has a long and rich history of serving the community linking back to the Mayflower ship and the pilgrims.

Welcoming new people to church

Our Team

Meet the team behind Crossway URC and find out more about the work we do.