We Live, We Love,
St. Joseph the Worker, Northolt is a lively, multi-cultural Anglican Church in South Northolt which attracts people of all ages and backgrounds. Like our Patron, St. Joseph, we want to be open and obedient to God in all that we do. Our vision is to be a community of people who grow in Christ as we seek to serve.
St. Joseph's is rooted in Anglo Catholic tradition in the way we express our faith through Liturgy alongside a renewed Charismatic flavour in seeking to be gifted by the Holy Spirit and Contemporary in our style of worship. We are committed to exploring God's word in the scriptures and building a community shaped by God's word to share with all around us.
At the heart of our life together is an expectation that we will encounter God both through the Mass, where we are fed and sustained by Christ, and also through engaging with what he teaches us in the Bible. We believe that such an encounter with the living God transforms lives, and our prayer is that we will be a means by which his world around us is transformed as well.
We would love to see you whether you want to come and join us for worship, or just for a chat and a listening ear, or just a cup of coffee and a biscuit, or just some space, peace and quiet to light a candle, or to pray in the Lady Chapel.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."
Prayer to Saint Joseph, Patron of Workers
Blessed St. Joseph, patron of all working people, thank you for the opportunity to build up God’s kingdom through my labors. Help me to be conscientious in my work so that I may give as full a measure as I have received.
May I do all things in a spirit of thankfulness and joy, ever mindful of the gifts I have received from God that enable me to perform these tasks. Permit me to work in peace, patience, and moderation, keeping in mind the account I must one day give of time lost, talents unused, good omitted, and vanity of success, so fatal to the work of God. Glorious St. Joseph, may my labors be all for Jesus, all through Mary, and all after your holy example in life and in death. Amen.
What a joy to be able to introduce myself as the new Vicar of St. Joseph's the worker Church.For me it is a privilege to serve and guide this Church and direct all of you each day to the New Jerusalem.God invited me to be a missionary and called me to serve the mission of the Church by serving the flock of Christ. In my missions, I experienced abundance and hunger, multitude and loneliness, poverty and comfort, amid dangers and persecution because of the gospel following Christ. Of all the countries I have already served, God chose me to stay here in the United Kingdom, where I have been for almost 6 years, dedicated to ecclesiastical service.I am in love with this missionary church that looks at the needs of people, not judging them but always reaching out. As your Vicar, we will go together in the gospel boat, announcing and captivating, praying and liberating, sharing the bread with the needy. I believe that by fighting together we will win! May our eyes be looking forward to launch out the nets into deeper waters. May the Name of Jesus be exalted in our lives and may our Church and our Diocese continue to impact people by making our lives better every day.
God bless you!!!
Fr. Valmor Pimenta
St. Joseph's the Worker Church's Vicar
Meet The Team
Parochial Church Council
Growing in Christ as we seek to serve
St. Joseph Building Cornerstone
St. Joseph Interior
St. Joseph Cornerstone
Blessing of the Door
St. Joseph Building
Procession of Church
Chancellor, Priest and Bishop
History of St Joseph the Worker
The story of St. Joseph the Worker began in the 1950’s at St Mary’s Church in Northolt. St. Mary's had a large congregation and it was a very small building. Fr Phillips the parish priest of St Mary’s, at that time, felt that God was telling him to start a new church at the other end of Northolt where there were new housing developments being built. So, a small group of people from St Mary’s who lived in that part of Northolt agreed to leave St Mary’s and start a new church there. It was decided that the church would be called “St Joseph the Worker”.
Initially, they did not have a church building and so they met in a corrugated iron hut down the Old Ruislip Road, the hut was originally a Dog Kennels.
All they had was a suitcase in which were kept the priest’s vestments, a chalice and plate for the bread and wine, a cloth for the altar table and some candles.
After a short while the church congregation grew in number and so had to move to larger premises. They moved to a Community Centre in Edward Road and everyone continued to worship there. After the Community Centre they moved to Arundell Primary School (which was near to Redman Close) where they worshipped each Sunday in the School Hall.
The church family continued to increase in number and everyone soon realised that a larger, more practical church building was desperately needed. People worked hard to pay for that first church. Each week they would donate money for one or two bricks or however many bricks they could afford. They made cakes and toys and sold them to raise enough money to build their new church.
A dual purpose church/community hall was built near to the White Hart roundabout. At last, the first permanent church was built and it stood there for many years.
As the church family continued to grow it was realised that the building no longer met the needs of the congregation. So everyone started to save again and with the help of the Diocese and others they were able to start building this church. The Architects Murray and Maguire were commissioned to design the building.
The Cornerstone was laid on Saturday 16th September, 1967. It can be seen at the base of the wall in the car park. While the church was being built, it caused much controversy amongst local people because they thought the bell tower looked like a factory chimney and the church itself looked more like a warehouse. The Vicar at that time, the Reverend M.A. Turner, felt he needed to defend the design of the church and said "it is a shape which speaks of strength and permanence."
The Consecration of the new building of St. Joseph the Worker took place on Saturday 15th March, 1969. There was an attendance of more than 600 at the consecration by the Rt. Rev. the Lord Bishop of London Dr. Robert Stopford. The Bishop was received at the main church entrance by the Rev. Micheal Turner, priest in charge of St. Joseph the Worker, clergy from all the parishes in the deanery, the church wardens and representatives of St. Joseph's Church Council. Among the congregation were the Mayor and Mayoress of Ealing, the Member of Parliament for Ealing North and local Councillors. Also present were representatives of the life of the parish including 12th Northolt Cub Scouts and Scouts, the 6th Northolt Guides and Brownies and the 3rd Northolt Brownies.
The old church hall in Hawtrey Avenue was eventually sold and in 2001 we used the proceeds of the sale and donations to refurbish and improve the facilities offered at St. Joseph's. The Sanctuary area in the main body of the church and the Lady Chapel were also improved. The Sanctuary area was enlarged, the handrail removed and a new altar, lectern and font were installed. The Lady Chapel was modernised. The old concrete baptismal font by the front door was removed which enabled us to create a community facility called the Dovetail Centre, which included a new larger lounge area, a small kitchen and improved toilets.