St Simon’s is a lively evangelical Anglican church just off Cadogan square in central London. Designed by Joseph Peacock and built in 1859, John Betjeman described it as ‘eccentric’.

At the heart of the life of the church, however, is not the building. It is our conviction that Jesus Christ is God’s magnificent gift to the world. Our aim is to know him better and make him known more widely.

Whatever your background or beliefs, whether a firm believer or just looking, we warmly invite you to St Simon’s.


10:00am Service

Our 10am service follows the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, with traditional choral music. We celebrate Holy Communion every third Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee is served afterwards.

6:30pm Service

The evening service is less formal in style, with a mixture of classic and contemporary hymns. Holy Communion is every first Sunday of the month. Refreshments are served afterwards.



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For more information about upcoming events, please get in touch with the office via the contact form.



Mike Neville


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David Jackman

Honorary Assistant Minister

Nigel Orchard

Director of Music

Article XI: Justification by faith (Romans 4:1-25)

Mike Neville, 10th September 2017
Part of the Articles series, preached at a Sunday Evening service


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Romans 4

4:1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. (ESV)

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We would love to welcome you to our growing Sunday School!

We meet every Sunday morning during the 10am service in the church hall, to learn about Jesus by hearing from the Bible in a fun and engaging way. From time to time we organise special events which are fun for all the family, from afternoon teas to Halloween drop-ins. Look out for more in the future.

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”

2 Timothy 3:14-15


Nothing is more important to us than helping people who would not call themselves Christian believers explore what Christianity is about, and whether it is true.

We run a course called Christianity Explored. The course gives you time and space to consider the big questions of life and to explore the person at the heart of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ. Whether you have previous experience of Church, Christians and the Bible, or none at all, we welcome you to join us. Should you take part, we will respect your background, culture and beliefs.




Prayer Focus is our regular prayer meeting. This event offers an opportunity to pray together in an informal way for the church, the world, and each other. These meetings are every first Monday of the month, in the church, from 8-9.15pm.

Upcoming Prayer Focus dates:

  • September 4th
  • October 2nd
  • November 6th
  • December 4th


We believe that meeting in small groups to learn from the Bible, support, care and pray for one another is an excellent way of helping each other to follow Christ with joy and strength. These groups meet on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings. Do get in touch via the contact form if you are interested in joining a group.


We also hold a variety of talks and social events throughout the year. More information about upcoming events can be found here.



We are delighted when parents care about the spiritual future of their children. We are glad to invite children and adults for baptism at St Simon’s. If you would like further information, contact the vicar directly or via the contact form.


In one of the most attractive parts of London with a warm and intimate interior, St Simon’s is ideally suited for a traditional wedding. We welcome all enquiries, including those from outside the parish.


Funerals and Memorial Services are a very important way of marking the close of a human life on earth. They are an opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to gather up the threads of the life of the deceased, to give thanks for them and to commend them to God’s keeping.


We’d love to hear from you, please get in touch using the form below:

Parish Office:
34 Milner Street
London SW3 2QF

020 7589 8999

Michael Neville

Parish Administrator:
Gloria Skelsey