The church is situated in the heart of the community in a residential area 5 minutes’ walk from the high street and main shopping area. Cowes’ main “industry” is sailing and many residents have some connection with sailing. The town’s economy revolves around sailing, particularly the summer season when there are many visitors to the town, especially in Cowes Week at the beginning of August each year.
Cowes is home to some of the “rich and famous”, Olympic gold medallists, round the world yachtsmen and women, but it also has its share of poverty, with many families reliant upon benefits or facilities such as Foodbank. Unemployment in the town, unlike most of the island, is lower than the national average.
Cowes has three primary schools and a secondary school, Cowes Enterprise College, all situated within walking distance of the church.
The church building was constructed in 1866 and was extended at the turn of the 20th Century with the addition of a schoolroom. A kitchen was added later, together with a lounge at the rear of the building. The building has been updated in recent years to include central heating and double-glazing. As a result, the building is in use most days of the week, both by church groups and by other community groups such as a local choir, children’s music groups, youth and adult dance groups, craft groups and youth clubs.
If it’s your first visit then it’s probably best to turn up around 10.20am. If you are driving then parking is available on nearby streets, however, please leave yourselves enough time to find a space. There are 2 main car parks within ½ mile of us, with some parking zones in the area free or a maximum of 2 hours parking on Sunday.