About the Tabernacle
We give a warm welcome to any wishing to visit us.
You’ll find a friendly group people of all ages and countries.
Morning Teaching service
11.00am – 12.30pm
3pm – 4pm
› More info about our school
Evening Gospel service
6.30pm – 7.30pm
Monday Prayer meeting
7.30pm – 8.45pm
Wednesday Bible study
7.30 – 8.45pm
Other services each year
Good Friday, 11am
Christmas Day, 11am
Live Broadcast – Watch Sunday and Bible Study services live on our site. Click on the red banner at the top of the page at the start of a service.
Simultaneous Translation – Sunday services will be available on the website during the subsequent week in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Farsi.
Deaf Fellowship – BSL interpreters are present for all public (Lord’s Day and Wednesday) services. An induction loop is installed in the main sanctuary and in the lecture hall. This can be accessed by switching your hearing aid to ‘T’. Please see the Deaf website for more details.
Student Tea is currently suspended during the coronavirus outbreak.
Our Doctrinal Basis
The Metropolitan Tabernacle is an independent reformed Baptist church. The following seven points show the key biblical policies we follow, laid down by our forebears, such as C H Spurgeon.
› Read our full doctrinal basis
History of the Tabernacle
The Tabernacle Fellowship goes back to the year 1650, thirty years after the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers.
During a time that Parliament had just banned Baptist meetings, the Tabernacle traces its roots to a congregation which braved constant persecution, and which met in a house in Kennington belonging to Widow Colfe. The meeting grew rapidly under its first pastor, William Rider, who apparently died in the plague.
› Read more of our history
The following bus services stop outside the Tabernacle, or nearby:
1 12 35 40 45 53 63 68 133 148 155 168 171 172 176 188 196 333 343 344 360 363 415 453 468 C10 & P5
Southeastern and Thameslink trains from Elephant & Castle station, which is situated within the Elephant & Castle shopping centre directly opposite the Tabernacle.
Bakerloo Line and Northern Lines.
› See London Underground map
For drivers, many major roads including those from Thames bridges (Vauxhall, Lambeth, Waterloo, Southwark, London Bridge) converge on the Tabernacle. There is free off-street parking at the rear of the Tabernacle. Access is via Oswin Street or Brook Drive.