Our new Vicar is named.

We are delighted to announce that the Bishop of Southwark, in consultation with the joint Patron Keble College, Oxford, has appointed the Rev’d Robert Tobin to the post of Vicar of St Mary and St John the Divine Balham in the Deanery of Tooting, subject to the usual legal formalities.

Robert is Chaplain of Oriel College Oxford.  He was previously Chaplain at Harvard University in the USA and served his curacy at Beaconsfield in the Diocese of Oxford.

Robert and his wife Olivia will move to Balham over the summer and will be licensed by the Bishop of Kingston at the beginning of September.

Please see the ‘interregnum’ page for additional information.


Lent begins on Wednesday 1st March. Ash Wednesday services include Eucharist at 12:30 pm with Litany and Eucharist at 8 pm with the imposition of ashes.

Sunday 26th February

Services this Sunday: 8 am Eucharist, 10:30 am Sung Eucharist, 6:30 pm Evening prayer.

We also say goodbye to Cheryl and Stuart Payne who are moving to St Nicholas Church in Godstone where Stuart is to be director of music.

Why not come and join us for worship? We are proud to be an inclusive Church where all are welcome to worship with us.

Prayers for today

Today is the day of the interviews for our new Vicar.

Please pray for the interview panel, the candidates and their families at this exciting time in the life of our Church and the parish.

Is God calling you to Serve in Balham?

The closing date for applications to be the next Vicar of Balham is Thursday 8th February at 12 noon. Is God calling you to serve in Balham?

As a community of faith we are called to pray, to worship, to laugh and to cry together. We are the body of Christ. Is God calling you to Balham. Whether you have applied, or whether you are discerning whether to apply, please be assured of the prayers of the people of Saint Mary’s at this time.