Our Story


As well as being a charity and a cafe, Kahaila is also a church. 

We are people who earnestly desire to emulate the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. We are about relationship not religion, about fullness of life not legislation. We are committed to live life under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We do not have all of the answers, so we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us into the likeness of Jesus. We believe that the Bible is the most life transforming book of all time, in it we believe the true character of God is revealed. Our desire is to discover more of who God is through scripture and let that transform the way we live.


Forest Gate

On Sunday mornings, at 11am, we have a house church that meets in the area of Forest Gate, with children’s church as well.

Not on the first Sunday of each month, when we gather together for Kahaila Unite.

Brick Lane

We have a church service that meets at 7pm on Wednesday evenings at our Brick Lane cafe, where everyone is always welcome! The service provides an opportunity to discuss, to contemplate, to reflect, to explore, to worship and to grow.


On the first Sunday of each month, we have Kahaila Unite where both services come together. As part of our gathering we will have a bring-and-share meal together.


Small Groups

Small Groups meet throughout the week, and allow us to build friendship and community at a deeper level. They are a place in which we can be honest and be truly known.

If you would like any more information about the church and what happens, please feel free to email Andy. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join us at any of our gatherings.

If you would like to get the most up-to-date news about the church, please sign up to our newsletter here.

Our Values


Kahaila is a place where all people belong regardless of what they believe.


We seek to live by faith – we do not want to be limited by our circumstances or paralysed by our fear.


Kahaila is a community which means we want to put other before ourselves.


We believe in generous giving – we want to be generous with all things, our finances, our time and our resources.


We believe in every member ministry, therefore we understand that God has a purpose for each one of us, so we are here to help each other to fulfil that purpose.


Our projects and the church exist and survive due to the generosity of people. Giving your money, your time or your expertise could make a great difference to the work that we do. If you feel able to give financially, there are two ways you can give; you can click below to set up a monthly donation via Direct Debit or, if you prefer, you can make a donation in person at our Brick Lane Cafe.


If you are interested in volunteering at Kahaila Cafe please email Andy.

If you would like to participate in any of the Kahaila Charity Projects, please email them directly through the links here.


For more information about our safeguarding procedures, please click on our safeguarding policy below.

Team – Church and Current Projects

Paul Unsworth

Lead Pastor

Andy Symmons

Pastor in Training

Linda Ekerhovd

Chief Operations Officer

Chilel Sanyang


Alex Boyd


Rosalyn Bilbrough


Jo Hobson

Essence Project Manager

Emily Chalke

Ella’s Project Manager

Hannah Wilson

Kahaila Brick Lane Cafe Manager

Siobhan Crowther

Kahaila Aldgate Cafe Manager

Opening Hours


THU – TUE 09:00 - 19:00

WED 09:00 - 18:30


WEEKDAYS 07:00 - 19:00

WEEKENDS 10:00 - 16:00


Drop Us a Line

Don't be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!

Kahaila is a registered charity

Charity number 1138653

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