Call - 'sharing God's gifts'
Lent Call Service in Southwark Cathedral on Thursday 4 May, children from
Malden Parochial School, Kingston gave a presentation 'Inner strength leading
to outward action' (below).
Cathedral School provided a musical item and St Alfege with St Peter's Primary
School, Greenwich, led the prayers. Then each school present brought up their
offerings for the Lent Call projects. The total collected in the Diocese will
not be known until later in the summer.
address, Bishop Wilfred talked about the Eucharist as the basis for our sharing
with each other . He challenged everyone to share all the good things which God
gives with others and thanked the schools for what they had achieved during
Southwark gospel choir sing for the Queen
Queen formally opened the new London Millennium Bridge on Tuesday 9 May. The
Service of Dedication at St Paul's Cathedral was specially memorable for the 46
members of St Saviour's & St Olave's School Gospel Choir, who sang at the
service in the presence of the Queen, Prince Philip and other dignitaries,
including London Mayor Ken Livingstone and the Bishops of Southwark and London.
choir prepared a special gospel rendition of the popular song 'Love can build a
bridge'. "I really enjoyed it " said choir member Daniella Raymond, 16. "It was
a true 'once in a lifetime' experience."
Chancel damaged in Deptford fire
altar was reduced to a pile of charcoal and the stained glass east window
shattered into thousands of fragments, when fire struck St Paul's Church,
Deptford, late afternoon on Monday 29 May.
mum called the fire brigade after her son ran in reporting smoke coming from
the church. Fire crews were quickly on the scene, broke in and contained the
fire where it started in the chancel. But everything from the altar and its
furnishings, wall paintings and the stained glass window to the wooden floor,
were reduced to rubble and the rest of the church is smoke damaged. The
suspected cause is an electrical malfunction.
Churchwarden, Bill Crossfield and wife Peggy, who followed the fire crews into
the church, paid tribute to their efficiency and their respect for the
building.. They broke the news to the Rector, Peter Fellows, and other
parishioners when they returned from Walsingham in the evening.
day contractors working on exterior restoration, boarded up the window and
specialists began clearing the wreckage, while Peter Fellows, Restoration
Project Coordinator Roy Tindle and a representative of English Heritage
assessed the damage to the listed building and started to plan the major
restoration job that will now be needed.
Meanwhile, Peter says, it will be 'business as normal' once the soot
and ashes have been cleared.