Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A kind of resurrection in Bermondsey

For a number of years in the 1960s St James Church was closed. Demolition was even considered and then came a kind of resurrection.

The Warden of the Cambridge University Mission (now Salmon Youth Centre), Michael Whinney, was appointed vicar, a congregation of young people who had been worshipping at CUM, came to St James, the building was re-opened, and in due course, restored.

It was a kind of resurrection for a church that nearly died.

This Sunday we thank God for our beautiful landmark building in Bermondsey and for the flourishing congregation that worships in it today, and we remember with gratitude the appointment of the late Michael Whinney (right) , who, 50th years ago this month, moved from CUM to St James Church to be vicar of the re-opened church.

Long term congregation member, the Rt Hon Simon Hughes, will be our guest preacher at our special 10.30am, many former members of the congregation are coming back to join us, and a celebratory church lunch will follow, and EVERYONE is invite to come and give thanks.

The congregation today

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