August 27 2014 Latest news:
Harry Kemble, Reporter
Saturday, May 17, 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury is coming to Redbridge on Sunday to preach and preside at the 100th birthday celebration of a Wanstead church.
Archbishop Justin Welby will be joined at the service in Aldersbrook Road by Bishop of Chelmsford Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, who will be dedicating a mosaic which will be blessed towards the end of proceedings.
Father Martyn Hawkes, a vicar at St Gabriel’s for three years, said: “It is amazing opportunity to have the Archbishop of Canterbury coming.
“We were really surprised it came off. We asked Bishop Cottrell to come and preside at the dedication service and it just so happened the Archbishop was visiting our diocese too because the diocese is 100 years old the same weekend.”
The Archbishop will be also be giving a talk to more than 100 young people at All Saints, Inmans Row, Woodford Wells after the visit to St Gabriel’s.
“St Garbriel’s was dedicated by the Bishop of Chelmsford on May 16 1914 to serve the new estate,” added Father Hawkes.
“Improvements down the years have been made to keep it a warm, welcoming and flexible space for worship and community activities.”
The service at St Gabriel’s starts at 10.30am.