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Bishops work together to promote unity in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 10:16 17 January 2011

ANNUAL CAROL SERVICE BEGINS CELEBRATION YEAR MARKING 700th ANNIVERSARY OF CHURCH

This year's Christmasannual candlelit Carol Service at St Mary's, Bow--the church in the middle of the road--is the beginning of a year of celebrations to mark the its 700th anniversary.  It has the theme of '700 Christmasses at Bow'.

For the first time in these 700 years, the building has its own street number and will soon get a post code.

ANNUAL CAROL SERVICE BEGINS CELEBRATION YEAR MARKING 700th ANNIVERSARY OF CHURCH This year's Christmasannual candlelit Carol Service at St Mary's, Bow--the church in the middle of the road--is the beginning of a year of celebrations to mark the its 700th anniversary. It has the theme of '700 Christmasses at Bow'. For the first time in these 700 years, the building has its own street number and will soon get a post code. "At last!" said the Rector Michael Peet. "Being in the middle of Bow Road has made life complicated and "the church-by-the-flyover" felt like it was becoming part of our name! "But now the utilities and the emergency services will be able to find us and visitors can Google us and get the right place on the map Contact: Michael Peet 020-8980 2074

Carmen Valino

THE CATHOLIC Bishop of Brentwood and the Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford are joining forces to promote understanding and unity between Christians in Redbridge.

In a joint letter to all their clergy the Roman Catholic Bishop of Brentwood,The Right Reverend Thomas McMahon, and the Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford, The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, have re-committed themselves to continuing to work together with worshippers from both Christian and Catholic denominations.

Commenting on the Ordinariate,a grouping that is intended to integrate former Anglicans into the Roman Catholic Church, the two Bishops wrote in their letter: “This does not in any way deter us from the ultimate goal of that visible unity within the church that is Christ’s prayer and which is shared by all Christian people.”

They are urging those who are considering joining the Ordinariate to make contact with them.

“We give thanks for their contribution to the life of the Church of England, and we pray for the new life they will have and the gifts they will bring to the Catholic Church,” the letter added.


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