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New Woodford Green vicar: ‘I am convinced that there is a God’

PUBLISHED: 10:24 26 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:08 26 September 2014

Reverend Ola Franklin with Bishop of Barking Peter Hill

Reverend Ola Franklin with Bishop of Barking Peter Hill

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The new vicar at a Woodford Green church has said she intends to show people the “Christian faith is alive and well” following comments from the leader of the Church of England who said he had doubts about God’s existence.

Reverend Ola Franklin being blessed by Bishop Peter HillReverend Ola Franklin being blessed by Bishop Peter Hill

Rev Ola Franklin, a former teacher, was inducted by the Bishop of Barking Peter Hill on Tuesday at St Paul’s Woodford Bridge, in Cross Road, Woodford Green.

Earlier this month, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, admitted he experienced doubts about God’s existence.

But Ms Franklin said she never suffered doubts about God.

She said: “I am convinced that there is a God.”

However, in terms of her own faith, Ms Franklin did reveal she posed questions to herself.

“What I ask sometimes “am I doing the right things?,” she said.

“Too much confidence is not a good thing. It is part of being human.

“I ask myself if I am on the right path. I am trying to show people that the Christian faith is alive and well and that Christian believeth is not something of the past.

“I want to show people that God gives gifts to us in serving one another in the world.”

On seeing the St Paul’s advert for a new vicar, she said it just “clicked” that she should apply for the position.

“I suppose it just clicked when I saw the church’s advert - I liked their aspirations,” she added.

“The area is lovely and the people seemed very keen to have me.”

Around 220 people attended Ms Franklin’s induction, which she described as “a lovely, happy occasion.”

She also added: “The service was fantastic.

“It was a packed church with the Bishop of Barking leading the service and the Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Ashley Kissin was there too.

“I am looking forward to the next few years and seeing how our congregation grows and develops.”

Ms Franklin was ordained in 2009 and is from Harlow in Essex.

Before coming to Woodford Green, she was a pastoral worker in Walthamstow.


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