Joint celebrations

03 October 2014

IT WAS two years ago, but memories of the Olympic Games are still vivid in the dioceses of London and Chelmsford. Their common boundary is on the Knights Bridge, in the heart of the Olympic Park; so it was the appropriate place for the clergy, and people from 11 churches of the two dioceses, to come together to pray for the churches surrounding the park, and to remember the contribution that both dioceses made during the Games.

After walking to the park after their Sunday services, they were met by the Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Revd Adrian Newman, from London diocese, and the Bishop of Barking, the Rt Revd Peter Hill, from Chelmsford, who together gave a blessing from their mutual boundary. Prayers were said by an archdeacon from each diocese - the Ven. Rachel Treweek, of Hackney, and the Ven. Elwin Cockett, of West Ham.

"Meeting on the border allowed us to commemorate the positive work we've achieved together previously, the 2012 Olympic Games being just one example," Bishop Newman said. "It also marks the continuation of this special relationship." The recently consecrated Bishop of Barking said that, "as the new Bishop on the block", he found it "great to hear about the tremendous support the local churches had offered in terms of community initiatives during the period of the Olympic Games and since".

After the final blessing and prayers, everybody joined together for a picnic in the Olympic Park.

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