Celebrating Capital Vision 2020

Save the date’, 6th June, had been sent out months ago. St Paul’s Cathedral was filled with people from across London – young and old, north, east, west; south London is Southwark Diocese. The Bishop (of London) got us all to cheer as he announced each Area (for us, Kensington.) The chance was taken for the annual admission of churchwardens to office.

It was an inspiring evening. Great to join with thousands to sing hymns like The Servant King, In Christ Alone and O for a Thousand Tongues. The Cathedral Consort sang a beautiful James Macmillan piece, Christus Vincit: and, with Twyford Gospel Choir, a variation on Be Thou my Vision.

Capital Vision 2020 is an initiative of the Bishop and it aims to have 100,000 ambassadors by 2020. There are 3 elements to it – confident in living and speaking the Gospel of Jesus Christ; compassionate in serving communities with the love of God the Father; creative in reaching new people and places with the Good News, in the power of the Spirit.

Urban Hope is a project working with young people in Islington. Ben Bell described how tough life can be, and how limited are the opportunities and resources open to young people. ‘Hope’ might look like someone getting a new home; or, out in the country, telling stories around a camp fire, or bringing together victim with perpetrator of a crime.

Darren Raymond spent time in prison, but now is involved with Intermission Theatre, working with other ex-offenders. ‘No one judges us here’. Worship and prayer are a natural part of things. The RSC have just been announced they will team up with them to bring Shakespeare to a new audience.

The evening ended with a rain of silver falling from the whispering gallery.

Tom G & Brian Grumbridge