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/ 9 April 2015

A day in the life of St Paul’s West Hackney

Posh Club dining

Who said churches were dying and not helping their communities? Here is a glimpse of what happens on a spring day at a busy church in West Hackney. Shown in high-speed, this great film exposes the work of St Paul’s Church and Hall with its vibrant mix of activities for the local people.

Covering more than twelve hours we see the hall filling up with a profusion of volunteers to produce the Posh Club, created with ground-breaking arts group, Duckie, who describe themselves as Purveyors of Progressive Working Class Entertainment. This avant-garde club of tea, cake and cabaret, is for the glamorous golden girls, swanky senior citizens and elegant elders of the parish.

With the church used for worship, the hall is quickly turned over to create a drop-in centre for the North London Action on Homeless, while in the meeting room there is the Open Doors Experience Project, working with vulnerable women from the local community.

As if that isn’t enough, the Cantignorus Chorus meet to warm up the West Hackney air with their spirited voices, and the sound of their recording, Holding Out a Helping Hand. This stirring film shows the church using its space for the people and, in the name of God, serving the people.


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