Bishop of Edmonton to join Hour of Remembrance for victims of knife and gun crime in Camden
The Bishop of Edmonton, the Rt Revd Rob Wickham, will attend an hour of remembrance at St Mary’s Primrose Hill this evening for victims of knife and gun crime in Camden.
The event will see the Bishop light a candle of remembrance and offer his thoughts on the recent tragedies. The Vicar of St Mary’s, the Revd Marjorie Brown, will also read out the names of those that lost their lives.
St Mary’s Primrose Hill is home to what was Camden’s first knife bin, which allows knives to be surrendered safely and securely. Under the leadership of youth worker Jason Allen, it also runs a pioneering youth service that aims to curb violence and gang culture, find meaningful work for young people in the local area and stage gang interventions.
In advance of the service, the Bishop of Edmonton, the Rt Revd Rob Wickham, said:
“This is a matter for all of London, young and old, rich and poor. The victims, their families and friends do not stand alone at this dark time, but alongside those that believe that faith speaks of hope, the sanctity of human life, and compassionate care and support for those who are hurting.
“Faith also speaks of justice and speaking truth to power, so I urge truth telling and pray for the work of the police so that those who take life may be brought to Justice. We pray too that lives might be turned around for anyone who now carries or uses a knife, that community relationships may be strengthened, and the need for carrying knives eliminated.
“There is no easy answer, but faith communities are resolved to working together. My colleagues and I within the Diocese of London will certainly continue in our work, for the sake of people across the Capital.”
The Revd Preb Marjorie Brown, Vicar of St Mary’s Primrose Hill, said:
“We are gathering in church to lament and grieve the deaths of so many of our young people who have been caught up in the current culture of violence. We want to support their families and friends and the youth workers who are broken-hearted by this tragic loss of life. They will not be forgotten.”