First baptisms for the Engine Room at Tottenham Hale
The team continue to work hard at the Engine Room at Tottenham Hale. Our Community Workers – Andrew and Martina Kwapong – and I, continue to develop activities and networks in Tottenham Hale, whilst the fledgling church community of St Francis establishes itself in the heart of the Hale Village community. We thought you might be interested to hear what we have been up to.
Easter was a blessed and joyful time with everyone in the Church getting involved. Across the week we had a Walk of Witness on Palm Sunday, an interactive stations of the cross on Good Friday which encouraged people to walk ‘the way of sorrows’ within the Engine Room. A showing of the film Calvary on Good Friday evening also provoked some good discussion and debate.
Holy Saturday saw the Engine Room team involved with the neighbouring Ferry Lane Estate in an Easter Fun Day for all ages, partnering with local community organisations to organise an Easter egg hunt, face-painting and craft activities enjoyed by everyone.
A quick change was needed by the team and members of St Francis congregation as St Paul’s Cathedral beckoned for the Easter Vigil. At this powerful and moving service two adults members of our congregation were baptised and four people were confirmed; the first baptisms and confirmations for our new church.
The first ever Dawn Service took place at 6am on Easter Day with a great turnout – 17 adults and children gathering around the new fire amongst the partly constructed buildings to continue our celebrations of the resurrection. One of our newly confirmed teenagers stayed up all night after the service at St Paul’s as she was so worried she would fall asleep and then miss it! An Easter breakfast was enjoyed by everybody before we concluded our Holy Week and Easter with a joyful and noisy All-Age Eucharist at 11-00am, welcoming new people from the Village.
We are so grateful for everyone’s support via the Bishop Peter Wheatley appeal and continue to work hard to secure the £1.7m we need to fundraise for the fit out of the building. If you or your church can help us – please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org who is the new Major Donor Relationship manager. She is keen to discuss any ideas you might have. You can also click here if you want to donate today!
We appreciate your prayers that we will continue to build and develop relationships with the Tottenham community, and be witnesses to the loving presence of Jesus in this place, bringing real hope and change to the neighbourhood.
The Revd Andrew Williams is the Priest Missioner at The Engine Room. Andrew joined the team in September 2014 and is passionate about helping the new church of St Francis establish itself as a focal point for community activities in Tottenham Hale.