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/ 6 January 2014

Seventh birthday celebrations at Grace Church Highlands, Enfield

The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, has joined 170 members of the congregation and local community of Grace Church Highlands to celebrate its seventh birthday and its new independent status.

Grace Church is an example of the 100 worshipping communities that the Diocese has committed to create or renew as part of Capital Vision 2020, its strategy to serve London in ways that are confident, compassionate and creative.

Grace Church, which meets on Sundays at 10.30am at Highlands School in Enfield, was founded in 2007 to serve the new community of Highlands Village and until this summer was legally part of nearby Christ Church Cockfosters.

What started as a group of 34 adults and about 15 children has now expanded into a regular Sunday congregation of 120.

The new legal status marks a milestone in Grace Church’s journey which will allow it more independence while maintaining its close and supportive links with Christ Church Cockfosters and the parish of St Peter’s Grange Park.

The new phase will see Grace Church broadening and deepening its engagement and service to the local community, which already includes a free English Language Support Club, youth football and assemblies in a local primary school.

The event was a focal point for the community in Highlands and beyond, as members of the congregations of Christ Church Cockfosters, St Peter’s Grange Park and other local churches joined in the seventh birthday celebrations and lunch.

The Revd Andy Wadsworth, minister-in-charge at Grace Church Highlands, commented:

It is a thrilling time in the life of the church family as we look back with thanks to God’s faithfulness and forward in hope and expectation as we seek to make Jesus Christ known and serve the local community."

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