St Clement’s Church Marks 150 Years With Anniversary Mass
A historic Church in West London has celebrated 150 years with a special anniversary mass.
St Clement’s Church, Notting Dale marked 150 years since its consecration in 1867 with a special anniversary service and Patronal Mass attended by friends and residents including, among others, local MP Emma Dent-Coad, the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Marie-Therese Rossi, as well as Rachel Carr, CEO of IntoUniversity and Clare Richards, CEO of The ClementJames Centre.
The sermon was led by the Rt Revd Michael Colclough, former Bishop of Kensington and Canon Pastor at St Paul’s Cathedral. In his sermon, Bishop Michael spoke of the historic mission of St Clement’s Church, which was founded by Fr Arthur Dalgarno Robinson in the 1860s to enrich the lives of the residents of Notting Dale, which at the time was a notoriously deprived and poverty-stricken area of the capital and which Charles Dickens even described as “a plague spot.”
Bishop Michael also spoke of how St Clement’s was one of the first organisations in West London to respond to the Grenfell Tower Fire in the Summer of 2017, and the role which the church played in opening its doors at 3.00am on the night of the Fire, providing shelter to the survivors and refugees of the disaster.
Fr Alan Everett, Vicar of St Clement’s Church, said:
“It was very heartening to see so many people attend our special anniversary service. Their presence was a testament to the important role which St Clement’s Church has played at the very heart of this community for 150 years, and which we saw so very recently during the Grenfell Tower Fire.”