St Dionis, Parsons Green sees surge in congregation numbers
St Dionis, Parsons Green has seen its Sunday congregation almost double in the last year following a partnership with Holy Trinity Brompton which saw a ‘graft’ of people come across to join the church in January, led by the Revd Pat Allerton.
Through a series of team building events, networking lunches and the introduction of a new evening service, St Dionis, under the direction of the Revd Tim Stilwell, has seen its Sunday congregation grow to approximately 140 adult worshippers on an average Sunday.
It has also seen a huge surge in young attendees, with the majority of its evening service attendees aged between 20 and 30.
Fr Tim Stilwell, vicar at St Dionis, commented:
"It’s been so exciting to welcome Pat and the grafting team to join us at St D’s and the impact has been transformative. There’s a real sense of life and opportunity in the church and we look forward to reaching out to the local community with even more energy and vision."
The renewed worshipping community in Parsons Green has been welcomed across the Diocese of London, which has set out to create or renew 100 worshipping communities in London as part of its vision for the next seven years, Capital Vision 2020.
Capital Vision was adopted by synod in March 2013 and launched in front of 2,000 people at St Paul’s Cathedral in June 2013. It comprises three major themes – Confident, Compassionate and Creative – with 10 specific areas in which the Diocese plan to be more purposeful and imaginative, including growing worshipping communities and doubling the number of young people involved in the Church in London.