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/ 29 March 2017

Westminster Abbey donates cross to OneStonegrove

Westminster Abbey delegation and Mayor of Barnet with the cross

On Saturday 25 March, the Dean, Receiver General and Precentor of Westminster Abbey visited OneStonegrove, Edgware, the new home for St Peter’s Church and the Stonegrove Community Trust, to present the church community with a freestanding cross. The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor David Longstaff, also joined the occasion.

OneStonegrove is the new home for St Peter’s Church and the Stonegrove Community Trust. It is an innovative joint community and church project on a flagship regeneration estate. Following a church initiative, funding was pooled to provide the local community with a building which now houses two large halls, one with a baptism pool, a treatment room, a chapel and a 57 place nursery. Weekly activities include exercise classes, English language lessons and a range of youth and family support sessions.

The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said:

“It was a pleasure on Saturday morning to present the Cross at St Peter’s Community Church in Edgware. The cross made by the clerk of the works department is a replica of a cross that we use on Good Friday at the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord. Since it was in St Peter’s Church and the Abbey is dedicated to St Peter, it was a particular pleasure to unite the two in this way.”

The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor David Longstaff, commented:

“It’s a real honour to receive recognition from Westminster Abbey for our fantastic joint community and church centre here in Edgware. This project was made possible by community spirit, co-operation and partnership and demonstrates that the community and the church can work together to make a real difference in the lives of local residents. OneStonegrove was established to provide secure, informative and fun spaces for all to enjoy whilst breaking down barriers of social and community integration and we look forward to supporting its continued success.”

The cross is the central symbol of Christianity, representing not only the Christian understanding of God’s incarnation but also vertical ‘religious’ and horizontal ‘social’ dimensions of our faith. This cross has been donated Westminster Abbey by one the nation’s most famous churches in a gesture of generosity and solidarity with a much smaller outer London Estate church and demonstrates the mutual support of the Church of England across the capital.

The Stonegrove estate, where OneStonegrove is located, was regenerated by Barnet Council and Barratt Homes to create new housing. OneStonegrove has already been shortlisted for the National Churches’ Trust President’s Award and is currently also shortlisted in 3 categories by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Design by Innovation, Regeneration and Community Benefit) for London. It is the only building listed in 3 categories.

Photos: Courtesy of St Peter’s Church, OneStonegrove.

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