Stepney Area: Hackney Deanery
Hackney is a cluster of Anglo-Saxon villages on the edge of the City of London: Shoreditch, Hoxton, Haggerston, Dalston, Clapton, Homerton and Stoke Newington. Generations of local families and incomers from all parts of the world have come to worship, pray and celebrate life events in Hackney’s parish churches.
Common values concern embracing diversity; offering hospitality to strangers; opening buildings for community use; reaching out to those who are marginalized; speaking out against greed and injustice; fostering community leadership and faithful volunteering.
Hackney churches say they are most alive when they celebrate significant moments in the life of the community, when buildings are restored and reordered, when lay people come forward to offer their ministry and when fruitful relationships are nurtured with other organisations working for the wellbeing of all.
The team behind the Diocese of London’s proposed floating church and community hub, met Hackney South and Shoreditch MP, Meg Hillier, to discuss the project.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and his wife, Caroline, have paid a flying visit to St John’s Hoxton as the church continues its week-long 24-7 wave of prayer.
The Bishop of Stepney led a vigil at St John on Bethnal Green last night for the victims of the Westminster attack, sharing the message that hate will not divide the people of Tower Hamlets.
Bishop Rob writes about how church-run winter night shelters in London are helping 1,300 homeless men and women and contributing an estimated £4 million worth of social support to the capital.