Two Cities Area: Westminster (Paddington) Deanery
Perhaps best known for its station – the original London terminus built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Railway – and a lost bear from Peru, Paddington was originally a small Norman village that grew and developed into a large urban borough before being swallowed into the City of Westminster.
The Deanery of Paddington is coterminous with the old borough boundary stretching from Hyde Park in the south to Kilburn in the north, touching Notting Hill in the west and terminating at the Edgware Road in the east. In many ways, it is shaped by the important transport links that traverse the area – Grand Union Canal, Paddington mainline, Harrow Road, Bayswater Road and the Westway.
This small but densely populated Deanery is dynamic and vibrant with an ever-shifting population marked by extreme economic and social diversity, and a startling ethnic mix.
There are 12 very different parish churches – each with their own history and personality, plus eight diocesan schools and the chaplaincy team at St Mary’s Hospital all seeking to serve the people of Paddington and be active in mission and ministry in the name of Jesus Christ.
St Mary Magdalene’s, a historic church in Paddington, has become the only church in London to be shortlisted for a new £10,000 grant from the National Churches Trust.
Interfaith leaders from within the City of Westminster have come together to issue a statement of solidarity following this week’s attack on Westminster.
An innovative scheme to create a community and heritage hub in the heart of Westbourne Green in Paddington has reached a major milestone as the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the project a £3.6m grant.
Forty new deacons ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral will serve churches across the Diocese of London.
UK Nigerian Chaplain Ben Enwuchola, based at St Luke’s, Kilburn, has been made an Honorary Archdeacon of Jos in the province of Nigeria in recognition of his significant contribution to the Nigerian community in the UK. Ben was collated at a special service in Jos, Nigeria, presided over by the Archbishop of Jos, Benjamin Kwashi.