August 1 2014 Latest news:
Buni Adigun, Reporter
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
An elaborate new altar has helped rejuvenate the congregation at a Thames View church.
Installed in time for the Easter service, it was created by local artist Anna Creasy and remains at Christ Church Thames View, in Bastable Avenue, Barking, for the rest of the year.
It encapsulates the Pentecost, a time in which Christians believe the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus’ disciples in the form of tongues of fire.
Rev. Mina Smallman said: “We want people to feel blessed and want to tell the Christian story.
“The congregation loved it. The church building has a practical sense to it, no stained glass windows; all we had was a wooden altar. The frontal has given the altar a wow factor.”
The frontal was done to mark the 10th anniversary of “commission4mission” a Christian organisation in Barking which seeks to bring contemporary Christian art into churches.
Two men accused with the murder of Dagenham dad-of-two Neill Buchel have this afternoon denied the charge, with a third yet to plead.
A group of lucky ladies have been awarded free plumbing scholarships through a Dagenham training centre.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson visited Barking Riverside this morning, to launch a set of capital-wide infrastructure requirements for the next half-century.
First World War hero Job Drain will be remembered with a commemorative paving stone outside the Broadway Theatre next month.