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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.
A kick-boxing dad used an iPod to steal people’s details at cashpoints up and down the country because he needed money to go back to Romania, a court heard.
The borough’s businesses will enjoy a private audience with the women keeping the government’s finances in check this morning.
Barking and Dagenham is set to become the first London borough to benefit from its share of a £1billion investment in the capital.