March 12 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.
A former West Ham star took part in a gang rape after a night out clubbing in Romford, a court heard.
The fire brigade “tricked” its firefighters into breaking a national strike by exaggerating the scale of a Dagenham scrapyard blaze, apparent secret documents obtained by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) suggest.