New church to open in Barking Riverside
PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 January 2017
Churchgoers could have a new parish to worship at from September.
Barking Riverside Church, as it is set to be called, will open next to George Carey Primary School in the Rivergate Centre after winning a £1m funding boost last Tuesday.
Up to six members of staff are set to work at the new church in Minter Road, sharing space with a community hall currently used by the Salvation Army.
Bishop of Barking, Peter Hill, welcomed the “fantastic” news.
“It’s an adventure,” he enthused. “It’s about investing in new communities in Barking Riverside.”
The new vicar – still to be announced – will be accommodated in the growing housing development in Barking Riverside.
“We are working out use of the hall with other faith communities such as the Muslim community – we want to develop positive relationships,” the Bishop added.
“We will definitely have a Sunday service and it will be missional during the week – but hopefully it will develop much more than that.”
Thames View Christ Church in Bastable Avenue serves the nearby population, but the Bishop believes a second church is “necessary” in an area expanding so rapidly.
“There are a lot of people moving east,” he said.
“CoE is expanding, it’s growing – not just because there are new developments but because we have got new Christians.
“Many of those who may have no faith may catch a vision of God.”
Barking Riverside has won half of the £2m funding by Church Commissioners for the Chelmsford diocese – with churches in Forest Gate, Havering Riverside, Chelmsford and Colchester also set to benefit.
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