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Bishops of Barking and Stepney lead congregations to the Olympic Park

The Bishop of Barking, Peter Hill, and the Bishop of Stepney, Adrian Newman, have brought their congregations onto the Olympic Park to pray for the work of the surrounding churches.

The Bishops blessed the border between their two dioceses – Chelmsford and London – in the heart of the Olympic Park and reflected on the positive contribution the dioceses had played during the London 2012 Games.

Bishop Peter commented: “As the new Bishop on the block it was great to hear about the tremendous support the local churches had offered in terms of community initiatives during the period of the Olympic Games and since. 

“It was great to pray for all the communities within sight and sound and to celebrate what was the end of the beginning of our mission and also to pray for this exciting and diverse area of regeneration.”

Vicars from 11 local churches walked their congregations to the Olympic Park following their Sunday services on September 14, 2014. They joined together at the border for the joint blessing and prayers from Elwin Cockett, the Archdeacon of West Ham and Rachel Treweek, the Archdeacon of Hackney followed by a picnic.