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Community invited to big birthday party at Leytonstone church

15th Jan 2018

A special event at a Leytonstone church will celebrate a big anniversary. The church will be 125 years old.

St Margaret’s church in Leytonstone is celebrating its first 125 years on Sunday 21 January with a service of thanksgiving.

The Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, will be leading the service at the Woodhouse Road church. The Deputy Lieutenant of Waltham Forest, Major Jeremy Fern TD DL, will be present.

The priest in charge of the parish of St Margaret with St Columba, Father Neil-Allan Walsh, has invited the local community to come to the service and the lunch afterwards.

Father Neil said: “Everyone will be very welcome at our big celebration of our first 125 years. St Margaret’s church is committed to continuing to be a sign of God’s love and presence in the community we serve in our next 125 years.”

One of the ways St Margaret’s is a sign of God’s love and presence in the community is a Pop Up shop inside the church each Thursday. “Thursday is the new Sunday here,” added Father Neil.

The shop is open from 2.00 to 3.30 pm. In 2017 some 1,682 adults, 337 children and 585 volunteers were welcomed in. 

The service at St Margaret’s will start at 10.30 am. The Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Yemi Osho, will be joining worshippers for the lunch. 

Picture: Pop Up shop in the church.