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The Archbishop of Canterbury prays for new church plant in Stratford

7th Jun 2019

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby visited the site of a new church plant in Stratford, East London yesterday evening as part of a prayer walk for Thy Kingdom Come.

Archbishop Justin met with people from the parishes of All Hallows Bow and St John’s, Stratford and they walked to the site of Christchurch Three Mills – the new church plant which is a joint venture between the two parishes.

The Archbishop prayed for the church planting minister, Dan Scott and his wife Ellie as they prepare to build a new Christian community locally - an area where there is a large new housing development on the border of Stratford and Bow.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said:

In all the distractions, and some irritations within this role, spending an evening on a prayer walk - with such wonderful people in such an amazing part of London, renewed my vision of church, love for its people and hope in Jesus Christ."

Revd Canon Dave Wade, Head of Development for Growing Christian Communities in the Diocese of Chelmsford, added: 

‘It is a joy to be welcoming Dan and Ellie into this community and we look forward to working with them in the years ahead."

More information 

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. Thy Kingdom Come 2019 takes place from May 30 to June 9 – Read more.

The Christchurch Three Mills church plant is part of our diocesan mission to create 101 new Christian communities by 2028. The project received investment from the Church Commissioners, the body that supports the work and mission of the Church of England – Read more.

Dan Scott will be ordained this September as a Planting Curate - a minister specially trained in building new church communities.