Little Fish get a BIG surprise

There was great excitement as the doors of the regular toddler group, Little Fish opened at St. John’s Church in Penge, marking the first stop of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to the Diocese in October.

For the youngest members of the group, it may have been the sight of the large push around cars that gave them most joy, but parents and volunteers alike, were delighted to meet and spend time with Archbishop Justin, who attended the group to find out more about the support being given to those in the community who are facing financial hardship.

With his chaplain Isabelle Hamley, the Archbishop noted that ‘you’re never too young to know that God can move mountains and part the seas’, as he shared with his young audience the story of Moses parting the Red Sea.

After tea, juice and biscuits, the Archbishop went on to visit the Christians Against Poverty centre that runs out of the church and chatted with some of the current clients.

Giving him the opportunity to hear their stories, the Archbishop also learnt about the difference the centre was and is making in their lives, thanks to the support of the centre’s manager, Rachel Williams and her two support workers Dhiman Bradley and Christine Wood

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There was also an opportunity for the Archbishop to find out more about the challenges and issues facing the area, as well as the partnerships that are bringing hope, as he joined a walkabout with local church leaders Rev Nigel Poole, Rev Nick Read, Rev Matthew Fitter and Steve Taylor from London City Mission.

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