St. Alban's Church Is Relaunched

At a well-attended service in the Acton Green church

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More than 150 people attended the re-launch of St Alban’s Acton Green, a church which has been unused for the last eight years. The church opened its doors again to the local community at the 10.30am service ( Sept 28) – the first step towards making St Alban’s a hub for the whole community.

Richard and Nicola Moy, Vicar and Associate Vicar respectively, at neighbouring church Christ Church Turnham Green, were behind the project to re-launch St Alban’s Acton Green, acting in response to rising church attendance at Christ Church Turnham Green and calls from the local community to return St Alban’s to community use.

To enable Christ Church to operate on another site Revd Mike Tufnell, who had previously served at Holy Trinity Brompton and Christ Church Cockfosters was appointed as Associate Vicar, with a particular responsibility for the St Alban’s site, helping to develop a new multisite church that will be known as Christ Church W4 (CCW4). Christ Church W4 will bring together St Alban’s on Acton Green Common, Christ Church on Turnham Green and a smaller Mission Hall on nearby Cunnington Street.

Commenting on the launch, Mike said:

“This is a special day for Christ Church W4 and for the whole community. It is so exciting to open the doors for regular worship again this morning and we were blown away that more than 150 came along. St Alban’s will play its part in the vision of CCW4 to be ‘for God, for community and for each other’. Everyone is welcome and we hope that St Alban’s will continue to grow and become the community hub we believe the local area needs.“

The new service at St Alban’s Acton Green is aligned with Capital Vision 2020, the Diocese of London’s vision for the Church in London over the next six years.

Capital Vision 2020, a vision that emerged from conversations with nearly 2,000 people across the Diocese, and consists of three key ambitions: to be more confident in speaking and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ; more compassionate in serving communities with the love of God the Father; and more creative in reaching new people and places in the power of the Spirit.
Church attendance in London grew by 16% in the seven years to 2012.

September 29, 2014