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New Monastic community launches in Streatham

2 years, 4 months ago

On Sunday 27 November, the first nine members of the new monastic community of St Margaret the Queen in Streatham Hill - one of whom was a first year member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Community of St Anselm at Lambeth Palace - made their vows to the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun.

During the service Bishop Christopher also licensed the Revd Gareth Powell as Priest-in-Charge of the benefice, succeeding the Area Dean of Lambeth South, the Revd David Stephenson, who was thanked for looking after the church up to this point.

The Community of St Margaret the Queen is a new initiative in the Diocese of Southwark. Founded in 2014 with the aim of growing into a community of people who are willing to offer their time as servants of the gospel, centred around a life of prayer, learning and service. The community will be overseen by the Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, who will be its Visitor.

Future plans for St Margaret’s include transforming the church into a community hub, housing much-needed community projects to directly support the area and the building of a monastic community house, which will allow members of the community to live and pray together.

Bishop Christopher said “It was a great joy to be able to receive the vows of the first members of this significant new Fresh Expression of Church in Southwark Diocese. I look forward to following the progress of their common life and ministry in the wider community.”