Tottenham riots - the Church of England responds
It doesn't have a gay theme and there's not a female bishop to be seen, so it won't be covered by the mainstream media. It's just the good old CofE doing what the CofE has always done - getting on with ministering in the local community. The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Lansdowne Road, Tottenham is currently in an interregnum and so without a parish priest. It has therefore fallen to Assistant Curate Fr Simon Morris to lead his parish ministry at this time. Today he has sent out this, which requires no further comment from His Grace:
Subject: This WeekThe only further word His Grace does feel justified to add is that it really wouldn’t be cricket just to turn up for the nom-nom when the invitation is quite specifically to come for Mass and lunch. Fr Simon is undoubtedly working wonders, but the miracle multiplication of beef
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2011
This is to assure you all that Masses and other services will happen at both churches as normal.
At S. Mary's we are currently providing food and drink to people who have lost homes, who have had no electricity and who are working on the old Carpet Right building. If people feel able to help, then please make your way to S. Mary's. I am very grateful to those who have kept this going since yesterday morning.
On Sunday 14th August, we will have a procession during the 10am Mass to make God's presence known on these streets that have seen such violence.
10am Mass will be followed by a Bring and Share lunch to cheer us up and to demonstrate that we are not broken by the violent acts of others. Please make every effort to come along. I do not know whether the crossroads at Lansdowne Road will be open or not, but entry to the Church is still possible from the other side of Lansdowne Road.
Wishing you very blessing.
PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO COME ON SUNDAY FOR MASS AND LUNCH!!!
Fr S.J. Morris