How might the church, in the heart of London, be a place of witness and hospitality, growing and deepening in faith and a place of service?

The church of St Margaret the Queen, originally founded in 1906, and re-founded anew in 2014 hopes to grow 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. We believe that the compelling power of the gospel to convert, transform, renew and enliven people in every age and place, calls to us – even in a time of financial and numerical difficulty – to take risks in order to bring forth the light of Christ into our city of London.

Many times of renewal and revival in the life of the church have been precipitated by women and men offering themselves wholeheartedly to God, whether this be the Anglo-catholic revival in the 19th century or the evangelical revivals of the 18th and 19th century, or indeed the charismatic renewals of the 20th century. So today God calls us to offer ourselves in His service. Archbishop Justin has commented that without a revival in the religious life – people centered on prayer, learning and hospitality – there will be no revitalisation of the church in these isles. St Margaret the Queen desires to grow such a community, taking temporary vows, living and serving together, for one, two or three years, calling together people from different Christian traditions, recognising that we are each called to serve Christ, offering our life in His service for the good of all. The communities life will be centered the charisms of prayer & devotion, learning & reconciliation and hospitality & service. For more information see here.

Might God be calling you be part of this new community? If you’d like to know anything more please do get in touch.

 

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Our priest Missioner

Gareth Powell was appointed priest missioner to St Margaret the Queen in November 2014, he will help oversee the development of the community and the other parts of the project. Previously he had served his curacy at St Alphege church in Solihull and trained for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge. He will work closely with David Stephenson (the area dean) and also the steering committee (who help shape and direct the community and project), which includes representatives from the deanery, as well as the archdeacon Simon Gates and Bishop Jonathan (who has a diocesan brief for mission).


Because ‘the truth makes her free’ the church is able to assimilate all new things, to welcome and give its place to all new knowledge, to throw herself into the sanctification of each new age, bringing forth out of her treasures things new and old, and showing again and again her power to witness to the wonder of the gospel.
— Bishop Charles Gore, writing in Lux Mundi