Windrush & Carnival

The Festival Communion service at Greenbelt 2018 put the story of Windrush, racial inclusion and justice at its heart. Here you’ll find all the words from the service to download and share and use – along with the story and idea behind it and you can watch the whole service too.

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The Idea

The theme of this year’s communion service, ‘wind-rush: imagining another world’, is both a play and signifying on the Pentecost reading (Acts 2) and the fact that in April and June 2018 we marked 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr (MLK) and 70 years since the SS Empire Windrush landed at Tilbury Dock.

Both events have been turning points in our life together as Christian communities. All of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work was oriented toward the creation of a community characterised by love and justice, a vision of society he called “the Beloved Community.” The vision of the Windrush generation was no different.

Michael Jagessar
Head of Global & Intercultural Ministries, The United Reformed Church

Read the fuller blog here

Watch Again

For the first time, we streamed the service live, watch it again here.

 

The people who were part of it

Our special thanks go to…

Soul Sanctuary (red-hot gospel music)
With director Clarence Hunte and soloist Tracey Jane Campbell
Evie Vernon (service leader)
Chine McDonald (service leader)
Winne Varghese (preacher)
George Luke (pre-service DJ)
Andrew Graystone (service writer)
Nicola Hambridge (producer)
Michael Jagessar (the words to get us going in the first place)
Thea Smartt Henry (playing Averill Wauchope)
Paul Clark (playing John Newton)

Communion Collection

This year we are giving 50% of the money we collect at the communion service away in five different directions. This reflects our four campaigning concerns — climate change, migration, UK poverty and Israel/ Palestine — plus the theme of this year’s service, racial justice.

RACIAL JUSTICE: YOUNG IDENTITY
MIGRATION: NACCOM (The No Accommodation Network)
CLIMATE CHANGE: MISSION LIFEFORCE
ISRAEL / PALESTINE: PMX / HOLYLAND TRUST
UK POVERTY: POVERTY TRUTH COMMISSION

You can read more about them HERE

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