In recent years, St Philip’s has focused on growing in size, strength and vitality. One reason for doing so is that once we are fully re-engaged with our community, we want to be able to do so in a way which is sustainable, so that people can rely on us.
We are now keen to discover the best ways that we can be of service to our community and make a difference to it.
One small way might be this website itself and we are keen to develop this area as a resource not only for the church but for local groups and individuals.
In 2012 St Philip’s took part in Edwardes Square’s celebration of its 200th anniversary, inviting residents to a special Sunday morning service.
We took part in the great Abingdon Road Jubilee Party with a stall and made our building available to the organisers on the day itself. On the Sunday of Jubilee weekend we held a Big Jubilee lunch and then threw open our doors in the afternoon so residents could watch the Thames Pageant together on our new widescreen TV. On the Tuesday we once again opened our doors so that residents could take part in the Service of Thanksgiving being held at St Paul’s Cathedral, watching it on TV and following it on specially printed Orders of Service.
During the Olympics St Philip’s kept its doors open so that residents and visitors to London could come together and watch the Olympics on TV.
In 2012 we continued to maintain our links with Inkerman House, sheltered housing for older people in Nevern Road. Residents came to us for a service of Commemoration in early November and David Walsh attended events in Nevern Road during the year.
In December we joined our neighbours in Stratford Road for the annual Stratford Village Christmas Party.
Our Harvest Festival food offering is given each year to The Upper Room shelter for homeless people.
In recent years David Walsh played visible roles in our community, acting as chaplain to the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and chairing the Earl’s Court Community Trust, which runs the Earl’s Court Festival.
But now we seek ways in which St Philip’s as a whole can make a difference. We are open to suggestions!