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Our Multi-faith Approach

In March 2003, following an agreement between the Faith Communities in Greenwich, the Borough Council and the Greenwich Peninsula Developer, the Rev’d Malcolm Torry, who was then the Team Rector of the Parish of East Greenwich, was appointed as Co-ordinating Chaplain to liaise between the stakeholders and manage the day to day work of the chaplaincy. A multi-faith steering group was formed to oversee the development of a team of chaplains to serve the diverse community of residents, workers and visitors on the Peninsula.

A permanent building was promised which initially was going to be the Greenwich Pavilion which had operated near to the O² Dome during the Millennium celebrations. A temporary building was to be available to be act as the focal point for Chaplaincy work and provide a meeting and worship area for the various faith communities.

The first temporary Prayer Space was began functioning in September 2010 with a team of Chaplains and Welcomers on a site close to North Greenwich Underground Station. It opened everyday from Monday to Saturday and was used by Holy Trinity Church on a Sunday. The Mayor of Greenwich, Cllr Barbara Barwick performed the official opening ceremony in October 2011.

In 2013 the Prayer Space was moved to its present location near the Emirates Cable Car building and slightly enlarged. It is anticipated that a permanent facility will be built as part of the development of a Community Hub close to Greenwich Millennium Village.

The Rev’d Malcolm Torry retired in July 2014 after 11 years as voluntary Co-ordinating Chaplain. He was responsible for the initial vision and its outworking and will be sorely missed.

Our approach is a multi faith one, not an inter faith one. We do together everything which everyone can in good conscience do together (such as workplace chaplaincy, and managing a Prayer Space), and separately everything else (such as corporate worship, and education in the different faiths). The faith communities provide a single chaplaincy service ensuring that anyone who requests pastoral care within a particular tradition can receive it.

As far as we know, this is the first time that the faith communities have been asked to work together in this fashion from the very beginning of a large new development.

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