The 75th anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush is being marked by a national service in London on Thursday 22 June and also the following church-organised ecumenical events across the country (in alphabetical order):
Choral Evensong to mark Windrush 75 at Birmingham Cathedral Sunday 18 June at 3.30pm. The preacher will be the Bishop of Trinidad and Tobago Rt Rev Claude Berkley.
Hosted by the Anglican Diocese of Birmingham, all welcome.
The Birmingham Windrush 75 Service of Thanksgiving & Celebration takes place on Sunday 25 June from 4.45 to 7 pm at the New Testament Church of God (NTCG) church at Lozells Road, B19. The service is being organised by a number of Birmingham’s Black-led churches. Guests will include the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, The Bishop of Aston, a representative of the Lord Lieutenant, the Archbishop of Birmingham, and bishops and pastors from the city’s Black-led Churches. Among the community organisations involved are the Windrush National Organisation, the Windrush Movement (UK), the Association of Jamaica Nationals, the Birmingham Empowerment Forum, West Midlands Faith in Action and The Council of Black-majority Churches.
There will be contributions from CTE’s General Secretary Bishop Mike Royal and Principal Officer for Pentecostal, Charismatic and Multi-cultural Relations Shermara Fletcher.
For more information contact the Chair of the organising team Bishop Desmond Jaddoo.
Windrush Celebration Service at the Alhambra Theatre on Sunday 25 June at 5pm. Local churches are involved including Chapel of Grace (Redeemed Christian Church of God); Cornerstone Community Church (NTCG); Church of God of Prophecy, Rock Church and Fountains Church (Church of England)
Windrush Day Thanksgiving Service at St Agnes in St Paul’s 12 noon. Celebrating the Windrush generation and the contribution they’ve made.
Windrush 75 Showcase: Harmonise with History at Clifton College Chapel on Thursday 22 June at 6pm. An evening of uplifting gospel music, celebrating the history, culture and remarkable contributions of the Windrush generation to the UK. Organised by the Renewal Choir.
The ecumenical Leeds Church Institute is hosting a lunch, talks and activities to celebrate the 75th anniversary on Thursday 22 June from 11am. The event is being organised in collaboration with Leeds BAME Health and Wellbeing hub. Bishop Tony Parry from NTCG Leeds is one of the special guests.
The Moravian Church in Leicester is hosting a Windrush Community Celebration and Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 25 June from 1 to 6.30pm at the Wesley Hall Community Centre.
From 1pm – Refreshments and Music by Attraction Blazin from EAVA FM
3 – 4pm Thanksgiving Service
4 – 6.30pm Caribbean Meal, Stories, Live Music: Tanni Browne, Steel Band of Hornsey Moravian Church (London), Clover Watts & Peter Weston
London (Southwark Cathedral)
Read more about the national service of commemoration and book your place. Thursday 22 June 2pm.
NTCG Aldershot Community Church is hosting a service of thanksgiving on Sunday 25 June at 10.30am. CTE General Secretary Bishop Mike Royal will be the guest speaker.
Read or download the British Future report: Why the Windrush matters today. (British Future is an independent, non-partisan think tank and registered charity.)
The Faith Forum is hosting a session “The experiences and struggles of the Windrush generation: Lessons to be learnt” Wednesday 28 June 7 to 8.30pm. Hosted by CTE Trustee and Co-Chair of the CTE Racial Justice Working Group Bishop Moses Owusu-Sekyere. Contributions by CTE General Secretary Bishop Mike Royal and CTE Trustee and Christian Aid Church Engagement lead Dr Lisa Adjei.