30th anniversary celebrated with service at St Bartholomew’s Church and Centre in East Ham

The Right Reverend Stephen Venner, centre, with other members of the Church of England East Ham and

The Right Reverend Stephen Venner, centre, with other members of the Church of England East Ham and youngsters celebrate the 30th anniversary of St Bartholomew's Church and Centre. - Credit: Archant

The 30th anniversary at St Bartholomew’s Church and Centre was celebrated during a special service yesterday.

The Right Reverend Stephen Venner, centre, with other members of the Church of England East Ham and

The Right Reverend Stephen Venner, centre, with other members of the Church of England East Ham and youngsters celebrate the 30th anniversary of St Bartholomew's Church and Centre. - Credit: Archant

The Bishop to HM Forces, The Right Reverend Stephen Venner, lead the service, attended by around a hundred members of the Church of England East Ham team.

The Right Reverend Stephen Venner, centre, with other members of the Church of England East Ham and

The Right Reverend Stephen Venner, centre, with other members of the Church of England East Ham and youngsters celebrate the 30th anniversary of St Bartholomew's Church and Centre. - Credit: Archant

The Bishop to HM Forces, The Right Reverend Stephen Venner, lead the service, attended by around a hundred members of the Church of England East Ham team.

The Right Reverend Stephen Venner, centre, with other members of the Church of England East Ham and

The Right Reverend Stephen Venner, centre, with other members of the Church of England East Ham and youngsters celebrate the 30th anniversary of St Bartholomew's Church and Centre. - Credit: Archant

Newham councillor Quintin Peppiatt, who is also a parish priest, also took part in the service, along with Rev. Canon Ann Easter, Newham’s first Chaplain to HM the Queen.

It is 30 years since The Queen declared the building on Barking Road open, which also includes a Doctor’s Service.

The church is said to have been regarded as futuristic at the time as it combined not only a worship space but also a medical centre, sheltered housing, meeting rooms and offices.

Since 1983 the building has been used by a range of groups from Newham and beyond.

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