God is love
The Church viewed from the west door. It can seat up to 400 people and is used by a number of schools, charities and organisations for concerts and services.
The Font is made from Portland stone. This was paid for in the 1930s by Sunday School children bringing pennies to church. It is used for all baptisms, however the whole church floor dropped by more than an inch and was raised by by pumping resin underneath. When this was done the drain from the font was blocked. As a result the water has to be removed by the duty Warden after each use.
The Childrens corner is near the font at the back of the church. There is a selection of toys and books for visiting children to use.
The following pictures show the Lady Chapel before and after restoration work. The chapel paneling had woodworm and could only be treated by removing all panels and treating each from the back. While off, all panels were cleaned and restored to original condition. The beading was replaced with the oak beading in line with the original build and additional lights were fitted in the centre of the Chapel. In addition the damage which had been caused by a bomb in WW2 was exposed. Shrapnel from the bomb which exploded just outside the church had come in the windows and is still embedded in the walls behind the paneling. The bomb hole was converted to a rose bed and is still maintained as a flower bed today with a rambling rose in the centre of it. Morning and evening prayer are held in the Chapel; a Tuesday Eucharist at 10am is followed by a social time for coffee and on the third Tuesday of the month soup and sandwiches are also served. A Quiet Prayer time is led after the 9.30am Eucharist on the first and third Sundays of the month. Recently we have installed glass doors to the Lady Chapel improving both heat and sound.
The Courtyard garden is situated between the church and the hall. This area is enclosed and safe for children to play in. It is used after services when the weather is good, it is used by playgroup and mothers and toddlers in the week. The area is used for teas on sunday afternoons in the summer, for Easter Sunday early services and many other functions.
This sculpture of a bird is made from guns and weapons from the Mozambique cicl war’ The Christian Council of Mozambique encouraged people to hand in the weapons and the Swords into the Ploughshares Project, decommissioned them and with the help of local artists turned them into amazing sculptures. This example was bought by a member of St. Alban’s congregation who donated it to the church, where it serves as a poignant reminder of a much loved parishioner and her constant striving and prayer for peace in our world. It also reminds us of the link between the Diocese of London and Mozambique and Angola, ALMA (The Angola London Mozambique Association).
Below the statue to St.Albans is a plaque showing the names of all members of the parish that were killed in WW2 are on the plaque. There is a book below with a page for each person telling about the person and how they died.
Sunday School Banner
This is our latest Sunday School banner. If you look carefully at the angels wings these have been made by cutting material around the fingers of the children. The older banner was made by a Sunday school teacher shortly after WW2 when material was limited, using the Sunday school teachers wedding dress.