The Prince of Wales meets the CRT Team
On Thursday 9th December, HRH The Prince of Wales visited Holy Trinity Brompton church to attend a short advent service and meet Christian workers who are helping their local communities in times of need. He was welcomed to the church by Nicky Gumbel who introduced him to some of the CRT team, including CEO, Sarah Jackson and Head of the Network and HTB’s Vicar Designate, Archie Coates.
...The Prince Donated gifts to Love Christmas...
As part of the visit, the Prince donated materials to Love Your Neighbour’s ‘Love Christmas’ which aims to deliver one million ‘Bags of Kindness’ for those in particular need this Christmas. The programme, which launched last year in the midst of the pandemic, aims to help local communities draw closer together.
The Prince heard the story of one young Iranian man who had been imprisoned for his Christian faith.
The Prince, who has in the past highlighted the plight of Christians living in the Middle East, heard the story of one young Iranian man, Mojtaba Husseini, 31, who was imprisoned for his Christian faith for three years before moving to the UK. He is now training for ordination in the Church of England. He also heard about work to support persecuted Christians from two organisations – Aid to the Church in Need and Open Doors.
The Prince met members of St Mellitus College, which he first visited in 2010 soon after its launch, and met graduates of the Peter Stream.
Prayers were led during the Advent service by the Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally; Archbishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church; Fr Julian Large of the Brompton Oratory; and Pastor Agu Irukwu, of Jesus House for All Nations.
Also present at the event were the Lord Lieutenant for Greater London, Sir Ken Olisa, and the Minister for Faith, Kemi Badenoch.