Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Christopher Wellbelove, held the traditional Civic Church Service at Holy Trinity Church, Clapham Common North Side.
The service is the time-honoured way of asking for God’s guidance on the Mayor’s year in office, while also marking the strong historic links between council and church.
This year, the Mayor used the occasion to showcase the work of his nominated charities. The Reverend David Isherwood, who also led the ceremony, introduced the charities to the gathering.
Councillor Wellbelove devoted his year in office to raising funds for the charities-Clapham Youth Centre, Lambeth Women’s Aid and Trinity Hospice, based in Clapham.
The youth centre offers a term time after school programme for primary and secondary school age children, as well as young people attending the centre.
Lambeth Women’s Aid provides a safe refuge for women and their children who have escaped abusive partners. The Hospice gives free specialist palliative care to people facing the end of their lives.
Leader of Lambeth Council, Councillor Steve Reed, and former Mayor of Lambeth Councillor Andrew Gibson gave readings whilst Lambeth college student, where the Mayor is a Governor, Jessie Sirr delighted the congregation singing I dreamed a dream.
Participants enjoyed hymns and poetry, and the service ended with a blessing from the Mayor.
“It was a wonderful celebration of my year in office and of all the magnificent people who work tirelessly for others and who helped to make my time as Mayor so inspiring and enjoyable,” said the Mayor.
“I was particularly pleased by the attendance of nine other Mayoral colleagues from across London.”