Ships Ahoy! Floating church moors at the Olympic Park
28 OCT 2020
A bespoke floating church will provide a new place of learning and wellbeing in East London and provide a new worshipping community with a permanent home.
Christened Genesis after the first book of the Bible, the boat is moored on the River Lee Navigation alongside Here East (technology campus) at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where it will remain for three to five years, as a base for St Columbia East, before sailing off to support other canal-side communities.
The Diocese of London’s vision, run in partnership with the churches St Paul Old Ford and St Mary of Eton and ‘kept afloat’ with the help of £10,000 funding from Allchurches Trust, Genesis will help serve growing communities living around the canal in East London, welcoming people of all faiths and none.
As well as providing a venue for Christian worship, the boat will provide a place of learning and well-being, and be available for hire for community development programmes, children’s theatre, art exhibitions, business functions and inter-faith celebrations.