Thursday, 3 May 2012

Dedication of a new Chapel at Gatwick Airport

L-R: Salvation Army Commander, mayor of Crawley, Bishop of Horsham, Mgr John Hull and Muslim Imam
Recently, a Service of Dedication took place at the new Chapel and Prayer Room at London Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal. The existing 35 year old Chapel needed to be relocated as part of a billion pound refurbishment programme. The Arundel & Brighton Diocese Gatwick Chaplaincy Team prayed hard for a facility that would be adequate and pleasing to people of all Faiths, be they passengers or staff.

Our own Vicar General, Rev Mgr Canon John Hull, was present as a guest to represent the Catholic Chaplaincy Team for both North & South Terminals. Catholic Services are held on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with Sunday Mass celebrated each week at midday in South Terminal.

Other representatives on this special occasion included the Anglican Bishop of Horsham, the Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army, the Mayor of Crawley, and leaders from the Muslim and Buddhist Faiths.

Following the Dedication, the Directors of the Airport hosted a buffet lunch, which included two wonderfully decorated cakes, to celebrate the official opening of the Chapel. We thank them for their generous hospitality.

Deacon Ian Wells, Sr Jo Threlfall and Jean Wells (Chaplaincy Team)

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