I am Fr. Tom Pyke and I am the Vicar of Church of England Parish of the Isle of Dogs, London. Our church, Christ Church, is on Manchester Road at the southern tip of the peninsula (we call it ‘the Island’). The congregation comes from many nationalities, traditions and denominations and reflects the diversity of the Island’s changing population – personally, I have worked in the Parish since November 2006. Before that I was vicar and industrial chaplain in Birmingham. I combine my work in the with work as a Chaplain in the Royal Naval Reserve.
Christ Church belongs to the catholic tradition of the Church of England. Our worship is beautiful, using colour, music, teaching, drama and poetry. At the same time it is relaxed and welcoming. We have four different groups offering children’s work. The focal point of our life together is the Parish Mass at 11am on Sunday.
The season of Epiphany is about revealing – how God reveals himself in Jesus and how we might ourselves reveal God and Jesus. We have two very special services at Christ Church on Epiphany Sunday, the 8th January. At 11am we will have a Christingle Service, supporting the work of the Children’s Society with vulnerable young people. The church will be full of children holding their christingles (oranges with lit candles stuck in the top) as they sing carols, trying their hardest not to wolf down the sweets. It is charming and moving and exciting.
In the evening we have a service of carols for Epiphany, led by the ladies and gentleman of the East London Evensong Choir, led by their Director of Music, Jonathan Pease. The music includes:
Edmund Rubbra, Star of the Mystic East
Matthew Wood, Preces and Responses
George Dyson, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
Jonathan Dove, The Three Kings
along with favourite congregational hymns for Christmas and Epiphany