A privilege today to be invited to attend the golden jubilee celebration at the Mount Zion Cathedral in Crouch End of this congregation of the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim & Seraphim Church.
The Crouch End congregation is part of a Nigeria-based prophetic church whose services are in Yoruba and English. The congregation has worshipped in the former Congregational church in the heart of Crouch End for most of the time since it was established in 1972. And today, the old church resounded to music, singing, worship - and a real sense of joy.
The church's services are infectiously lively, with a wonderful choir, excellent musicians, colourful garments and oodles of energy.
This video is of the procession which opened the jubilee service, with the choir leading the way:
The supreme head of the church worldwide, Baba Aladura M.I.O. Ebahor-Erebi, was among the visiting dignitaries.
Third in line in the video below of church leaders is Mother Seraph, Prophetess Janet Awojobi, who has been an enduring presence in the church in London and is the matriarch of this congregation. I met her last year when I visited the church while researching Curious Crouch End - and it was good to see her again at such a special moment for her church.
The congregation have taken excellent care of a marvellous church which would otherwise have fallen into disuse. Long may they prosper in Crouch End!
Andrew Whitehead's blog
Welcome - read - comment - throw stones - pick up threads - and tell me how to do this better!