A message of peace was the main theme at the Mayor’s Civic Service, which took place on Sunday February 12 at Saint Barnabas Church in Mitcham.
Dignitaries who attended Sunday’s service included The Rt. Hon. Sir John Wheeler, Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Merton, Merton’s Chief Executive, Ged Curran, representatives from the Metropolitan Police Service and the London Fire Brigade as well as civic, voluntary and community groups in Merton.
The Reverend Alice Price, Vicar of St. Barnabas and Chaplain to the Mayor of Merton conducted the service. Contributions were made from members of the Christian, Hindu and Buddhist faith communities. In addition the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association also participated.
The Bishop of Kingston, The Right Reverend Dr. Richard Cheetham, said the prayers of thanksgiving and gave the final blessing.
Merton’s Mayor, Councillor Judy Saunders said:
“This Service gave me the opportunity to pay tribute to the many different cultural groups represented in Merton, and to give recognition to the services and activities they provide for the whole community. “
The Bishop of Kingston, The Right Reverend Dr. Richard Cheetham also expressed his thoughts on the Mayor’s Civic Service:
‘It’s very important that we are able to have occasions when we celebrate our civic life and our commitment to working together for the common good.’
This year’s musical arrangements were provided by the Mayor’s designated charity, the Merton Music Foundation, accompanied by the Merton Concert Band.