St Paul's Finchley Celebrates 125 Years

Date: 1301486220

Dignitaries 'gathering in force'!From L-R: Deputy Lieutenant Martin Russell, Cllr Alison Moore (Leader of the Labour Group on Barnet Council), Mike Freer MP for Finchley and Golders Green, Revd Nicholas Pye, vicar of St Paul's Finchley, Canon Dr Christina Baxter CBE, Deputy Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Lisa Rutter and her husband, Mark.


On Sunday 27th March, St Paul’s Finchley hosted a community wide celebration of its distinguished and longstanding presence in Finchley Central. The celebration took place one hundred and twenty five years to the actual day in 1886 when the then Bishop of London consecrated the building in Long Lane. 

Finchley’s finest gathered in celebration of the historic moment at a special service designed to mark St Pauls Finchley’s history and future. One hundred and eighty people, including community dignitaries the Deputy Lieutenant for Barnet, Martin Russell, Deputy Mayor for Barnet, Cllr Lisa Rutter, Mike Freer MP and the Leader of the Labour group on Barnet Council, Cllr Alison Moore attended the service alongside over sixty children.  

The service documented the church’s illustrious history and sought God’s blessing on its continuing life as a centre of Christian worship, community and service at the heart of the Finchley community. Children from the choir of St Mary’s CE Primary School had prepared a song, while the main address was given by guest preacher Canon Dr Christina Baxter CBE, Principal of St John’s College Nottingham and former lay Chair of the Church of England’s General Synod in celebration of the greater role women and lay people now play in Church life. 

Guest speaker Canon Dr Christina Baxter said of her involvement in the service:

'I was delighted to be part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of St Paul's Finchley and to meet such a vibrant, positive group of people.'

St Paul’s Finchley Vicar, the Reverend Nicholas Pye comments: ‘It was wonderful to welcome so many people to join in the celebration and to have the opportunity to praise God for his faithfulness to us over the past 125 years. We are committed to being an engaging Christian community and look forward to serving God and the people of Finchley for the next 125 years’.