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Tin foil cross and scarves galore: Congregants of church destroyed in St John's Wood 'rising from the ashes'

by Sophie Drew

After a fire ravaged a historic church in St John’s Wood, London, the congregation continue to gather outside in a bid to “rise from the ashes”.

The cause of the blaze at St Mark’s – which broke out overnight on the 26th of January – is still not known. 

The shell of the two-story building has been completely destroyed. 

Just four days later, congregations gathered outside, determined to continue worshipping with their church – just alongside it. 

Now, the churchgoers have found new and creative ways of adapting the great outdoors to make their services as similar as possible to what they once were.

Taking to Twitter, vicar Rev Kate Harrison shared heartwarming photos of cold but determined churchgoers worshipping inside a tent.

With coats and scarves galore, the congregation looks to a cross made out of foil and sit on plastic chairs. 

They even had mobile lights to boot, shining in green in keeping with the liturgical theme. 

Rev Harrison described it as a “full house”, saying the set-up was simply the next stage in a concerted effort to “rise from the ashes.” 

Ahead of the weekend services, the scene was described by fellow vicar Rev Robert Thompson as akin to the people of Israel gathering in the Sinai desert, titling the new outdoor set-up the “Tent of Meeting”. 

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