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King Charles officially opens church community hub in London, attends Ethiopian Advent service

by Tola Mbakwe

King Charles spent his Thursday morning learning about how a London church is reaching those in need in its local community. 

His Majesty officially opened The King's House, which is a community hub run by King's Cross Church (KXC). 

Before unveiling a plaque celebrating The King's House, King Charles chatted to volunteers in charge of several initiatives including debt relief help, supporting the work of the local prison chaplaincy, a cafe serving the street community, and football sessions for refugees and asylum seekers.

Representatives from UK Christian charities were also present, including Christians Against Poverty, Growing Hope and London City Mission. 

"It's wonderful that you take such trouble to make such a difference in so many people's lives, so I can only thank you, rather inadequately for that," King Charles told the crowd. 

Hi Majesty also met with church leaders at the event including the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, the lead pastor of Jesus House, the Bishop of London, and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Most Rev Justin Welby commended the KXC for its efforts. 

"This church is utterly inspirational," he said. 

"It's what normal church should be. And it just lifts my spirits to come here". 

He added: "I think we don't do it in order to grow the Church, we do it because we love people. And when we love people, we reach out to them and when we love them and reach out to them, then they find out about Jesus. And that's the end."

After the reception at KXC, King Charles and all the church leaders attended an Advent service at the nearby Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church which included Christmas-themed worship and prayer. 

Dame Sarah Mullally told Premier Christian News it was an incredibly special day. 

"Advent is a time of looking and waiting for hope, but we don't have to wait for it here, both in terms of being able to meet with the groups that are really supporting people in the community here at KXC in the King's Cross area, but then also being able to worship with Ethiopian church as well, for an Advent celebration. 

"So it's been wonderful. And I know His Majesty, King Charles, was very engaged with people and I think was very excited to hear what people were doing, and he very much appreciated the visit."

In His Majesty's first address to the Nation and the Commonwealth, The King spoke of his continued desire to serve everyone with loyalty, respect and love whatever may be their background or beliefs.

As The Prince of Wales, he typically attended an Advent services each year to celebrate diverse and active Christian communities in the UK. In December 2021, he attended an Advent Service at Holy Trinity Brompton in London and met those who were helping their neighbours in times of need.

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