Family and friends gathered at a West London church this Thursday for a memorial service to remember the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
The service of Lament and Thanksgiving took place at St Helen’s Church, North Kensington, and was held to remember the lives of Mary Mendy and her daughter Khadija Saye, Berkti Haftom and her son Beruk, and 5 year old Isaac (Welde Mariam).
During the service tributes of remembrance were read out by family and friends, including one on behalf of David Lammy MP. Hymns were led by the Gospel for Grenfell Choir.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, who had been invited to attend by the families of those being remembered, delivered the sermon in which he called for no stone to be left unturned in the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry.
Other clergy in attendance included;
- The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington
- The Revd Preb Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Speaker’s Chaplain and Vicar of St Mary at Hill, London
- The Revd Steve Divall, Vicar of St Helen’s Church
- The Revd Femi Cole-Njie representing the Ambassador of the Gambia to the United Kingdom
- Fr George Dimtsu, St Gabriel’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church
- Pastor Dick Collins, Power Light Ministries
- Pastor James Kwaku Agyeman-Duah, Open Door Ministries
The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York said: "This touching memorial service for the victims of Grenfell Tower has offered the families a chance to grieve and remember their loved ones who have returned to God. It is now important that everything that can be done is done, and that no stone is left unturned as we work to learn how such a tragedy could have been allowed to occur. It is only through the truth that there can be justice for the victims, and through justice reconciliation for the future."
The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington said: "The service was an emotional, dignified and fitting tribute to five deeply loved people who lost their lives in the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower. There were tears but also powerful expressions of faith, hope and love. It was also a testimony to how Christian faith can sustain and bring comfort in the darkness of grief and how truth can bring justice and lead ultimately to reconciliation."