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Church’s first calendar will fund help for young people

'It’s a celebration of our life together'

10 December, 2018 — By Jessie Mathewson

Casey Oppong Okezie, churchwarden; the Rev Marjorie Brown; Cornelius Koundouris, administrative assistant and Celyn Cooke, parish administrator

A CHURCH in Primrose Hill has launched a community calendar to help fund outreach work with vulnerable young people in the area.

St Mary the Virgin in Elsworthy Road, will sell its calendars for the first time this year. All proceeds will go to St Mary’s Community Centre Trust, a youth programme covering Primrose Hill, Belsize, Hampstead and Swiss Cottage.

The Trust works to reduce violence in the community, mentoring young people in gangs and young offenders leaving prison, as well as visiting schools in the area. St Mary’s also runs CV workshops and career mentoring, residential trips, and youth groups throughout the year.

Casey Oppong Okezie, the St Mary’s churchwarden who came up with the idea for the calendar, said the youth work represented the inclusivity of the church.

He said: “It’s open to everyone – that’s what the youth programme is all about. Whether you’re Hindu, you’re Muslim, whatever faith, and even if you have no faith at all, we want to communicate with the youth.”

The Rev Marjorie Brown added: “I hope the calendar will raise our profile in the community and help people keep track of all the many things that go on here. It’s a celebration of our life together.”

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