The inSpiration Rest and Faith Space and the
Westfield Stratford City Chaplaincy celebrate 5 years
of operation on

13th September 2016

We give thanks for the work of:
  • Rev. Christiana Asinugo, Co-ordinating Chaplain
  • The volunteer Chaplains and Welcomers
  • All who have worked, and continue to work, to serve the
    staff and visitors at Europe’s largest urban Shopping Centre

The Space and Chaplaincy are managed by
inSpire Stratford, a ministry from local Churches.
The inSpiration Rest and Faith Space celebrates 5 years of service at Westfield Stratford City on 13th September. inSpiration has been part of Westfield since the day it opened. The space offers a place for prayer, reflection and quiet at the heart of Europe's largest urban shopping centre. It is a true multi-faith space, where people of all faiths and none are welcome.

inSpiration is managed by inSpire Stratford, a group drawn from local Churches. We worked with Westfield to establish the first-ever faith space in a Westfield Centre; (now all Westfield developments have or plan a Faith Space - Newham leads, others follow!)

InSpire provides Welcomers for the Faith Space and manages the Chaplaincy team. The inSpiration team is led by Rev Christiana Asinugo, co-ordinating Chaplain and Vicar of nearby St Matthew's Church West Ham. There are structured Friday Prayers, led by a local Imam, and regular Sunday services, including a monthly service of Holy Communion, led by St John's Stratford.

Highlights of the 5 years have included Christmas Carol Services, Maundy Thursday Shoe Shine sessions, Ash Wednesday services, and a visit by Archbishop Justin Welby in May 2014. The real success story, however, has been the constant quiet presence, the listening ear of a Chaplain or Welcomer, and the opportunity to serve the many thousands who make up the Westfield community.

We plan to celebrate 13th September with a special Prayer Card, a free pen for all visitors, and prayers of Thanksgiving for all who have worked with us over the past 5 years.

Do come in and visit us, pray with us and celebrate God's love for Westfield.
Lord God, Creator of all,
we thank you for your love for us.

We pray for Westfield Stratford City,
For those who work to serve us,
for all visitors to the shopping centre,
and for peace, security and safety.

We thank you for your gift of
the first five years of inSpiration.

We pray that, in the business of Westfield,
inSpiration may continue to be
a place of quiet encounter,
of rest and faith.

We pray that all who enter in
may find a welcome,
may know the presence of God,
and may draw closer to Him. AMEN