On Monday I had the privilege of officiating at the Committal Service at Forest Road Crematorium for Chris Stevenson who had been the Director of Music at St. Francis’ Church, Barkingside. Chris came to St. Francis about 12 years ago and had been a wonderful musician with a particular interest in choir training. He himself sang in several local choirs. The morning started with a Requiem Mass at St. Francis and after the Committal a Memorial Service was held in church which was full to overflowing. John Rippon played the organ and Philip Norman conducted the choir, Choral Cantando who sang several anthems as well as leading the hymns. Chris had been a member of Choral Cantando. Fr Andrew Fenby the Vicar of St. Francis led the service and I preached. Afterwards a reception was held at the Chigwell Police Club for family and friends. It is planned to hold a Memorial Concert in the New Year in memory of Chris and to raise funds for research into prostrate cancer.
Yesterday I celebrated the evening Requiem Mass at St. Augustine’s where we had a good congregation.