The district of Mayfair offers a keen example of the pastoral problems that crop up in a complex city like London. Christ Church, a nondescript edifice, was built in 1865 to accommodate servants of parishioners worshiping at nearby St. George’s Hanover Square.
In the 1980s the local residential population amounted to little more than a few hundred. Sunday worship gradually fizzled out. For some years the building was used on Friday lunchtimes by a group called Christians in Property, Mayfair being an important location for London property businesses. For all sorts of reasons Christ Church proved to be one of those pieces of church property that proved impossible to redevelop or sell off.
Yet contrary to every expectation, today a thriving congregation meets at Christ Church. There are three clergy and a women’s worker, two lay workers and an administrator. It runs an apprenticeship scheme for people who want to gain experience in full-time ministry. It supports several people engaged in international mission.