We were delighted to have been invited to take part in the George Floyd Commemoration Service which was held at the New Testament Church of God Community Church, in Brixton. This service, entitled ‘Doing Justice’ was a service of reflection on the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.
The Service, which was recorded for Radio 4’s Sunday Service broadcast on 30 May at 8.00am was organised by Richard Reddie from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland along with Archdeacon of Croydon, Rosemary Mallett, who was a previous school governor at St Martin’s. The service was also filmed and will be broadcast on 25 May 2021 at 7.00pm via youtube and social media. To view the broadcast visit http://youtube.com/ctmedia
Thank you to Bishop Dr Eric Brown, Senior Pastor of the New Testament Church of God Community Church and his team for hosting this service and for the opportunity for St Martin’s students to contribute.
St Martin’s was represented by six students from Years 7 and 8. Thank you to Marta and Shaniqua in 7M, Savannah in 7A, Sapphire and Robyn in 8M and Tanisha in 8A. Our students and students from Archbishop Tenison’s took part in a symbolic action of presenting lit candles during the service.
Marta, Robyn and Tanisha were also chosen to be interviewed and below you can read Marta’s thoughts on the service.
"I was very happy to be chosen for the service as I think that it is very important that there was a memorial remembering the death of George Floyd. During the service we heard many inspirational poems, speeches and prayers. There was also a beautiful choir that sang a few songs. The speeches and poems were beautifully written and when they were speaking they really transmitted their views towards the situation and racism as a whole.
When I was interviewed I spoke about why I thought having a memorial for George Floyd was important, how I felt and reacted when I heard about the death of George Floyd and what kind of things we could do to improve racism."