A' "urgent" public appeal for E100,000 to build an inter faith chapel at London Airport has been made by the leaders of the three main Churches in England. It was made in a letter to The Times, signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Moderator of the Free Churches, and Cardinal Heenan.
The underground, soundproofed chapel to be built in .the very centre of the airport, will be dedicated to St. George and is to "serve the needs of all the main Christian communions". It will be used for
ecumenical as well as individual _ _ " Church activities.
The three religious leaders said: "Twelve million passengers pass through the airport every year. some of them emigrants cared for by the churches, some making pilgrimages, and many anxious for facilities for private prayer and devotion.
"Apart from passengers, the airport employs 35,000 men and women. The -need for a chapel is obvious and urgent; church societies at the airport have expressed enthusiasm at the prospect and the Churches concerned are determined to meet this need together."
The letter goes on to say that the Churches "hope that not only their own members, and the general public, but those connected with civil aviation, either as firms or as passengers, will give generously so that this chapel may be completed as soon as possible".
The crypt chapel, designed by Mr. Frederick Gibberd, architect of Liverpool's new Cathedral, will seat 200 with facilities for "private prayer or corporate worship both in individual churches and in ecumenical activities".
It will be held by a Trust, the executive officers of which are the Bishop of Kensington, the auxiliary bishop • of Westminster, and the General Secretary of the Free Church Federal Council. Each Church will also have lay representatives on the Trust.
The appeal is under the direction of Col. F. J. Ronald, C.B.E., who will operate from the offices of Eric White Associates (U.K.) Pty. Ltd., Melbourne House, Aldwych, W.C.2.
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