It's a long way up to the top of our church spire. Steeplejack Grahame Stone looked out across Islington yesterday as he climbed the 167-foot (51m) structure to check it ahead of important repairs.
Our church building isn't just a fabulous space for Islington. It's a vivid sign of Christian worship and service to the community.
People gather in our crypt every day to meet in support groups, training sessions, dance and health workshops. Above them, the church is open all day for quiet prayer - a big space in which to think, reflect and pray. And above all that, the tower and spire point heavenwards, lifting our thoughts to eternity, while the bells chime the hours of the day. The building unites the transcendent and the earthly, the eternal and the temporal. It's one of Islington's treasures.
We know that the 1754 steeple needs attention and we need to find out exactly what needs to be done. Our architect drew up a long list of defects in the whole church building, over seventy in total. Some of the problems are serious. English Heritage's recently recorded the portico at the front of the church on their Heritage At Risk Register.
So we're working on the Heart of Islington Project.
Under the project, we will not only repair Islington's landmark spire but we will make the most of the site for the local community. We are talking with local partners to understand how this important historic site can be made even more available. We want to open up the overgrown gardens on the north side of the church.