Czech fans make their home in Islington

Czech fans in Upper Street - photo credit: Czech House
While British success at the London 2012 games has exceeded all predictions, Islington has also cheered for the Czech Republic.

The Olympics brings athletes from over two hundred nations to pit themselves against the very best in the world and to strive to achieve their very best.

Londoners are seeing their own city in a new way. There's a keen sense of hospitality, welcome and enjoyment of visitors from around the world. In Islington, we're really pleased to be hosting the Czech House at the Business Design Centre on Upper Street.

David Cerny's London Booster has certainly turned heads. But when three young members of the Czech delegation came to worship with us at the start of the games, we were delighted.

Jan Exner, a journalist from Prague, wrote to tell us of his experience. "I was feeling a bit strange during my first week here in London. Coming from another country, missing my family, friends and my girlfriend, I felt a bit alone and the only one thing which was helping me was the atmosphere of the Olympic Games. I was also missing my church community in the Czech Republic and was looking for some place where I could come for a worship or at least a common prayer.

"After a few days I was going around St. Mary and I decided to make a step forward and to come there on Sunday. I was quite surprised but extremely happy that there was such a great and friendly atmosphere. I really enjoyed it."

The Czech House website features an article about the prayers we've prayed for the Czech House and for the Olympics.

St Mary's isn't the only church to have had a great connection with the Czech House. St Mary Magdalene Church on Holloway Road is actively involved.

We hope Czech friends will leave us with happy memories of their time in London and will take our greetings to their churches back home.