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Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and themountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams makeglad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.

1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you yourselves are the temple of God and that God's Spirit lives in you?

2 Timothy 1:7
For GOD has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love and of power and of a sound mind

2 Corinthians 1
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord  Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.



Why did African and African Caribbean people migrate to Harrow?

There is evidence black people travelled to Britain in 2nd century AD, as part of the Roman army. In the 15th century Europeans went to the Caribbean looking for gold and precious stones, and began cultivating the land, using indigenous workers. During the 16th century, European presence resulted in the population becoming decimated, through disease and ill treatment, and then workers were brought over, from different African countries. During the 1850’s, the psychiatric illness of drapetomia was identified: diagnostic symptoms were had by fugitive slaves who absconded from plantations...

During the 18th century most people coming to UK from the Caribbean were seamen, labourers or domestics. During the 19th century immigration included students and professionals, like nurse Mary Secole. In the Second World War thousands of highly qualified Caribbean men worked in the forces, and after the war became civil servants. The 1948 Nationality Act conferred UK citizenship, and once people married and had families, they stayed. As they became more settled, people moved from West London into Harrow to join families and friends.

By 1950’s thousands of people came to Britain, in boats such as Windrush, or by plane. They came at the invitation of the government, recruited by London Transport or the Health Service. They attended Methodist and Roman Catholic churches, though some went to Pentecostal, Evangelist, or Seventh Day Adventist churches. Today people may go to church ministries and the doctor, as part of their health seeking strategies: some people think this works, others do not.