Bilal Kargbo, a 26 year old father of four was stabbed to death in Peckham on Friday April 28th. Just one of many of the young people in our communities, whose life has been claimed to the knife crime epidemic. Family, friends, and representatives of the community joined with a local Imam and Methodist Ministers in a candle lit vigil at Walworth Methodist Church. The courtyard at the church is the designated site for South Peace garden which will be opened on September 21st 2017 ( International Day for peace). The garden is a community initiative that have brought together the families of victims, the church, the police, the Anti-Knife Forum and local students. The garden will feature a sculpture made out of decommissioned knives - transforming the ugly and violent into something beautiful and peaceful. The London District pray for the family and friends of Bilal Kargbo, and we remember all those who are fallen victim to knife crime. Further details regarding the opening of the Peace garden on 21 September will be confirmed in due course.
The Social Responsibility Commission have devised a questionnaire which can be found here to look at ways our churches and Circuits have responded to this issue and how we can work together to find a solution to this ever growing problem. We urge all within the Methodist community to complete this questionnaire.