'Windrush Stories'

Updated: Aug 3

This are a series of blogs which tells the story of the people from the Caribbean who came to Britain as Christians in the 1950s and 60s. In these I tell their stories, explain the country they came to, show how they lived, the problem they faced, the religious climate they found, and how, as Pentecostals, they came with their faith, their music and started their churches. Music was very important to these Caribbean and played an important part in their worship. In the early days in their churches they sang their hymns and choruses and I explain the origins of these and chart the development of them from Caribbean Church music, to British gospel music as we know it today. I'll also show how many of these choruses that have come down to us through the ages, were not merely worship songs, but coded messages of resistance like those of the ‘Spirituals,’ which was born during the time of slavery in America.

In the 1980s, another important migration took place of equal importance and I tell this story of African Christians coming to Britain. I'll explain why they came, what attracted them to the country, highlight their successes, lists their achievements and suggest some of the challenges they are likely to face in the future, now that they are at the forefront of the Black Pentecostal Church movement in Britain.

'Windrush Stories' is a personal story, my story for as a child of that period what I write about is what I saw and experience of a generation of Christians, who through their faith, perseverance, resistance, hope and determination, and against all the odds, built the foundation of the Black Pentecostal Church Community in Britain which today is a significant part of the Country's religious life.