On Monday 31 December, Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) held its 4th event at 25 Church Road since opening the building on 11 August 2012.
The event was billed and advertised as ‘Mighty Manifestations’ – Celebration, drama, dance, praise, music – An evening of Music, dance and drama.
In reality, it is believed that this was KICC South-west Church’s ‘Watchnight Service 2012’ which in previous years – 2009, 2010 and 2011 has been held at Fairfield Halls, Croydon and where it has been described and advertised as a service
The ‘event’, which started at 8pm and continued past midnight, was hosted by KICC South-west church’s resident Pastor and Chief Executive Officer Dipo Oluyomi and supported by rising star Shola Victor Sajowa who is a major worship leader at KICC and ministers in songs.
Watchnight is one of the most important dates in the Evangelical Pentecostal branch of Christianity’s calendar, as explained on KICC’s website http://www.kicc.org.uk/conferences/watchnight/tabid/74/default.aspx
KICC’s Watchnight is a religious service where ministering, prayer and praise take place with a heavy emphasis on the music. Or, as described in KICC’s Global Watchnight ‘Mighty Manifestations’ event advert, which also took place on at KICC’s new centre Prayer City near Maidstone, it is “a powerful time of celebration, prayer, prophecy and praise”.
The Prayer City ‘Mighty Manifestations’ advert was almost identical to the advert for KICC Southwest’s ‘Mighty Manifestations’ advert, except the wording for the event at 25 Church Road had been tweaked to avoid mention of the words ‘prayer’, ‘prophecy’ and importantly ‘Watchnight’. Please compare them. The event at Prayer City was hosted by Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo and the event at 25 Church Road by Pastor Dipo Oluyomi who is 2nd in command at KICC and trying to establish the SW Church in Crystal Palace.
Spot the difference
Was this a religious service for KICC’s SW Wimbledon congregation which took place at 25 Church Road (open to the public to build a local congregation membership) and was KICC Southwest’s advert specifically adapted to avoid using words such as ‘Watchnight’, and ‘Prayer’ to get round the planning use of the building which as we know is D2. (Although we would note that Drama is not a D2 use). We’d love to know what you think.
It is our view that this was not an ordinary gospel concert. It was much more than that – it was an important religious service to celebrate ‘Watchnight’ in the evangelical Pentecostal Christian tradition and falls within the D1 Planning Use Class.