SHOCKING! Church of England Vicar allows full Muslim prayer in church, tells congregation to praise “the god that we love, Allah”

A Church of England vicar is facing a storm of protest from traditionalist Christians after allowing a Muslim prayer service to be held in his church. Dozens of Muslims took part in the “Inclusive Mosque” event at St John’s church, Waterloo in central London, in what is thought to have been the first time a full Islamic prayer service has been held within the Church of England.


UK Telegraph  The vicar, the Rev Canon Giles Goddard (photo above), a prominent liberal cleric, joined in the event, reading a passage from the Bible and inviting the congregation to give thanks to “the God that we love, Allah”. Canon Goddard, described the service, on Saturday, as “very moving” and said it was simply an expression of the church’s desire to offer people a “place to pray”.

But evangelical clerics were angered by the service which they said marked a breach with canon law which forbids any variation from the official liturgy if it contains “any departure from, the doctrine of the Church of England in any essential matter”. It was also “offensive” to Christians being persecuted for their faith around the world, they said.



It came amid growing anger from evangelicals in the local Diocese of Southwark within the over what some claim amounts to a liberal take-over. Around 60 clerics have signed a joint declaration to the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Rev Christopher Chessun voicing concern at what they see as a shift away from Biblical teaching on issues such as sexuality.

They singled out St John’s for particular criticism over the fact that it holds “thanksgiving” services for same-sex civil partnerships and marriages.

Canon Goddard was approached by a group called the Inclusive Mosque Initiative, which allows both women and men to lead worship, to host the event to mark International Women’s Day.


“I said ‘yes, of course, come’ not realising that this would be controversial,” he said. “We are offering a place for people to pray so it made absolutely perfect sense … we should be offering places to pray, we are the Church of England.” He rejected claims it was a breach of canon law as the event was not officially a Church of England service.

“They could have gone to a community centre I suppose, but they loved being in a church, they were just really pleased and delighted to have the welcome and it was very moving really,” he said.  “It is the same God, we share a tradition.”


At the end Canon Goddard read part of Psalm 139, telling the congregation: “This is from the Hebrew scripture … we all share these great traditions, so let us celebrate our shared traditions, by giving thanks to the God that we love, Allah.”

The Rev Stephen Kuhrt, Vicar of Christ Church, New Malden, south west London, said: “I am appalled by Islamophobia and when people whip up an anti-Muslim frenzy but the vicar of St John’s Waterloo has done something that is completely illegal, which is to allow an Islamic service to be held in his church and then he has participated as well.


“It is no way to handle the complex issue of how to relate to Muslims to hold an Islamic service [in a church] – that would never happen in a Mosque.”

The Rev Robin Weekes, minister of Emmanuel Church in Wimbledon, and a former missionary said: “It is especially offensive to those who are being persecuted around the world for their faith in the uniqueness of Jesus Christ.

  • Eric Mueller

    Did I really just read and watch a muslim call to payer in a church?????
    Ummm, excuse me but isn’t that what mosques are for???
    It is this in your face attitude that makes me feel overly wrathful thoughts and just say: “KILL THEM ALL! KILL THEM ALL! JUST KILL THEM ALL ALREADY!!!!

    • Grandmere

      He will have to answer for that. I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes.

  • richinnameonly

    Wow, aren’t liberals really bright and perceptive people? They just can’t look down the road and see their heads being chopped off.

    • Trevor

      They weren’t bright to begin with. Notice one of the clerics said he was appalled at the Islamphobia, and then in the same breath criticize the “inclusive” mosque service as illegal? He can’t have it both way.

  • AnthonyM

    I did not hear the name of Jesus Christ mentioned even once.

    • Grandmere

      The heretic didn’t want to offend the Muslims

      • AnthonyM

        You are right. Just cowardice and appeasement.

  • Lane Cobble

    Yet another death knell for the “Church” of England.

    Let the mass exodus from the “Church” of England begin. Good riddance.

    • j7h

      We’re not all like that, Lane. There are many good Anglican churches who are standing for truth (and who don’t allow divorce either). But I’m just as disgusted as you are by this.

  • Julie LaBrecque

    Jesus speaking: ‘Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it and was glad.’ – John 8:56 – The God of Abraham has a son.

  • AnthonyM

    Islam does not believe in the Trinity. They do not believe that Jesus is God, the 2nd person of the blessed Trinity.

  • AnthonyM

    I can’t say what is in anyone’s heart, only God knows, but the Muslims have been deceived. How many will be saved to Christianity?

  • Julie

    I have read a deep contradicition about some Anglican head…not this particular…none named…that have actually contrary loyalties.

    Again I am not referring to this cleric…it is unknown…but I know there are serious problems within Anglicanism and more so with Episcopalian hierarchies.

    • Grandmere

      There is a fierce battle going on for the soul of Anglicans. The GAFCON Bishops, who represent the majority of Anglicans in the world have even said that being in communion with Canterbury is not what makes one Anglican. As for the Episcopal church, it is dead. I attended a “funeral” service for it in 2004. The body was so eaten with cancer it had started to decompose.

      • Julie

        Yes….England and Germany started their nationalistic Christianity.

        The pointer was at Canterbury….but no name given and I don’t want to give out what the connection was either.

        Awful funeral.

        Here on West Coast two lesbians getting married in Episcopalian church sued a Christian couple for not making them a wedding cake. The operator just doesn’t put on mannequins on cakes. She gets to know the couple in depth and want to create a cake most particular to them.
        She didn’t want to know about their lesbian relationship or anticipate in it. This aspect of the case was completely overlooked. Anyway, the State Atty General, a woman in collusion with NARAL, abortion rights people, successfully sued the owners of the bakeshop who have 5 dependent children.

        There are plenty of bakeries in the area who would have gladly done it.

        But what was so ironic was that the lesbians were getting married in a Christian church….episcopalian. The St majority voted against gay marriage…but now with this case and whole situation made public to the world…people are now afraid…and the majority has gone down to 50/50.

        There is no dialogue on West Coast where there is public discussion on clash of values that can be done with objectivity and maturity. So many the case is the trolls taking over and alienating everyone.

    • j7h

      As an Anglican I tell you that you are unfortunately correct. It’s very sad. But there are still quite a few of us good ones left.

      • Julie

        Yes…there are many good Anglicans left.

  • Julie

    I have read a deep contradicition about some Anglican head…not this particular…none named…that have actually contrary loyalties.

    Again I am not referring to this cleric…it is unknown…but I know there are serious problems within Anglicanism and more so with Episcopalian hierarchies.

  • Grandmere

    Let’s see if his Bishop has a backbone.

    • Higlac

      EXTREMELY UNLIKELY, especially if the “bishop” still is Colin Slee!!! This exceedingly-“liberal” (read COMMUNIST) “diocese” has been in a state of apostasy for at least a couple of decades, and Colin Slee is very much responsible for that state of affairs…

      It’s time for ALL Anglicans to RENOUNCE all dealings with ALL of the following: the “Church of England”, the “Anglican Church of Canada”, the “Episcopalian Church of the USA” (which also calls itself “The Episcopal Church”), the “Anglican Church of New Zealand” and several others, but those first four are especially DISEASED…

  • j7h

    No sorry, that’s not true. Allah is not the same god as the God of the Bible. I’m fully aware that Christian Arabs also call God Allah, but it is still not the same god. Allah was the moon god of the polytheistic Arabs, and it was Muhammad’s favourite deity. But that deity goes back even further to the baals and Baal of the Old Testament times, whom God commanded the Israelites to not worship. It goes back to the time of Nimrod, as well.

    There are reasons Christian Arabs call God Allah, but it’s not because it’s the same god.

  • j7h

    That’s true.

  • j7h

    The God of Abraham was not Allah. Allah was the moon god of the polytheistic Arabs, yes a superior god in the plethora of their many gods, but it was still not the God of the Jews and Christians. Allah goes back even further to the baals and Baal of Old Testament times, whom God (Y’hv’y) told the Israelites not to worship. It goes back to Nimrod ‘ s time too. It’s the same Serpent of old.

  • j7h

    Amen to that, brother!

  • j7h

    Not all Anglican churches continued to adhere to the divorce ruling, once King Henry VIII died. Many returned to traditional Catholicism without re – submitting to the Pope. They stayed Anglican for autonomy but returned to godly values. But Canterbury has had its share of “wolves” at the helm. I’m proudly a member of ACNA, which the Archbishop of Canterbury doesn’t recognise as legitimate because it isn’t under him. And to that I say “Tant pie! Quelle dommage!” We couldn’t care less if he recognises us or approves of us because we don’t approve of him either. He is a heretic, and so we have moved to keep our churches pure in the faith.

  • AnthonyM

    Thanks for clarifying.

  • AnthonyM

    So that would be how Arab Christians differentiate when they speak of God vs when muslims speak of Allah, by using the additional follow on-descriptor (for lack of a better term).

  • AnthonyM

    Jesus is also God. Equal to God the Father, and the Holy Spirit. Part of the Trinune nature of the One God. Jesus is also called the Word made flesh. Sometimes people just think of Jesus in solely human terms.

  • Kosenator

    You are indeed very well versed in what the RCC teaches to be truth. I’ll let you believe that you are right here.
    As you wish to take the topic to protestant vs RCC:
    The dead woman you worship, well, that worship casts your gates into the Heavenly city closed. John 14:6 compared to Exodus 20:2-3.
    The Song of Solomon: Read into the words and you’ll see that it was a song he wrote concerning one of his wives, with a warning to leave love until the time is right for it. I truly believe that Mary never danced in the camp of the soldiers.
    The first verses of the gospel of Luke state that he was an eyewitness to what is written concerning the life of Jesus. I dare say, he did not live to be 360 years old. Then the Acts continue the writing, very well before the Ascention – also written by Luke.
    One would really think that the two most advanced cultures of the time, be it philosophically and medically (Greek) or militarily and economically (Roman), would have some form of writing available, and definitely there would be someone who would keep a diary of his/her daily life happenings. You seem highly arrogant in your view that only the RCC has the mandate to write history of a God and His Son, whom the pope claims to be the embodiment of. Highly arrogant, as your highest arrogant main high priest is.
    Now I am getting bored, You just go enjoy your rosaries and labyrinth walks (which YHWH never ordered, enforced or condoned – see the part where He tells Israel to NEVER follow in the ways of worship of other religions; a clever guy like you can find out where the labyrinth and rosary come from without too much hassle).
    You just enjoy the life you have left, because until you leave the idol worship, you have none left for hereafter. Bye!