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Paralympic medalist on a very British mission

PRESENTER: Ade Adepitan

WEST African churches and their work in the UK today is the subject of a new series of films commissioned by Channel 4.

The films consist of A Very British Mission, a 30-minute documentary, followed by 16 three-minute shorts called Lent Diaries to be shown in the run up to Easter.

Paralympic medalist and TV presenter, Ade Adepitan will look at how various churches of West African religion in the UK are bucking the trend of dwindling attendance in more traditional churches.

The programmes will look at what is driving the success of these churches, plus the doctrines they preach, by examining what they offer congregations that other forms of worship don’t.

Adepitan commented: “I’m extremely proud to be part of a programme that sidesteps the mainstream, in an effort to highlight the diversity of Christian worship amongst the UK’s West African community.”

The series of short films will portray people that play a part in the churches and feature strong personal stories, each following an individual, a group or one clearly defined story. From the pastor planting a new church in London to a convert preparing for their baptism, these short films will give a unique voice to a sector of the population usually not widely seen on television.
A Very British Mission will be aired on April 4 at 7.30pm on Channel 4

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