Channel 4 marks Lent by exploring the most rapidly growing form of Christian worship in the UK with Ade Adepitan
This Lent, Channel 4 will showcase a series of films documenting the ministry and congregation, of West African churches and their work in the UK today.
Leading with Britain on a Mission, this half-hour documentary sees Paralympic Medalist, Ade Adepitan visit various churches of West African religion in the UK; churches that are bucking the trend of dwindling numbers in more traditional churches.
Followed by 16, three-minute shorts, each programme looks at what is driving the success of these churches plus the doctrines they preach, examining what they offer congregations that other forms of worship don’t, especially in the modern times we live in.
Ade 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 highlight the 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 a London borough to a convert preparing for their baptism, these short films will give a unique voice to a sector of the population not widely seen on television.
Last year, Channel 4’s Ramadan season gave voice to Britain's Muslim community and saw a group, which is under-represented on television given airspace in a non-judgmental and inclusive way. This Lent season is again bringing an under-represented community to a wide, mainstream audience.