An evangelical church has opened a “Help Centre” on Powis Street in Woolwich.
UCKG have a history of controversy, and were involved in the Victoria Climbié case, with a UCKG Pastor stating she was possessed by an evil spirit before her murder.
In 2020 Angola banned the church accusing it of tax evasion.
The group begun in Brazil, where the Economist reported this month on its influence over right wing President Balsonaro and move into politics.
Critics have accused it of pushing the prosperity gospel of many evangelical churches, with followers encouraged to donate 10 per cent of earnings.
Woolwich help centre
The centre appears to be on an upper floor of the building above now vacant retail space. The planning history of the site doesn’t show UCKG ever applying to operate on site under their own name.
Applications for various uses on floors above retail space have been made over the past decade.
Greenwich’s planning portal site history lists a 2013 refusal for use as religious space.
Then in 2015 a planning application for extending hours stated: “At present the operational hours of the property, which benefits from planning permission for ‘education and training’ use and ‘use of public worship/religious instruction and ancillary activities (Class D1)’”.
Greenwich’s planning portal does not show an application that was approved under the properties history.
Doing some digging to find out why, it appears they have listed approval in 2014 under a neighbouring building:
UCKG operate a number of “Help Centres” across the country in an ongoing expansion.