On Friday night our twenties and thirties group met for the first in a new series of monthly meetings.
Brad Bitner spoke helpfully on the subject of Knowing God’s Will – a topic that will be explored further in the months ahead.
Thank you to Lientjie and David who hosted everyone, and to all who contributed food. As always there was more than enough to go round and the rest of the congregation benefited from left over cakes and doughnuts on Sunday!
The next 20s & 30s is scheduled for the 28th of April. If you fit the age bracket please get in touch for more details.
Once a month at London City Presbyterian Church we hold a lunch after the morning service. Everyone is welcome, whether they attend regularly or are a visitor passing through (but we don’t expect visitors to bring anything!)
One of the many great things about a congregation made up of people from all over the world is the wide variety of food that we can enjoy. Japanese sushi… Russian salads… Korean bulgogi… Brazilian cassava… American brownies… these are just some of the treats that we have enjoyed recently!
But it’s not just about the food. The lunches are a great opportunity to spend time together, get to know each other better, and meet new people for the first time.
Our next lunch is scheduled for this Sunday (19 March), and you would be very welcome to join us!
On Sunday morning the congregation were delighted to welcome a new member to London City Presbyterian Church.
Calum (pictured above with his wife Jan who is already a member) has been a familiar face and a friend to many for several years while attending services at LCPC back when it was known as Cole Abbey, then services in Cobham, before coming back to LCPC in 2015.
The news that Calum had professed faith in Jesus Christ brought great joy to us all. There may even have been a few people shedding happy tears as our pastor, Andy Pearson, presented Calum with a bible and prayed for him before the congregation.
We also recently welcomed Rafael & Kellen in to membership with us. Originally from Bento Gonçalves in Brazil, Rafa works as a data engineer for a travel company and Kellen is a researcher for a marketing company. Rafa is also a keen photographer so most of the pictures featuring on this blog from now on will have been taken by him!
Finally, we welcomed Marketa who has been on placement with us from Oak Hill College for the past 6 months. Originally from Prague in the Czech Republic, Marketa is in her second and final year studying Theology for Crossing Cultures. She has been kept busy during her time with us by meeting one-to-one with some of the young women in the congregation, leading girls Bible Studies, helping organise 20s & 30s and various social events.
We praise God for all these new members!
Passing the Parcel at the Christmas Party
As usual, December was a busy month for the congregation at London City Presbyterian Church. We began the festive season with the LCPC Christmas Party. With crafts, games, food and a quiz there was something for everyone and a great time was had by all. For more photographs of the party, please visit our Facebook page.
Some of our carol singers – and John
Next up was our annual Christmas guest service which is a great opportunity to invite friends and family along to church for the first time. As usual, a group of eager carol singers headed for Barbican Station the day before the service to distribute invitations to passers by. Unfortunately a lot of our usual singers were sick this year, but we were helped for over an hour by a very enthusiastic singer called John!
Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day
Finally, Christmas Day itself arrived. There is no public transport in London at Christmas, and a lot of our congregation go away to visit family, but by pooling together all the cars we could, and making sure that everyone who wanted to come had a lift (or could walk!) we had a good number at our church service. Afterwards, we enjoyed a fantastic Christmas lunch together, and another short time of worship before everyone headed home again. A huge thank you to Gillian and Jan for all the organising and planning that they did to make the day so special for everyone.
As this year ends, we look forward to seeing what God will do through our church in 2017. We look forward to meeting together for worship at 11am and 6.30pm on New Year’s Day, and all are very welcome to join with us.
All are welcome to join us at 11am on Sunday 18th December for our Christmas Service in the City of London. Tea, coffee & mince pies will be served afterwards.
London City Presbyterian Church is located in the corner of Postman’s Park, across the road from the Museum of London. The nearest tube stations are St Paul’s and Barbican.
We will also have a service at 11am on Christmas Day. Again, all are very welcome to attend.
The musicians for the night
Our Twenties & Thirties group got together again last Saturday. They met in the church, and the larger venue allowed for some larger instruments to accompany the worship. With Mary on the harp, Kane and Leandro on guitar, and Jack on piano the hymns were sounding pretty good…
The speaker for the evening was one of our elders, Brad Bitner, who gave an overview of a section of 1 Corinthians (which he just so happens to have written a book about!)
Out for dinner…
After Brad’s talk and a time of discussion and questions, some of the group went out for dinner at a nearby Pizza Express. This served two purposes – to spend more time together, and also to give our friend Wendy a proper send off before she sadly had to return to the USA.
… and a farewell to Wendy (centre)
Twenties & Thirties will be back in 2017. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed or contact us for more information.
Earlier in November, London City Mission encouraged their supporters to host coffee mornings and raise funds to help share the gospel with the least reached in London.
London City Presbyterian Church were unable to hold a coffee morning on the suggested date, so the ladies got together for a coffee evening on 12 November instead!
It was a lovely evening with lots of homemade baking, freshly brewed coffee – and even some London City Mission bunting! The women (of all ages) enjoyed catching up with each other, and some even met for the first time.
After several cups of coffee had been served and most of the cake had been eaten, Laura Bol – our volunteer church administrator who works full time for London City Mission – spoke about the history of the organisation, its aims, and the valuable work it is involved in today.
Thank you to everyone who came along, baked and donated to the work of London City Mission.
At our last Communion service we were very pleased to have Rev Iver Martin, Principal of Edinburgh Theological Seminary preach for us. We were also delighted to welcome some new members to the London City Presbyterian Church family.
Clockwise from top left: Lientjie, Daniel, Lee, Matt
Lientjie is an acturial analyst and comes from South Africa. Daniel (from Singapore) lives and works in the City. Lee is from Sheffield in the North of England and is a teaching assistant. Matt (from New Zealand) is a motion graphic designer.
We thank God for these
new members and pray that they will grow spiritually as they worship and serve at LCPC.
Congratulations to Andrew and Rachel who were married in Northern Ireland on Saturday 24th September.
The groom, the bride & all her new brothers and sisters-in-law
The wedding took place at Holywood Baptist Church near Rachel’s hometown, Dundonald. After the service, the newlyweds and their guests travelled to the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel near Bangor for the wedding meal. Rumour has it there was also an abundance of popcorn and ceilidh dancing!
After spending their honeymoon in Mexico, Andrew and Rachel have both returned to work in London. Please pray for them in their marriage, and for guidance as they plan their future together.
Last Friday night saw the start of a new term of activities for our Twenties & Thirties group.
A large crowd gathered in Leandro & Daniela’s appartment in Canary Wharf – which happens to benefit from one of the finest views of London that the group had ever seen! Dani prepared a mountain of food for everyone to enjoy, after which Leandro and Lientjie led everyone in a time of worship. Finally, one of our elders, Gabriel, delivered an interesting and helpful talk on the topic of prayer.
Friday night also happened to be Gabriel’s birthday, so the evening ended in classic LCPC style – with lots of cake!
Thank you to the new Twenties & Thirties committee – Ijidai, Ngozi and Daniela – for organising such a great evening. Twenties & Thirties will be meeting again soon – please contact us for more information.