A few weeks ago, some of our Twenties & Thirties group met together to hear Chris Ansberry from Oak Hill College speak.
The topic was “Knowing God’s Will for Relationships” and he gave a very interesting talk which left everyone with a lot to think about and discuss.
The host for the evening was Mary, and she provided a delicious dinner for everyone, as well as a welcoming place for everyone to enjoy time together.
Twenties & Thirties is meeting again this Friday evening. If you would like to come along please get in touch for more information.
Gathered for worship
This past Saturday we were delighted to have Rev Alasdair MacAulay and his wife, Mairi, join with us from Tain and Fearn Free Church for our congregational Day Away.
We met in the head offices of London City Mission, near Tower Bridge, where we enjoyed a great day of worship, teaching, prayer and fellowship. Alasdair spoke to us all in the morning and then we spent time praying over matters specific to our congregation, and also remembering the work in Tain and Fearn.
In the afternoon we split into groups. While Mairi spoke to the women, the men played football in the nearby park with all the children before swapping over so Ali could speak again to the men – and the women could enjoy the sunshine! Finally, we all came together for a final time of praise.
Some of the LCPC family
Thank you to everyone who came along, helped organise, and served on the day. Our next congregational social activity will be a BBQ on 8th July. Please contact us for further details.
On the 28th of April our Twenties & Thirties group met in Finchley, North London. The hosts, Enny & Tiago, provided a warm welcome and plenty of food. Brazilian hot dogs were on the menu and this time most of the group knew to put the mashed potato inside the roll and not eat it on the side. (It’s the Brazilian way!)
Continuing with the term’s topic of Knowing God’s Will, Brad Bitner spoke to the group and facilitated discussion specifically about God’s providence. With such a wide variety of countries and cultures represented, it was fascinating to think about how people react to what happens to them and how they view their futures, but it was especially helpful to compare that with what the Bible teaches us about these things.
Twenties and Thirties is on again this Friday (the 12th of May) and the speaker will be Chris Ansberry from Oak Hill. If you would like further details please get in touch.
Easter Egg Hunt 2017
After our morning service on Easter Sunday, the children of LCPC were tasked with hunting for chocolate eggs hidden around Postman’s Park.
Our youngest hunter & our winner!
The eggs seemed to be harder to find this year and it was several minutes before the prize (a large golden egg) was finally claimed.
Once all the eggs had been found, the children were each given a copy of a gospel leaflet to remind them that Easter is not just about chocolate!
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.