Mediterranean Mission

In March, Emma started to attend our church while studying for a diploma in tropical nursing. Having completed that course, she is now studying Theology for Crossing Cultures at Oak Hill College and is currently doing her student placement with us. Over the summer, she spent some time overseas working with refugees. Here she shares a little about what she was involved in:

Some of the team

Earlier this year I went on a short term mission trip to the Mediterranean which had a focus on reaching African migrants and refugees with the gospel. I was part of a team of seven and before going we had a three day induction at a church in Spain which is actively involved in helping refugees. We were thrilled to attend a wonderful baptism service for 36 new believers at the beach on the day we arrived.

Baptisms at the beach

On the trip, we heard stories from people who had risked crossing the Mediterranean in search of a better life and had spent time in Calais or were hoping to make their way across Europe. An example of this was a lady from Ghana who was sleeping in a shelter with over 40 men because she couldn’t afford accommodation while she looked for work. We were able to share the bible in her own language and pray with her. Each day we walked around the cities looking for opportunities to have conversations. There were two refugee camps nearby, and although we didn’t go into these, we met many Eritreans, Somalis and Ethiopians who came into the city or were living nearby.

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Other highlights included being invited for a Kenyan meal, having a surprise Ethiopian breakfast and snorkelling around the coast. Please pray that the conversation we had about Christ would remain in people’s minds and that many would come to know Him.

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New Members

At a recent communion we were delighted to welcome four new members to our congregation here in London. On this occasion all of them happened to be Brazilian!

Marilene & Claudio

 

Claudio and Marilene have lived in London for several years and they have a 12 year old daughter, Rachel. Claudio used to be the minister at a Brazilian church in south west London and now works as a plumber. Marilene is a primary school teaching assistant.

Enny & Tiago

 

Tiago and Enny have attended LCPC for a couple of years now. Tiago is doing a Masters in Investment and Risk Finance at the University of Westminster, and Enny is doing a PHD in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Earlier this year, she travelled to Angola as part of a rapid response team during an ongoing yellow fever outbreak.

We thank God for bringing these new members to us and pray that He will richly bless them.

Summer 20s & 30s

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During the summer holidays, some of our Twenties and Thirties group met to continue with the topic of Discerning God’s Will. One of those who attended, Lientjie Jooste, has written this report about the evening:

After a busy week, about 15 of us gathered for some quality time with brothers and sisters in Christ and with the Word. Over delicious Chinese food, we caught up with one another after many had been travelling over the summer, and then we worshipped together to the sound of violin accompaniment. We were delighted to have our elder, Brad Bitner speaking to us again, and this time his wife Kathi was also able to join us – a rare treat.
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Brad has been working through James C. Petty’s book Step by Step: Divine Guidance for Ordinary Christians with usand on this occasion we discussed the 3 circles of God’s will. We covered things prohibited and commanded by Scripture, Christian liberty, the need for wisdom by grace through faith, and determining what is most pleasing to God. This thought struck many of us, because it should be applied in all aspects of our lives: what pleases God most when you are at work, when you are with your boyfriend or girlfriend or spouse, when you are tired and grumpy and alone at home? By thinking about pleasing God in all aspects of your life, God’s will becomes so much clearer, especially when paired with the knowledge we gain from Scripture.
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Colossians 1:9-12 puts it much better than I could:

“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”

 

Twenties and Thirties is meeting again on 22nd September. We look forward to having everyone back after the summer and welcoming new faces! If you would like more information please get in touch.

United Beach Missions

Porthminster beach on one of the quieter (and less sunny) days

One of our members, Mary Reid, recently volunteered with United Beach Missions. She has written about some of what she experienced:

This summer I really enjoyed being part of a 14-strong team for a week in St Ives with United Beach Missions, a first for me. All the activities involved reaching out to families and having conversations about Jesus. Many unbelieving holiday-makers were remarkably open to chatting about the Bible and our beliefs as Christians.

Morning craft activities

Each day we had “team time” at the bungalow, being taught about Integrity, Pride and Words in the book of Proverbs, then we headed to Porthminster Beach for the outreach to begin. Through the craft table, volleyball for teenagers and children’s games, we met lots of mums and dads and children each morning. The lunchtime tug-of-war made the whole beach aware of our presence before the afternoon programme got underway. This involved a bit more structure with children’s Gospel songs, a Bible story, a memory verse, a quiz and a silly competition (such as lolly licking!) Lots of parents listened in too and we were able to have more interesting conversations before packing up. On a couple of days we got more dads involved with a Penalty Shoot Out- all of them were given a Gospel book of sports testimonies, and our box of various free books and John’s Gospel was often empty at the end of the day too.

Lunchtime tug-of-war in full swing!

In the evenings, we either had an Open Air near the harbour or a family activity. The Open Airs involved some singing (I was put in charge of this and have learned some lovely new hymns!), a testimony from one of the team and then a mini three-point sermon from one of the leaders with a visual aid board. The rest of the team spaced out to look like a bit of a crowd (we didn’t have on our eye-catching red uniforms for this!) and we all kept our eyes open for bona fide passersby who stopped to listen. Lots of conversations took place and tracts and books were given out on these evenings. On the family activity evenings (a Smuggler’s Trail Quiz and a Family Knock-Out Fun Fair), we had a similar testimony/talk after the main activity, which led to some amazing conversations with those who attended.

The St Ives Team on the final day – tired but still smiling!

As well as having the privilege of being seed-sowers for the Gospel on the beach and in the town, it was wonderful to be living 24/7 with other Christians. The duties of washing up and sandwich-making were actually a joy when done in real service of each other, and we really got on as a team with A LOT of laughs all week long. As we got ready to head back to our “real lives” (ranging from university studies to hospital radiography to accountancy) we shared personal prayer requests on the last day and it was a blessing to share honest concerns of our hearts.

I would really recommend UBM (as well as their urban-based Open Air outreach work) to anyone with a heart for the lost. I really benefitted from the teaching, learned so much about how to effectively share the Gospel and how to serve fellow Christians from a variety of backgrounds. It was an exhausting but wonderful week and left me with a much more evangelistic attitude to my everyday life back in London.

You can find out more about United Beach Missions and their work across the UK and abroad at www.ubm.org.uk

LCPC Summer BBQ


Back in July, several of the congregation enjoyed our annual summer BBQ hosted by grill-meisters, Calum and Jan at their home in Surrey.


It was a beautiful day, and with plenty of space both inside and out, there was something for everyone – glorious sunshine with water fights, hula hoops, and even a paddling pool – or the chance to keep cool in the shade and enjoy good conversation.


For more photographs from this fantastic day check out the album on our Facebook page, and stay tuned for details of next year’s BBQ!

20s & 30s Q&A

Last Friday night, the LCPC Twenties and Thirties group met in our church building in the City for a Question and Answer session about relationships. On the panel was our pastor, Andy Pearson, and one of our elders, Brad Bitner.

Before any questions were asked or answered, there was a delicious delivery from Pizza GoGo to work through. When everyone had eaten their fill, and after some worship, it was time to get started on the questions.

In the end, there wasn’t enough time to get through all the questions waiting to be answered, but a wide variety of topics covering relationships and marriage were discussed.

Twenties & Thirties is now finished for the summer, but stay tuned for details for what they will be doing in the new term…

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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.

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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.

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LCPC Day Away

 

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.

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Alasdair MacAulay

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.

Mairi MacAulay

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.

 

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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 Hunting

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.

Happy Hunters

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!