God is good.
We’re officially leaving Westminster Chapel on 31st August in order to form our new church plant, Grace London. As the weeks and months have passed the team have grown more excited. Allow me to take a moment to update you on a couple of important steps towards this being a reality.
1. Venue Update
As we’ve been praying about making a start in the Autumn, we’ve been able to find a venue! We’re meeting in the Horse & Stables on Westminster Bridge Road, just a few minutes walk from Waterloo Station. It’s the upper room of a lively pub, and a perfect size venue for us to begin our Sunday meetings. The doors will be open at 4pm on 28th September, 2014. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we are hoping that throughout the Autumn term people will begin to join us on this venture with a view to launching more officially in 2015.
Thanks to the hard work and skill of our resident designer, we’ve put together our website and it’s now live. Feel free to have a poke around and forward the link on to anyone you know who may want to come and visit the church.
For those of you who want to stay up-to-date you can sign up to our mailing list using the link on the Grace London website. I will occasionally send out some news and prayer requests as the months roll on.
I’ve been part of Westminster Chapel for over 12 years now. That has given me a lot of time to reflect on the dynamics of being a city centre church. As we’re about to plant another city centre church these considerations — on the pros and cons of city centre church life — have weighed heavily on my mind. Continue reading
Phil Moore, leader of Everyday Church in Wimbledon, has written a series of blogs describing lessons from the life of James Fraser.
Fraser was a pioneer missionary to the Lisu people in China in the early 1900s . I remember reading a little of his story when I was a child, and in particular the account of his prayer life which proved more effective by far than his personal witness and evangelism!
Phil has spent a couple of months immersing himself in the life and writings of Fraser, seeking to discern the vital elements that made his ministry so effective. It is no exaggeration to say that the man’s legacy continues to ripple on through China to this day. To us who long for revival of true Christianity here in Europe, we would do well to pay careful attention to these gleanings from Fraser’s life.
I recommend sitting and reading these posts in one go, but if you don’t have the time, make sure you bookmark them: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.