ChristChurch London

Coordinates: 51°30′40.7″N 0°6′7.1″W / 51.511306°N 0.101972°W / 51.511306; -0.101972

Christ Church London /ˈkrst.ɜːr ˈlʌndən/ (also commonly known as Christ Church; and shorthand CCL[1]), founded 2004, is a Christian church that meets at several locations across London, United Kingdom.

Christ Church London
Founded3 October 2004
FounderDavid Stroud
FocusThe cultural, social and spiritual renewal of our city.
Location
Area served
London, Worldwide[1]
Members
700 approx. (2018)[2]
Key people
Senior Leader: David Stroud
Service Leaders:
Andy Tilsley,
Joel Wade,
Lars Due-Christensen
Websitehttp://christchurchlondon.org
Registered Charity number: 1111950

As Christians, Christ Church London has a large focus on sharing their faith with non-Christians by building community through holding a large number of social events throughout the year, which allow people to invite friends into the church community.

Christ Church London is a multicultural community with attendees from all over the world.[3]

HistoryEdit

Christ Church London was founded in October 2004 by David Stroud, who moved from Birmingham to start the church, and recruited Adrian Holloway and Rhys Scott to be part of the church-planting team. The church officially launched in 2005 at the New Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden and has since relocated a number of times as the church has grown. They now meet in separate locations.[4]

Years Venue Location Congregation
2004–2005 International Students House Great Portland Street 30 approx.
2005–2006 New Connaught Rooms Covent Garden 240 approx.
2006–2007 Vinopolis South Bank 300 approx.[5]
2007–2010 Piccadilly Theatre Piccadilly Circus 500 approx.[6]
2010–2016 Mermaid Theatre Blackfriars 550 approx.

PresentEdit

Venue Location Congregation
Peacock Theatre Holborn 400 approx.
Platanos College Stockwell 100 approx.
Kirkland Centre Mile End 100 approx.
Cryer Arts Theatre Sutton 100 approx.

SundaysEdit

Christ Church London holds multiple services every Sunday across multiple sites.[7]

The service often begins with about half an hour of worship using largely contemporary Christian music, including songs by artists such as Chris Tomlin and Hillsong, together with original songs written by members of the Christ Church London Worship Team. This is then followed by approximately half an hour of preaching by a church elder or guest speaker, with a sermon centred on a passage of Biblical scripture. At the end of the service, people are often given the opportunity to be prayed for and to stay for refreshments, or after church socials.

Special SundaysEdit

Christ Church London holds a number of special Sunday meetings throughout the year, including three baptismal services, two dedication services, two services celebrating London, and a Christmas Carol Service. They also have around six guest speakers each year.

Move to more services in more locationsEdit

When church attendance continued to grow, Christ Church London announced it would move from the Mermaid Theatre in Blackfriars to the Peacock Theatre in Holborn and also to several satellite locations across London.[8]

Connect GroupsEdit

Christ Church London has around 30 Connect Groups with more being added regularly. They are groups where people can build community and use their skills and passions to contribute to the flourishing of London life.[9] These groups gather around a common cause; a people, a place, or a passion. Some examples include groups for those in the workplace, groups for students, groups for studying the Bible deeper, groups for those involved in social justice, and groups for creatives.

AlphaEdit

Christ Church London hosts the Alpha course several times a year for non-Christians and Christians.[10] They are run throughout the week across London for eight consecutive weeks.[11] Since 2004, over 2000 people in total have attended Alpha at Christ Church London.[11]

Notable Alpha launchesEdit

Christ Church London hosts two or three launches per Alpha course, which are also held at Sway Bar in Covent Garden.

3 October 2007: Simon Thomas, former Blue Peter presenter.[12]

5 October 2009: Patrick Dixon, chairman of Global Change Ltd and founder of the international AIDS charity, ACET.[13]

7 October 2009: Alister McGrath, author of The Dawkins Delusion?.[14]

20 January 2010: Jo Enright, comedian and actress, who has appeared in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights and I'm Alan Partridge.[15]

21 January 2010: Andy Duncan, chief executive of Channel 4.[16]

19 April 2010: Baroness Cox, founder and chief executive of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust.[17]

4 October 2010: Dr Ard Louis, theoretical physicist at the University of Oxford.

Students' MinistryEdit

Due to its location in the centre of London, Christ Church attracts many students from the nearby universities, mainly from colleges of the University of London.[18]

New students are "built in" as active members by the Student Team by one-on-one coffees and social student lunches. Furthermore, the team organises one-on-one discipleship courses, prayer and praise evenings, apologetics training, Christian Union leaders Forums, student bible study and student weekends away.[19]

List of teams at Christ Church LondonEdit

At Christ Church London, there are a large number of people who serve and help the running of the service every Sunday. In 2006, there were 220 people who were actively serving on at least one of the ChristChurch teams.[20]

Teams at Christ Church London include:[21]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Charity Commission: ChristChurch London Charity Framework". charitycommission.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Find a Church Report". findachurch,co.uk. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  3. ^ "CCL Podcast: "Building an International Church"". christchurchlondon.org. 7 January 2007. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "The Mystery Worshipper: ChristChurch, London Bridge". ship-of-fools.com. 5 March 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Who Are We, ChristChurch London". christchurchlondon.org. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Sundays, ChristChurch London". christchurchlondon.org. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  8. ^ "FAQs on meeting in four locations (Updated Jan 2016)". 20 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 September 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "UK hosts its big Alpha party". alphafriends.org. 26 November 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  11. ^ a b "Alpha, ChristChurch London". christchurchlondon.org. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  12. ^ "What really matters?: CCL Life Group Discussion Outline" (PDF). christchurchlondon.org. 16 September 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  13. ^ "Pandemics, Recession and the Unexpected, An introduction to the Alpha Course" (PDF). christchurchlondon.org. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 20 September 2009.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Is Dawkins Deluded?, An introduction to the Alpha Course" (PDF). christchurchlondon.org. 7 October 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2009.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "An Evening with Jo Enright, An Invitation to Dinner". christchurchlondon.org. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2009.[dead link]
  16. ^ "An Evening with Andy Duncan, An introduction to the Alpha Course". christchurchlondon.org. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2009.[dead link]
  17. ^ "An Evening with Baroness Cox, An Invitation to Dinner". christchurchlondon.org. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010.[dead link]
  18. ^ ""ChristChurch London STUDENTS" Facebook Group". facebook.com. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  19. ^ "Students » Christ Church London » Working for the cultural, social and spiritual renewal of London".
  20. ^ "CCL Podcast: "Staying Connected to God"". christchurchlondon.org. 19 November 2006. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  21. ^ "Serving, ChristChurch London". christchurchlondon.org. Archived from the original on 28 May 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2009.

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