London Teen Rally Report


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On Saturday, 15th November, we had the London-wide Teen Rally. It was a fantastic opportunity for the teens all over London to get together, to fellowship, enjoy performances, listen to sermons and testimonies, play games and, most importantly – worship God!

It was so impressive to see over 100 teens coming together, old faces as well as new ones. It was a great evening together but the things that stood out to me were Alex Cameron’s lesson on the importance of worshipping God with all our hearts when we sing. It was so relevant and a helpful thing to reflect on. Montel Powell’s testimony was so powerful. His level of vulnerability and openness was amazing and so encouraging to see how far some teens come in only a few years due to their relationship with God.

I also greatly appreciated the performances – just to see the amount of talent God had put in one room was astounding. So to summarise – the Teen Rally 2014 was very impacting and the best one yet.
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Hi everyone,

Today’s lunchtime bible discussion is entitled “How to be rich”.

Hope to see you there.

Kind regards, Kevin


Date : Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month

Time :1.05pm – 1.35pm

Place : The Church Of St Edmund The King, Lombard Street, EC3V 9EA

Nearest Tube : Bank (exit 6) or Monument

What I’m Learning From 1 & 2 Kings: “Ravens”


Members of the London International church of Christ are invited to send their reflections on what they are learning or finding inspiring about our current focus on the books of 1 & 2 Kings. Please send any thoughts to Malcolm. We reserve the right to edit contributions.DSC_0013 - Version 2

Our second contributor is Joe Cronje from the 4 Rivers Region.



According to Deuteronomy 14:11-14, You may eat any clean bird. But these you may not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, the red kite, the black kite, any kind of falcon, any kind of raven.”

Here the understanding could be formed that a raven is unclean. It’s interesting that later on in the bible we see that Elijah was nourished or fed by ravens (1 Kings 17:4). What does this mean?

This made me wonder in awe as to how God can use something that seems to be, or for me is understood to be, unclean to feed the righteous. Although I am far from a righteous man, it made me contemplate as to what God might have used as unclean to make my life more enriched spiritually. Could it be that when I say NO to temptation I am then being spiritually fed? I am seeing temptation is here as a parallel to “ravens” flying into my life. Seeing it that way I am able to recognise the temptation/”raven” and apply the right action to it. God saw everything He created as being good. This includes the birds, the ravens and you and me.

After ruminating on these thoughts/ideas or understandings, I realised there was something missing. Like when walking in the woods at night and you hear an owl, but you cannot see it. My understanding then leaned towards whether it is the ravens that are declared as unclean or is it our interaction with the ravens?

The following scripture then made things clear for me: Luke 12:22-24, “Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.”

Jesus told us to look at the ravens, to think about them and to think about how they live their lives. My personal interpretation is that a raven on its own is not unclean, but it is how I interact with that raven that makes it unclean. Then something else occurred to me and I suddenly became saddened. I realised that our interaction with people and situations can make a good situation ‘unclean’. In this context I am interpreting “unclean” to mean causing someone to be hurt or misunderstood. In other words “unclean” could be interpreted plainly as not being loving. This can happen to us within the church as well as with people we are reaching out to. After all we are only human.

Just the start of a few thoughts triggered by 1 Kings 17.

Thanks, Joe

Manchester Celebrates 25 years


1511843_10152786828444435_5466514909098400497_oReport by Michelle Paramanantham

“Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!” Psalm 150

And that’s exactly what the congregation of the Manchester International Church of Christ did! We rejoiced. Our 25th anniversary service was a service to remember.10608290_10152786827824435_5876733975707142654_o

Our recently re-vamped venue revealed the prolific skills and hard work of many brothers and sisters who took part in painting the walls, creating photographic artwork and scriptural based art that adorned our walls. It combined to remind us of the wonderful God we serve and added to the sense of festive celebration.

10620179_10152786828104435_5377041134459213569_oThe stage sparkled with decoration as our talented band and joyful song leaders led us in an array of uplifting worship songs covering many styles – including a new and upbeat reggae rendition of a hymn, led by Bruce Miller.

We were blessed to have special guest speaker Malcolm Cox who preached a message on God’s love and how He lavishes His love onto us. 1796929_10152786828499435_6258924054551716338_o

We were also encouraged to see some dearly loved old friends, and brothers and sisters from Leeds, London and elsewhere whom we had not seen in a while. It was incredibly special to worship together as one again.

After the service we enjoyed a special buffet that we all contributed to; a delicious array of jerk chicken, jollof rice, quiche, bolognese, cakes, Sue Anti’s famous and much loved homemade scones and a whole host of other delectable treats, all reflecting the richness of cultures and backgrounds within the Manchester church.

10688137_10152786828309435_715042687341562377_oThere was a clear buzz in the air as we enjoyed fellowshipping one another and feeling incredibly blessed to have our own venue to worship in.

Throughout the Bible God reminds us to remember Him and His good works. The Manchester church enjoys a strong identity and history, we are family orientated and bonded in love by God’s Grace; we want to remember how God has worked in our lives.

10478264_10152786828164435_6034173098392442484_oIt was an opportunity for drawing closer together as a congregation and to celebrate God’s faithfulness to the Manchester church and we look forward to continuing in God’s lavish love as He guides, trains and grows us in maturity to become more of a reflection of Him.

London’s New Year’s Eve Party 2014


NYE14Wednesday, 31 December, 2014, 9.30pm to Thursday, 1 January, 2015, 1.00am

PIMLICO ACADEMY, Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3AT

Music, dancing, food and refreshments, 2014 slide show and quiz, games & competitions…. plus an inspiring message and prayer time in the build up to the midnight countdown!!

Any queries please contact Brian Hinkle at

Go to where you can register and pay for the event.

Prices – per person:
Adults £10.00
Students £5.00
Teens (14 – 18 years) £5.00
Children under 14 years Free!!

Registration closes on 27th December. You can show up on the door if you have not registered, but you will pay an extra £2 per person (under 14s not affected – still free for them).