Preteen Camp 2015

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PTClogo15Newland Park College, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4AD
Tuesday, 28 July to Friday, 31 July 2015

The mind is a special gift from God. It can potentially store 100 trillion thoughts which could come from good and bad. As the Preteens grow in this rapid changing world, they learn and store the values of the world in their minds from friends, the social media, television and more.

The Preteen campers will experience in-depth bible study that will show them how they can use their minds for God and make an impact on their world for Christ.

It is going to be a great time to bond through bible lessons, fun activities, games and spiritual discussions.

Registration coming soon!!

London’s Women’s Day – Over 1100 Women in Attendance!

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IMG_5004On the 7th of March 2015, 480 women disciples of the London Church hosted the 2015 women’s event at the Hilton Metropole in London. God blessed us with more than 1100 women in attendance, a day before the International Women’s day 2015. The event entitled “New Beginnings” was incredibly faith-building for all the sisters. We saw women of all ages and backgrounds – friends, work colleagues, neighbours, sisters, mothers and daughters – come together for an afternoon of inspiration, joy and faith!

For the Women’s Day committee led by one of the Women’s Ministry Leaders of the London Church, Angela Stuck, it was a day of answered prayers. The evidence was the packed hall, vibrant fellowship and positive responses. It was clear to all that God had blessed and used the day to plant seeds in the hearts of many women with the potential to transform lives through the power of God.

Our hostesses for the day, Caroline Mansell and Yolanda Thompson set the tone for with their humour, warmth and joy. ThIMG_5425ey led us in prayer and prepared our hearts for all that God had in store for us.

We were stirred and our spirits lifted as we listened to Elisa Caleb and her team sing beautifully the song, “New beginnings”.

Two sisters, Kristin Nisr and Peju Orionuta inspired us through the sharing of their stories and testimonies showing how God’s saving grace can transform anyone regardless of past choices, decisions or circumstances. We were captivated by their courage and transformation and reminded by their stories that God can change whatever it is in our lives that might seem difficult to change – what is impossible with man is possible with God!

The Women’s Ministry Leader from the Berlin Church, Lynne Green, was our guest speaker. She reminded us that God was a God of new beginnings and called us to love newness as God did! She used the Word of God and stories from her life and the lives of other women from around the world to call us all to embrace forgiveness, to be committed to forever friendships and to move forward to face the future.

The event ended with a powerful rendition of the song “Wonder” by the New Beginnings gospel choir led by Louise Miller. It was a joy to join most of the women in the hall on their feet while singing the chorus along with the choir and moving to the beat of the song in our own unique ways!

Through the power of God and faith-inspiring leadership, the women in the London church continue to grow in faith, love and devotion to God and his mission. God amazes us from year to year as we see Him bless and encourage us through these women’s events! We thank God for the new beginnings He gave each of us when we made Jesus Lord at baptism, for the new beginnings we can experience day by day and the opportunity to extend new beginnings to our friends and families!

Written by Bola Sowoolu – Women’s Ministry Leader (South East Region)IMG_4990

CITY BIBLE DISCUSSION today

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Our discussion title for today is “Bandaging wounds in a hurting world ”. I hope you can join us.

Kind regards
Kevin

CITY BIBLE DISCUSSION.
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

Teen Retreat Report

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402 - Version 2Teens from all over the UK, Ireland and parts of Europe gathered for a retreat. Here is a report by one of the participants….

“Friendships, faithfulness and fun; what more could a disciple want? The 2015 Teen Disciple Retreat had all three! A perfect mixture of lessons, games, discipleship groups and fun. The lessons were extremely convicting and powerful whilst also being humorous and engaging. A huge round of applause to Brian Hinkle, Jack Legon, Rebecca Ghalustians and to Zach Anton who all taught such amazing lessons.066

The discipleship groups that followed were so helpful. It was really nice snuggling up in our blankets, hugging mugs of hot tea and munching on Oreo biscuits whilst getting deep and being honest and open about where we’re at in our walk with God. Wonder if the brother’s discipleship groups were quite like that! The planning of this retreat was very good. The fact that there was time allotted for doing school work and revision helped me and many others who had a lot to do.

171It was amazing to see disciples going for prayer walks, having quiet times and reciting scripture and wanting to grow in being “More then a Conqueror”. Seeing disciples from Germany, France, Denmark and beyond was a special treat as the bonds beyond distance were made. God can do anything when He is our common bond.

213There was a lot of free time whereby we’d all hangout in the lobby playing cards, Mafia, or doing an old-fashioned thing called talking (the “no phone” rule definitely helped with this!).

Overall the retreat was a huge success and really recharged our spiritual batteries. A huge thank you to everyone who helped organise it and who were there. We are all already look forward to next year!!!”

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Student Retreat Report

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Heinrich and HannahOn January 30th over 100 students descended upon Alton Castle for the annual Winter student retreat. The theme of the retreat was “Return of the King” and the location was appropriately grand. 12th century walls framed the bridge which lead to the awe inspiring castle that would be our home for the next few days. Snow covered picturesque woods provided an amazing backdrop to an already beautiful view.

CastleThe location inspired awe, and our spirit-filled guest speakers Jeff Henderson and his wife Amanda reinforced who we should be in awe of. The King. The King who we should worship, who has shown His majesty and character through His creation. His creation on this earth and beyond! The King who we should live for and dig deep to obey and follow. The King who is coming back to make everything new!

On the Saturday evening we realised the Lord of the Rings undercurrent to the retreat and devolved into teams to get our Frodo and Sam on. The journey game was a lot of fun uniting as teams and building memories together.

We grew in faith and were inspired to live for the King at our Universities. We also saw Raina Salim make the decision to live for the King as the clock approached midnight on Saturday. With snow on the ground and no proper hose to use, our inflatable pool was filled by the more than 30 students who carried one pot and pan after another to see Raina’s sins washed away. It was a baptism of epic proportions.

Student MealThe 2015 Winter retreat was an amazing experience in growing closer to the King, our King, the only King. As the departure came on Sunday afternoon there was that bittersweet sense. We bid old friends and newly made ones adieu. In the modern age however we said farewell knowing that its not too hard to keep in touch at all!

New Year Eve Party Report

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IMG_1216“You crown the year with Your good blessings, and You leave abundance in Your wake.”   Psalm 65:11

The London International Church of Christ had so much to celebrate as we watched 2014 come to a close and 2015 start afresh. 

Disciples from every ministry came together inIMG_1156 Pimlico to ring in the new year with games, fellowship, quizzes, limbo contests, and of course, an epic dance party.  There was an opportunity to remember with joy all the abundance God has blessed the church with in 2014 with pictures of all the baptisms, restorations, and church-wide events from the past year. 

EIMG_1151ach region of the London Church and disciples from other sister-churches in the UK and even South Africa united together to devote the new year to God. Corey Stuck reminded us to make the most of 2015, zealously going after loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.IMG_1174

Disciples from the teens, university, singles, and marrieds ministries led prayers of thanks for all the blessings of 2014 and prayers of IMG_1168encouragement for the kingdom to grow even more in the year at hand.

As midnight drew closer and closer, people from 7 years old to 77 danced and cheered together as Big Ben chimed, the fireworks boomed, and 2015 began.IMG_1231

Report by Casey Collier

Today’s City Bible Discussion

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Hi everyone,

Happy New Year. I hope you all had a restful and encouraging time over the Christmas and new year period.

Today’s lunchtime bible discussion is entitled “Changing a dead-end job” and is taken from Joshua chapter 2.

Hope to see you there.
Kind regards
Kevin

CITY BIBLE DISCUSSION.
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

Kevin Cundale

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© Chrisharvey | Dreamstime Stock Photos

The Passing of Nicholas Skilling

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Skilling.001“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants” Psalm 116:15

Our dear brother Nicholas Skilling was born on 29th March 1951. He was baptised into Christ on 31st August 2014.

Nicholas suffered from diabetes and then had a heart attack a few years ago leading to kidney failure. Because of these health challenges and the need to go for dialysis three times a week his wife, Rayehe, became his full-time carer.

Nicholas had a couple of heart attacks at the beginning of November and fell into a coma. On 8th December 2014, at the age of 63, he passed away and went to be with the Lord.

We remember Nicholas’s devotion to knowing and living for God, his eagerness to come out to every meeting and to joyfully serve even though he was often feeling unwell and tired. He had a pure, childlike heart and loved God wholeheartedly.

We thank God for his life and although we will all miss him, we are comforted in the knowledge that he died as a disciple of Christ – 1Thessalonians 4:13-18

Funeral plans are as follows:

Date: Monday 22nd December 2014
Time: 11:30 am.
Venue: St Mary’s Hornsey Rise, Ashley Road, London N19 3AD.

The burial will be after the service at:

Trent Park Cemetery, Cockfosters Road, Barnet, EN4 0DZ.

London Teen Christmas Party

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IMG_0164On Sunday 7th December the London teens celebrated Christmas together.

It was a wonderful night of fun, food and farewells.

The teens got the chance to wish Mull and Jo good luck on their journey to Belfast and thank them for all the love that has been shown over the years.ATT00002-1 Mulligan and Jo Price have had a huge spiritual impact on so many teens of different ages and cultures, helping to bring them to Christ. It has been amazing to watch.

Yet again, there was some awesome dancing with some even better costumes!ATT00001-3

Sophie and Andreas, as well as some “One-Year Challengers”, did a fantastic job putting everything together making the night one to remember.IMG_0199

“Thank-you” to everyone who put in so much energy and love to give us a special night together.