ChristChurch London

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

ChristChurch London
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Founded 3 October 2004
Founder David Stroud
Focus The cultural, social and spiritual renewal of our city.
Location
Area served
London, Worldwide[1]
Members
600 approx. (2013)[2]
Key people
Senior Pastor: David Stroud
Leaders:
Ross Bull
Andy Tilsley
Employees
16 Full-time, 5 Part-time
Slogan "Working for the cultural, social and spiritual renewal of our great city."
Website http://christchurchlondon.org
Registered Charity number: 1111950

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

As Christians, ChristChurch 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. These include football, curry nights, picnics, live music nights and other outings.[3]

ChristChurch is a multicultural community with attendees from all over the world.[4]

History[edit]

ChristChurch 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 four separate locations.[5]

The first CCL Broadcast Magazine, September - October 2009, Issue 1.
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.[6]
2007–2010 Piccadilly Theatre Piccadilly Circus 500 approx.[7]
2010–2015 Mermaid Theatre Blackfriars 550 approx.
2016-present Platanos College Stockwell 100 approx.
2016-present Mermaid Theatre Blackfriars 200 approx.
2016-present Swiss Church Covent Garden 50 approx.
2016-present St John Bethnal Green 100 approx.

Sundays[edit]

ChristChurch currently holds four weekly Sunday services[8]

The service often begins with about half and 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 ChristChurch London Worship Team. This is then followed by approximately half and 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 Sundays[edit]

ChristChurch 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 four services[edit]

When church attendance continued to grow, ChristChurch announced it would stop the afternoon service at Blackfriars from January 2016 and move from its existing two services to four, each in separate locations. Those services are currently running in Stockwell, Blackfriars, Covent Garden and Bethnal Green[9]

Connect Groups[edit]

ChristChurch London has around 20 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.[10] 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, a group for those involved in social justice, and a group for East End Creatives.

Alpha[edit]

ChristChurch hosts free Alphas twice a year for non-Christians and Christians.[11] They are run throughout the week across London for eight consecutive weeks.[12] Since 2004, over 2000 people in total have attended Alpha at ChristChurch.[12]

Notable Alpha launches[edit]

ChristChurch 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.[13]

5 October 2009: Patrick Dixon, chairman of Global Change Ltd and founder of the international AIDS charity, ACET.[14]

7 October 2009: Alister McGrath, author of the The Dawkins Delusion?.[15]

20 January 2010: Jo Enright, comedian and actress, who has appeared in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights and I'm Alan Partridge.[16]

21 January 2010: Andy Duncan, chief executive of Channel 4.[17]

19 April 2010: Baroness Cox, founder and chief executive of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust.[18]

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

Students' Ministry[edit]

Due to its location in the centre of London, ChristChurch attracts many students from the nearby universities, mainly from colleges of the University of London.[19]

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.[20]

List of teams at ChristChurch[edit]

At ChristChurch 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.[21]

Teams at ChristChurch London include:[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Charity Commission: ChristChurch London Charity Framework". www.charitycommission.gov.uk. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  2. ^ "Find a Church Report". www.findachurch,co.uk. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  3. ^ http://christchurchlondon.org/calendar/social/2012-09-01
  4. ^ "CCL Podcast: "Building an International Church"". www.christchurchlondon.org. 2007-01-07. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  5. ^ http://christchurchlondon.org/aboutus
  6. ^ "The Mystery Worshipper: ChristChurch, London Bridge". www.ship-of-fools.com. 2006-03-05. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Who Are We, ChristChurch London". www.christchurchlondon.org. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  8. ^ "Sundays, ChristChurch London". www.christchurchlondon.org. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  9. ^ https://broadcast.christchurchlondon.org/articles/faqs-on-meeting-in-four-locations
  10. ^ http://christchurchlondon.org/connect/connect.html
  11. ^ "UK hosts its big Alpha party". www.alphafriends.org. 2008-11-26. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  12. ^ a b "Alpha, ChristChurch London". www.christchurchlondon.org. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  13. ^ "What really matters?: CCL Life Group Discussion Outline" (PDF). www.christchurchlondon.org. 2007-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  14. ^ "Pandemics, Recession and the Unexpected, An introduction to the Alpha Course" (PDF). www.christchurchlondon.org. 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-09-20. [permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Is Dawkins Deluded?, An introduction to the Alpha Course" (PDF). www.christchurchlondon.org. 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-09-13. [permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "An Evening with Jo Enright, An Invitation to Dinner". www.christchurchlondon.org. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2009-12-08. [dead link]
  17. ^ "An Evening with Andy Duncan, An introduction to the Alpha Course". www.christchurchlondon.org. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2009-12-08. [dead link]
  18. ^ "An Evening with Baroness Cox, An Invitation to Dinner". www.christchurchlondon.org. 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2010-04-19. [dead link]
  19. ^ ""ChristChurch London STUDENTS" Facebook Group". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  20. ^ http://christchurchlondon.org/students
  21. ^ "CCL Podcast: "Staying Connected to God"". www.christchurchlondon.org. 2006-11-19. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  22. ^ "Serving, ChristChurch London". www.christchurchlondon.org. Archived from the original on 28 May 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 

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