We’re hiring!

I’m very pleased to announce that we are hiring! Since last Summer, things have been gathering more pace at our church, and we have really felt the impact of having Jeremy Moses on staff and James Worringer as our volunteer intern. Gone are the days of me working all on my own, crying into my cup of java.

The benefits of having a staff team are huge, but I am particularly thankful that I get to work with such godly and dedicated individuals. It is also a huge pleasure for me to see the ways the church has been strengthened, and the growth that has come as a result.

As of this summer we are looking to recruit a third full-timer to work with myself and Jeremy, soon after James’ internship comes to an end.

In many ways, this is an unusual role. We are looking for someone with strong planning and organisational abilities, but also we hope to find someone who is an able communicator, with the grace and maturity for leadership – especially as so much of the work of the church is done by volunteers, and this role will include leadership of those volunteers. This means that the right person is going to have a broad mix of gifts. But, if you are tempted to disqualify yourself, we would encourage you to speak to us or, better yet, apply online and we can take it from there.

Over the years, I have witnessed the extraordinary impact this kind of role can have in churches, propelling them forward and releasing the pastoral staff to focus on their primary calling.

Please visit the Vacancies page to view the Job Description.

Applications close on 31st March, and the job is due to begin in July/August this year. If you have any questions about the role before applying, please feel free to contact Jeremy.

We’re starting an Evening Service

Over the past few years since Grace London began we have experienced some steady growth as a church which has necessitated moving venues – Coin Street is our third. 

The room we meet in has been fairly full on Sundays in the past few months. This is a wonderful problem to have, but creates limitations as new people continue to visit us each week. 

Therefore, as a leadership team, we are very pleased to be starting our new Evening Service on 28th January at 5.30pm (for a 6pm start). We want to create more space for growth to allow more people to find church family in central London, and we trust that many will come to know Jesus through our church.

Why not move venues again? There are many reasons, but primarily it comes down to three things: (1) We believe that it will serve our people best if we have another service so that we can continue to experience community in a transient city (something made more difficult in a larger, more anonymous gathering); (2) We love our current venue, and it serves us very well; (3) It allows another option for people who prefer to be at church in the evening rather than the morning.

Do continue to pray for us as a church, that we will be empowered by God to share his good news wide and far.

Carol Service – Sunday 10th December

You are very welcome to join us for an evening of carols, readings, mince pies and mulled wine. Our annual carol service is the perfect way to start the festive season!

Come to Coin Street Community Centre (5 mins walk from Waterloo station) at 5.30pm on the 10th of December.

You may be a sceptic or just undecided about Jesus, so please be assured that we want you to feel completely at ease to come and be part of the church and enjoy the event.

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Salt Live Event: Is Faith Irrational?

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In a secular age, many regard faith as an irrational leap in the dark. Religion is increasingly seen as out of place in public life, and often exiled to the private domain. So, while many might think of themselves as ‘spiritual’ it is often viewed as eccentric to hold strong religious beliefs. But can we so easily dismiss religion?

Our next Salt Live event (on 29th November) aims to tackle these kinds of questions in a relaxed and informal environment. You are very welcome to come and enjoy a beer or a glass of wine, hear a talk, and engage with the subject in open Q&A.

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Our speaker, Dr Tanya Walker, is the Dean of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and an Apologist for RZIM (Zacharias Trust).  Having completed her undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Christ Church, Oxford University, Tanya worked in various political roles before returning to postgraduate research.  She holds an MA in Near and Middle Eastern (Islamic) Studies, and a Political Science PhD.  Tanya speaks internationally addressing questions around faith, philosophy, and life.

When? Wednesday 29th November, 7.30pm
Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, SE1 9NH

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School of Faith

On Wednesday 25th we are starting a new School of Faith course. It is three weeks long, hosted in a home in Pimlico. The course is aimed at those who want to explore some of the basics of the faith, with questions like Who is God? What do Christians believe? How can I have faith? Jeremy Moses will be leading the course, and each week will begin with a meal leading into discussion.

Are you interested in going, or in bringing a friend? Contact Jeremy directly.

When? 7.30pm on Wednesday 25th Oct, 1st Nov, and 8th Nov
Where? Pimlico

Leadership at Grace London


I gave a pretty big announcement on Sunday, and I’m sure that not everyone heard it, so what follows is the gist of what I said.

When does a church plant become a church? I believe it is when elders have been appointed (or ‘ordained’) through prayer, and given responsibility to shepherd the church. 

After Paul and Barnabas had finished their first missionary journey, they made a return visit to some of the young church plants and Luke tells us:

When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconic and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed. (Acts 14.21-23)

Similarly, after Paul had planted some churches on the island of Crete he had to leave before the job was done. But he left his protégé, Titus, to complete the work, telling him:

This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you… (Titus 1.5)

Elders are massively important to church life, because of their function as pastor-shepherds. They exercise a kind of fatherly role, making sure things are healthy in the church. A lot of people have summed up their role as Guard, Guide, a Govern. They guard, which means they are concerned to protect the church from harm and make sure the teaching is on point. They guide, which means they are always listening to the leading of the Holy Spirit and seeking to obey him as they set a direction for the church. And they govern, which means they make sure things are run skilfully and everyone in the church is given opportunity to serve.

So, how are we going to get elders at Grace? The first step is to form a kind of proto-leadership team, seeking to work with some guys to figure out if they are called and gifted for eldership. The second step will then be to call in some help from our wider family in Advance to help assess our guys, and ultimately (God-willing) pray them into service.

As of last week a team has been formed. They are myself, Danny Hutton, Eugene Chiam, Luke Boardman, and Jeremy Moses. I have huge respect for each of these guys, and consider them to be among the best men I’ve ever known. 

This team is not set in stone. It is possible that at any point one of these guys might step down, or another may join (or three others, for that matter). Neither does it necessarily mean that all five would be appointed elders at the same time. But it’s a start, and as such it’s one of the most important things that’s happened in the life of this young church.

What can you do? Please pray for this team to grow in love and wisdom, godliness and Spirit-filled anointing for the task. And please also offer these men the respect and honour that leadership ought to hold as they seek to serve the church with their time and talents.

No More Sermon Notes, I'm Afraid

 'Headphones' by Jake Bellucci, https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakescreations/69953132/

'Headphones' by Jake Bellucci, https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakescreations/69953132/

For the first 16 months of Grace I have been spending time on Mondays typing up the gist of what I preached the day before and posting these written summaries. The main purpose was to help our parents, who often could not listen to the message because of fidgety little ones. Now that we have our podcast reliably updated, I no longer see a need to write up these sermon notes. We may get back to something like this in the future, but no promises.