We invite families with children aged 0 to 12 to come and join us for our informal, creative, relaxed worship. Older siblings are welcome too.
There will be stories, craft activities, games, reflection, short informal worship and the sharing of a simple meal together at the end.
Please contact Rev Ulrike Bell on 020 8505 5542 for more information.
This year’s Bradwell Pilgrimage & Gathering is on 6 July.
This is a wonderful free day for all the family that’s worth going to.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit bradwellpilgrimage.co.uk.
The Three Faiths Forum meeting at 8.00pm on Thursday 13th June was held at East London and Essex Synagogue, which is near South Woodford Station.
The topic for the evening was ‘Teaching Religious Truths by Parable’ and was a Scriptural Reasoning session when we split up into groups, with at least one Jewish person, one Muslim and one Christian in each group.
In my group we first looked at a parable from the Hebrew Scriptures: 2 Samuel 12:1-15. This is where the prophet Nathan tells a story to King David about a poor man having his pet lamb taken from him by a rich man who wanted to use it to feed a guest. The king is outraged by the story but Nathan then tells David that he is like that rich man, when he took the wife of another poor man for his own pleasure.
So the parable is used to make a point and David realises he has sinned and repents.
The second parable we looked at was the story of The Prodigal Son from Luke’s Gospel, showing how God welcomes back sinners if they have repented.
The third parable we considered was from the Qur’an. It concerned two men, one of whom had two very fruitful gardens and ascribed this to his own efforts, boasting about his good fortune. The other
man reminded him that all good gifts come from Allah and not through our own efforts. In course of time the rich man’s property fell into ruin so he lost all he had and realised he was in the wrong.
It was interesting reading these three parables from each of the three faiths and seeing how parables can be used as a means of religious teaching.
I had not expected to find parables outside the teaching of Jesus, so I learned something new, as I expect others did in our groups.
The next meeting of the Forum will be at 8.00pm on Thursday 10 October, when we will be discussing ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ which should be interesting. The venue is yet to be announced.
Trafalgar Square will be transformed into a joyful family festival and Service. The day is packed with festivities; live performances from acts including worship leader and Grammy award winner Matt Redman and The Kingdom Choir, made famous around the world for a memorable performance of Stand By Me at the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle last May. There will be something for everyone, from uplifting live music, spoken word, dance, prayer workshops and crafts – to family fun and activities to keep the kids entertained.
– Festival & family fun: 12-4pm From live music, spoken word, craft booths, and visual art to prayer workshops – there’s something for everyone. In the ‘Kids Kingdom’ there will be lots of children’s activities including storytelling, balloon artists, street performers and face painting. The food stalls open at 12 noon, so get there early for popular vendors.
– Pentecost service: 4-6pm -Praise, Worship, Witness, Word and Prayer
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray during the 11 days from Ascension to Pentecost (30th May – 9th June 2019). What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international, interdenominational call to prayer for more people to know Christ.
65 different denominations in 114 countries around the world have taken part in the initiative. Since its inception it has been celebrated at Beacon events in churches and Cathedrals around the country. This year in London it is in Trafalgar Square.
All Christian denominations and their church leaders will be taking part, including: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby; Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols; Archbishop Angaelos, General Bishop in the UK of the Coptic Orthodox Church; Bishop of London. Sarah Mullally; Pastor Agu Irukwu, the Pentecostal President and Revd Trey Hall, Director of Evangelism and Growth for the Methodist Church of Great Britain.
Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit places in the Holy Land sacred to our three faiths.
Sunday 8 December to Sunday 15 December 2019
Cost: £1500 per person, sharing twin room
Led by Rabbi David Hulbert, Rev Ulrike Bell and Imam Dr Mohammed Fahim
After the success of our Christmas Experience last December, we again invited two classes from the local Primary School to visit the church to engage in an Easter experience.
With the help of friends from St. James’, and from Act4, five people hosted groups of children in various parts of the church building to explain the elements of the Easter story with stories and craft activities.
Each child took home a paper carrier bag containing the things they had made and a bag of small Easter eggs!
From conversations at the school gate the following day, the children had gone home and told their families all about it, showing them what they had made and telling them about the Easter story.
Watch C.S. Lewis' timeless adventure The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe on the big screen.
We’ll watch together and wonder afterwards about parallels to the Easter story, how C.S.Lewis (and this film) managed to tell it in such a different way.
Saturday 13th April, 6.00pm at Chingford URC.
Bring your friends!
Bring popcorn and your favourite drinks.
From Eating Together, we are moving on to our second Holy Habit: Prayer.
Again, there will be an Introduction service into this habit in each of our churches, followed by a deepening of the habit by our house group meetings and a follow-up worship on the theme led by Revd June Colley.
Much to look forward to, to try out, to learn and re-learn.
Please do try and join one of our house groups. They are open to anyone! Just contact the host or facilitator. Please see dates and contact below.
Group 1 (TBC)
Group 2 (Tues 9 April at 10.00am)
June Colley (Host & Facilitator)
020 8529 5403
Group 3 (Weds 17 April at 10.00am)
Audrey Mendham (Host)
Jean Wyber (Facilitator)
020 8504 2447
Group 4 (Date TBC)
Sandra Millan (Host & Facilitator)
020 8529 0071
Group 5 (Tues 9 April at 7.30pm)
Eileen and Geoff Packe (Hosts)
Margaret Brown (Facilitator)
020 8524 5223
Group 6 (Mon 8 April at 10.30am)
Gerald & Mariana Lee (Hosts)
St James URC, Buckhurst Hill
Isabel Bala (Facilitator)
020 8504 3543
Group 7 (Date TBC)
Heather Nicholaou (Host and Facilitator)
020 8529 9280
Group 8 (Sun 28 April March at 5.00pm)
Helen and Kevin Haigh (Hosts and Facilitators)
0208 524 8003