Chris Le Marquand explains why he’s creating new community in the heart of the City.
London is one of the greatest places on earth – a vibrant, bustling, diverse city with seemingly endless opportunities. We love living and working here, and it’s exciting to be part of a church so committed to seeing it flourish culturally, socially and spiritually.
Yet these same things that make it such a unique and exhilarating place to live – its size, its pace, its opportunities – can sometimes make it difficult to form deep and meaningful friendships. According to research cited in an article in the Evening Standard last summer, 64% of Londoners regularly feel lonely, with those between 25 and 34 years old most likely to say they feel that way.
ChristChurch London places a great emphasis on building community, because that’s the example we see the earliest Christians setting in the Bible. In Acts 2:42-27 we read about what the early church in Jerusalem looked like. They built community by being committed to the Bible (v42), to sharing food and prayer (v43) and to living in fellowship (v42, 44, 45). As a result, God did amazing things through them.
We want to see some of that deep, genuine community in the heart of London. Using that template as a guide we are starting a new Connect Group in Blackfriars for young adults. We want this to be a place where friends can become family and where people can be supported and encouraged to live out their faith in their workplaces and among their families and friends.
Every Tuesday night we’re going to meet in a pub to discuss faith, get to know one another better, have some fun and ask God to do in our city what he did in Jerusalem 2000 years ago. If that sounds like something you want to get involved with it would be great to hear from you – we’re at the start of an exciting journey and we’d love to have you along for the ride.
Where: Upstairs in Rudds Bar, 148 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4BY (opposite the Mermaid, near Blackfriars tube station)
When: 7.30pm, every Tuesday
To find out more about all of our Connect Groups, or to get involved, please click here.