Christmas Services!

Come and join us at any of our Christmas events!

The Nativity Play, Sunday 17th December, 5.30pm

The children of the church will be performing a Nativity play in the church from 5.30pm, complete with songs, and carols for the congregation to sing too! At the end of the play, there is a short all-age Bible message. Then we head through to the back halls for a sandwich and cakes tea. It’s free, and everyone’s welcome!

Carols By Candlelight, Sunday 24th December, 6.30pm

The church will be lit by candles, and we have an opportunity to come and worship the new born King! With plenty of traditional Christian carols, plus Bible readings and a thought-provoking Bible message, it’s a great way to spend Christmas Eve! Followed by mince pies, and tea and coffee in our back hall. It’s free, and everyone’s welcome!

Christmas Day Service, Monday 25th December, 10.30am

Join us as we thank God for the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour! This service will have plenty in it for the children to enjoy, as well as a Bible message for all age-groups. We’ll be finished by 11.30am. It’s free, and everyone’s welcome!

Reformation Bible Studies

We are just about to start a new series of Bible Studies looking at 5 key areas of theology from the Reformation. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a time when people across Europe began to re-discover what the Bible was really saying. These 5 sessions will cover vital subjects which shape our understanding of why we are here, what God is like and how we can know Him! It doesn’t get more important than this, so please join us!

We will be looking at various parts of the Bible, and the leader will ask questions to make us think! How should we apply these things to our lives today? You can also ask your own questions. It’s a great way to really get to grips with what the Bible says, so please come along!

We meet on Thursdays once a fortnight at 8.00pm in the back hall. And the study is repeated on a Wednesday soon afterwards at 10.30am! Choose the one which suits you!

How to Know the Truth – By Scripture Alone (Thurs 28th Sept / Weds 4th Oct)

Who can help? – In Christ Alone (Thurs 12th Oct / Weds 25th Oct)

How much does salvation cost? – By Grace Alone (Thurs 26th Oct / Weds 1st Nov)

What must I DO to be saved? – Through Faith Alone (Thurs 9th Nov / Weds 22nd Nov)

What’s Life Even About? – Glory to God Alone (Thurs 7th Dec / Weds 13th Dec)

Scaffolding and Restoration Works

Since The autumn of last year, and on into May this year (2015) there was a major restoration project going on. The scaffolding is now down, and the work has been completed. The bricks (which were 100 years old in 2014 … were in need of cleaning, repair and even replacing in some cases. A local firm, Fullers, who specialise in restoration of historical buildings, did the work under the watchful eye of a conservation architect, Anthony Fensome.

2014 was Our Centenary Year : 100 years of Worship at Orford Road!

In the autumn of 1874, a new church began near Boundary Road (read more here). The church grew and more space was needed. There was also a desire to be closer to the developing town of Walthamstow. So on 13th June 1914, our present building in Orford Road was opened! So 2014 was the centenary of the church worshipping in the building in Orford Road, and we took the opportunity to thank God for his faithfulness of those 100 years.

Over the weekend of the 14th and 15th June, we held special services to thank God for his goodness to the church over 100 years. The Saturday saw a reunion thanksgiving service. We enjoyed seeing old members return to us, and lots of friendships were renewed. Thanks to everyone who helped with the tea for 160-170 people!! Roger Carswell spoke on the privilege of the church to spread the good news of Christ’s suffering, resurrection and the need for repentance leading to the forgiveness of sins.

Sunday morning’s anniversary service included a message on the significance of people, the significance of our service to the Lord and the significance of everyone who has been saved : an encouragement to us all! In the evening, around 250 to 300 people came to the Songs of Praise service. We were glad to be joined by other local churches (including the music group from Grove Hill Evangelical Church who accompanied our sung praise!), as well as some friends, neighbours and family members that were invited. Roger Carswell spoke for a third time, and spoke of why Christians sing … from when they are saved, through every part of life (including suffering) and into heaven itself! See the photos below.

We thank God for a great time together, for helpful Bible teaching, for all who came, for enabling many people in the church to serve together at this time. And we trust God will continue to use his Word in people’s lives!