Churches

CHURCHES IN THE ROEHAMPTON AREA

The Christian Union at Southlands College created this handout for local churches and had the pastors write a bit of information about their churches.

"Get involved with a church from the beginning. Forming relationships with other British Christians can be one of the most rewarding parts of the semester."
--student quote

Bethel Baptist Church

129 The Broadway, Wimbledon
Worship: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Pastor: J. A. Moorman
This is a friendly, independent, Bible-believing church. with a Biblical, evangelical, and missionary emphasis.

Cavalry Chapel Westminster

Tube--Victoria

The Community Church, Putney

Werter Road Centre, Werter Road, Putney (opposite Sainsburys)
Worship: 11 a.m. preceded at 10:30 a.m. by fellowship time
Pastor: Bob Cheesman
We have small groups that meet during the week in homes. We are evangelical and charismatic and have a number of students from the various colleges coming regularly.

Elim Church

Montague Road, Wimbledon
Worship: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Pastor: Rob Styles
This is a Pentecostal, evangelical church. Services are lively and charismatic and use a worship band. The church produces regular drama productions and is involved in outreach projects, including prison work.

Emmanuel Dun-Donald Church

Corner of Ridgway and Lingfield Road, Wimbledon Village

Worship:  

9:45 a.m. book of Common Prayer

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship

6:30 p.m. Evening Worship

Pastor:

Jonathon Flether

This is a friendly, progressive Church of England church. with informal worship, a mixture of old and new, with excellent teaching. The church is very welcoming, catering to students, with opportunities to get involved if you wish. Worship at 11 a.m. is family oriented, while the evening service tends to be more 'studenty.'

Putney Methodist Church

Corner of Upper Richmond Road & Gwendolen Avenue, Putney
Worship: 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Pastor: Colin Smith
This is a smallish, but lively and growing church community in a large, but beautifully adapted building. We are exploring together to find ways of growing through worship and community involvement. With a good racial mix and a variety of ages and backgrounds, Putney Methodist Church offers a warm welcome.

Raynes Park Methodist Church

Worple Road (Corner of Tolvern Rd), Raynes Park
Worship: 10:30 a.m.
This church is a friendly, welcoming place of worship. A number of Southlands students are presently worshipping with us. Raynes Park is where the Rob Frost team is based. (Rob Frost is the National Evangelist for the Methodist Church...like Billy Graham.)

St. James the Less Church

Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1
tel. 020 7630-6282

Worship:  

9:30 a.m. Holy Communion/Traditional Service

11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Modern Anglican Service

Pastor:

Jeremy Crossley

St. James has an Alpha program. An Alpha course teaches fundamentals of theology and evangelism. Dr. Rambo enjoyed this church.

"Go to St. James the Less Church. I went all semester and have never experienced anything like it."
--student quote

St. Paul's Wimbledon Park

Corner of Inner Park Road and Augustus Road
Worship: 10 a.m.
Pastor: William Allberry
This church is practically next door to where the old Southlands campus was. This Anglican parish church with a liberal and welcoming ethos has a good, mixed congregation representing the age spread of the population. St. Paul's has a range of activities. Its Mission Statement begins with the question, "Who is the Church for?" All are welcome, both those who are searching and those who are committed Christians: welcome to ask their hardest questions without condemnation and share their deepest fears without reproach. A team of men and women clergy is always ready to help.

Southfields Baptist Church

Corner of Wimbledon Park Road and Pirbright Road, close to the Southfields tube station -- From Whitelands, take a left at the tube station, go down half a block and it is on the right side of the road...blue doors.
Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Pastor: Robert Grayson and Martin Taylor
We follow an open style of worship, receive teaching from God's Word and enjoy fellowship together. We also meet in small groups in various homes and are running a daytime and evening Alpha course. (Very friendly.)

This is the church that about 9 of the Biola Englanders went to during the fall of 1996. Robert and Louise Grayson and their children, Hannah and Jonathan, are wonderful people and so hospitable. The services are lively and consist of about 45 minutes of singing with praying interspersed and then a 30-40 minute sermon with tea and coffee afterwards. This is the type of church you will be homesick for when you have to leave.

SW London Vineyard

Meets at Elliott School, Pullman Gardens, Putney Worship: 9:45 & 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. We are a member of the Association of Vineyard Churches U.K. and of the Evangelical Alliance. Our vision is to equip men and women, young and old, helping them discover the unique plan and gifting God has given them; training them to be effective in extending God's Kingdom as they worship Him, service His family and tell others all about Him.

Wimbledon Methodist Church

Griffiths Road, near Merton Road, Wimbledon
Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Pastor: Rodney Hill
Roehampton has had a long association with Wimbledon Methodist and students are always welcomed, particularly at the morning service at 10:30 a.m., when the congregation is extremely cosmopolitan and very open to new ideas and new people. There are a number of fellowship groups meeting at which students would be very welcome and we have an Alpha course.

Worple Road Evangelical Church

37 Worple Road, Wimbledon
Worship: 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

MAJOR LONDON CHURCHES WORTH A VISIT:

All Souls Church

Tube--Oxford Circus
Langham Place

Worship:  

9 a.m. Communion

 

11 a.m. Morning worship

 

6:30 p.m. Evening worship

(Visit Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park after the service.)

Holy Trinity Brompton

Tube--South Kensington

Worship:  

9 a.m. Formal Communion

 

11 a.m. Informal worship and teaching

5 & 7:30 p.m. worship, teaching, and ministry

Kensington Temple

Tube--Notting Hill Gate
Kensington Park Road, W11

Worship: 9 & 11 a.m., 2:30, 4:45, & 6:30 p.m.

London Methsoc

Tube--Bond Street

Worship:  

10 a.m. Holy Communion

11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Worship


The Methodist Church

City Road, Islington This is the church that John Wesley started and is right across the street from the cemetery that people like Isaac Watts, Susanna Wesley, John Bunyan, and William Blake are buried in.

"I discovered the Methodist church right before Christmas, but if I had found it earlier, I would have gone here every week. Even though it is across town, it is worth the trip."
--student quote

Westminster Central Hall

Tube--St. James' Park Worship: 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

OXFORD:

St. Aldate's Church

If you get out to Oxford, St. Aldate's Church is a wonderful place to worship. It has a special lunch for students (who are of the 37 Oxford campuses) and the worship is incredible. St. Aldate's is a charismatic Anglican church with excellent teaching. It is located on St. Aldate's street, across the street from Christ Church (college). To get to Oxford, you can take the Oxford Tube, a 24-hour bus service that runs every 10-20 minutes. If you show your student ID card, you can get a discount and your fare will be 6 pounds return (round-trip).

"St. Aldate's is by far one of the best churches I have ever been to. Not enough can be said about it. I loved the intelligent teaching and the great understanding of the mystical nature of God."
--student quote


VI: CONCLUDING NOTE TO THE READER:

Please take into consideration that this handbook is a work in progress. As life changes from day to day, so does much of the information in this handbook. Please use the margins and the space at the bottom of this page to take notes throughout the year on things that you feel should be added to or amended in this handbook. This will greatly help the future Biola London participants, just as past Biola London participants have helped you. Thank you.


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