news & notices
Saturday December 17 6:30pm - Classical Café Winter Warmer - an evening of musical and culinary delights.
This Classical Café event is raising funds for Songhaven - a new initiative creating dignified, high-quality classical music concerts for people with dementia and their carers.
Tickets £25 from the Lumen Café.Past Events
Tuesday August 23 - Friday September 30, 2016 - The Ahadepa Project
Photos of Haiti by Gerald Marie-Nelly.
Saturday September 17, 2016, 10:00am - 5:00pm - Open House London
Friday August 12, 2016 6:30pm - Taiwanese Fellowship Friday Group
Movie watching "Love is Sin"
Alternative Summer Exhibition
18th July 2016 to 19th August 2016 - Open 08:00 to 16:30, Monday to Friday
The exhibition includes a range of work, including ceramics, jewellery, photographs, prints, etchings, paintings etc. by amateur and professional artists some of which is for sale.
Commission on sales from the exhibition and gratuities from the café will be in aid of 'The Relatives and Residents Association', a charity which provides invaluable support to older people in residential care and their relatives. For more information about the essential work of this charity please see www.relres.org.
Friday July 29, 2016 6:30pm - Taiwanese Fellowship Friday Group
Movie watching "Son of God" (first half)
Friday July 15, 2016 6:30pm - Taiwanese Fellowship Friday Group
Movie watching "War room"
Saturday January 9, 2016 7pm - Supporting Displaced Iraqi Christians
Piano Recital by Carl Bahoshy
Carl's parents are Iraqi Christians now living in Britain where Carl grew up. He has been giving recitals in London Churches for over a year raising money for the charity which supports those people who are now refugees. This is the second recital he has given at Lumen and it would be good if we could get a reasonable-sized audience for this event. So please come if you can - the recital lasts for just an hour - and let others know about this event.
The background to the Bicentenary Service of The London Gaelic Chapel
In 1801 (in a pub in Covent Garden) the Highland Society of London approved a proposal to establish a Gaelic and English chapel in London. Seven years later, John McArthur (one of Nelson’s pursers in HMS Victory and a keen champion of Gaelic language and culture) persuaded the Society to set up a fund for the purpose. Some years after that, a permanent building was acquired for Gaelic and English worship in Hatton Garden and it was dedicated in 1813.
There were to be many setbacks and conflicts over the chapel, including a takeover by what is now the Royal Caledonian Education Trust, a special Act of Parliament and several court cases, culminating in a major battle between the Gaelic Society of London and the Royal Caledonian Education Trust in the High Court in 1872. The famous Edward Irving was appointed as English-speaking minister to the Chapel in the 1820s (John Lees conducted the Gaelic services) and for a time Irving’s preaching was so popular that the chapel was full to bursting, causing traffic jams with the horse carriages of those days.
The Gaelic chapel did not survive in its original form for very long. Its lineal descendant today, Lumen URC in Bloomsbury, left the Church of Scotland at the Disruption of 1843, has not had a Gaelic-speaking minister since 1906 and has not held regular Gaelic services since World War I. But Gaelic-medium worship continues in London to this day under other arrangements, and the service and meeting in July 2013 is intended to celebrate its survival and remember its history.
THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
FRIDAY 18TH JANUARY UNTIL FRIDAY 25th JANUARY 2013
LOCAL ACTS OF WORSHIP IN THE KING’S CROSS AREA.
Morning Prayer at Holy Cross Anglican Church.
Day 2 Saturday 19th January at 6pm
Mass at St Aloysius RC Church,
Day 3 Sunday 20th January at 7pm
Finnish Lutheran Service, Lutheran Student Chaplaincy,
Day 4 Monday 21st January at 6.30pm
Vespers with the RC Consolata Missionary Community,
Day 5 Tuesday 22nd January at 5pm
Service of the Word at Lumen United Reformed Church, 88 Tavistock Place.
Day 6 Wednesday 23rd January at 1.15pm
Eucharist at St Pancras Anglican Church,
Day 7 Thursday 24th January at 7pm
Day 8 Friday 25th January at 8.30am
Morning Prayer at
Kings Cross Local Ecumenical Partnership
A Bible Study Course at Lumen URC,
beginning on Wednesday 6th June.
Convened by The Rev’d. Christopher Cawrse.
Christianity is the largest movement our world has ever seen. It continues to grow at an immense pace – especially in Asia (including
Churches Together Lent Course 2012
Wednesdays at 10.00 am to 1.00pm 29th February to 28th March inclusive
The Way to Freedom
1 What is Christian Freedom and why is it different?
Sunday worship February 26 Meeting February 29
2 Stations on the Way to Freedom: Discipline
Sunday worship March 4 Meeting March 7
3 Stations on the Way to Freedom: Action
Sunday worship March 11 Meeting March 144 Church as Community
Sunday worship March 18 (Mothering Sunday) Meeting March 21
5 Stations on the Way to Freedom: Suffering
Sunday worship March 25 (Passion Sunday) Meeting March 28
6 Stations on the Way to Freedom: Death
Sunday worship April 1(Palm Sunday) Good Friday witness April 6
The course is inspired by thoughts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945). Participants may wish to read some of his writing[Cost of] Discipleship, Life Together, Letters and Papers from Prison or a book about himBonhoeffer and
The course is not, however, a study programme on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It focuses on the freedom the Christian enjoys and the freedoms we reject. Addressing unpopular themes such as discipline, suffering and death, it asks how these which seem the opposite of human freedom are the places where Christ sets us free.
Bible Study 5th - 26th October .......'Cash Values'
Open Day 17th & Sunday 18th September
Lumen was delighted to be participating in Open House again this year, and for thefirst time opened our doors to the public on both days, with a special Open House Sunday Service taking place at 11am
DIVERSITY COURSE 2011
Mon June - Monday 25th July
KING’S CROSS ECUMENICAL FELLOWSHIP :LENT GROUPS 2011
:LENT GROUPS 2011
“SEEKING CHRISTIAN RECONCILIATION: LIVING WITH COMPLEMENTS
Wednesday 23rd March - Wednesday 13th April
Wednesday 23rd March - Wednesday 13th April
KING’S CROSS ECUMENICAL PARTNERSHIP : AUTUMN BIBLE STUDY
"THE AWARENESS FOUNDATION COURSE"
Wednesday 15th September - Wednesday 3rd November
- Wednesday 3rd November
‘One World Week' -Monday 18th October 7.00pm
Fr Nadim Nassar, Director of the Awareness Foundation,preached to local church and student groups
"Spring into Summer"
Series of joint church study sessions are planned for Wednesdays from June 9 to July 7 inclusive
10.45 for 11am and to conclude by 12.15
Lent Course -“People on the Edge of His Pain”
Woman's World Day of Prayer 5th March 2010
‘Let everything that has breath praise God’ from Cameroon
Women's World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of informed prayer and prayerful action, organised and led by Christian women who call the faithful together on the first Friday in March each year to observe a common day of prayer and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.The service is written by a different country each year and that country then becomes the focus of the world's prayers on the day itself, which begins as dawn breaks over the islands of Tonga in the Pacific and continues across each continent until the last services of this special day are held back in the Pacific,on the islands of Samoa, circling the world in prayer for 36 hours.
Prayer for Christian Unity
Joint lunch and worship at Kings Cross Methodist Church on 23 January (worship at 12 noon; gather from 11.45; bring lunch items). This is part of the week of prayer for Christian unity (18-25 January).
Advent Reflection and Worship - Wednesdays at 11am till 11.45
Lumen (Revd. Geoffrey Roper).
Bible Study Course - Sept/Oct 2009
The Bible study groups for autumn 2009 were created on behalf of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland addressing the theme of global warming and the enviornment: 'Creation in Crisis - A Time for Prayer and Action'. They took place here over six Wednesdays in September and October, a King's Cross Churches Partnership in the Christian gospel. This shows the group gathered in the Peace Garden around the water feature designed for Lumen by Alison Wilding RA.
BIBLE STUDY COURSES THREE TIMES A YEAR.
Open Day - Saturday 19th September
We were open all day on Saturday 19th September as part of the country-wide 'open house' programme (http://www.openhouse.org.uk/public/london/ajchoice.html) There were guided tours on the hour every hour conducted by our architects Patrick Theis, Soraya Khan and Peter Vaughan, and our church treasurer John Beha. Over 400 people attended the course and declared Lumen an unqualified success! Please join us on Open Day next year.
Soraya explaining the construction of the 'Ray of Light'
Ecumenical Bible Study Course 2009
LOCAL ECUMENICAL BIBLE STUDY GROUPS
MEETING THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JUNE ON WEDNESDAYS AT 11 am.
In the current Church Year our Gospel readings came from those written by St Mark, and we used these readings to explore the purpose for which Mark wrote his Gospel and the themes which emerge out of his thinking.
500 Years of Calvin
2009 was the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. Events were held in London and throughout the world to mark the occasion and as part of a series of talks and discussion being held around reformed churches in London (see http://www.calvin09.org.uk) we hosted an event on 29 April on ‘Calvin’s Understanding of Communion’, speaker Revd. Allan Smith.
Ecumenical Lent Course 2009
On Wednesday mornings during Lent 2009 we hosted an ecumenical study course devoted to exploring Christianity through the human senses, based on biblical and other material. The convenors included our church member Revd Geoffrey Roper, and you can hear some of the associated broadcasts on the BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme for as long as they continue to be available on the BBC website.
Taiwan's Future - April 2009
Our church has strong links with Taiwan, and in April 2009 we hosted a very successful meeting held by the Taiwanese Association of the UK to discuss freedom of speech and democratic development in Taiwan. The main speaker was Bi-Khim Hsiao, who was an opposition MP before her current role as special assistant to the leader of the opposition, and Wang Dan, one of the student leaders in the Tienanman Square events of 1989, was also in the audience.
Wedding of Linda Anzi and Charles Chen - January 2009
Two members of our congregation, Linda Anzi and Charles Chen, were married in our church in January 2009. It was a very joyous occasion for us and the first time for many years that a marriage has taken place between members of the congregation. After the service, members of the church mingled with Linda and Charles’ other friends to listen to speeches and toast the happy couple. The bride insisted on doing the washing up! (See pictures in Photo Albums.)
Gaelic-English Service to Mark 200 Years since our Original Founding - December 2008
Our church was full for the interdenominational Gaelic/English service we held in 2008 to mark 200 years since the Highland Society of London first set up the fund to create our church as a Gaelic Chapel. For the first time in about a century (since the time of our last Gaelic-speaking minister Alexander Connell) the building rang to the sound of Gaelic psalms and hymns (sung by Coisir Lunnainn, the London Gaelic choir) as well as a reading from the Gaelic bible by Angus Nicol representing the Highland Society of London and prayers from Father Calum MacLellan from the Hebridean isle of Eriskay, who also gave the address. A Gaelic bible was presented to the church in remembrance of its origins and of this special service.