St John's Church, Pitfield St, London N1 6NP, UK – 020 7739 9302
My impression after three visits is that this is a very friendly inclusive church of diverse peoples. There is an enthusiastic positive atmosphere and broad involvement from a wide cross section. Speakers were stimulating and motivating with a thought provoking depth of insight. I loved the extemporaneous intercessions. The musicians leading the contemporary praise and worship were clearly talented and included different age groups and styles. The pews were not the most comfortable but as time sped by very quickly this was hardly an issue. Sound and A/V were good.The interior of the church building is quite impressive but better still were the smiles and welcome from this warm and dedicated bunch of believers!
Nice place, with an excellent kid's playground and small park
St. Botolph-without-Aldersgate, Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4EU, UK
We attended this church on April 27, 2015 with a group of 8 of us (4 of us are members of the Canadian Reformed Church in Langley B.C. (Canada), and the other 4 of us are members of the American Reformed Church in Lynden, WA (USA)). We had looked up the Free Church of Scotland earlier, and knew that we wanted to attend this church when we were in London. We attended the morning and evening services, and were so glad that we found this congregation. The preaching (by Rev. Andrew Pearson) was excellent - a clear and faithful exegesis of Scripture in both sermons. The singing was beautiful (some tunes we knew, but others we didn't). After each service, we were shown warm Christian hospitality by the congregation. We were invited to join them for coffee and cake after the service, and felt right at home. It was a good reminder for each of us just how important it is to welcome guests in your midst, and how nice it is to be the recipient of a warm welcome. There were lots of kids and young families around..... a sure sign of a vibrant congregation. We were glad to experience Christian fellowship with fellow believers so far from our own homes, and can recommend this church wholeheartedly.
This is a wonderful church. From the well placed stained glass featuring the windows to the impressive fellowship and courtesy presented by the members of this congregation. It is a small church ruled by the Free Church of Scotland and it preserves the most sound doctrine and zeal for the love of Scriptures. The service is really peaceful, always well preached (at this time by the exciting and young Reverend Andy Pearson) and there is always a relaxed and casual coffee after the service. The hymns are from the Scottish Psalms and they are sung in a unison way. People care for each other and there is a special attention with visitors. Just wonderful! I totally recommend it.
Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6DN, UK – 020 7626 4481
St Magnus, one of the first churches destroyed by the Great Fire and one of Wren's finest re-builds thereafter. Packed from floor to ceiling with memorials, altars, fine woodwork and stained glass. London-for-free doesn't get better than this!
T S Eliot makes a reference to the church in 'The Waste Land' and if you visit on a Sunday afternoon shortly after Mass and see the gilded pillars glint through the wisps of incense, you can begin to understand what he meant. This is one of the few City churches open outside of services during the week (according to the church website, it is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm but the church advises visitors to check in advance), and it is well worth the visit, especially combined with climbing the Monument. The current building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren as the original building was one of the first to be destroyed in the Great Fire. There is a scale model of London Bridge which reminds visitors of the central role the church played before the new bridge was opened in 1831 - St Magnus lay on the alignment of the original bridge and was seen as the gateway to London from Southwark for 600 years. You still get a sense of the road millions of feet have trod from the picturesque pathway under the tower. The church is known for its bells, whose characteristic peal can be heard every Sunday following the service. There are very helpful sections on the church's long history on their website and there is also an extensive entry on Wikipedia. All in all, St Magnus is a microcosm of the history of London itself and continues to have a vibrant spiritual life