Posted by: Mark Fletcher | April 6, 2014

Service of Shadows

Service of Shadows

Our now traditional Service of Shadows takes place at the end of Good Friday. It is a beautiful, poignant service of readings, candles and contemplation; a solemn vigil to make this most holy day and to prepare for Easter.  It begins at Sunset, which is 8pm this year. Please be on time.


The Service of Shadows is adapted from the service written  by Jeremy Williams (formerly of this Parish) at Lifeworks.

image source: Stefano Corso

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | April 5, 2014




Shadows of Easter


While searching for an image for our Service of Shadows postcard, I came across some beautiful images. None of these made the final cut, but they are all stunning.

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | February 3, 2014

Navigating the Bible

Navigating the Bible

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | December 8, 2013

Christmas Carols 2013


Carol Service Invitation 2013

Our Annual Carol service is a celebration of our favourite Christmas things. Traditional hymns, great people, joyful singing, and thoughtful sermons, mulled wine and mince pies. Church on the Corner offers you a warm welcome this Christmas.

Sunday 15th December at 7pm

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | December 1, 2013

Advent Project 2013

Each year we mark Advent with a collaborative project at Church. Once again we are using images to reflect on the season. This year the theme is a lovely phrase from the first letter to the Corinthians.  “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived these things God has prepared for those who love him”.

Each day there will be an image by a member of our church. Just and image, no explanation, no instructions.

Just image and imagination. You can follow it here.

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | September 29, 2013

School of Prayer 2013

School of Prayer October 2013

School of Prayer is back this Wednesday.
We are going to be having a conversation about contemplation led by Corin Pilling who will be sharing his story of encounter with God in the contemplative.

7.30pm at Church on the Corner

“To learn contemplative practice is to learn what we need so as to live truthfully and honestly and lovingly.” Rowan Williams

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | September 11, 2013

Drop in to your local

Pop into your local

We are working on a new postcard for COTC – this is where we are up to so far.

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | September 7, 2013

Autumn 2013 – The book of Daniel

Autumn 2013 - The book of Daniel

Our Autumn sermon series is on the book of Daniel – a young man and his friends facing the overwhelming power of an empire, and living lives of such courage, faith and dignity that they change their world. Daniel has been an inspiration for those living in a hostile world, believing that they can’t make a difference.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | July 20, 2013

The pub after church.

COTC at the Angelic

Strange as it may sound, the pub after church is such an important part of what we do. It is not just about hanging out together, it is where people  get to know each other and where new folks start to feel part of things. It’s not the only way that this stuff happens, but it it a really good way. It is open to everyone, just follow the crowd. We meet at the Angelic pub, just round the corner –  you can find it here.


Posted by: Mark Fletcher | March 13, 2013

Prayer for Homegroups

prayer crossWe have just put together some resources on prayer for use by our homegroups. Our approach to prayer can be like our attitude to food – we keep eating what we know because it is easy and familiar, and in the same way we get stuck in one pattern of prayer. But just like food there is a rich variety if you are willing to try new things. So for starters here are 6 different models of prayer, all good in different ways and  all worth exploring.

Prayer for Homegroups

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | February 6, 2013

40 Days of Rest

Si Smith 40

“Come unto me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest”

I’m not sure what it was that Jesus saw in his disciples that moved him to say these lovely words, but in our treadmill of a culture, constantly taught to believe that life isn’t all we hoped for because we aren’t trying hard enough, they are always timely.

But then along comes Lent, with its demands that we give up some of our few remaining comforts. It is no surprise that when life seems hard, the last thing we want to do is to make it harder. But the call to self denial is not what we think. The goal is to say no to our inhumanity, to our failure to be what we are created for. To say no to the nonsense and choose a simpler, richer life. Instead of seeking distractions from our boredom we seek life in all its fulness.

Lent starts in a week’s time, on the 13th February. So you have time to talk, and make some plans. And our challenge is to make some choices to bring more balance to our lives, to reconnect with God, with creation and with your own creativity. Below are a list of suggestions, or suggest some of your own. Do one of them regularly  or try lots of different one. Comment below to share your experience.

  • Get a good night’s sleep. It sounds so simple, and yet we so rarely do it. I love the very poignant Pete Doherty quote that says “The rush that you get from having a good night’s sleep is so exotic: to feel powerful and clean, capable and potent”.
  • Make a meal for yourself or a friend. Eat slowly.
  • Listen to people. Don’t interrupt, and don’t be afraid of the silences. They are an invitation.
  • Disconnect – Read our pledges to disconnect from technology.
  • Read the wonderful “Do nothing to change your life” – a manifesto of simplicity.
  • Learn the joy of silence. Just sit and enjoy the presence of God. Tell your chattering mind to take a break.
  • Read all 4 Gospels, by reading two chapters a day. Reading plan here.
  • Perform simple acts of kindness – sign up to 40 Acts.
  • Make something instead of buying something. Draw, paint, pick up an old hobby. Sing.
  • Clear out the junk. We get trapped by clutter. Simplify, give things as gifts or to a charity shop, stop saving things ‘just in case’.
  • End the day with Evening Prayer.

[Image of Jesus in the Wilderness from the '40' Series by Si Smith]

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | January 31, 2013

Thursday Night Football


Our new Thursday night football game kicks off tonight. Currently you can just turn up and play, we may have to get more organised if it gets more popular. For more details, and to sign up to the football mailing list go to our footy page.

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | January 7, 2013

Winter Nightshelter


One of the biggest projects we are involved in every year is the Islington churches winter nightshelter, which kicked off last night. 15 guests, warm beds, a hot meal and a cooked breakfast. It doesn’t sound too complicated, and it’s a privilege to be part of, but it takes a lot of volunteers.

If you are in a homegroup you will already be allocatd to a sunday night, but there are planty of opportunities to get involved, particulalry if you can help with breakfast on a monday morning, or with an overnight.

Find out more here

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | December 4, 2012

What’s on this Christmas

Carol Service invitation 2012

Sunday 16th is our biggest service of the year. Our carol service is a celebration of all sorts of Christmas goodness, with beautiful singing, quiet reflection, simple worship, warm community and mulled wine and mince pies. It is a lovely event whether you are a regular or haven’t been to a church for ever.

And there is lots more going on.

4th December – The Big Sing 7.30pm at COTC
9th December – Bemerton Carols – community carol service on the Bemerton Estate. Find out more here.
16th December – Carols by Candlelight
22nd December – Christmas Dinner. Tickets £10. Email Martin for details.
24th December – Midnight Service at St Andrews here.

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | September 8, 2012



Our sermon series this Autumn will be on the book of Exodus. It is an iconic story, and deeply formative not just for the rest of the bible, but for recent human history. We will start this sunday looking at the significance of this book in the bible and in our culture, and then work our way through following the journey of the people out of Egypt and through the desert, towards the promised land.

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | July 15, 2012

It’s official…

We’ve been using fairtrade products since the beginning, but now it’s official, and everyone loves a certificate. Fairtrade is just one aspect of trade justice, and members of Church on the Corner are involved in many others, but what we chose to spend our money on does have a meaningful impact on the world we live in, and we are pleased to be part of a fairtrade Diocese.

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | May 14, 2012

Summer 2012 – The Prayer that Jesus taught

Our familiarity with the Lord’s prayer often distracts us from its enormous significance. One of the key things which set Jesus apart was his prayerfulness, such that the disciples said to him teach us to pray like you. And his response was the prayer we know so well.

It is a remarkable point of unity – 2 billion christians across the world pray this prayer. And my conviction is that it is intended to be a prayer which we grow into, allowing it to form and frame our relationship with God. With our busy lives, prayer is all too often the thing which is missing. This term we are going to be carefully studying this prayer together, asking just as the first disciples did, that Jesus would teach us how to pray.



Posted by: Mark Fletcher | May 2, 2012

Into Great Silence

This evening we are watching the film ‘Into great Silence’. A remarkable piece of cinema, probably not an easy watch, but a telling a insight into the lives of the Carthusian Monks.

It sounds more like an endurance test than entertainment, yet this one-of-a-kind experience proves surprisingly immersive.

Read the reviews here on Rotten Tomatoes.

It will start at 7pm upstairs in the Chapel – if you are late, come in quietly!

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | March 21, 2012

Holy Week 2012

The events that make up the Easter Story are the most significant and dramatic in the Christian Year.  From the 5th-9th April we will join together with fellow pilgrims from our church, our parish and our city at a rich variety of events. Each distinct and beautiful in their own way, each marking one of the great events in the final days of Jesus earthly life. From the Last Supper, through the crucifixion to the amazing events of Easter Morning, join us in celebrating this greatest story ever told. Download the flyer below.

Maundy Thursday – The Last Supper. 7.30 @ All Saints Church
Good Friday – 11.45am Walk of Witness @ N1 Centre
7.30pm Service of Shadows @ Church on the Corner
Holy Saturday - 7pm The Easter Vigil @ St Pauls Cathedral
Easter Sunday 10.30am Family Services at All Saints and St Andrews

Posted by: Mark Fletcher | March 15, 2012

What is the point of the Resurrection?

Our homegroups are starting a new series of discussions based on the excellent book ‘Surprised by Hope’.

Tom Wright is the former Bishop of Durham, and a leading N.T. Scholar and his work on the implications of the Easter story, not just for the church but for the whole world, is inspiring. You can watch the first session below, and more information about our homegroups can be found here.

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