Church on the Corner

Church on the Corner is an Anglican church in an old pub in Islington, London. Service at 7pm every Sunday.

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Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, which is of course the start of Lent. As we said on Sunday, Lent is intended not to be a time of hardship, but instead an invitation to follow Jesus into the wilderness and find restoration for the soul. “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength” If you weren’t with us, or would like a recap, you can find the notes on the sermons page.
Ash Wednesday Service.We will be holding a service of  signing with Ashes and Communion at 7.45pm at St Andrews.
Daily Prayer during Lent. This is the order of Morning prayer that we will be praying together in the Parish during Lent. You would be welcome to use this each day or whenever you can as a structure for your prayers.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book. In a time of division and conflict on all sorts of levels in our society this is a wise suggestion for Lent reading by ++Justin.
Reconciliation by Muthuraj Swamy is a rich series of reflections on that central theme of the Bible and how it can be worked out on a personal, communal and global stage. It is broken into 40 short daily readings – one for each day of Lent. Highly recommended.
Prayer before Church. As Helen said on Sunday, some of us will be gathering in the chapel each Sunday evening before church at 6.15 to pray for church, parish and community, and for ourselves each week. Do join us if you can.
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We have some amazing event lined up for the festive season, from the big event of our beautiful Carol service, our Christmas meal, Carol singing at our local care home, Beer and Carols at our local pub and our creative advent project which will be revealed each day through advent. Further details below.

Sunday December 2nd – 4pm Decorating the church, mince pies and delivering Carol service invitations.
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Sunday 9th

3.45pm – Muriel Street Care home Carol Singing
7pm – Church followed by Beer and Carols at 8.30pm [Facebook invitation]

Saturday 15th – Christmas Meal (Email Helen to sign up)

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Sunday 16th 7pm – Carols by Candlelight [Facebook invitation]

 

Our Advent project is now live. Click here to open a new door each day.

Advent is a time of beginnings. It is the start of the church calendar, and a time for hoping and praying. It is the fast that enriches the feast of Christmas.

Our annual advent project will begin in December, and as usual  the COTC extended family near and far will contribute to our reflections.

As usual we are exploring a theme you are invited to sign up for one of the 25 days to contribute and image you have created or curated, along with a short descriptive text. Over the month we will create an online advent calendar of these images.

The theme is one which has come out of our sermon series this autumn. It is

Redemption

Spend some time prayerfully reflecting on that theme and get to work creating or finding an image. Perhaps you can find some inspiration here. If you would like to participate, drop us a line, and you will be allocated a day. We will start the unveiling when Advent starts on 2nd December.

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Theology is not an academic exercise, it is about survival in a chaotic world.
It is how we make sense of the brokenness and the beauty, how we discover who we truly are and what we are called to, and ultimately find our way home. This term at COTC we are doing practical theology, wrestling with essential questions – identity, meaning, freedom, love, hope and redemption. We will be sharing tools for survival and learning to navigate well though the wilderness of this life.

Join us every Sunday at 7pm

LIfting the lid

This term at COTC we’re going to be hosting a parish project called Lifting the Lid. It is a six-week Bible study course that focuses on our faith and mental health.

We’re going to start with the Bible; seeking to gain a better Christian perspective on mental health. We’ll be looking at well-known Bible stories to understand how God treats those who feel exhausted, rejected, hopeless and heartbroken. We will take what we learn about God’s approach and use that as a way to explore the mental health challenges faced by our community.

We’ll try to get as practical as possible – thinking about concrete ways we can support people in our church and neighbourhood. Finally, we’ll be spending some time in prayer together.

One in four of us will have a diagnosable mental health condition in our lifetime. Even in the healthiest community, there can be a lot at stake in opening up about mental health. People can sometimes be wary of sharing their experiences, or feel that only those with visible difficulties are in need of support. Opening up positive discussions can be challenging, as churches we can play a key role in lifting the lid on mental health, by creating spaces that listen and welcome.

If you come to studies, you’ll be encouraged to come with a listening ear, and to share only what’s comfortable for you. We’re inviting people from all three churches in the parish to come, to make for a positive experience of building community together.

We’d love to see you there.

Wednesdays at Church 7.30pm-9pm – upstairs in the Cloudesley Room

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12th September
18th September
26th September
3rd October
10th October

For more information, or to register your interest email Mark at COTC, Corin at All Saints or Jess at St Andrews

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