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© Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

235 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EP

020 7240 0544

A registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation, no. 1174891

December 17, 2018

Nativity Play

Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

Sunday 16th December 2018

Duncan Bartlett, Luke Dowding

Charity Representative: Excuse me sir, sorry to bother you but may I have a few minutes of your time? I am fundraising on behalf of the Quirinius Census Association’s Action Campaign “First Christmas Crisis.” Merry Christmas to you, Sir!

Innkeeper: (Raising hand in refusal) Thank you for knocking on the door of Bethlehem Inn Ltd....

December 14, 2018

We had a full house for the Carol Celebration - and sung many of our favourite carols. In addition, there as a feast of performances from a variety of musical styles. Enjoy!

The London International Gospel Choir performing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Joy To The World

O Little Town, by Chris Eaton, performed by Simon Woodman and Louise Polhill

The Coventry Carol (trad, arr. Martin Shaw)

Three Kings From Persian Lands Afar (Pete...

December 14, 2018

Revd Dr Simon Woodman, preaching at the Bloomsbury Carol Celebration 2018

"Mary, the teenage mother, gives voice to a dream of social revolution that continues to this day; to challenge the arrogantly powerful and to give hope to the poor and the hungry."

Read the sermon script here:


The Bible Readings from the service:

The Prologue to John’s Gospel - read by Revd...

December 24, 2017

 We get sent all over the place; we get sent to all kinds of people; we get sent to say all kinds of things....but whatever else we say, we say "Do not be afraid".

We said it to Zecheriah, we said it to Mary, we said it to Joseph, we said it to the shepherds....

We need to say it, because we frighten people.

Sometimes they're frightened because of what we look like - the light and the music can be a bit overwhelming. (You added t...

December 21, 2017

A gentle service, acknowledging the presence of sorrow and seeking hope 

Yesterday’s Pain
In the godforsaken, obscene quicksand of life,
there is a deafening alleluia
rising from the souls of those who weep,
and of those who weep with those who weep.
If you watch, you will see
the hand of God
putting the stars back in their skies
one by one.
Yesterday’s Pain.
Some of us walk in Advent
tethered to our unresolved yesterdays
the pain still s...

December 19, 2017

It sounds very romantic and cosy, when I hear people talk about; watching over our flocks in the fields by night and all that. But, as I am sure you can imagine, if you stop to think about it, you will know it wasn't romantic - or indeed cosy. The fields are not the most comfortable place to be at the best of times, and overnight is not the best of times. There wasn't a man among us who wouldn't rather have been in our own bed...

December 11, 2017

It was fine for Zecheriah - he may have lost his voice, but at least he was married, he was respectable, he knew what was going on, and it made some sort of sense.

None of that of in my case. The angel turned up, made the announcement, waited for my response - and left. If you look at the way the story is told, that's what you'll see. "And then the angel left her"

And that was it. That was me on my own, trying to make sense of i...

December 10, 2017

Speed-drawing of 'Light in the Darkness', a meditation on the prologue to John's Gospel; accompanied by the Bloomsbury Chamber Choir singing 'I Saw a Maiden' (Basque trad arr Pettman).

This speed-drawing is condensed from a Sunday morning art-meditation-sermon, to see and hear the full length meditation, click here.

December 4, 2017

I had so looked forward to my week in the Temple. It only came round occasionally - there are so many of us with the right to serve at the altar, and I am not high on the list.

Well, I wouldn't be.

Not really officer material you see...haven't quite fulfilled all my duties. 

I don't have a son.

Actually, I don't have any children.

We kept hoping for many years - many years longer than was realistic, really. And kept trying. But it...

December 19, 2016

At the Carol Celebration last Friday, Simon was pointing people to this website to find out more about what is going on in the church at the moment. He gave out the website address and commented "yes - we actually own Christmas".

We are very grateful to those who made sure we got this domain name when it became available (and, incidentally, www.easter.org.uk as well) It gives us all sorts of capacity to do interesting things an...

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