The light of hope shines from St. George’s Anglican Church, not only from the sign outside, but from the community of believers within. St. George’s introduces Jesus Christ to the community of Holborn through George’s Café, local charity Hope for Holborn, college student ministries, and church planting.
“Our prayer is that people become Christians and that one by one, the people of London come to know Jesus,” John Valentine, Rector of St. George’s Church, said. “We see the church as a community of welcome within London and try to reach people from missional communities to play our part to combat isolation and loneliness.”
St. George’s is just a few blocks from the campuses of University College London, School of Oriental and African Studies, King’s College and London School of Economics. John estimates that there are 68,000 students within walking distance of his church and that few know anyone who is a Christian.
Through the weekly college ministry, the church creates a family for students away from home. St. George Students meets on Mondays for dinner, worship and conversation and on Sundays for breakfast and worship with the larger congregation.
St. George’s Café offers dedicated space for students to meet together for coffee and friendship, as well as for the larger community to connect with others. St. George’s is also near several major hospitals.
“We have lots of people going through significant crises in their life,” John said. “We offer a space to have a cup of coffee, a conversation and possibly a prayer.”
Prayer cards are available for guests and volunteers mix and mingle to build organic friendships. St. George’s is working to create a natural pathway from coffee to Christ.
“That is a big leap for people,” John said. “There needs to be something in the middle that takes you from coffee, to community, to Christ, so we always aim to have something people can stay on for, such as a film club or a course on family.”