London Church – The Early Beginnings
True Jesus Church in London first began to hold gatherings in the late 1950’s. The student who started and organised the first prayer was our Deacon Paul Wong. Since November 1966, our members in London had been holding regular services on Saturdays and Friday nights.
Services were held across London: in Chiswick from October 1970; in Bounds Green from July 1972; and in Holloway from November 1975. As from April 1976, services were conducted on the 2nd floor of Tin Tin Restaurant in Wardour Street in Chinatown which was owned by our late Sister WK Liu. The number of attendees was between 25 to 30. Regular family services were also held at members’ houses. One of the notable venues of services was the Notre Dame Hall at Leicester Square in the West End where services were held from 7th March 1981. Over 30 members attended the services regularly.
London Church at Pitfield Street
From the Spring of 1981, the suggestion of purchasing our own church premises in London was given much consideration. By the grace ofour Lord Jesus Christ, a building belonging to the Salvation Army at 194 Pitfield Street was found and bought with much financial aid from membersin Edinburgh, Scotland. On 27th November 1982, we finally moved into our church building. There were over 250 members from the UK and overseas that attended the dedication. In 1986, the first ever systematic preaching group, the Evangelistic Planning Group (EPG) was also set up to strengthen preaching work – culminating in a number of truthseekers coming to believe and baptise into the ‘Fold’.
London Church at Old Street
In 1992, the membership of London Church had increased to approximately 175 members. The Church Board came up with the proposal to either search for new premises or to extend the church building. By the grace of God and his wonderful arrangement, the church managed to secure a spacious five-storey commercial building situated not far away from the existing church premises. London Church was dedicated to the Lord on 23rd June 1997.
London Church Today
Amongst the members, it is obvious that some of them are locals. Many of the others were and are students from overseas. Many of them are now residents of the UK. The congregation comes from many countries such as Hong Kong, Ghana, West Indies, East and West Malaysia, Taiwan, Nigeria, Turkey, Singapore, China and others. In total, London Church currently has a membership of 301 (2006).