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Here you will find the latest updates about our life at Bloomsbury - from sermons to community updates.
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Bloomsbury during COVID

Date:
31st Dec 2020

Bloomsbury's response to the Coronavirus epidemic. Read more

Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Nightmare

Date:
27th Sep 2020

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Hope in the here and now

Date:
20th Sep 2020

Luke Dowding preaching at Provoking Faith in a time of isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

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The Gilded Cage

Date:
13th Sep 2020

Revd Sarah Parry preaching at Provoking Faith, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

Homelessness

Date:
6th Sep 2020

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Welcoming the Stranger

Date:
30th Aug 2020

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Ecological Justice

Date:
23rd Aug 2020

Simon Woodman preaching 23rd August 2020 on Ecological Justice Read more

Universal Basic Income and the Benefit of the Doubt

Date:
16th Aug 2020

Simon Woodman preaching at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 16th August 2020 Read more

It's Not Fair

Date:
9th Aug 2020

Simon Woodman, preaching at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, The online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 9 August 2020 Read more

Ambassadors of Reconciliation

Date:
2nd Aug 2020

If we are ‘ambassadors of reconciliation’, how do we deal with those who have hurt us? How do we want to be dealt with by those we hurt? How do we stop hurting others? And how do we assist God in reconciling his world? Read more

It's the cracks that let the light shine through

Date:
26th Jul 2020

A sermon for Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation The online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 26th July 2020 Read more

It's hard to love jerks

Date:
19th Jul 2020

Travis Adams preaching for the Church Anniversary of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 19 July 2020. Read more

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Consolation in Affliction

Date:
9th Jul 2020

A sermon for Provoking Faith in a time of Isolation The online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 12th July 2020 Read more

Annual Report 2020

Date:
8th Jul 2020

Read our Annual Report 2020 Read more

Choose Life

Date:
5th Jul 2020

A sermon by Simon Woodman for Provoking Faith in a time of Isolation The online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 5th July 2020 Read more

God in the dock

Date:
28th Jun 2020

Simon Woodman preaching at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 28th June 2020 Read more

Hope in the face of despair

Date:
21st Jun 2020

Luke Dowding preaching at 'Provoking Faith in a time of isolation', the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Read more

Sometimes wish I'd never been born at all

Date:
15th Jun 2020

Revd Dr Simon Woodman Preaching at 'Provoking Faith in a time of isolation', the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 14 June 2020 Job 3.1-10; 4.1-9; 7.11-21 Read more

Communi-Tea Party

Date:
8th Jun 2020

On Sunday 7th June, Bloomsbury held its first 'Communi-Tea Party', when the whole congregation had tea and caked together! Read more

From Job to #GeorgeFloyd

Date:
7th Jun 2020

Simon Woodman preaching on reading Job in the light of Black Lives Matter and the killing of George Floyd, with prayers by Tommaso Milani. Read more

Because Black Lives Matter - a prayer

Date:
1st Jun 2020

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Pentecost

Date:
31st May 2020

Sunday Worship for Pentecost, from Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation Read more

Provoking Faith in a time of isolation

Date:
31st May 2020

Bloomsbury's online gathering whilst Sunday worship is suspended due to the Coronavirus epidemic Read more

The Church is Wherever God's People are Praising

Date:
29th May 2020

Performed by members of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

A Prayer for Pentecost

Date:
26th May 2020

A Prayer for Pentecost 2020 Read more

Resurrection?

Date:
24th May 2020

This world is not something to be endured, it is something to be redeemed. It is not somewhere to escape from, it is somewhere to live in. Read more

Ascension

Date:
21st May 2020

We may thing we’re engaged in the mundane, ordinary responsibilities of our lives, but actually we’re participating in the glorious eternal purposes of God’s kingdom coming to the earth. It’s all a question of how you look at things. Read more

Growing up

Date:
17th May 2020

"Living in community with people who are different to us, however we define or experience our own normality, takes effort and commitment. And Paul’s “poetic ode to love” was not written to celebrate the unifying love already accomplished in the community. It was a call to action. A call to love despite difference. A call to resist division and create something new. A call to grow up and start behaving like adults rather than children, discovering that difference need not divide, and that fear need not dictate behaviour." Read more

Angel Communication

Date:
17th May 2020

A poem by Duncan Bartlett, with illustrations by Yuka Morita Read more

Chloe

Date:
10th May 2020

A poem by Amy Deakin, inspired by 1 Corinthians 1.11, and read at Provoking Faith in a time of isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Read more

The Personal Touch

Date:
10th May 2020

The message of the cross is an ugly message of suffering, a controversial message of cosmic disruption, and a dangerous message of political and social revolution. And there is nothing that can, or should, be done by preachers to sanitise or beautify the shock, the horror, the ‘scandal’ as Paul puts it, of the word of the cross. Read more

Turning the World Upside Down

Date:
3rd May 2020

Whether we are challenging the narratives of nationalism that lend legitimacy to state-sanctioned violence, or the cultures of religious exclusion that lead some to think themselves unworthy of God’s love and acceptance, or the unspoken collusions of class that declare some lives less worthy than others, the proclamation of Jesus as Lord remains as politically, economically, and socially disruptive as it ever was in the first century. Read more

Transformation, Not Charity

Date:
26th Apr 2020

Those who follow Christ have the God-given capacity to see the pearl of great price inside each human soul, to discern the spark of the divine in every person. And our calling is not to charity, it is to transformation. Read more

Disciples in Lockdown

Date:
19th Apr 2020

So here at the beginning of Acts, with the post-Easter disciples also in lockdown, waiting for things to change, I wonder what they can teach us? What lockdown lessons of discipleship can we learn from the first disciples? Read more

Easter Gardens

Date:
12th Apr 2020

Easter Gardens Read more

Resurrection, again

Date:
12th Apr 2020

Resurrection is not release from suffering, nor is it an excuse from mortality. Rather, it is the invitation to live anew, to start again, and again, and again; to experience freedom and hope in the midst of restriction and despair. Read more

The stations of the cross and the stages of grief

Date:
10th Apr 2020

Sometimes, you can’t rush to the happy ending. Sometimes, you just have to stay with the pain, and the suffering, and the death. Sometimes you just have to wait. And this is not easy. Read more

Palm Sunday Crosses

Date:
6th Apr 2020

Decorated crosses for Palm Sunday Read more

The Kingdom is Coming

Date:
5th Apr 2020

The Kingdom is Coming A sermon for Palm Sunday 2020 "I wonder… what we are applauding today, that we will shout crucify at tomorrow? Can we see through the culture of the quick fix? Can we find a way past our national obsession with technology as the path to salvation? Can we inhabit a commitment to a better and more sustainable way of being human?" Read more

Florence

Date:
2nd Apr 2020

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The End Times?

Date:
29th Mar 2020

Where people die, God is. Where people suffer, God is. Where people live in fear, God is. Where people are victimised, God is. Where people are faithless, God is. Where people doubt, God is. Where people betray, God is. Where people repent, God is. Where people love one another, God is. Where people make sacrifices for others, God is. Where people risk their safety for the lives of others, God is. Read more

A Taxing Question

Date:
15th Mar 2020

What if our way out of the trap that lies before us, is neither quiescent complicity to the state, nor extremist politics of social revolution, but developing - actively working at - a culture of generous, loving care, for those who are disadvantaged in our world and society; coupled with a commitment to speak out, to challenge those political and economic systems that impoverish the poor and enrich the rich. Read more

Patriarchy, Paternalism and Patronage: A sermon for International Women's Day

Date:
8th Mar 2020

"Mark’s challenge is to notice those places where women are marginalised, oppressed, and violated, and to take action to bring equality not only by raising up the weak and the vulnerable, but by undermining the structures and patterns of leadership that perpetuate dysfunctional and abusive gender roles." Read more

Giving it up for Lent

Date:
28th Feb 2020

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Songs of Praise

Date:
26th Feb 2020

Watch the feature about Bloomsbury on Songs of Praise. Read more

Losing one’s ‘self’ to find oneself

Date:
23rd Feb 2020

A sermon for Transfiguration Sunday 2020. 'The finding of true, eternal, spiritual life involves losing of one’s ‘self’ in something greater than oneself. In Christ, God is drawing our souls to life, gifting us resurrection, and showing us a new way of seeing, and being, and doing.' Read more

www.christianity.org.uk

Date:
21st Feb 2020

The website christianity.org.uk has been relaunched, and Bloomsbury Minister Simon Woodman is one of the Trustees. Read more

Now Wash Your Hands Please

Date:
16th Feb 2020

The new world of the kingdom of heaven is not a world of ideological quarantine, spiritual decontamination chambers, or ritualised holding cells. It’s not a world where whispered traditions get to exclude or isolate the vulnerable or the different. It is rather a place of radical forgiveness and all-embracing love, where purity comes as a gift of God, available to all without distinction. Read more

Congratulations to Ben and Sarah

Date:
15th Feb 2020

Ben and Sarah were married at Bloomsbury on Saturday 15th February. We wish them lots of love in their future together. Here is the link to the recording of the service. Read more

Triangles of Scapegoating

Date:
9th Feb 2020

The path Christ calls us to is the risky, difficult way, of intentionally listening to those voices which make us most uncomfortable, because they challenge our preconceptions. Read more

Reach out and touch faith

Date:
2nd Feb 2020

'It is a matter of great shame that Christian congregations have themselves become bastions of exclusion and segregation,vfrom the denial of ordination to women and those who are LGBTQI, to the scriptural justification of gender stereotypes that distort men and oppress women, to the collusion with society in the scapegoating of otherson the grounds of socio-economic standing, ethnicity, or other innate characteristics Read more

From Promised Land to Compromised Land?

Date:
26th Jan 2020

Jesus’ strategy for bringing healing and wholeness to the land and the people was the casting out of demons of exclusion, and the declaring to be clean of that which was previously considered unclean. Read more

Theology Live! 2020

Date:
24th Jan 2020

Papers from Theology Live! Held at Bloomsbury 23 January 2020. Read more

Latest Bloomsbury News now available

Date:
24th Jan 2020

The February issue of our in-house magazine, Bloomsbury News, is now available. Read more

Church growth, naturally.

Date:
19th Jan 2020

“Growth will take place most effectively when we play our part in preparation and in the removal of the obstacles to growth, whilst allowing God to play his part in bringing growth, health, fruit, and harvest.” Read more

On Forgiveness and Healing

Date:
10th Jan 2020

"Simply telling individuals that they must repent of their personal sins to be acceptable to God and God’s people is a distortion of the forgiveness that should be shaping us together into communities of love, restoration, transformation and wholeness." - Simon Woodman Read more

Towards Full Inclusion in Church Life

Date:
9th Jan 2020

The starting point for a journey into greater inclusion isn’t a greater understanding of the marginalised and the oppressed, it is a greater understanding of ourselves and our own capacity for sinful idolatry. Read more

By Whose Authority?

Date:
5th Jan 2020

"Spiritual warfare is not so much a battle between Good and Evil, as it is a battle against the human tendency to take God’s good creation and mess it up. The casting out of the demonic is the restoration of a person to normality." - Simon Woodman Read more

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