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Fetter Lane Moravian Church

Moravian Close,  381 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LP

The Fetter Lane Congregation of the Moravian Church was founded in 1742 by members of the Church who had come to London in search of passage to the British colonies in the Caribbean to take the Gospel to the slave communities. They realised that there was work to do here in this country and that there were people here, like James Hutton and the Wesley Brothers with whom to do it. After holding worship meetings in peoples' homes, a permanent place was created at Fetter Lane in the heart of the City of London. The congregation, which was served by ministers from Germany and Great Britain, also had links with the Moravian Chapel and burial ground (God’s Acre) in Chelsea based around Lindsey House.

Unfortunately the Fetter Lane Chapel was destroyed by enemy bombing in 1941 and the congregation became disparate, worshipping in chapels of various denominations, mostly south of the Thames.

fetter-lane-churchEventually, in the 1960s it was decided to re-establish the Fetter Lane Congregation at the Chelsea site. This is where the congregation has worshipped ever since, with the responsibility of looking after the God's Acre, which includes the graves of such as Peter Böhler, John Cennick and James Hutton.

We must remember that the Moravian Church is a missionary church, and the members of the Congregation have identified how they, in this place, may be “fit for purpose”:

PRAISE - We are here to praise God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, through our worship and witness.

PROCLAMATION - Our calling as Christians is to proclaim to the world the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to show people God’s love shown to us in Jesus Christ, and how acceptance of that can change lives.

PRESENCE - We must be seen as part of the community in which we are situated, sharing concerns and meeting needs.

PRAYER - As part of the community, we must pray for the community, and pray with the community.


Services 2018-2019

You are welcome.  Come and join us for our services and add to our time of worship and fellowship with your own unique insight and understanding. 

Regular Services:

1st Sunday of the Month - 3pm, worship with Holy Communion

2nd, 3rd, 4th Sundays - 11am, worship aims to be inclusive and All Age friendly.

5th Sundays - 11am, a Singstunde style service where singing is the primary focus of exploring God in relation to a theme. This is a tradition of the Moravian Church and may suit those who find God through music.

Special Services for your diary

ADVENT

23rd December 3pm - Christingle Service - All Age Friendly. Come and experience a Christingle Service as a way of setting the tone of celebration for your Christmas. 

Other Dates for your diary

3rd March - The Founding of the Brethren's Church in 1457 - Holy Communion at 3pm

31st March - Mothering Sunday - 11am Service

LENT AND EASTER

14th April - Palm Sunday 11am Service

15th April - Passionweek Readings - 6.30pm. These are services given over to reflecting on the moments leading up to Jesus' death on the cross. A time for quiet contemplation. All are Welcome. Join us on the way home or perhaps after dinner for a time of quiet, storytelling and meeting God.

16th April - Passionweek Readings - 6.30pm

17th April - Passionweek Readings - 6.30pm

18th April - Maundy Thursday with Holy Communion - 6.30pm

19th April - Good Friday Liturgy - 11am.

21st April - 8am Holy Communion followed by a Breakfast together. Come and Celebrate that Jesus is Risen! Food and Fellowship in an service that is outside in God's Acre (the Graveyard in front of the Church in Moravian Close - SW10 0LP). 


Fairtrade

fairtradeThe congregation is registered with the Fairtrade Foundation as a Fairtrade church, and is firmly committed to the three goals of using Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all our meetings; moving forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit; and promotes Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and whenever possible.

Worship & Meeting Times

First Sunday of the month – with Holy Communion – 3.00pm

Other Sundays at 11.00am (with exceptions for some special services – e.g. Harvest Festival and Christingle – which will be at 3.00pm)

The MWA leads the service on the third Sunday of the month and the Men's Fellowship leads the service on the fifth Sunday of the month.

Wednesday at mid-day - Pray whereever you are.  A time for connecting and communicating with your Lord.  Spend sometime in prayer.  Pause and focus on God, wherever you are.  Pray on the bus, in your home, at work anywhere. 

Contacts

Minister: Claire Maxwell 
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Treasurer: Magueda Butler, 100 Stormont Road, London, SW11 5EL 
Tel: 020 7223 5010

Location

Fetter Lane Moravian Church, 381 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LP

Travel to Moravian Close, Chelsea, by public transport: 
 
a.  By tube to SOUTH KENSINGTON

After passing through ticket barrier, exit the station and them look for  the bus stop outside for Bus 49 or 345 towards Chelsea.

b.  By tube to SLOANE SQUARE 

After passing through ticket barrier, exit the station and then look for the bus stop outside for Bus 22, 317 or 19
 
Alight at King’s Road/Beaufort Street (the buses have electronic destination boards on board).

Walk back a few metres to the King’s Road, turn left by the shoe shop, resisting the temptation to go in; walk past Leyland DIY, and the Post Office; bear left at the book shop and past Carphone Warehouse. You will see the  entrance to Moravian Close through the large brown gates.

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