Praise The Lord!
Church is getting very busy
A local church has an unusual problem but isn't complaining because it's one that many others would love - the congregation is getting too big.
Such is the popularity of The International Presbyterian Church it has outgrown its building on Drayton Green and is holding services at the Thames Valley University (TVU) too.
In the last six years under the youthful leadership of Welshman, Pastor Paul Levy - described by colleagues as 'dynamic' the morning worship has seen congregations of around one hundred overflowing from the chapel, which was formerly that of an Anglican order of nuns.
The nuns sold the building in 1979 vacating the convent next door. Their 40 room convent building became the educational section of the Chinese embassy for over 25 years.
The International Presbyterian Church started in Cleveland Road in 1969 and three of the members have been part of the church for all its forty years. Present members come from 26 different countries.
Pastor Levy is assisted by five elders of three different nationalities.
The church offers hospitality to international students, has weeknight children's clubs and runs English classes.
From the first Sunday morning in April 2009 they have been meeting in the students union building of Thames Valley University in The Park, W5 at 10.30am.
Pastor Levy said,' We see this as an opportunity to reach people in central Ealing, especially the students. All our other meetings including our evening 6pm services will continue at Drayton Green.'
Information concerning the church can be found at http://www.ipc-ealing.co.uk.
20 July 2010