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THIS WEEK AT AIC
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Dear <<First Name>>, 

The summer holidays are here, and many of you are travelling to visit loved ones or beaches or mountains or world treasures. Others are still in London, working hard to care for job and family and home. 

No matter what your summer holds, I pray you find some space to spend time with God, to pray and to reconnect your spirit with the Holy Spirit. 

Even with comings and goings, summer Sundays are vibrant at AIC. We always have special music to enjoy, prayers to share, friends to see, and preaching to move mind and heart. 

Wherever you are these summer Sundays, may the long, sunny days inspire you with a sense of hope, and the warmth in the air warm your heart. 


Faithfully,

Pastor Jennifer


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Our Church: Then and Now
 
The late Victorian Whitefield Memorial Church (built in 1899 and rechristened as Whitefield’s Central Mission four years later) replaced the highly-altered Tottenham Court (Road) Chapel built by George Whitefield in 1756, but it would last less than fifty years.

Late in the evening of March 25, 1945—Palm Sunday—the last V-2 rocket to fall on central London made a direct hit to Whitefield’s. In radio announcer Stuart Hibberd’s book “This—is London,” he recounts the evening and following week:

At 10:30pm, after the play “The Man Born to be King,” I went up to my office on the fifth floor [of Broadcasting House], which I shared with Joseph McLeod, and which is above the main entrance—a room with French windows opening on to the balcony outside. As I entered there was a heavy explosion, and the French windows moved suddenly in and out with the blast as a V2 fell quite near.

We both rushed out on to the balcony, and from there we could see a huge mushroom of smoke and sparks rising up half a mile high, a little to the east from us. Then came the inevitable clanging of bells as the fire-engines and ambulances dashed to the spot, which turned out to be Whitefields Tabernacle in the Tottenham Court Road, used during the war as an hostel.
I walked round there the following week and saw the severe damage that had been done to the surrounding buildings; there was a pile of rubble some thirty feet high, and through it stuck out six iron pillars—all that remained standing of the original Tabernacle.


Seven people died that night—though the associate minister and his eight-months-pregnant wife amazingly survived the explosion—and the congregation was devastated. It would take thirteen long years for the church to rebuild, during which time it lost its status as a central mission of the London Congregational Union. Even so, the congregation continued to worship in makeshift space on the site throughout the rebuilding. Today, all that is left of the 1899 building is the Choir, Boiler and Tank Rooms as well as the gents toilets, all in the basement.
 
A survey photo of the damage from our archives.
 

 
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