The formation of London City Mission from Minute Book 1.
The formation of London City Mission from Minute Book 1.

The year 1835 saw some notable events in the UK. Marie Tussaud’s first permanent waxworks museum was opened at Baker Street (52 years before another famous resident moved in just down the street).  The last major 'trunk canal' project in the UK between Nantwich and Wolverhampton opened.  Sir Robert Peel, creator of the modern concept of a police force, was replaced by Lord Melbourne as prime minister. World-changing inventions such as early photographic techniques, Morse Code, the Colt Revolver gun and the first incandescent light bulb were unveiled.

An event that seemed to be on a much humbler scale at the time occurred on the 16th May 1835 when three Christians sat together in a room in a small cottage alongside the canal in Hoxton, and formed the London City Mission, its object being to “extend the knowledge of the gospel … amongst the inhabitants of London and its vicinity, especially the poor”.

On 16th May 2015, London City Mission celebrates 180 years of faithful Christian witness across this great capital city.  The world has changed.  London has changed.  Its’ people have changed.  But the need for the gospel remains.  

To help churches to celebrate this great milestone with us, we have created a special pack of resources.  These will help members pray and reflect on all that God has achieved through generations of London City Missionaries to generations of people in the neediest and least reached parts of London.  It contains a short film (4 minutes), PowerPoint presentation and other resources such as a poster, leaders guide and resources suitable for a youth or childrens group focussing on the work of London City Mission.  They are designed to be flexible and adaptable to suit your circumstances, and for anyone to be able to present without necessarily having a full knowledge of our work.

The contents of the Mission Sunday pack
The contents of the Mission Sunday pack

If your church has not yet signed up to celebrate with us and many other churches all over the country, please ask your minister to set aside a slot during one of your services of up to 20 minutes on Sunday 17th May (or a convenient Sunday or midweek meeting around that time), and contact me with details of your church, where we should send the pack to and the size of your congregation on 020 7234 3590 or by email at  For more information on Mission Sunday, please click here.

We will send you the pack at the end of April to enable whoever will be leading the meeting to become familiar with its contents and decide how it can most effectively be used. 


Andrew Down

Supporter Relations Team (Churches)

Because London needs Jesus