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February Issue #42.1


Keeping us all connected with what's happening at the ILSC and around London! 

ILSC - Online
Friday 12 February 3pm

Lunar New Year Celebrations

Happy Lunar New Year to all celebrating today! We invite everyone to join us for some afternoon celebrations this afternoon - some paper folding, games and food (although for that you'll have to bring your own...)

Details for the zoom call are:
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Meeting ID: 842 8050 3911
Password: 992267
Zoom link
Save the weekly meetings to your calendar so you don't miss out!
Time Out's Guide to celebrating Lunar New Year virtually

ILSC - Online
17 February 6.30pm

Ash(less) Wednesday

This Wednesday we'll be marking the start of Lent with an Ash Wednesday service (without the ashes). This joint service with St Mary's German church will offer a time for self-reflection and corporate prayer. The service will take place on Zoom (link below). 
Meeting ID: 889 5165 8788
Passcode: 444641
And if you'd like to take part in reading or leading prayers at the service, please get in touch!

Volunteer to read
Zoom link

Starting 17 February


In the Christian tradition, the time of Lent is a time of self-examination, often through prayer, fasting, penance and giving to those in need. It can be a time to reflect on one's personal relationship with God and our global relationship with God's gift of creation. This Lent, you are invited to take part in 6-weeks of Eco-Challenges as we reflect on how we impact the environment. A different Eco-Challenge will be revealed each Wednesday on our Facebook page and Instagram (with reminders in the Friday newsletter). I hope you'll join us!

by 15 February

Sharing your memories of the Eco-Challenge

We're putting together a short video about how we mark Lent through the Eco-Challenge the ILSC runs every year. We'd love to hear from you about what the Eco-Challenge has meant to you - has it changed your life? (I'm now a pescatarian because of it!). Please share your thoughts and reflections!
eco-challenge reflections

ILSC - Online
Friday 19 February 3pm

Green Hearts, Crafts & Show the Love 

As we kick off our Eco-Challenge, we'll start with a 'green' crafting session at next week's afternoon online-tea! Start gathering green crafting materials - they can be anything and recycling materials is all the better! We'll be creating green hearts as we 'Show the Love'! - the Climate Coaltion's campaign, taking action to tackle #ClimateChange 
Show the Love

Friday 5 March 6pm

World Day of Prayer

We've had a recent tradition of the ILSC and St Mary's German church of joining together to mark the World Day of Prayer - a day celebrating women from around the world. This year, the service comes from Vanuatu with a focus on gender and climate justice. We are looking for readings to take part in this service (which will take place on Zoom). Let us know if you're able to lend your voice!
World Day of Prayer

ILSC - Online

ILSC Book Club

February's book is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Join us later this month to discuss your thoughts! Whether you've read a little or a lot, we all have something to share. Upcoming reads:
March: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
April: Blindness by José Saramago

14 Feb

Otherwise known as Valentine's Day

Looking for somewhere to virtually take that special someone (remember, that special someone is also yourself!). We've got your perfect 'date night' - culture, dinner and show!
Virtual Design Museum
Order in a Meal Kit
606 Virtual Jazz Club


LGBT+ History Month

Check out all the activities taking place online 'around' London - it's a great listing!
17 Feb 6.30pm Big Queer Lit Quiz
24 Feb 11am Drag Queen Story Time with Topsie
25 Feb 7pm forum+ International LGBTQ Film Club

From wherever you are

Feeling a bit ...?

Many of us are feeling a bit weary and fed-up at the moment and may just need some space to talk. If you're feeling a bit down or anxious or sad or on edge or a bit lost in the midst of everything going on around you - remember that the chaplain is here to provide support for you. Feel free to get in touch over the phone or email if you'd like to schedule a time to talk.
Contact the chaplain
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