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London Seminary’s thanksgiving service

September 2020 | by John Tredgett

Fábio Silva
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In June over 100 people joined via Zoom for London Seminary’s annual Thanksgiving Service. The event is normally held at the seminary’s main campus in Finchley, where former guest speakers include Mark Dever, Al Mohler, and Geoff Thomas.

This year, the gathering was conducted online for the first time due to Covid-19 restrictions. Lecturers, students, pastors, and other supporters attended online to share in thanksgiving for the past year’s work at LS. The event was led by Principal Bill James.

He acknowledged God’s goodness and provision amid the unusual circumstances of recent months: ‘The Lord has enabled us even through the challenges of coronavirus to continue the vital work of training preachers and pastors for gospel ministry.’ Seminary lectures took place online following lockdown.

Six students graduating from the seminary had the opportunity to reflect on their studies and share their prospects for the future. A diversity of nationalities was represented: the six graduates hailed from Sri Lanka, Brazil, Portugal, Holland, and Britain.

David Childs-Clarke, called to a church plant in Swindon, shared how LS gave him a burden to share with others the ‘wonder and delight’ of knowing Christ.

Ahead of returning to a ministry position in Sao Paulo, Eduardo Lemos spoke warmly of his time at seminary. He highlighted various local churches which supported him during preaching placements.

Fábio Silva expressed his thanks to all seminary staff. Since completing his studies he has been invited to take up the pastorate at Ridley Hall Church in Battersea, London.

LS Chair of Trustees Spencer Cunnah prayed for the six departing students before Principal James concluded the meeting with an exposition of 2 Thessalonians 1, urging prayer that the students would prove worthy of their calling, fruitful in ambition, productive in their labours, and glorifying to the Lord Jesus Christ.

John Tredgett