Our Visitor Centre is at St Botolph-without-Aldersgate, a church building between St Paul’s Cathedral and the Museum of London. It is in the City of London: the area at the centre of London based geographically on the ancient Roman city of Londinium. The City of London, sometimes known as the square mile, now takes its identity from the many financial institutions based here.
St Botolph-without-Aldersgate was originally outside one of the London’s seven gates: the Alders-Gate. A church has stood on the site since around 1050. It survived the Great Fire of 1666 but was replaced by the present building the following century after falling into disrepair.
The churchyard, Postman’s Park, is one of the largest parks in the City of London. It is the location of the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice, which commemorates civilians who died while saving the lives of others. The introductory plaque quotes John 15:13:
“Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
The entrance to Postman’s Park bears a sign that refers to the experience of John Wesley on 24 May 1738. His journal entry for that day reads:
In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.
I began to pray with all my might for those who had in a more especial manner despitefully used me and persecuted me. I then testified openly to all there what I now first felt in my heart. But it was not long before the enemy suggested, “This cannot be faith; for where is thy joy?”
Then was I taught that peace and victory over sin are essential to faith in the Captain of our salvation; but that, as to the transports of joy that usually attend the beginning of it, especially in those who have mourned deeply, God sometimes giveth, sometimes withholdeth, them according to the counsels of His own will.
After my return home, I was much buffeted with temptations, but I cried out, and they fled away. They returned again and again. I as often lifted up my eyes, and He “sent me help from his holy place.” And herein I found the difference between this and my former state chiefly consisted. I was striving, yea, fighting with all my might under the law, as well as under grace. But then I was sometimes, if not often, conquered; now, I was always conqueror.
On permanent display at the Visitor Centre is The London Story: a display that describes the significance and achievements of Christians in London, and the importance of Christianity to the establishing of London.The London Story Booklet Click to Download File
“From every little village in England—it does not matter where it is—there is sure to be a road to London. Though there may not be a road to certain other places, there is certain to be a road to London. Now, from every text in the Bible there is a road to Jesus Christ.”
Our normal opening times are:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am - 4.30pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
On Tuesdays, St Botolph’s hosts The Aldersgate Talks, a bible teaching service designed to encourage and provoke sceptics and committed believers alike. They meet on Tuesdays at 1 for 1.10pm, with a buffet lunch provided. See this link for more details, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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