With a programme that includes Senior Lunches, Young in London evenings and Open House days for parents and young children, there is no doubt that the Swedish Church in London has a very diverse congregation. Actually there are two Swedish churches in London: the Swedish Church in Ulrika Eleonora Church in Harcourt Street, and the Swedish Seamen’s Church in Lower Road. Both have plenty of events to help you find the Christmas spirit.

Among the highlights of Christmas is, of course, the church’s festive Christmas Fair. Another is the Lucia celebration at St Paul’s Cathedral on December 11, where the Ulrika Eleonora choir will perform. But there aremanymore events and services before and during Christmas, including a “julbord/smörgåsbord” on December 24 and an early morning Christmas Service on the 25th in the Seamen’s church. And it does not stop there: on January 17 there is the traditional Julgransplundring party for children where Christmas decorations are excitably plundered from the tree before the tree is thrown out!

History and mission

The Swedish church was established in London almost 300 years ago and Rector Michael Persson says he would like the church to be seen as a home from home for those new to the city. “A Swedish home at its best where all who visit are recognized and welcomed.” He therefore encourages people who visit the church to try to recognise God in the world around them and not be afraid of making contact with new people: “We will learn something about everyday life if we are brave enough to expose ourselves to relationships with other people.”

By Emily Krugly, published in SCAN Magazine issue 13 – November 2009 | Photos: Marianne Wie

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