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Hillsong Church London (formerly London Christian Life Centre) is a Pentecostal Christian church, affiliated with the Assemblies of God and is the Londonmarker-based offshoot of Hillsong Church in Sydneymarker, Australia. The church was planted by Pastor Gerard Keehan, who later moved to Perthmarker, Australia to plant yet another church, Sunset Coast Christian Life Centre.

Venues

Meeting in theatres, cafes, homes and other locations, Hillsong London utilises effects and technology to attract people of all ages. At the end of 2004, they ended their seven services a weekend in the Mermaid Conference and Events Centremarker in Blackfriarsmarker, which seats approximately 600. , the church holds three (now four since July 2009) services on a Sunday at the Dominion Theatremarker, which can seat around 2000 people. Over the three services held every Sunday in the Dominion Theatre, the total congregation size is around 8,000 people. In August 2005, Hillsong London began holding services in Leatherheadmarker, Surrey (south west of London). In the same year a Friday night service was started in Parismarker, France.

Since June 2009, Hillsong London holds 4 services at the Dominion Theatre(10:30, 12:45, 16:00, 18:00) and 2 services in Surrey (10.30 and 5.30).

Hillsong London's congregation has doubled in size every year for the past 4 years.

On the 13th September 2009 Hillsong London held it's 10th year anniversary at the London O2 Arenamarker.

Hillsong London is pastored by Gary & Cathy Clarke.

Conferences

Following in the footsteps of its parent church Hillsong Sydney, Hillsong London now hosts two annual conferences:

Colour

The Colour Your World Women's Conference was started in London in 2004 and takes place in May every year. It is hosted by Bobbie Houston.In 2006 the event was held at Wembley Conference Centremarker and in 2007, nearly 4000 women attended in its new venue, the Royal Albert Hallmarker.

Hillsong Conference Europe

Hillsong Conference Europe is held at the ExCeL Exhibition Centremarker in Docklands (East London). In 2010, Hillsong Conference Europe will be held at The O2 Arenamarker, London.The first conference was held in September 2006. Hosted by Pastor Gary Clarke and Senior Pastor Brian Houston, it attracted 3000 delegates and included special guests Darlene Zschech, Matt Redman and Delirious?.

In October 2007, 4000 people attended. Special guests included Michael W. Smith, Israel Houghton, Darlene Zschech, Matt Redman, Joseph Prince and Joyce Meyer.

Music

See main article: Hillsong Music


In 2004, Hillsong London released their first live praise and worship album, entitled Shout God's Fame (which was recorded live at the Mermaid Conference and Events Centre in mid-2003 by the Hillsong London team). English pop singer Natasha Bedingfield, a member of the church, wrote and performed some of the songs on this album.

In October 2005 their second album, Jesus Is was recorded live by the Hillsong London team and Matt Redman and released in May 2006.

In December 2006, Hillsong London released a remixed version of their album 'Jesus Is,' called 'Jesus Is: Remix.' Initially only released for sale directly at the Church, this album contains re-mixes of 12 songs from Jesus Is. Many of the re-mixes change the songs from rock music to dance music.

On October 8 2008 the "Hail to the King" studio album & live DVD was released. "Hail to the King" is the first studio album from Hillsong London, showcasing new songs.

On 24th August 2009 Hillsong released C.I.T.Y as a single, it is currently #16 on the chart. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/indiesingles.shtml

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