Life, God and COVID-19 A week of talks

Our guest events are designed for people to invite friends, colleagues and family to hear a clear talk from the Bible about the Christian faith. These events will be broadcast online and everyone is welcome to join us. Download the flyer to share with people.

Visit our resource library to catch up or share any of the previous interviews and talks.

The interviews and talks

Sunday 17 May: Life in its fullness

Join us for our Sunday afternoon or evening meetings at 4 or 6pm. The session will include an interview with Merv Kissoon and a talk from William Taylor.

Tuesday 19 May: Life in this broken world

Join us at 8pm for an interview with Peter Swift and a talk from William Taylor.

Wednesday 20 May: Jesus, the resurrection and the life

Join us at 8pm for an interview with Jeremy Marshall and a talk from William Taylor.

Sunday 24 May: Resurrection life

Join us for our Sunday morning meeting at 10.30am. The session will include an interview with Francis Annan and a talk from William Taylor.

Our speakers

William Taylor

William is Rector at St Helen's. He served in the British Army as an Officer in the Royal Green Jackets for five years before being ordained. In 1995 he joined St Helen’s Church and became Rector in 1998. William is married to Janet and they have three children—Emily, Digby and Archie.

Merv Kissoon

Merv is currently finishing his 2nd year of the associate scheme here at St Helen's. He previously spent nine years in the educational world and before joining the church, worked as an assistant principal in various inner-city schools in London. Merv became a Christian whilst investigating the claims of Jesus through Mark's Gospel at university. He is married to Lynn and has a daughter called Nina.

Peter Swift

Originally from Bradford, Peter started his general nurse training in 1981 at St James’ Hospital in Leeds. Later specialising in paediatrics, he made a move into Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU) in 1991 when he came to London to work at Guy’s Hospital. After 36 years in the NHS, of which over 26 were in PICU, Peter retired in 2017. After some neurosurgery in 2019, he occasionally did some bank shifts as a nursing assistant. With the Coronavirus outbreak, Peter volunteered to go back on the nursing register to help at the Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel in East London. As a Christian, Peter has often had to think hard about the suffering we witness and how this touches on our understanding of human nature in relationship to God.

Jeremy Marshall

Jeremy worked in banking with Credit Suisse and then C Hoare and Co., the UK's oldest private bank where he was the first non-family CEO. In 2015 he was diagnosed with incurable cancer and has been in treatment since. He has written a book Beyond the Big C about his experience. He is married to Jeanette and has three adult children.

Francis Annan

Francis began his career at the BBC 18 years ago. Since then, he's written and directed his debut political-thriller feature Escape From Pretoria, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber and Ian Hart, which was released theatrically across the world. He has won awards for his short films starring BAFTA-winning actors including Darren Boyd (Killing Eve). He has also directed commercials, promos and episodes of prime-time dramas for BBC One. He studied film and television directing at Bournemouth University. He is married to Rebecca and has two children.