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Weekly Newsletter – 7th October 2018

St Columba’s Church of Scotland

Weekly Newsletter – 7th October 2018


Welcome to the weekly St Columba’s newsletter.

This weekend Revd Angus MacLeod will be preaching at the 11am, Harvest Festival Service.

Sunday School has restarted for children four and over. Children under four are invited to use our crèche (Library). For new/visiting families, who wish their children to remain in church for the remainder of the service, the Children’s Quiet Corner is available. Please ensure a supervising adult accompanies your child and be sensitive to the needs of fellow worshippers.

Lunch (£3.50 per person) and coffee are available in the downstairs halls. You are most welcome to join us.

After lunch a do join the London Cello Quartet in the Upper Hall for a recital.

The 5.00pm Evening Service will be lead by Revd Angus MacLeod with the theme of Poetry and Music for Autumn.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets…
You wouldn’t want to miss out on the fantastic performance of Feeding of the 50,000, part of the Scots in Great War London season.

Tickets for the afternoon performance can be purchased here

Tickets to the evening performance can be purchased here

Hymns This Week 

Hymn 233        Come, you thankful people, come (St George’s Windsor)

Hymn 226        God, whose farm is all creation (Shipston)

Hymn 485        Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Repton)

Hymn 229        We plough the fields and scatter (Wir Pflugen)

Hymn 182        Now thank we all our God (Nun Danket)

Choir Anthems

Exsultate Justi                          Ludovico da Viadana (1560-1627)

Fear not, O land                       Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Blest pair of Sirens                   C Hubert Parry (1848-1918)

Organ Postlude: Improvisation   William Mason (1991)


Old Testament Reading: Genesis 2: 18-25

Gospel Reading: Mark 10: 2-16

Sunday’s lesson reader is St Columba’s elder, Hugh Pym.


Elders on Duty

Team Leader  Elizabeth Fox
Deputy Team Leader Susan Pym
Entrance Vestibule  Hazel Forbes

Gillian Smith

Anne Wilson

Wheelchair Lift  Roderick Buchanan
Upper Vestibule  Susan Pym

Betsy Wilkie

Hymn Books  Jill Steele

Hugh Pym

Alison Buchanan

Catherine McDonald

Central Aisle  Stuart Steele

David Nicolson

 Beadle Gary Wallis


Associate Minister – Revd Andrea Price

The congregation is informed that Andrea has been invited to preach as sole nominee at St Michael’s, Slateford Road in Edinburgh on the 7th October.

Please keep Andrea and Neil, and the congregations of both St Michael’s and St Columba’s, in your prayers at this time of potential change.

THIS SUNDAY – Harvest Appeal – UR4 Meals – The Upper Room

The Upper Room charity ( provides thousands of meals a year for the homeless and disadvantaged people. We are collecting tins of tuna, pasta, cooking oil (sunflower), olive oil, tinned fruit and tinned vegetables on three Sundays: 23rd, 30th September and culminating on Sunday 7th October at the Harvest Festival Service. Collection area: Upper Vestibule. Thank you – UR4 Meals!


NEXT SUNDAY Souper Sunday: Sunday 14th October

Lunch on Sunday 14 October will be Soup and Pudding with much of the ingredients coming from the Harvest display on the 7th.

All the proceeds will go to the Church of Scotland HIV/AIDS fund.

There will be more information available on the day about some of the projects supported by the fund. Come and share and support a good cause.

NEXT SUNDAY Congregational Talk for Prisons Week: Sunday 14th October

1.15pm, Upper Hall. At the start of Prisons Week – the week of prayer for all affected by prison – representatives of Finding Rhythms will speak about the work of their prison-based music charity.


Harvest Festival Appeal & Flower Gifts

The Upper Room charity ( provides thousands of meals a year for the homeless and disadvantaged people. We have been collecting tins of tuna, pasta, cooking oil (sunflower), olive oil, tinned fruit, culminating today, on Harvest Festival. Collection area: Upper Vestibule. Thank you – UR4 Meals! Thank you for all your donations.

Today, the Flower Guild organise the gift of flowering plants to members of  the congregation who are unable to get to church or those, who for pastoral reasons, the Ministers have requested receive these symbols of support.  The gifts are distributed by the kindness of those who are in Church today. Please visit the Library immediately after the service (before lunch or coffee) and see if there is anyone living near your home – then collect and distribute. It is a lovely way for the congregation to keep in touch in time of loneliness or need.

Nomination of New Elders by Members of the Congregation

The Kirk Session of St Columba’s has agreed that congregational members are now invited to candidates to serve as elders within this congregation. Our elders are a group of elected, ordained leaders within the congregation who give their time voluntarily.  Along with the ministry team, they are responsible for the spiritual and practical aspects of Church life. Elders may undertake roles of pastoral care, leading of worship, Christian education or serving on the Committees that have specific responsibilities within the life of St Columba’s. Being an elder is a demanding but vital and rewarding role; no one-size-fits-all. Ideally, the eldership represents a broad spectrum from within the congregation. Each elder brings an individual set of gifts, life experiences and perspectives to his/her eldership. The diversity represented by this tenables a Kirk Session to be inclusive and creative. Nomination forms, with explanatory notes, are available at the bookstall and via the office. They should be returned to Charlotte Bradford, Session Clerk, by Sun 28 Oct 2018.

Women’s Fellowship Group

The Women’s Fellowship Group meets on Wednesdays at 10.15am. Coffee, chat and Bible study. For further details contact Susan Pym:

Talk on Life with Dementia by Stephen Morton, Wellbeing Manager at an Anchor Care Home. Do you care for or visit someone affected by one or other form of dementia?  Come to Stephen’s talk in the Upper Hall on Sunday 28 October 2018 at 13.15pm and listen to his experience and wisdom. All welcome.


Music Recitals

Recitals are planned in the upcoming weeks and months (all at 1.15pm).

7th October                  London Cello Quartet (Upper Hall)

21st October                 Matthew Pochin sings, Schubert’s ‘Die schöne                                             Müllerin’ (Upper Hall)

18th November             Trumpet, Organ and Soprano recital featuring our                                       very own William Mason.

24th November             The Iona Consort will perform Handel’s ‘Dixit                                             Dominus’ and works by James MacMillan, at                                               7:30pm, in church. Tickets for this event are                                            available at

Please do join us for this varied programme. Retiring collection at the close of each recital for the upkeep of the series.

St Columba’s Knitting Group

The St Columba’s Knitting Group is a new group for women and men who want to share or improve their skills. We will meet in the Library on the third Wednesday of every month. Bring a sandwich as tea and coffee will be
available. Please see Susan Pym or Fiona Lang on Sundays for more details or email

The Meaningful Chocolate Company Christmas Range

If you would like to order one of the many Meaningful Chocolate Companies Christmas products, the office will be taking orders. Available this year are

Advent Calendars- £3.99 per calendar

Host of Angels– 8 chocolate angels and Christmas Story Book- £3.99

Joy to the World Sharing Box (30 angels and activity sheets)- £25.00

Christmas Crackers (6 per box)- £9.99

Please send your order to the office via email ( or sign up via the bookstall.

Scots in Great War London – Feeding of the 50,000

Saturday 20th October, 3pm & 7.30pm

Tickets are now on sale for Feeding the 50,000 – words and music to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice and the work of St Columba’s in the First World War. The story of the church’s extraordinary efforts to look after Scottish troops will be featured in readings and traditional Scottish songs in two performances on Saturday October 20th. Well known Scottish actors taking part include James Cosmo (Game of Thrones), Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), David Robb (Downton Abbey), Isla St Clair (folk singer and TV presenter) and Gordon Kennedy (Radio 4 and Robin Hood). The performances will be at 3.00pm & 7.30pm. Why not invite family and friends to this very special and unique St Columba’s event. Tickets £15 adults,  £10 OAP, £5 children – available on Eventbrite (search Scots in Great War London) or by contacting or after Sunday morning services.

Scots in Great War London Family Ceilidh, Saturday 17th November

Tickets are now available to buy for the special Scots in Great War London Family Ceilidh. To buy tickets either go to Eventbrite (search Scots in Great War London), email or buy after the Sunday Morning Church Service. Tickets are £12.00 per adult, £6.00 under 18 which includes a cold supper.

Scots in Great War London: Volunteers

This autumn St Columba’s hosts several significant events for the 100th
Anniversary of the Armistice programme, organised by the Scots in Great War London group. Each event requires volunteer stewards. If you would like to be involved please give your details Susan Pym at the ticket desk after service, or to Church Office during the week.

Thursday 18th October. This is my Life, Schools’ Theatre Production, two
performances (10.00am & 1.15pm) for 1,000 RKBC primary-age children.
Saturday 20th October  Feeding the 50,000, performances at 3pm & 7.30pm.
4-11th November Naming the Beloved, art installations & prayer walk by
Scottish artist Gael Robertson. Admission during daytime church opening hours.


Copies of “Scots in Great War London: A Community on the Home Front and on the Front Line 1914-1919” on sale at the bookstall.. It contains untold stories and amongst others, two former St Columba’s elders, John Buchan and Field Marshal Earl Douglas Haig feature prominently. St Columba’s itself and the congregation are front and centre of the story, a place where nearly 50,000 Scottish troops were fed and entertained.  We have managed to secure a discount on the books and, for a limited period only, books will be on sale or can be ordered from the Bookstall for £15 ( rrp £19.95). Buy now whilst stocks last.

Dates for your diary

The next Kirk Session Meeting is on the 23rd November 2018.

The next Communion Service is on the 25th November 2018.

The next Evening Service is on the 7th October 2018.

The next New Members Conference is on the 7th October 2018.


Next Week at St Columba’s 

14th October 2018

10.15a.m.   Congregational Prayer Group (London Scottish Chapel)

11.00 a.m.  Morning Service (Revd Andrea Price)

12.15 p.m.  Souper Sunday congregational lunch for Church of Scotland HIV/AIDS Project

1.15 p.m. Congregational Talk for Prisons Week:Finding Rhythms Prison Music Charity

The Minister is preaching at St Andrew’s, Newcastle

Don’t forget that you can contact the Church Office with any queries or questions on 0207 584 2321 or email