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Weekly Newsletter – 10th June 2018

St Columba’s Church of Scotland

Weekly Newsletter – 10th June 2018


Welcome to the St Columba’s Weekly Newsletter. If you are visiting us to worship, attending a concert or afternoon talk, or simply enjoy the beautiful building- welcome.


Sunday 10th June 2018, Revd Angus MacLeod will be preaching and celebrating Holy Communion at the 11.00am.  Sunday School is available for children four and over. Children under four are invited to use our crèche (Lower Hall). For new/visiting families, who wish their children to remain in church for 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.

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


Hymns This Week 

Hymn 132 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (St Denio)

Hymn 119 O God, thou art the Father (Durrow)

Hymn 730 From the falter of breath (Iona Boat Song)

Hymn 740 For all the saints, who from their labours rest (Omit verses 5& 6) (Sine Nomine)

Hymn 19 Ye gates, lift up your heads on high

Hymn 742 Rejoice in God’s saints, today and all days! (Laudate Dominum)

Choir Anthems

Kyrie from Cantus Missae (Rheinberger)

Gloria from Cantus Missae (Rheinberger)

Sanctus & Benedictus from Cantus Missae (Rheinberger)


New Testament Reading: II Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Gospel Reading: Mark 3:20-35

Sunday’s lesson reader is St Columba’s elder, Shelia Nicol.

Discipleship News

All Age Early Service – Get Involved

During the spring and summer, the All Age Early Service offers informal worship with emphasis on story-telling, music and prayers. It is held on the third Sunday of the month in April, May and June, and all Sundays in July at 9.30-10.00am. Next date: Sunday 17th June 2018. We are always looking for volunteers, (children and adults) to welcome and offer hospitality, tell stories, lead prayers and make music. Please contact the ministers if you wish to be involved.

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

Divine Dine

Come to St Columba’s Divine Diners (For younger adults 18+ ) on Wednesday 13 June 2018 at 7pm and join us for a picnic and Bible study in Hyde Park. RSVP Fraser Stockton


St Columba’s Walk

On Sunday we welcome Bob Thomas who is with us after walking the 75 miles between St Columba’s Church, Fareham and our church. Bob, who is a member of the Iona Community has walked to raise money for the refurbishment of the accommodation facilities at the Abbey on Iona. You can find more details here Should you wish to donate to Bob’s campaign please use the following link

Wednesday 20th June 2018, Ecumenical Prayer Evening, Holy Trinity, Sloane Square, 6.30-8.00pm.

In 2018 there is an opportunity to learn more about, and share prayer with, our neighbours of differing denominational tradition. Together, St Columba’s (Presbyterian), St Mary’s, Cadogan Street (Roman Catholic) and Holy Trinity, Sloane Square (Anglican) are offering the opportunity to visit our places of worship and community, and to pray together. Three evenings (6.30-8pm) are scheduled: Weds 20th June at Holy Trinity, Sloane Square; and Weds 3rd October at St Columba’s and St Mary’s, Cadogan Street tbc. It is an initiative to explore our unity in the Christian faith. Ideally, we would like up to ten members of the congregation to commit to attending the three evenings. But you are very  welcome, even if you can’t make all three dates. It is a chance to cross two thresholds which may be unfamiliar and act as hosts to those new to St Columba’s. To sign up or for further information, contact the Church Office by Monday 18th June.

Family Day at St Columba’s  Sunday 24 June

Sunday School Promotions (the end of Sunday School year) and Family Day will take place on Sunday the 24th June 2018. We will celebrate together in prayer, song and for the first time with a family communion. All baptised children and young people will be welcome at the Lord’s Table with permission of their parents to take part or to receive a blessing. To prepare your child please pick up a leaflet at the bookstall and come to Sunday School this morning, when the lesson will be about Communion.

After the service on Sunday 24th June, all are invited to join us for a picnic in Hyde Park, departing from St Columba’s at 12.30pm. Those attending Lower Hall lunch are very welcome to join later.

Listening for the Future

The Ministers and Kirk Session want to find out the views of the congregation on all aspects of Church life – worship, witness, ministry, fellowship and social outreach. We are conducting a listening exercise entitled “Listening for the Future”. Over the summer we will be approaching a number of groups who already exist within the congregation and arranging discussions. We also want to hear from others who may not be part of one of the groups and will hold two open meetings in September – one on a Sunday lunchtime and one on a weekday evening. Dates will be announced in due course. In addition, we will provide an online “Survey Monkey” for those who find this a convenient means of communication. We will also be pleased to hear from you in writing. There is more information on the topics to be covered on the Church website.

If you would like to give us your views or have any questions then do email us at, or write via the Church Office addressed to “Listening for the Future”.

[The Worship & Communication and Assembly & Presbytery Committees].

Sunday Lunches Volunteers

Lunch and Coffee on Sundays are a valued and valuable part of St Columba’s life. It is provided in turn by 9 Lunch and Coffee Teams, each led by a Lunch Team Leader. We have recently managed to fill a couple of vacancies on the coffee teams, but some lunch teams are short of helpers and really do need assistance if they are to continue to function. We need team members to assist in the laying of tables, serving and maybe helping in the kitchen. Whatever your skills, we have a place for you. Come and join us – it can be fun!

If you are interested, able and willing to help keep this much valued service going, that contributes so much to fellowship in St. Columba’s, please contact me on Tel: 01206 795244 or by e-mail:

Thank you. Ben Gourlay, Convener of Hospitality Committee.

Sunday Lunch Guests

We’d like to put together a rota of people to welcome and sign in our homeless guests at lunch each Sunday. As a volunteer you would be asked to write the name of the 16 guests in the book and then just be around to ensure that all is well with our guests.  If you are willing to join up please give your name to the office. If you would like to know more, then please contact Judith Roberts on 07973 202956 or email her at We would also be grateful for a volunteer to co-ordinate the rota.

Come and be social with St Columba’s

Friends of St Columba’s

The Friends of St Columba’s Annual General Meeting is TODAY, 1.30pm in the Upper  Hall.

Tea Together

The next Tea Together event will be the Strawberry Tea held in the Lower Hall, St Columba’s on Saturday, 23 June 2018 at 14.00 for tea and entertainment.  Regular attendees will receive their usual invitation.

However, if anyone knows of a member of the congregation or a friend who would enjoy a lovely afternoon of fellowship, please contact Jim Blackwood, Chair of Tea Together on 07961 893295.

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

Music Recitals

Three Sunday music recitals are planned later in 2018: September 16th,
October 21st and November 18th (all at 1:15pm). The series will commence with a bagpipe and organ recital in church on September 16th. The following month we welcome tenor Matthew Pochin to sing Schubert’s ‘Die schöne Müllerin’ in the Upper Hall, and the final recital on November 18th will include trumpet, organ and voice. Please do join us for this varied programme. There will be a retiring collection at the close of each recital for the upkeep of the series.

Naming the Beloved, Art Installation

In November this year, as part of marking of the 100th Anniversary of the End of the First World War, Scottish artist Gael Robertson will exhibit three
installations, within St Columba’s, as her response to the anniversary. Gael was the artist behind the “Breathing Spaces” project at St Columba’s in 2002.

Taking the St Columba’s Church Magazines of the wartime era as her starting point, her installations will focus on the themes of baptism, marriage and communion. In the Magazines of the period there are the rolls of honour for those members serving in the Armed Forces. But throughout the same period there are also the names of children baptised and couples married at St Columba’s – evidence of how regular life continued to be nurtured by the worshipping community.

While connecting to and honouring past generations, Gael is keen to link these things with the life of St Columba’s today. That is where you can get involved and contribute to the installation. There were approximately one hundred children baptised at St Columba’s between 1914-1918. Part of Gael’s installation is the creation of a blanket that includes the names of the baptised. On Sunday, as you leave church, it would be wonderful if you would take time to select one of those names and write it on the pieces of cloth provided. In time these individual pieces will be embroidered and stitched together to form part of the installation. Needles and threads are also on hand for anyone who wishes to embroider their chosen name at home and return it to church later. You can write in any style – childlike, joined up, curly – and can vary in size but not be too extreme small or large.

At a later date, there will also be the opportunity to record the names of
married couples as part of the installations’ accompanying soundscape. The installations are part of the wide-ranging programme of events co-ordinated by the Scots in Great War London group.

Save the Date Sunday 15th July 2018 Congregational Book Launch
Scots in Great War London: A Community on the Home Front and on the Front Line 1914 – 1919 Upper Hall, (1.15-2.15pm)

A first chance to hear from some of the authors to this year’s commemorative history, produced to mark the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I; part of the Scots in Great War London collaboration undertaken by ten of  London’s, Scottish organisations and associations. Further book details will follow and sign up for advance purchase of copies can be made at the bookstall.

Details of all Scots in Great War London events in 2018 are available at

Dates for your diary

The next Kirk Session Meeting is on the 29th June 2018.

The next Communion Service is on the 10th June 2018.

The next Evening Service is on the 2nd September 2018.

The next New Members Conference is on the 23rd September 2018.

Next Week at St Columba’s 


9.30 a.m.         All Age Early Service

11.00 am.        Morning Service

Revd Andrew Anderson

Minister 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