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Christian Aid 2017

Christian Aid Week: 14-20 May 2017 – Get Involved:

Sunday Breakfast & Collection Friday

On Sunday 7th May (10.00-10.45am) we are holding a congregational breakfast at which a speaker from Christian Aid will explain this year’s campaign and answer some of the questions collectors sometimes get asked. These activities give us a great chance to assist Christian Aid and some of the world’s poorest, who it serves. St Columba’s has permission to collect at Victoria & Green Park Stations on Friday 19 May between 7.00am and 7.00pm, as part of Christian Aid Week. Thirty six volunteer collectors, giving two hours each, would ensure maximum coverage. If you are able to help, please give your name to the Church Office by telephone 02075842321 or office@stcolumbas.org.uk.

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Sunday 27th November 1st Sunday of Advent
11.00 a.m. Service of Holy Communion

Preacher – Revd Angus MacLeod

1.15 p.m. Christmas Crafts in the Upper Hall

Come and make tree decorations for this year’s

Christmas Tree

5.00 p.m. Service of Readings & Hymns for Advent

Preacher – Revd Andrea Price

Tuesday 29th November  
6.30 p.m. Kirk in the City” Service at St Margaret’s,

Lothbury (nr Bank Tube)

Preacher – Right Rev Dr Russell Barr,

Moderator of the General Assembly

of the Church of Scotland

Sunday 4th December 2nd Sunday of Advent
11.00 a.m. Morning Service & Baptisms

Preacher – Right Rev Dr Russell Barr,

Moderator of the General Assembly

of the Church of Scotland.

1.30 p.m. Poetry Recital by Kenneth Steven (Upper Hall)

Sponsored by the Friends of St Columba’s.

Donations welcome.

5.00 p.m. Annual Bereavement Service

Preacher – Revd Angus MacLeod

Sunday 11th December 3rd Sunday of Advent
11.00 a.m. Morning Service & Nativity in Words and

Music lead by the children of the Sunday School

Preacher – Revd Andrea Price

1.15 p.m. Write for Rights – Amnesty International

Come and write messages of support to people around the world who have suffered unjust imprisonment and support their campaigns for justice. 

 

Sunday 18th December 4th Sunday of Advent
11.00 a.m. Morning Service {No Sunday School}

Preacher – Revd Angus MacLeod

5.00 p.m. Service of Lessons & Carols by

Candlelight followed by a Reception on behalf of Borderline, serving homeless Scots in London

 

Saturday 24th December Christmas Eve
11.15 p.m. Watch Night Service

Preacher – Revd Andrea Price

Sunday 25th December Christmas Day
10.00 a.m. Holy Communion

London Scottish Chapel

Preacher– Revd Angus MacLeod

11.00 a.m. Family Service

Preacher– Revd Angus MacLeod

Sunday 1st January New Years Day
11.00 a.m. Morning Service & Baptisms

{No Sunday School}

Preacher– Revd Andrea Price

5.00 p.m. Evening Service

Preacher– Revd Angus MacLeod

Sunday 8th January Epiphany
11.00 a.m. Morning Service

Preacher– Revd Andrea Price

Reformation 500

Congregational Outing & Reformation 500

2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, begun by Martin Luther. St Columba’s is one of twelve London congregations offering monthly gatherings to help meet and reflect together on reformation history and being Church today. The booklet “Still Reforming – Reformation on London’s Doorsteps” , on the bookstall (£1.), gives more details.

The March event is a gathering at The Swiss Church in London, (79 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9DY ) Saturday 11th March. Starting at 1pm with light lunch on the doorsteps with sausages, cheese, and bread. 2.30pm. Talk by Prof. Rebecca Giselbrecht, University of Zurich, on “The Swiss Reformation, its men, and its women” followed by Q&A. 4pm. Opportunity to see the exhibition by the art students of Goldsmiths college related to Iconoclasm and the Reformation which will be on display at the church, coffee and tea. Sign up via Office.

You may also want to look at the Reformation Booklet in more detail- it can be viewed here Booklet-500-Reformation-final or copies can be found at the Bookstall (suggested donation of £1 per copy).

Weekly Newsletter – 28 May 2017

Sunday 28th May 2017

Seventh Sunday after Easter

 

10.30 a.m. – onwards – Crèche in the Lower Hall

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

A short service of Holy Communion and prayers for those in need will be held in the London Scottish Chapel after the service. 

12.15 p.m. –  Lunch in the Lower Hall {£3.00} All welcome

                     Coffee in the Upper Hall  {by donation}

Readings

Acts 1: 1-14

Peter 4: 12-14

Peter 5: 6-11

John 17: 1-11

Hymns

 Let all the world in every corner sing (Luckington)

Out of sight the Lord has gone (Gentle Jesus)

Christ triumphant, ever reigning (Guiting Power)

Blessing and honour and glory and power (Bonnie George Campbell)

Look, ye saints, the sight is glorious! (Regent Square)

Choir Anthems

O God the King of Glory         Purcell   

All people clap your hands      Weelkes

Elders on Duty

Team Leader

Deputy Team Leader

Elizabeth Fox

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

 Duty Beadle
Bob Harman 

 

Welcome
We are delighted to welcome visitors to Sunday’s worship. Please make yourself known to one of the ministers or elders and fill in our Visitors’ Book at the Welcome Desk.
Welcome

Children under 4 are invited to use our crèche (Lower Hall) and children over 4 to join our Sunday School after the Children’s Talk. 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. 

Lunch (£3 per person) and coffee are available after the service in the downstairs halls.

Sunday’s lesson reader is St Columba’s elder, Kate MacNish. 

The Minister is on leave.

St Columba’s Members

We are sorry to announce the death of Mrs Anne Winternitz on the 25th May 2017. Details of her funeral will be published when available.

St Columba’s Website  

Please visit our website for information about what is happening at St Columba’s every week. The Sunday Sermon is posted online (script and audio) each week. www.stcolumbas.org.uk.

 

 Discipleship 

Reformation 500 at St Columba’s – Planning Meeting

On Sunday 1 October 2017 (4pm to 6pm), St Columba’s will be the hosts of the monthly “Doorstep” gathering to mark the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation.  To help with the organisation of the event please come on Sunday 28 May at 1.15pm to Andrea’s office for a planning meeting.

Reformation 500

2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, begun by Martin Luther. St Columba’s is one of twelve London congregations offering monthly gatherings to help meet and reflect together on Reformation history and being Church today. The booklet “Still Reforming – Reformation on London’s Doorsteps” , on the bookstall (£1), gives more details. 

The June event is hosted by the French Protestant Church of London (8-9 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QD) on Saturday 10th June 2017 at 6 pm.  (Change of time) An exhibition and a talk, The French Protestant Church will take you on a journey from France to London, and try to figure out a difficult life was in France for the Protestants, why they left, and how they settled in London until today. 

Women’s Fellowship Group

The Women’s Fellowship Group meets at 10.30am every Wednesday in the Upper Hall. For more details about the group contact Susan Pym at susanpym@yahoo.co.uk.

Divine Dine (Meetings for younger adults)

Join us on Thursday 8 June at 7.30pm for supper and a conversation with Revd Angus MacLeod about St Columba’s at the time of WWI and our commemorations in 2018.

Friends of St Columba’s

The Friends of St Columba’s will hold their Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 11th June 2017, commencing at 2.00 p.m. in the Upper Hall. Tea and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the Meeting. All are welcome.

 

Social

Happy Hour

Our next Happy Hour will be the Summer Social evening at St Columba’s on Wednesday 7 June from 6.30 – 8.30 pm. This is a relaxed occasion for first-time visitors to meet others in the congregation, and for regular attendees and those who haven’t been to a City meeting for a while to get together before the summer break. All are welcome – we look forward to seeing you there.

 

Women’s Book Club 

The Women’s Book Club’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday 21 June at Patricia Clarke’s house in Putney to discuss Days without End by Sebastian Barry.

Over the summer the club has planned to read A Notable Woman: the romantic journals of Jean Lucey Pratt by Simon Garfield .

Don’t forget you can order your copy of the book at the Bookstall.

 

 Congregational Announcements
Prayer Meeting

On the second Sunday of each month members of the congregation gather in the London Scottish Chapel for a fifteen or so minute period of prayer before the morning service.  The next meeting is Sunday 11th June at 10.00 a.m.  Please join us if you can for this time of quiet prayer.  You will be most welcome.

 

The next Sunday Evening Service is on Sunday 4 June at 5.00 p.m
The next Service of Holy Communion is on Sunday 11 June at 11.00 a.m.

 

Next Week

Sunday 4 June 2017

 

11.00 a.m.             Morning Service & Baptisms

Preacher – Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD

 

5.00 p.m.             Songs of Praise

Led by Revd Andrea Price 

Weekly Newsletter 9 October 2016

 

Sunday 25th September 2016

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

10.30 a.m.     onwards – Crèche in the Lower Hall
11.00 a.m.     Holy Communion

Preacher – Revd Andrea Price

12.15 p.m.     Lunch in the Lower Hall  {£3}  All welcome

Coffee in the Upper Hall  {by donation}

1.15p.m.        Congregational talk with Matthew Syed (Upper Hall)
 

Readings:

I Tiimothy  6:6-19

Luke 16:19-31

 

Hymns:

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the king of creation (Labr den Herren)

 

God of great and God of small (Sleeth)

Safe in the shadow of the Lord (Creator God)

Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts (Maryton)

Ye gates, lift up your heads (St George’s)

 

Choir Anthems:

Tantum Ergo                             Terry

Ave Verum                               Elgar

 

Elders on Duty

 

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

Betsy Wilkie

Gillian Smith

 Wheelchair Lift David Nicolson

Roderick Buchanan

 Upper Vestibule Susan Pym

Catharine McDonald

 Hymn Books Anne Wilson

Jill Steele

Hugh Pym

Alison Buchanan

 Central Aisle Stuart Steele

Nigel Roberts

 Duty Beadle  David Clark

 

Welcome

If loaves and fishes are biblical, then this month cooking oil and tuna are equally shareable. Stewardship Month culminates on Sunday 2nd October with the Harvest Festival Service & Baptisms at 11am. The Flower Guild always ensure the sanctuary is beautifully adorned. Then we have the opportunity to respond by donating cans of tuna and olive/cooking oil to the work of the Upper Room food charity. Donations are welcome on Sunday 25th September and 2nd October, or to the Office during the week. And don’t forget Times columnist and British Olympian, Matthew Syed speaks on Talents this Sunday at 1.15pm (Upper Hall) as part of Stewardship Month. Should be well worth a listen!

 

Lesson Reader 

Today’s lesson reader is St Columba’s elder, Stuart Steele.

 

Intimations

If you would like an intimation to be printed in the Order of Service and the E-Newsletter please make sure it is sent to admin@stcolumbas.org.uk by the Wednesday at 12pm on the week you would like it printed. Many thanks.

 

Flower Guild

The flowers today are sponsered in memory of Ann and David Clark, parents of David Clark.

 

Discipleship

 

It’s all about the talents! Stewardship Month Sign Up.

There are a variety of opportunities to sign up and enjoy activities planned by the Stewardship Committee.

 

Sunday at 1.15pm

Today British Olympian table tennis player, journalist, author and broadcaster, Matthew Syed will be a guest speaker as part of our autumn Stewardship Campaign on the theme of Talents.

 

The visit to Queens Park Rangers Football Club has now been changed from Friday 7th October to Tuesday the 18th October, 6.30pm.

A guided tour in the company of the Club Chaplain; then watch their QPR take on Bristol City. Ticket Price TBC. (Sign up with Office by 10th October)

 

The Celebratory 60th Anniversary Ceilidh on Saturday 5th November,featuring, among other attractions, the premiere of the St Columba’s “Scratch” Orchestra. It’s all about the talents! Tickets go on sale after the service on Sunday in the Entrance Vestibule.

 

Divine Dine (For those over 18 years of age.)

Will meet next on Wednesday 28 September at 7pm for a 7.30pm supper. We will then look together at the book of Leviticus. Who is up for that challenge?

 

Young Church Sofasessions with Revd Andrea Price

“Live to work or work to live? Secure Livelihoods”.

When: Sunday 2 October at 12.15 for lunch and then in Andrea’s office  Finish: 2pm

Sunday 13 November is Remembrance Service in Church at 10.45. We will meet at 12.15 for lunch and then have a Sofasession as above on “Conflict”.  Finish: 2pm

 

Happy Hour

Happy Hour will be on  Wednesday 5 October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Bottlescrue Bar, 31-33 Foster Lane EC2V 6HD (nearest tube station St Paul’s.) The discussion will be on “Home”; having a home, giving up a home and being homeless. Suggested previewing “TedX Talk on YouTube: “Buying Time by Giving Up My Home” by Lydia Kan. Anyone is welcome to come along: we meet in the private room to the right of the bar and share the cost of refreshments.

 

“On the Road”  at St Columba’s, Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 6.35pm

The Church of Scotland is going ‘On the Road’ this autumn running a series of day and evening events across Scotland and beyond to listen to the voice of people in the local Church– to hear our views on what we need to do to enable a flourishing Church into the 2020s and beyond.

‘On the Road’ is a process designed to enable the national Councils, who exist only to support the local Church in its mission and ministry, to plan well for the future. Like every household throughout the land, they need to prioritise what they do and what they spend – and they need our ideas and wisdom to do that well. These events are an open invitation to everyone connected with the Church. Whether you are a regular worshiper, or an occasional attender; whether you take a leadership role in your local Church or simply drop in from time to time – ‘On the Road’ wants to hear from you. They want to hear from folks from every background and every congregation: don’t leave it to someone else – come and have your say! ‘On the Road’ will take time to listen to your thinking. It will also share some new ideas which the General Assembly has agreed we should try out, asking how you

respond to them. This process of listening and sharing will contribute to future planning – prioritising what we do to be more effective in supporting discipleship, mission and ministry. For more detail see http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/on_the_road

It is also requested that people “sign up” at the “book now” button on the website to indicate their attendance. This is not a ticket of admission but an indication to the organisers around logistics. (ie knowing how much material to print etc).

 

Meeting God in Paul

Prompted by Rowan William’s short book, Meeting God in Paul (cost: £8.99) we will meet for three evenings of Bible Study on the Apostle Paul.

Where: St Columba’s

When: 7pm on Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 16th and Tuesday 22nd November 2016. Please let the office know if you would like to take part (RSVP by Monday 31 October 2016) and if you would like to buy the book (helpful but not compulsory).

 

Social

The Friends of St Columba’s Visit to Westminster Abbey,

20 Dean’s Yard, London, SW1P 3PA, Friday, 7th October 2016

On Friday 7th October 2016, led by Abbey Guides, the Friends of St Columba’s will visit Westminster Abbey (10.45am -1.00pm.) The visit will be based on a “Links with Scotland” theme. The visit is open to everyone in the congregation. The cost of the visit is £15 per head, enabling a donation to Westminster Abbey and raising funds for the Friends. Following the visit people may wish to take lunch at the Cellarium Café, inside Westminster Abbey (cost not included in £15.) Numbers are limited to forty. To sign up and pay, contact the Church

Office; cash/cheques payable to “The Friends of St Columba’s”. For further information please contact Donald Lauder, Honorary Secretary of  The Friends of St Columba’s. E-mail: friendsofstcolumbas@gmail.com.

 

Women’s Book Group

The Women’s Book Club’s next meeting will be held at Pamela Thompson’s house in W1H on Wednesday 26th October 2016. The book will be “The Little Red Chairs” by Edna O’Brien.

Don’t forget you can order your copy of the book at the Bookstall.

 

Burns Supper 2017

The Burns Supper will be held on the Saturday 21 January 2017 and tickets will go on sale after the Church Service on the 27th November 2016.

 

In Martin Luther’s Footsteps 2017

We are making plans for a trip to Germany to visit a few of Martin Luther’s sites on the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation.

When: 17 – 23 September 2017      How: coach from and to St Columbas.

If you are interested and would like to receive more information please contact:

Andrea: associateminister@stcolumbas.org.uk or Neil Price: neilaprice51@gmail.com

 

Vocations Conference  – Saturday 5th November 2016, The Royal George Hotel, Perth

In 2014 the Church of Scotland began to dream a dream of training 30 ministers per year, more than twice the average over the previous five years.  In 2015, even with the campaign launch part of the way through the year, we recruited 31 new candidates, 21 of them for the full-time Ministry of Word and Sacrament, an   increase of 50% on recent years.  We’re both thankful and ambitious, determined to build on that success and to find more Church members who may be inspired by those who have already said ‘Is it me, Lord?’ and willing to ask that question of themselves. The Vocations Conference is the vital and immensely useful first step for everyone sensing a calling to ordained ministry in the Church of Scotland. For more information see www.tomorrowscalling.org or ask the Ministers.

 

 

 

Congregational Announcements

 

Prayer Meeting

On the second  Sunday of each month members of the congregation gather in the London Scottish Chapel for a fifteen or so minute period of prayer before the morning service.  The next meeting is on Sunday 9 October at 10.15 a.m.  Please join us if you can for this time of quiet prayer.  You wil be most welcome.

 

The next Sunday Evening Service is on Sunday 2 October at 5.00 p.m 

The next Service of Holy Communion is on Sunday 25 September at 11.00 a.m.

 

 Next Week

2 October 2016

 

11.00 a.m.         Harvest Festival and Baptisms

Preacher – Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD

  5.00 p.m.         Evening Service

 Preacher – Revd Andrea Price