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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



Upcoming Events

Summer of Music 2017 at St Columba’s, Pont Street

This year we will have 3 musical concerts for 3 Sundays in July.

Sunday 2nd July 2017 – Tom Bell and Richard Braiser – Organ Duo Concert

1.15p.m.      Main Church

Tom is the artistic director of the London Organ Day and Organist and Choir Master at St Michael’s, Chester Square. Richard until recently has been the organ tutor at Sevenoaks School. He has just been appointed to the Academic Board at Royal College of Organists where he teaches group masterclasses and individual lessons.

Tom and Richard are now an established Organ Duo. Their repertoire includes original compositions, arrangements, and specially commissioned works. In 2017 they will launch a new outreach scheme in the DeMontfort Hall, Leicester, aimed at introducing more young people to the organ. A DVD recording is planned for 2018.

Programme for the 2nd July;

Carrillon de Westminster by Louis Verne

Carnival of the Animals extracts – Camille Saint-Saens





Urizen – Martin Bussey

Carnival of the Animal extract – Camille Saint-Saens





Le Jardin Suspendu – Jehan Alain

Fugue in c minor BWV – J.S. Bach/Edward Elgar (arr. Tom Bell)

Sunday 9th July 2017 – Hilary Cronin –  Soprano Recital  

1.15p.m.      Upper Hall

London based soprano Hilary Cronin is in demand as a soloist and ensemble singer. Recent engagements include Haydn’s Nelson Mass at Cranleigh School and Bach St John’s Passion at St Martin-in-the-Fields where she is a St Martin’s Voices Fellow, as well as Handel’s Messiah at the Bristol Old Vic with the Erebus Ensemble and Harry Bicket and The English Concert. Hilary currently sings at St Bartholomew the Great and is an alumna of Genesis Sixteen. Hilary has sung with groups including Eo Nomine, Renaissance, Illuminare, Siglo de Oro, Erebus and Britten Sinfonia Voices. Hilary covered the roles of Minerva in Monteverdi’s Ulysses’ Homecoming and Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto in English Touring Opera’s 2016 Autumn Season.

Hilary trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where she studied with Teresa Cahill and was a Robinson Hearn and Trinity London Scholar in addition to being the Dame Susan Morden Choral Scholar at the ORNC Chapel. Prior to this, Hilary read Music at Royal Holloway University of London where she received the Drivers Prize for Excellence in Performance and the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary and was a soloist for Hyperion recordings and live BBC Radio 3 Broadcasts with The Choir of Royal Holloway.

Hilary’s recital will feature English Song and works by Handel and Mozart.

Sunday 16th July 2017 – Duo Dispason: Stuart McGowan and John Maw – Mandolin and Mandola Concert

1.15p.m.      Upper Hall

Stuart McGowan and John Maw formed “Duo Diapason”, a mandolin and mandola duo, when they met during meetings of the Plucked Ensemble Masterclass, coached by the distinguished mandolinist, Travis Finch. Stuart and John have performed together in the London Mandolin Ensemble and the London Mandolin Quartet and ‘Duo Diapason’ has given several independent recitals in the London area. Tom Newell, a distinguished mandolinist and    violinist who studied under Alison Stephens at Trinity, coaches ‘Duo Diapason’.

Stuart has had a long career teaching guitar at North London Collegiate School and City of London Boy’s School. He has performed with The London Guitar Orchestra, with Gilbert Biberian’s New Omega Players and he has published numerous arrangements of music for the various ensembles with which he has worked.

John studied viola with Max Gilbert and chamber music with Sidney Griller at the Royal Academy of Music, before a career that including making bows for stringed instruments. Currently, John is a professional photographer and photography lecturer.



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 – 18 June 2017

Sunday 23rd July 2017

Eighth After Pentecost


9.30 a.m. – All Ages Early Service in the London Scottish Chapel

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}



Genesis 29: 15-28

Romans 8: 26-39

Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52



Give praise and thanks unto the Lord (Dunfermline)

The great love of God is revealed in the Son (Normandy)

The reign of God, like farmer’s field (Land of Rest)

‘Thy kingdom come!’- on bended knee (Irish)

O God, thou art the Father (Durrow)


Choir Anthems

O quam gloriosum           Victoria

O quam gloriosum est regnum in quo cum Christo

gaudent omnes Sancti; amicti stolis albis sequuntur
Agnum quocunque ierit.


O how glorious is the kingdom wherein with Christ

all the saints rejoice; clothed in white robes they follow
the Lamb wherever he goes.


Locus iste              Bruckner

Locus iste a Deo factus est,
Inaestimabile sacramentum,
irreprehensibilis est.


This place was made by God,
a priceless sacrament;
it is without reproach.


Elders on Duty

Team Leader

Deputy Team Leader

Michael Stevenson
Entrance Vestibule William Glasson

Sheila Nicoll

Catharine Robertson

Wheelchair Lift Gordon Cameron
Upper Vestibule Rosa Somerville

Jean Stevenson

Hymn Books Daphne Moore

Patricia Clarke

Jo Wallis

Hilary Natzler

Central Aisle Karen Cunningham

Robgert Mills

 Duty Beadle Gary Wallis



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. Children under 4 are invited to use our crèche (Lower Hall.) During July and August, Sunday School is in recess. Children’s activity sheets are available from the back of the church. For new/visiting families, who wish their children to remain in church throughout the service, the Children’s Quiet Corner is available. Please ensure a supervising adult accompanies your child and please be sensitive to the needs of fellow worshippers.

Sunday’s lesson reader is St Columba’s member, Neil Price.

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.


St Columba’s Members

We are sad to announce that Rachel Barnes, wife of our former organist Gerald Barnes, died at the end of last week. Details of funeral arrangements will be intimated when they are available.


The funeral of Nancy Arnott will be held at West Norwood Crematorium on Thursday 17th August at 11am.


Divine Dine (Meetings for younger adults)

Summer Social BBQ on Thursday 17th August

Supper and Bible Study on Joshua 28th September

7pm arrival for 7.30-9pm. For further information and to book your place please contact Andrea or the office. (


Women’s Fellowship Group

The Women’s Fellowship Group that meets on Wednesday morning takes a break now for the summer, restarting in September. For more details about the group contact Susan Pym at


Congregational Mailing – Volunteers Needed

10.00am – 12.30pm, Wednesday 9th August Congregational Mailing; volunteers needed to collate mail out to membership. Sociable and helpful! Please sign up via Office.


Reformation 500

Our series of visits to other churches to remember and reflect on the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation continues with a visit to LUMEN UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, 88 Tavistock Place WC1H 9RS, on Sunday 27 August 2017 at 6.30pm. They are planning Compline with a gaelic psalm sung by the London Gaelic Choir, followed by light refreshments and a lecture by Deputy General Secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland on “The Reformers and Islam”

Our turn to host a visit of other denominations as part of “London Still Reforming”  is the afternoon of 1 October 2017, when we will remember the Scottish Reformation with slides, a short talk, music, worship and a good Scottish Afternoon Tea. Mark the day in your diary to make this a merry occasion.


Reformation 500 at Westminster Abbey: are you interested to attend a service in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 31st October, Noon to mark the begin of the Reformation? The service will be led by the Dean of Westminster, the Reverend Dr John Hall and The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby will give the Address. A new anthem, commissioned for the occasion by Danish composer, Bent Sørensen will be performed by the Westminster Abbey Special Choir. Among those attending will be representatives of Lutheran churches in the United Kingdom. Apply for free tickets. All are welcome.

This service is followed by a symposium Liberated by God’s Grace:1517-2017 -500 Years of Reformation in St Margaret’s Church on Tuesday 31st October, 2.30 pm – 6.00 pm. This symposium: ‘Liberated by God’s Grace’ will bring together leading academics to analyse the ongoing impact of the Reformation.  What has been its effect on subsequent generations, not only for our churches but also for our wider self-understanding and social order? Chair: The Right Reverend Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington

To find out more and to apply for free tickets please go to

or speak to the office as soon as possible.



Germany Trip

Due to someone unfortunately having to withdraw, there is a vacancy on the congregational trip to Germany “In Luther’s Footsteps”. The trip by coach

departs from St Columba’s on Sunday 17 September and returns the following Saturday 23 September. The vacancy is for single occupancy rooms in hotels. If anyone is interested in filling this available space, please could they contact Neil or Andrea Price at church or on any of these contacts:


Landline: 020 7610 6994

Mobile: 07500 445039


Women’s Book Group

The Women’s Book Club next meeting will be held on Wednesday 26 September at Pamela Thompson’s house in W1.  The book will be Uncertain Light by Marian Molteno.  Summer reading will still include A Notable Woman: the Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt.


London Gaelic Services at Crown Court

The next London Gaelic service will be 10th September conducted by Revd Donald J Morrison. All are welcome to attend.


Sporting Events

For our sporting enthusiasts, two upcoming events:

T20 cricket at Lord’s, Middlesex v Sussex

Thursday 10th August at 6.15 p.m.

Tickets £20, £5 for u16s.

Rugby at the Richmond Athletic Ground, London Scottish v Nottingham

Saturday 16th September at 3.00 p.m.

Tickets  £25, £20 for OAPs & students.

All interested, please contact David Stewart on 07732 849988 or


Save the Date

Sunday 10th September 10.00 – 10.45am Congregational Family Breakfast catered by the Divine Diners. A tasty launch to Stewardship Month, Rededication Sunday and the restart of Sunday School.

Thursday 21st September International Day of Peace

Sunday 24th September 1.30 – 4.00pm New Members’ Conference

Friday 6th October Glass Door Sleep Out

Sunday 8th October Harvest Festival

1.15pm Congregational Talk: From Power to Prison to Peace.

To mark Prisons Week, former cabinet Minister, Jonathan Aitken will speak about Prisons and Prison Ministry.




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 13th August 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 3rd September at 5.00 p.m.

The next Service of Holy Communion is on Sunday 24th September at 11.00 a.m.


Next Week

Sunday 6th August


11.00 a.m.             Morning Service

Preacher – Revd Angus MacLeod

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)


I Tiimothy  6:6-19

Luke 16:19-31



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



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.



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 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.




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

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).



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:


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: or Neil Price:


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 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