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St C’s Proms

Change of Date & Sign Ups: Proms at St Columba’s

Get ready for Proms at St Columba’s. Saturday 9th November 2019 (5-8pm)  An all-generations evening of picnics, entertainment and singalong, in the Lower Hall. Consummate professionals and eager amateurs all welcome. If you are interested in taking a turn on the stage (playing a musical instrument, telling a story, reciting a poem or singing a song) sign up with the Church Office. Tickets on sale in September.






2nd May


Sunday 5 May
Sixth Sunday of Easter

Verse of the Week

Revelation Chapter 22 verses 1 and 2

Eden restored
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal,
   flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
   down the middle of the great street of the city.
On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit,
   yielding its fruit every month.
And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.


   11.00 a.m. Morning Service – Holy Baptism

       Preacher – Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD

Acts 16 : 9 – 15
Revelation 21 : 10 & 21 : 22 – 22 : 5
St John 5 : 1 – 9
Hymn 715 – Behold! the mountain of the Lord {Tune: Glasgow}
Hymn 631 – A little child the Saviour came {Tune: Commandments}
Hymn 166 – Lord of all hopefulness {Tune: Slane}
Hymn 710 – ‘I have a dream’, a man once said {Tune: Repton}
Hymn 404 – I danced in the morning {Tune: Lord of the Dance}
Non vos relinquam, William Byrd
Greater Love, John Ireland
Sonata II in A Major – Allegro Maestoso – (Mendelssohn)
Elders on Duty
Team Leader Kate Macnish
Deputy Team Leader Charlotte Bradford
Entrance  Vestibule Gordon Cameron
Patricia Clarke
Sheila Nicoll
Upper Vestibule Charlotte Bradford
Margaret Brown
Hymn Books Robert Mills
Daphne Moore
Joanne Wallis
Central Aisle Robin Forrest
Janet Mothersill
Side Aisles Jean Stevenson
William Glasson
Duty Beadle John Laurie
    5.00 p.m. Evening Service – Hymns of Praise
         Preacher – Revd Alistair F Cumming MSc CCS

Hymn 436 – Christ triumphant, ever reigning {Tune: Guiting Power}
Hymn 747 – Jerusalem the golden {Tune: Ewing}
Hymn 465 – Be thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart {Tune: Slane}
Hymn 167 – Guide me, O thou great Jehovah {Tune: Cwm Rhondda}
Hymn 268 – O God of Bethel! by whose hand {Tune: Salzburg (Haydn)}
Hymn 737 – Will your anchor hold in the storms of life {Tune: Will your anchor hold}
Hymn 691 – Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side {Tune: Finlandia}
Hymn 547 – What a friend we have in Jesus {Tune: Converse}
Hymn 561 – Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! {Tune: Blessed assurance}
Vocations Conference
The Church of Scotland Vocations Conference will be held at West Park Conference Centre, Dundee from Friday 28 June 2013 (5.45pm) to Saturday 29 June 2013 (4pm.) The conference is not only intended for those who have an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament (Full Time or OLM), Diaconal Ministry or Readership, but also for a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God.  Attendance at the Conference is the first step which any candidate for Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or the Readership must take in his/her assessment as a potential candidate for training.  For further details speak either to the Minister or Carol-Anne Frame at the Ministries Council (0131 225 5722.)
Hymns of Praise – Sunday 5 May, at 5pm
The Evening Service on Sunday 5 May is a Hymns of Praise Service, giving StColumbans the opportunity to sing their favourite hymns.  Please come and be part of this enjoyable, annual service led by the congregational choir.
St Columba’s Happy Hour
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 8 May (please note the change of date) from 6.30 p.m. in the City Pipe, 31 – 33 Foster Lane (off Cheapside) EC2V 6HD.  Further details from Alistair Cumming or from the Church office.  Happy Hour takes a break in June, July and August but resumes on Wednesday 4 September and on the first Wednesday of each month thereafter.
Summer Family/All Age Worship Services 2013
During the months of July and August while Sunday School takes a holiday, St Columba’s has offered an additional Family/All Age Worship Service at 9.30am in addition to the 11am Morning Worship.  This year the intention is to develop the 9.30am service with the help of congregational volunteers and talents.  The call is therefore to anyone – musician, reader, prayer, story-teller, singer, young family or retired who would like to contribute to those services.  There was an initial meeting to discuss ideas and plans on Sunday 28 April and a second meeting is planned for 1pm on Sunday 26 May.  If you are interested please contact the Minister as soon as possible.
Christian Aid
As in previous years St Columba’s has been allocated Victoria Main Line Station for collections on Friday 17 May.  We are allowed to collect from 7am to 7pm and up to six people at any one time are permitted.  On the assumption that people are able to do 2 hour slots (although of course 1 hour slots are also available) that means that we are looking for at least 36 volunteers.  Would anyone who is interested in signing up for a slot, please contact Jean Stevenson on 07802 204 002 or  Collecting can also be done on the King’s Road onSaturday 18 May.
Milk and Honey: Church with Children
Children aged six and under along with their siblings, families and carers are invited to a fun-packed afternoon of craft, play and worship on Sunday 19 May from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.  We’ll meet after lunch in the Sunday School room. These sessions are a great way to meet other young families in the church.  Please contact Fiona Lang for more information or to confirm your attendance.
On this baptismal Sunday we draw your attention to some books which might appeal to younger members of the congregation.  For the quite small we would recommend The Raven’s Tale by Kenneth Steven, who visited us recently to read some of his poetry.  For young girls we suggest Cherished might be worth a look and, for teenaged boys or girls, One Man’s War might be a bit of an eye-opener.  Those with African connections might find Faith Like Potatoes an inspirational (and true) story.
St Columba’s Scottish Country Dancing
Dancing continues on Monday 13 May (no dancing on Bank Holiday Monday 6 May) with dancing to recorded music.  Dancing from 7.30 p.m. in the Lower Hall.
The Women’s Fellowship Group
We continue our study of The Parables on Wednesday 8 May.  The group meets in the Upper Hall from 10.00 a.m. when we enjoy a coffee, and we finish about 11.00a.m.  We have started a new study on The Parables.  For further information contact Susan Pym on 020 8969 3774 or on
Second Hand Books
Thank you for all the books which have been handed in for the second hand bookstall in the Library.  We are very grateful for all the donations but please no more donations until further notice.
Sunday School
It would be appreciated if parents could both take their children to Sunday School and collect them after the service.
Congregational Announcements

We are sorry to announce the death of St Columba’s member Miss Mary-Ellen Crawford, of Anselm Road, London, SW6, who died on Monday 29 April.  Miss Crawford had been a member at St Columba’s since 1947.  Funeral arrangements have yet to be made.
Prayer Meeting
On the second Sunday of each month members of the congregation gather in the London Scottish Chapel at 10.15 a.m. for a twenty or so minute period of prayer.  The next meeting takes place on Sunday 12 May.  Please join us if you can for this time of quiet prayer, you will be most welcome.
The Next Evening Service is a Hymns of Praise Service on
Sunday 5 May at 5.00 p.m.
The next Service of Holy Communion is on
Sunday 9 June at 11.00 a.m.
The Bible
Next Week 

Sunday 12 May
Seventh Sunday of Easter
  10.15 a.m. Prayer Meeting in the London Scottish Chapel

11.00 a.m. Morning Service

        Preacher – Revd Alistair F Cumming MSc CCS
       See you in Church!

Tea Together

Tea Together has operated at St. Columba’s for many years providing quarterly events for senior St. Columba’s members and friends from the surrounding area. Events are held on Saturday afternoons and at least one per year involves an outing to a nearby park with transport provided from Pont Street.

All events in the Church have entertainment and a sumptuous tea. The entertainment can be either a Church group such as dancers, professional entertainers or young musicians known to committee members.

We frequently entertain in excess of thirty people, and new members are always welcome. A helping hand with planning, catering, entertainment, driving, or muscle on the day is always warmly welcomed. Dates are in the order-of-service and on the website.

For further information or to volunteer to help, please contact the Chairman, Jim Blackwood : tel. 07961 893295 or email