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Weekly Newsletter – Easter

St Columba’s Church of Scotland

Easter Newsletter


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.

Services for Easter

Maundy Thursday – 18th April 

8pm   Maundy Thursday Service

Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD

Good Friday – 19th April   

11am – Good Friday Service

Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD

Easter Day – 21st April

11am  Easter Day Communion

Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD


Please note that the Church Office will be closed from 4pm on the 18th April and will reopen at 9am on the 23rd April.




SUNDAY Lent Prayers 2019: Poetry, Scripture & Silent Prayer

All Sundays in Lent, (10th March to Easter Sunday): Poetry/Scripture for the season; gather with others for a short time of silent prayer led by the
Minister and Congregational Prayer Group. London Scottish Chapel (10.15-10.30am.)


Lenten Appeal 2019 – Young Lewisham Project (YLP)

The Young Lewisham Project was established in 1974 and, working with local schools and colleges, provides young people aged 13-19 with much needed opportunities to improve their lives. A small team of staff and volunteers run: educational training courses, off-site activities and after school and holiday activities. Some courses include, motorcycle mechanics, bicycle maintenance, literacy and numeracy support, gardening, life skills, preparing for work and/or return to full time education. A YLP Representative will be doing a brief talk during the Sunday service on 10 March and 14 April.

We hope to raise between £4k to £5k and Lenten Appeal donations would be used to help YLP continue their valuable project work with the young people in the Lewisham and Forest Hill area. White Lenten Appeal envelopes for donations are available in the pews and can be placed in the offering bags during the morning service. Mission Committee.


EASTER DAY- Delivering Flower Guild Easter Gifts

We request help from the congregation in delivering gifts of plants to members unable to be with us in Church today.  Please go to the Library immediately after the service where flowering plants will be ready for collection.  These gifts are  always received with pleasure and appreciation and are a lovely way of affirming connections.

Easter Lilies, Preparation of the Sanctuary and Holy Communion

Thank you to those involved organising and donating the Easter lilies. The list of those remembered is on display. Thanks too, for those who have decorated the church and prepared the communion; these are beautiful contributions to our worship and much appreciated. During communion, if you wish to receive gluten-free bread, please indicate to the serving elder. All wine served is non-alcoholic.

Sunday School & Easter Holidays

Sunday School meets up until, and including, Palm Sunday (14th April 2019.) It is then on holiday for two Sundays – Easter Day (21st April 2019) and Sunday 28th April 2019. On Easter Morning our young people are most welcome at the 11am Service. There will be a Children’s Address and activity sheets provided, with space set aside for the children in one of the chapels. (Please note adult supervision is not provided and will rely on help from parents on the day.) The children will be invited back into the main sanctuary to be with family members during the celebration of communion.



Annual General Meeting of the Congregation, Sunday 12th May, 1.30 pm

Please do join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Congregation; it is a good opportunity to hear more about the past year and what lies ahead. It is the opportunity to ask questions and to say thank you to a variety of people who do so much to maintain and enhance the life of our congregation.

Women’s Fellowship Group

The Women’s Fellowship will not meet on Wednesday 17th April, but will return on Wednesday 24th April.

Christian Aid Week: 12-18 May: Collectors needed:

Friday 17 May:  Green Park Tube Station

Between 7.00am and 7.00pm

Saturday 18 May:  Victoria Station (Mainline, Network Rail)

7.00am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 7.00pm

To be a collector, sign up at the Bookstall or contact Naomi Donaldson on or via the Church Office. Many thanks.


Happy Hour

Happy Hour’s next session is on Wednesday 1 May 6.30pm – 8.30pm at The Bottlescrue 31/33 Foster Lane EC2V 6HD with the discussion theme:
Mustard seeds and oil lamps ….parables for 2019?  Bring examples and

This is an open group and welcomes newcomers. Just turn up on the evening and you’ll find us in the Loire Room at the rear of the bar enjoying social fellowship and refreshments.

“Divine Dine” (for younger adults)

Come join us on 9th May at 18:30 where we’ll have some dinner and discuss “How does our image of God affect us, personally, as Christians and society?” If you would like to come please let Fraser Stockton know on 07896881965 or

Curry and Chaat

Please join us on Thursday 23rd May at 6.30pm for Mental Health Week 2019, Curry and Chaat evening in the Upper Hall. The aim of Curry & Chat is simple: get together with friends, enjoy a delicious curry and raise awareness for the Mental Health Foundation and their vision of a world with good mental health for all and for a less stressed nation. If you would like to attend please email or call Lucy in the Church Office on or 02075842321.

All Age Early Service – May-July

Starting  Sunday 19th May, the All-Age Early Service returns with informal worship, music, story-telling and prayer; followed by refreshments. Volunteer to tell stories, play music, do refreshments or lead prayers; contact the office for details. (London Scottish Chapel, 9.30-10.00am)



SAVE THE DATE – A Flower Arranging Demonstration

On Saturday 18th May the Flower Guild will be hosting a demonstration on caring for flowers and plant material and creating an arrangement. The session will take place in the Sanctuary of the Church between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm, followed by coffee. We invite all who enjoy flowers, like to have them in the home, appreciate seeing them in church and may be interested in seeing how an arrangement comes to life, to come along. All will be welcome and we hope to see many of you when we welcome Helen Bird, a professional demonstrator, to St Columba’s in May.


SAVE THE DATE Children’s Concert – Sunday 19th May, 1.15pm

Part of the Sounds of St Columba’s monthly recital series, children’s programme of music, performed by young and old.

St Columba’s Knitting Group

The St Columba’s Knitting Group meets in the Library on the third
Wednesday of every month. Bring a sandwich.  Tea and coffee are provided.
Please see Susan Pym or Fiona Lang on Sundays for more details or email

St Columba’s Dancers

The St Columba’s Dancers meet every Monday, except Christmas and Bank
Holidays, until May 2018. Come and join us in the Lower Hall from 7.15-9.50pm. For more information contact Valerie Strachan on 02086935335, or visit the website,

Crown Court Church Tercentenary

On Friday 3rd May – Tercentenary Ball at the Caledonian Club, drinks, dinner and dancing. Tickets are £85 available from Crown Court Church.

Next Week at St Columba’s 

28 April 2019

11.00 a.m. – Morning Service 

Preacher – Revd Andrew Anderson

No Sunday School

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