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Weekly Newsletter – 17th February 2019

St Columba’s Church of Scotland

Weekly Newsletter – 17th February 2019


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.

This Sunday the 17th February 2019, Revd Andrew Anderson MA BD will be preaching at the 11.00am Morning Service. 

Sunday School for children aged 4+ and creche for our younger children are available. 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.

Lunch (£3.50 per person) is available in the Lower Hall and coffee in the Upper Hall.  You are most welcome to join us.

Hymns This Week 

Hymn 59         Oh, come, and let us to the Lord (Irish)

Hymn 348       Praise the One who breaks the darkness (Joel)

Hymn 466       Before the throne of God above (Before the throne of God above)

Hymn 559       There is a Redeemer (Melody Green)

Hymn 167       Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (Cwm Rhondda)

Choir Anthems

God be in my head                                David Briggs b 1962

Jehovah quam multi sunt hostes mei       H. Purcell 1659-1695


Old Testament Reading: Exodus 17: 1-7

Gospel Reading: John 4: 1-15

Sunday’s lesson reader is St Columba’s elder, Michael Stevenson.


Elders on Duty

Team Leader  Michael Stevenson
Deputy Team Leader
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

Robert Mills

 Duty Beadle Gary Wallis


Visiting Preacher

We warmly welcome St Columba’s member and friend, Reverend Andrew Anderson to lead our worship for three Sundays in February.

He will preach a series on Encountering Jesus – through the encounters of Nicodemus, the Samaritan Woman at the Well & the Healing at the Pool. Andrew was ordained as a Church of Scotland minister in 1981 and served at Greenside Church, in the east end of Edinburgh, for 30 years. He retired to Oxford in 2012 and took up the Chaplaincy at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, where his wife, Hazel, is also the OCMS archivist.


Flower Guild

The flowers in Church this Sunday were arranged for a Memorial Service held in thanksgiving for the life of Charles Smith who, with his wife Isobel, were  members of St Columba’s. Charles served as an Elder for many years until they moved away from London.

Today, Sounds of St Columba’s February Recital, 1.15pm

Leoma Monteiro (Soprano) will sing an all French programme to include works by François Poulenc and Reynaldo Hahn accompanied by Benedict Lewis-Smith (Piano). This recital is free with a retiring collection for the upkeep of the recital series


Lent Bible Study

This year’s Lent Bible Study, run by the Nurture Committee begins on
Tuesday 12 March for 5 weeks.  We will study a York Course and the ​theme is ​“The Lords Prayer – Praying it, meaning it, living it ”​. 6:30 for 6:45 pm start. In order for us to get enough course materials for everyone – please sign up by emailing Sheena Clark on or ring/text on 07954350899.

New Members Conference – Sunday 3rd March 2019, 2- 4.30pm

Interested in learning more about the life and work of St Columba’s, the
wider work of the Church of Scotland and our Presbyterian tradition? Or
understanding what being a member of St Columba’s means? Then please come to the New Members’ Conference on Sunday 3rd March 2019. Sign up with Office by Monday 18 February. The next Admission of New Members’
Service is 11am on Sunday 17th March 2019.

National Mosque Open Day, Sunday 3rd March 2019

As part of the countrywide Open Mosque Day, and through our contacts in the RBKC Interfaith Forum, there is a warm invitation to St Columba’s to visit the Al Manaar Mosque, close to Westbourne Park tube station.

The Mosque is open 11am-3pm, Sunday 3rd March 2019. Al Manaar has been heavily involved with its community, particularly following the Grenfell fire. Following lunch a group will leave from St Columba’s at 1pm. Please give your name to the office if you wish to join the visit.

World Day of Prayer

The 2019 World Day of Prayer (formerly Women’s World Day of Prayer) has been prepared by the women of Slovenia and will be celebrated in more than 170 countries, in more than 60 languages and 1000 dialects around the world. The theme, “Come – Everything is Ready” will be celebrated in Kensington & Chelsea on Friday 1st March 2019 at St Augustine’s HTB, 117 Queens Gate, SW7 5LP, 11am – Noon, followed by Refreshments. All welcome.

Recruitment of New Associate Minister: Kirk Session Decision

The congregation of St Columba’s, in line with the Presbytery of England Presbytery Plan has permission to seek a new Associate Minister. The Associate Minister is a Church of Scotland Ministries Council appointment. Accordingly, the Ministries Council, in close collaboration with St Columba’s, organise the advertising and interview process leading to a potential appointment. In line with Church of Scotland legislation: Act 1, 2015 – Ministers and Deacons in Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriages – the Kirk Session of St Columba’s had to formally decide and intimate, whether they would consider for appointment, applicants who are in a civil partnership or same sex marriage. At the meeting of the Kirk Session on 25 January 2019, the Kirk Session voted strongly in favour of considering for appointment, applicants who are in a civil partnership or same sex marriage. The post is now being advertised. Closing date for application is 15th April 2019. As we seek a new Associate Minister please keep this matter in your prayers.

Women’s Fellowship Group

From Wednesday 20th February the Women’s Fellowship Group will be studying “The ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus” using the SU Lifebuilder study guide. The series, which will conclude the Wednesday before Holy Week, examines the ‘I am’ statements, mainly from the Gospel of John. What does it mean for Jesus to say he is the Bread of Life? That he is the Light? What do these dramatic claims tell us about the power and character of Jesus and how might that impact our lives each day? All welcome to join us from 10.15am each Wednesday for coffee, fellowship and bible study. For more information contact Susan Pym at


Climate Change Talk

Adrian Shaw, Climate Change Officer for the Church of Scotland will join us on Sunday 10th March at 1.15pm in the Upper Hall to give a talk on Climate Change and the issues we face. All are welcome to attend.

Crown Court Church Tercentenary Celebrations

2019 sees our sister Church, Crown Court celebrate 300 years since the opening of worship in the original church. Please make note of the special events and join where you can;

16th February– Tercentenary Anthem Composition Competition final and concert at 7pm.

24th March– Tercentenary Service at 11.15am. Preacher—The Right Revd Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

3rd May– Tercentenary Ball at the Caledonian Club, drinks, dinner and dancing. Tickets are £85 and will be available soon.

Used Stamp Collection

All those British and overseas Christmas stamps  can raise money for

CrossReach. Please drop them into the basket which is on the Welcome Desk in the Lower Vestibule any Sunday. All gratefully received.


Book Mending

The bibles and hymn books need attention again!  Would anyone (no special skills needed) who would like to help get in touch with Rosa Somerville – 7274 8474 or at church or leave a message with the Church Office.  We will probably meet in early March one Sunday after lunch for an hour or so.


Tea Together, Daffodil Tea, Saturday 2 March, 2pm – 4pm

This is the first of 2019’s much loved afternoon socials. Meet friends old and new, and enjoy some super musical entertainment and a tasty tea of homemade sandwiches and cakes. All are welcome. Bring a friend!

Can’t make the Daffodil Tea? No worries – mark your diaries for the other 2019 teas:

Strawberry Tea: Saturday 22 June

Chrysanthemum Tea: Saturday 14 September

Christmas Tea: Saturday 7 December

If you or someone you know would like to come along, please contact Stephanie Eadon on 07729 854986.


Sounds of St Columba’s Recital Series – 17th March 2019

Elisabeth Strictarts’s, Phacelia Ensemble join us on the 17th March at 1.15pm in the Upper Hall. The Phacelia Ensemble is compromised of six very talented musicians who will be playing Franz Schubert – Trout Quintet in A major, D. 667. Please do come and support this wonderful recital series.

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,

Next Week at St Columba’s 

24th February 2019


11.00 a.m.  Morning Service  

Preacher – Revd Andrew Anderson


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