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Weekly Newsletter – 12th August 2018

St Columba’s Church of Scotland

Weekly Newsletter – 12th August 2018


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.


Sunday 12th August 2018, please join our Congregational Prayer Group at 10.15am in the London Scottish Chapel. Revd Angus MacLeod will be preaching at the 11.00am service.  

During July and August, Sunday School is in recess. Children’s activity sheets are available from the back of the church, please encourage your children to particpate in our summer activity “drawing the people of St Columba’s”.

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) and coffee are available in the downstairs halls. You are most welcome to join us.

Hymns This Week 

Hymn 484       Great God, your love has called us here (Melita)

Hymn 27         I will always bless the Lord (Taladh Chriosta)

Hymn 657       Father most loving, listen to your children

(Christe Sanctorum)

Hymn 536       May the love of Christ my Saviour (Candlebeam)

Hymn 527       Lord make us servants of your peace (A Waly Waly)

Choir Anthems

Oculi omnium – Charles Wood (1866-1926)

God be in my head – John Rutter (b.1945)

Prelude No. 3 – Douglas Mason (b.1973)


Old Testament Reading: I Kings 19:4-8
New Testament Reading: Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Gospel Reading: John 6:35, 41-51

Sunday’s lesson reader is St Columba’s elder, Betsy Wilkie.


Elders on Duty- July

Team Leader  Donald Johnston
 Deputy Team Leader Hamish Henderson
Entrance Vestibule  Henry Sherriff

Rona Black

Katherine Payne

Wheelchair Lift  Hamish Henderson
Upper Vestibule  Fiona Gardner

Sheena Clark

Hymn Books  Helen Miller

Fiona Lang

Elizabeth Maliphant

Central Aisle  Catriona Sutherland-Hawes


Listening for the Future

The Ministers and Kirk Session want to find out the views of the

congregation on all aspects of Church life – worship, witness and ministry, fellowship and social outreach. We are conducting a listening exercise

entitled “Listening for the Future”. Over the summer we are approaching a number of groups within the congregation and arranging discussions. We

also want to hear from others who may not be part of one of the groups; we will hold two open meetings in September . The first open meeting will be on Sunday 9th September, at 1.15 pm, in the library. Do come along if you haven’t already been to a group meeting. There will also be an evening

meeting and that date will be confirmed soon. In addition, we have provided an online “Survey Monkey” for those who find this a convenient means of communication; please copy the link below accurately into your internet browser to access the survey .

Alternatively if you wish to give your views in writing, please send to Church Office, addressed “Listening for the Future.” Any questions please email us

Interfaith Scriptural Reasoning

We will host the next meeting of this interfaith venture organised by SR Marylebone on Tuesday 4 September 2018 from 6.30 – 8.30pm. The theme will be confirmed nearer the time.

Scriptural Reasoning is a tool for interfaith dialogue where people of different faiths come together to read and discuss their holy texts. The aim is not to seek agreement but rather to explore the texts and their possible interpretations across faith boundaries, and learning to ‘disagree better’. The result is often a deeper understanding of the texts and the development of strong bonds across faith communities. SR is now practised globally, including in places affected by religion-related tensions and conflict.

6.30pm-7pm – Refreshments

7pm – 7.30pm – Panel presentation of the texts by speakers including Rev John McMahon

7.30 – 8.20pm – Small group discussion of the texts

8.20 – 8.30pm –  Feedback and announcements

Divine Dine (Young Adult Group): the next meeting will be on
Tuesday 11 September in the Upper Hall at 7pm for a quick soup and sandwich supper before joining the Summer Tuesday dancers in the
Lower Hall. Come and join in the fun.

Women’s Fellowship Group

The Women’s Fellowship Group is currently on its summer break but will restart on Wednesday the 12th September.

Scots in Great War London: Save the dates & Volunteers

This autumn St Columba’s hosts several significant events for the 100th
Anniversary of the Armistice programme, organised by the Scots in Great War London group. Each event requires volunteer stewards. If you would like to be involved please pass your details to Church Office before 9th September. Thursday 18th October. This is my Life, Schools’ Theatre Production, two performances (10.30am & 1.15pm) for 1,000 RKBC primary-age children. Saturday 20th October Feeding the Fifty Thousand, two performances (3pm & 7pm) of the story of St Columba’s hospitality to troops passing through wartime London. 4-11th November Naming the Beloved, art installations & prayer walk by Scottish artist Gael Robertson. Admission during daytime church opening hours.

Come and be Social


Hot off the press we have copies of “Scots in Great War London: A Community on the Home Front and on the Front Line 1914-1919”. It contains untold stories and amongst others, two former St Columba’s elders, John Buchan and Sir Douglas Haig feature prominently. St Columba’s itself and the congregation are front and centre of the story, a place where nearly 50,000 Scottish troops were fed and entertained.  We have managed to secure a discount on the books and, for a limited period only, books will be on sale or can be ordered from the Bookstall for £15 ( rrp £19.95). Buy now whilst stocks last.


Do pick up this months Life and Work at the bookstall as there is a feature on our very own elders Susan and Hugh Pym.

Thursday 20th September: Scots in Great War London: A Community on the Home Front and on the Front Line 1914 – 1919, Book Launch

A joint launch to members, guests and friends of the Caledonian Society of London and the Caledonian Club. Time tbc, Caledonian Club: Open to non-members. For further details contact

Tuesday 2nd October: Field Marshal Earl Douglas Haig
The Caledonian Lecture, Caledonian Club

The Caledonian Lecture is an annual celebration of Scots who have lived and worked overseas, making a contribution to their adopted country but retaining their Scottish traditions and values. This year’s Lecture will re-examine the role of Field Marshal Earl Haig during the First World War conflict and in

peacetime. It will be delivered by Professor Gary Sheffield of Wolverhampton University. The Reception, Lecture and Dinner are open to all Club Members, guests and members of the London Scottish organisations who are participating in the Scots in Great War London group.

Reception 6.30 pm: Lecture 7.15 pm: Dinner 8.30 pm. Tickets: Reception &
Lecture: £20: Inclusive of Dinner for Club Members: £60: Inclusive of Dinner for Guests: £65. To book please contact Susan Galloway at or 020 7333 8722

St Columba’s Knitting Group

The St Columba’s Knitting Group is a new group for women and men who want to share or improve their skills. We will meet in the Library on the third Wednesday of every month. Bring a sandwich as tea and coffee will be available. Please see Susan Pym or Fiona Lang on Sundays for more details or email

Music Recitals– More Dates Added!

Five Recitals are planned for later in 2018 (all at 1.15pm).

16th September   Bagpipe and Organ Recital (Church)

7th October         London Cello Quartet (Upper Hall)

21st October       Matthew Pochin sings, Schubert’s ‘Die schöne Müllerin’                               (Upper Hall)

18th November   Trumpet, Organ and Soprano recital featuring our very                                own William Mason.

24th November     The Iona Consort will perform Handel’s                                                      ‘Dixit Dominus’ and works by James MacMillan, at                                      7:30pm, in church. Tickets for this event are available                                at

Please do join us for this varied programme. Retiring collection at the close of each recital for the upkeep of the series.

Sunday Best Art Project

The Sunday Best Art project celebrates London’s religious diversity through photographs of people in the clothing they wear to worship and the places they attend. On Sunday the 9th September, artist Katie Waggett will be at St Columba’s  in hope that some of our congregation would consent to having their photo taken for the project. It is not compulsory but we do hope that it some of the congregation will take part in this exciting project.

Dates for your diary

The next Kirk Session Meeting is on the 28th September 2018.

The next Communion Service is on the 30th September 2018.

The next Evening Service is on the 2nd September 2018.

The next New Members Conference is on the 23rd September 2018.


Next Week at St Columba’s 

19th August 2018

11.00 a.m.   Morning Service

Revd Andrea Price

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