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Weekly Newsletter – 18th August 2019

St Columba’s Church of Scotland

Weekly Newsletter – 18th August 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.

Please join Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD for our 11.00am service on Sunday.           

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 

172         Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (Lobe Den Herren)

536         May the mind of Christ my Saviour (Ae fond kiss).

743         Behold what witnesses unseen (Wetherby)

742         Rejoice in God’s saints, today and all days! (Laudate Dominum)

465         Be Thou my Vision (Slane)

Choir Anthems

Almighty and everlasting God                   O. Gibbons 1583-1625

If ye love me                                              T. Tallis 1505-1585

Organ Postlude

Fantasia in c (BWV 537)                                         J.S Bach


Old Testament: Jeremiah 23:23-29

New Testament: Hebrews 11:29-12:2

Gospel: Luke 12:49-56

Elders on Duty

Team Leader  Michael Stevenson
Deputy Leader 
Entrance Vestibule  William Glasson

Shelia 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 Elder Naomi Donaldson

Children’s Chapel

During July and August Sunday School is in recess, giving our hardworking Sunday School teachers a break. During August we have set up the Guard’s Chapel with a number of activities and toys to keep our visiting children engaged. If children would like to colour, draw or read please use the chapel (with a supervising adult).

The crèche in the Lower Hall is also open and full of volunteers who are happy to keep little ones entertained.

Sunday School holiday dates

Children and volunteers take a well-deserved break over the summer. Thank you to everybody who has been involved this school year. Following Promotions Sunday (30th June), Sunday School is in recess. It restarts on Back to Church Sunday on Sunday 8th September 2019.

Stewardship Month at St Columba’s

Beginning on Sunday 15th September ,we mark four Sundays of Stewardship Month. This year’s Stewardship leaflet is now available, giving a programme of events. Church members have received these via the congregational mailing, but if you are visiting or a regular attender, but not a member, please pick up the information today. And come and be part of things.

Church Website

The Church are currently talking with different website designers regarding building a new more modern website. We would be grateful for any feedback on what you may like to be able to do or find on the new website.
Any submissions should come to the church office via email ( or by post.



Praying for Others in Worship

Have you a heart to pray for others? Following the Listening for the Future congregational consultation, it emerged that there was a desire for more participation in worship by members of the congregation. It is common practice in many congregations for members of the congregation to lead the prayers of Thanksgiving & Prayers for Others. If you would like to explore what praying for others in our services might involve come along on Sunday 8th September at 1pm and find out more. If you would like further details please contact Rev Morag Crossan, via the Church Office.

Happy Hour

Happy Hour’s next session is on Wednesday 4 September when Shelia Nicoll will share thoughts on her experience as a Lay Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral and an Elder at St Columba’s. Those who are able, are invited to join the group attending Choral Evensong at the Cathedral at 5pm before the Happy Hour session at The Bottlescrue at 6.30pm.

Sounds of St Columba’s

Our next Sound of St Columba’s recital will take place on the 15th September, 1.15pm in the Upper Hall. This time we will welcome Ensemble Hesperi. They will play a programme of Scottish Baroque music, exploring the colourful lives of composers who migrated and settled in London during the eighteenth century. Many Scottish Composers such as James Oswald, John Reid, and the eccentric Earl of Kellie ‘Fiddler Tam’, moved to or visited London to seek their musical fortunes in the capital. Though many of their compositions are still ‘Baroque’ in form, their style represents a fascinating ‘fusion’ of Italian virtuosity, catchy dance rhythms and soaring melodies from traditional Scottish folk music.

You can also catch Ensemble Hesperi at Crown Court Church in the 14th September at 7.30pm. They will be telling the story of the founding of Crown Court Church through words and music.

“Divine Dine” (for Young Professionals)
Come join us at St Columba’s Church on 16th September 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


New Members Conference – Sunday 6th October

Are you 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? Are you interested in understanding what being a member of St Columba’s means? If you are, please sign up with the Church Office by the 29th September 2019 for the New Members’ Conference to be held at St Columba’s on Sunday 6th October 2018, between 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

The next Admission of New Members Service will take place at 11am, Sunday 27th October 2019.

Glassdoor Sleep Out

This year marks Glassdoor’s 20th anniversary of providing winter night
shelters in London. If anyone wants to support Glassdoor by taking part in their annual sleep out to be held on Friday 4th October you can sign up via the Glassdoor website (

Save the Date– Feeding the 50,000

Please join us in the Upper Hall on the 27th October at 1.15pm for the
premiere screening of the DVD of last year’s wonderful Scots in Great War
London production of music and readings, Feeding the 50,000. This October marks the 100th Anniversary that concluded congregational hospitality to WWI transiting troops, a year after the Armistice. Donations are invited on behalf of PoppyScotland.

Save the Date – “Don’t Stew On Your Own”

Join us on the 26th of November at 7pm for an evening of food, conversation and friendship. If you wish to attend please email the church office on


Tea Together – Chrysanthemum Tea – 14th September, 2pm to 4pm

This is the third 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. Perhaps bring a friend.
Can’t make the Chrysanthemum Tea? No worries – mark your diaries for the last of the 2019 teas:

Christmas Tea, Saturday, 7 December 2019.

Watch out for dates in 2020 – these will be attached to the Intimation for the Christmas Tea in December 2019. If you or someone you know would like to come along, please contact Stephanie Eadon on 07729 854986.

Friends of St Columba’s

The Friends are due to visit our sister church, namely Crown Court Church of Scotland on Sunday, 15th September 2019, commencing at 4.30 p.m.
The outing will include a Guided Tour, Tea and Evening Service at 6.30 p.m.
If you wish to attend, please notify Lucy Llewellyn in Church Office.
Alternatively, please notify the Honorary Secretary on e-mail:

Crown Court Tercentenary Flower Festival

The congregation at Crown Court Church of Scotland (out sister church in Covent Garden) are holding a Flower Festival on the 21st and 22nd
September. For more details on the event please contact the Crown Court Church Office on Crown Court Church

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.

Next Week at St Columba’s 

25th August 2019

11.00 a.m.         Morning Service

Preacher – Revd Morag Crossan BD

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