Weekly Newsletter 9 October 2016


Sunday 25th September 2016

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost


10.30 a.m.     onwards – Crèche in the Lower Hall
11.00 a.m.     Holy Communion

Preacher – Revd Andrea Price

12.15 p.m.     Lunch in the Lower Hall  {£3}  All welcome

Coffee in the Upper Hall  {by donation}

1.15p.m.        Congregational talk with Matthew Syed (Upper Hall)


I Tiimothy  6:6-19

Luke 16:19-31



Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the king of creation (Labr den Herren)


God of great and God of small (Sleeth)

Safe in the shadow of the Lord (Creator God)

Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts (Maryton)

Ye gates, lift up your heads (St George’s)


Choir Anthems:

Tantum Ergo                             Terry

Ave Verum                               Elgar


Elders on Duty


Team Leader Elizabeth Fox
Deputy Team Leader Susan Pym
Entrance Vestibule Hazel Forbes

Betsy Wilkie

Gillian Smith

 Wheelchair Lift David Nicolson

Roderick Buchanan

 Upper Vestibule Susan Pym

Catharine McDonald

 Hymn Books Anne Wilson

Jill Steele

Hugh Pym

Alison Buchanan

 Central Aisle Stuart Steele

Nigel Roberts

 Duty Beadle  David Clark



If loaves and fishes are biblical, then this month cooking oil and tuna are equally shareable. Stewardship Month culminates on Sunday 2nd October with the Harvest Festival Service & Baptisms at 11am. The Flower Guild always ensure the sanctuary is beautifully adorned. Then we have the opportunity to respond by donating cans of tuna and olive/cooking oil to the work of the Upper Room food charity. Donations are welcome on Sunday 25th September and 2nd October, or to the Office during the week. And don’t forget Times columnist and British Olympian, Matthew Syed speaks on Talents this Sunday at 1.15pm (Upper Hall) as part of Stewardship Month. Should be well worth a listen!


Lesson Reader 

Today’s lesson reader is St Columba’s elder, Stuart Steele.



If you would like an intimation to be printed in the Order of Service and the E-Newsletter please make sure it is sent to admin@stcolumbas.org.uk by the Wednesday at 12pm on the week you would like it printed. Many thanks.


Flower Guild

The flowers today are sponsered in memory of Ann and David Clark, parents of David Clark.




It’s all about the talents! Stewardship Month Sign Up.

There are a variety of opportunities to sign up and enjoy activities planned by the Stewardship Committee.


Sunday at 1.15pm

Today British Olympian table tennis player, journalist, author and broadcaster, Matthew Syed will be a guest speaker as part of our autumn Stewardship Campaign on the theme of Talents.


The visit to Queens Park Rangers Football Club has now been changed from Friday 7th October to Tuesday the 18th October, 6.30pm.

A guided tour in the company of the Club Chaplain; then watch their QPR take on Bristol City. Ticket Price TBC. (Sign up with Office by 10th October)


The Celebratory 60th Anniversary Ceilidh on Saturday 5th November,featuring, among other attractions, the premiere of the St Columba’s “Scratch” Orchestra. It’s all about the talents! Tickets go on sale after the service on Sunday in the Entrance Vestibule.


Divine Dine (For those over 18 years of age.)

Will meet next on Wednesday 28 September at 7pm for a 7.30pm supper. We will then look together at the book of Leviticus. Who is up for that challenge?


Young Church Sofasessions with Revd Andrea Price

“Live to work or work to live? Secure Livelihoods”.

When: Sunday 2 October at 12.15 for lunch and then in Andrea’s office  Finish: 2pm

Sunday 13 November is Remembrance Service in Church at 10.45. We will meet at 12.15 for lunch and then have a Sofasession as above on “Conflict”.  Finish: 2pm


Happy Hour

Happy Hour will be on  Wednesday 5 October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Bottlescrue Bar, 31-33 Foster Lane EC2V 6HD (nearest tube station St Paul’s.) The discussion will be on “Home”; having a home, giving up a home and being homeless. Suggested previewing “TedX Talk on YouTube: “Buying Time by Giving Up My Home” by Lydia Kan. Anyone is welcome to come along: we meet in the private room to the right of the bar and share the cost of refreshments.


“On the Road”  at St Columba’s, Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 6.35pm

The Church of Scotland is going ‘On the Road’ this autumn running a series of day and evening events across Scotland and beyond to listen to the voice of people in the local Church– to hear our views on what we need to do to enable a flourishing Church into the 2020s and beyond.

‘On the Road’ is a process designed to enable the national Councils, who exist only to support the local Church in its mission and ministry, to plan well for the future. Like every household throughout the land, they need to prioritise what they do and what they spend – and they need our ideas and wisdom to do that well. These events are an open invitation to everyone connected with the Church. Whether you are a regular worshiper, or an occasional attender; whether you take a leadership role in your local Church or simply drop in from time to time – ‘On the Road’ wants to hear from you. They want to hear from folks from every background and every congregation: don’t leave it to someone else – come and have your say! ‘On the Road’ will take time to listen to your thinking. It will also share some new ideas which the General Assembly has agreed we should try out, asking how you

respond to them. This process of listening and sharing will contribute to future planning – prioritising what we do to be more effective in supporting discipleship, mission and ministry. For more detail see http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/on_the_road

It is also requested that people “sign up” at the “book now” button on the website to indicate their attendance. This is not a ticket of admission but an indication to the organisers around logistics. (ie knowing how much material to print etc).


Meeting God in Paul

Prompted by Rowan William’s short book, Meeting God in Paul (cost: £8.99) we will meet for three evenings of Bible Study on the Apostle Paul.

Where: St Columba’s

When: 7pm on Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 16th and Tuesday 22nd November 2016. Please let the office know if you would like to take part (RSVP by Monday 31 October 2016) and if you would like to buy the book (helpful but not compulsory).



The Friends of St Columba’s Visit to Westminster Abbey,

20 Dean’s Yard, London, SW1P 3PA, Friday, 7th October 2016

On Friday 7th October 2016, led by Abbey Guides, the Friends of St Columba’s will visit Westminster Abbey (10.45am -1.00pm.) The visit will be based on a “Links with Scotland” theme. The visit is open to everyone in the congregation. The cost of the visit is £15 per head, enabling a donation to Westminster Abbey and raising funds for the Friends. Following the visit people may wish to take lunch at the Cellarium Café, inside Westminster Abbey (cost not included in £15.) Numbers are limited to forty. To sign up and pay, contact the Church

Office; cash/cheques payable to “The Friends of St Columba’s”. For further information please contact Donald Lauder, Honorary Secretary of  The Friends of St Columba’s. E-mail: friendsofstcolumbas@gmail.com.


Women’s Book Group

The Women’s Book Club’s next meeting will be held at Pamela Thompson’s house in W1H on Wednesday 26th October 2016. The book will be “The Little Red Chairs” by Edna O’Brien.

Don’t forget you can order your copy of the book at the Bookstall.


Burns Supper 2017

The Burns Supper will be held on the Saturday 21 January 2017 and tickets will go on sale after the Church Service on the 27th November 2016.


In Martin Luther’s Footsteps 2017

We are making plans for a trip to Germany to visit a few of Martin Luther’s sites on the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation.

When: 17 – 23 September 2017      How: coach from and to St Columbas.

If you are interested and would like to receive more information please contact:

Andrea: associateminister@stcolumbas.org.uk or Neil Price: neilaprice51@gmail.com


Vocations Conference  – Saturday 5th November 2016, The Royal George Hotel, Perth

In 2014 the Church of Scotland began to dream a dream of training 30 ministers per year, more than twice the average over the previous five years.  In 2015, even with the campaign launch part of the way through the year, we recruited 31 new candidates, 21 of them for the full-time Ministry of Word and Sacrament, an   increase of 50% on recent years.  We’re both thankful and ambitious, determined to build on that success and to find more Church members who may be inspired by those who have already said ‘Is it me, Lord?’ and willing to ask that question of themselves. The Vocations Conference is the vital and immensely useful first step for everyone sensing a calling to ordained ministry in the Church of Scotland. For more information see www.tomorrowscalling.org or ask the Ministers.




Congregational Announcements


Prayer Meeting

On the second  Sunday of each month members of the congregation gather in the London Scottish Chapel for a fifteen or so minute period of prayer before the morning service.  The next meeting is on Sunday 9 October at 10.15 a.m.  Please join us if you can for this time of quiet prayer.  You wil be most welcome.


The next Sunday Evening Service is on Sunday 2 October at 5.00 p.m 

The next Service of Holy Communion is on Sunday 25 September at 11.00 a.m.


 Next Week

2 October 2016


11.00 a.m.         Harvest Festival and Baptisms

Preacher – Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD

  5.00 p.m.         Evening Service

 Preacher – Revd Andrea Price



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