Weekly Newsletter – 5th November 2017

Sunday 5th OCtober 2017

Twenty-second After Pentecost


10.30 a.m.         onwards – Crèche in the Lower Hall


11.00 a.m.         Morning Service & Baptisms

Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD


A short service of Holy Communion and prayers for those in need will be held in the London Scottish Chapel after the service.

12.15 p.m. Lunch in the Lower Hall {£3.00} All welcome

Coffee in the Upper Hall  {by donation}


5.00 p.m.            Evening Communion Service

Revd Andrea Price



Morning Service

Old Testament Reading: Joshua 3:7-17

Gospel Reading: Matthew 23:1-12


Evening Service

Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 31: 31-34

New Testament Reading: Hebrew 12: 18-24



Morning Service

Hymn 132 Immortal, invisible, God only wise (St Denio Joanna)

Hymn 633 Child of blessing, child of promise (Shipston)

Hymn 71 Give thanks unto the Lord our God (Kingsfold)

Hymn 543 Christ be our light (Christ be our light)

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


Evening Service

Hymn 654 ‘Lift up your hearts’ : I hear the summons calling (Lord of the years)

Hymn 471 To the name of our salvation (Tantum Ergo Sacramentum)

Hymn 740 For all the saints, who from their labours rest (Sine Nomine)

Hymn 662 Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts (Maryton)

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



We are delighted to welcome visitors to Sunday’s worship. Please make yourself known to one of the ministers or elders and fill in our Visitors’ Book at the Welcome Desk. Children under 4 are invited to use our crèche (Lower Hall.) 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.

 Lesson Reader & Organist

Sunday’s lesson reader is St Columba’s Elder, Liz Fox.

Sunday’s organist is Will Mason.


St Columba’s Website

Please visit our website for information about what is happening at St Columba’s every week. The Sunday Sermon is posted online (script and audio) each week. www.stcolumbas.org.uk.


Sunday 12th November, Night Shelter Season Starts

Under the umbrella of the Glass Door charity, St Columba’s begins the new season of providing food and shelter to thirty five homeless guests on Sunday nights throughout the winter. Please keep our guests, volunteers and Glass Door staff in your prayers.




Women’s Fellowship Group

The Women’s Fellowship Group meets on Wednesday morning at 10.15 for

coffee, chat and Bible study. We look forward to see familiar and new faces. For more details about the group contact Susan Pym: susanpym@yahoo.co.uk  There will be no Women’s Fellowship Group on the 8th November but will resume as normal on Wednesday 15th November.


Visiting Preachers for Reformation Month at St Columba’s, October 2017

Our thanks go to the visiting preachers who have shared with us during our October Reformation Month.. We welcomed Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ, the Very Revd John Hall, Dean of Westminster, Pastor Georg Amann and Reverend Professor David Fergusson. Representing varied experience and denomination,  they offered breadth of insight into the history, legacy and challenge of the Reformation today.


Reformation 500 November Meeting

The Norwegian and Finnish Churches in London grew out of their home church’s outreach to sailors coming to London through their work in the timber trade. They invite us to their joint Remembrance Sunday Service on Sunday 12 November 2017 at  St Olav’s Church, a Albion Street, London SE16 7HZ at 10.50am followed by lunch. They also invite us to their annual joint Christmas Fair in Albion Street on 17 – 19 November 2017.


Interfaith Scripture Reading on 14th November at The Advent Centre, W1H 5JE 6.30-9pm

Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Marylebone area meet to think together over a topic by studying related passages from their scriptures, that is from the Torah, the Bible and the Quran. Each passage and topic are introduced by a faith teacher and then all present discuss at mixed faith tables. The next Scripture Reading meeting is on Hope. The Christian speaker is Pastor Sinisa Horvat of The Advent Centre; the other speakers are to be confirmed. If you are interested come along or contact the office.


St Andrewstide Kirk in the City Service & Reception

Tuesday 28th November 2017 at 6.30p.m.

St Margaret’s, Lothbury, EC2R 7HH (near Bank Tube)

In collaboration with Crown Court Church of Scotland, we mark St Andrewstide with an evening service at St Margaret’s, Lothbury. The preacher will be The Moderator of The General Assembly of The Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Dr Derek Browning. St. Margaret’s, Lothbury is one of the City’s historic churches. The Service will be followed by a Reception. The aim of these services is to demonstrate a willingness to reach out to Scots and Presbyterians who may not be familiar with either of our congregations. Please support this service, either by attending, publicising  or identifying friends or colleagues you might wish to invite. Posters and invitation cards are available after today’s service in the Entrance Vestibule.


Candlemaster/mistress Needed

Everyone who has attended the Service of Lessons and Carols and other services over the Christmas season in years past has been delighted in the warm candle light, which decorates our church. For many years Sheena Clark and family have given their time and attention to setting up and tending to this superb display of Christmas warmth and cheer. Many thanks to you from all of us. Now we need a new lead volunteer and a team of helpers to set up the candles for Sunday 17 December at 5pm and tend to them before other services. Training will be given. Enquires to Andrea and/or Office.




Stories of World War I, Sunday 5th November—THIS SUNDAY

St Columba’s has a fascinating First World War history. Between 1915 and 1919 the congregation offered hospitality to nearly 50,000 troops. Identified at the weekend train stations, Scottish soldiers were invited back to Pont Street to wash, rest, eat and socialise, before being piped back to the stations the next day. Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig, elder of this congregation, was one of over three hundred members of the congregation who served during the war. This year members of the congregation were invited to share family stories that related to WW I. The stories did not require a specific St Columba’s connection; they just had to be meaningful to the story teller. A fascinating variety of stories and memorabilia have been collated. On Sunday 5th November 2017 the congregation can hear some of these tales. Exhibits on show in the Upper Hall after Morning Worship and selected speakers will share their stories, 1.15-2.15pm. Further info contact the Minister.


Congregational Talk, Sunday 12th November, 1-15pm, Upper Hall

St Andrew’s, Jerusalem – WW I Memorial, Living Church. Walter Dunlop.


St Columba’s Dancers

The season for St Columba’s Dancers started at the beginning of October and will continue 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, valeriestrachan@btinternet.com or visit the website, stcolumbasdancers.org.


Tea Together

Saturday 2nd December 2017 2.00 p.m.

The next Tea Together Party will be held in the Lower Hall, St Columba’s on Saturday, 2 December 2017 at 2.00 p.m. for tea and Christmas festivities.  We have a regular number of attendees to this popular event, but if anyone knows of a member of the congregation who would like to be invited perhaps they could contact Jim Blackwood, Chair of Tea Together, on 07961 893295.


Women’s Book Group

Our next meeting will be at Maggie Wilson’s house in Barnes on Wednesday 8 November.  The book will be ICE by Ulla-Lena Lundberg.


The GK Experience (Lent Appeal 2017 recipient) www.thegkexperience.org.uk Scottish registered charity.

Your generosity made it possible for twenty young people, a team from GKE and volunteers to spend a week on the Isle of Mull. The young people, that GKE help, come from some of the most economically and socially deprived areas of Glasgow. The young people had an amazing time, abseiling, kayaking and other outdoor activities; staying at the Iona Community Outdoor Centre (Camus). The young people had the chance to develop confidence, self belief and team building, while experiencing community living and outdoor activities in amazing scenery. Thanks so much for giving them the opportunity. GKE Team and the Mission Committee.


Sponsor a GKE visitor and see a game: Live Football at Loftus Road

Saturday 18th November, 3pm

A group of twelve teenagers and seven adult staff, from the Lent Appeal Charity—The GKExperience are staying at St Columba’s between Friday 17th and Sunday 19th November. The ambition of the group is to see a live football match. Last year the Chaplain of Queen’s Park Rangers kindly hosted a congregational outing to a fixture at Loftus Road. This year there is the opportunity to attend QPR v Aston Villa on Saturday 18th November, 3pm.


There are ten places available for members of the congregation to attend along with the visitors from Glasgow. The hope is that a member wanting to go would pay for his/her ticket (£10) and “sponsor”/pay for the discounted ticket of one of the visiting teenagers (£5.) It is a great chance to see a game and meet our young visitors. More detail to follow. Sign up via Church Office.


Christmas Puddings.

St. Columba’s Puddings will be on sale from the 19th November. We don’t have so many this year so shop early to avoid disappointment! Prices held for another year , small £2.50, medium £6, large £10.


Christmas Advent Calendars – Coming soon!

Advent Calendar’s available for sale on the bookstall, fair trade chocolate from the Meaningful Chocolate Compny with a Christmas Story Activity Book. £3.99.


Save the Date

Burns Supper Saturday 20th January 2018

Tickets (£15) on sale from 19th November 2017. All proceeds go to Borderline


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 Sunday 12th November at 10.00 a.m.  Please join us if you can for this time of quiet prayer.  You will be most welcome.

The next Sunday Evening Service is on Sunday 5th November at 5.00 p.m.

The next Service of Holy Communion is on Sunday 26th November at 11.00 a.m.


Next Week

Sunday 12th November 2017


     10.15 a.m.         Congregation Prayer Group


10.45 a.m.         Remembrance Service

Revd Andrea Price


             1.15 p.m.           Congregational Talk in the Upper Hall

Walter Dunlop, The History of St Andrew’s, Jerusalem


   3.00 p.m.            London Scottish Regiment Remembrance Service

Revd Angus MacLeod

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