Weekly Newsletter – 20th October 2019

St Columba’s Church of Scotland

Weekly Newsletter – 20th October 2019


Welcome to the St Columba’s Weekly Newsletter. If you are visiting us to worship, attending a concert or afternoon talk, or simply to enjoy the beautiful building- welcome.

Please join Revd Bill Taylor MA BD MTh who will be preaching at the 11.00am Morning Service this week.  

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 

474       Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (Es Ist Ein Ros’ Entsprugen)
555       Amazing grace! how sweet the sound (Amazing Grace)
534       Make me a captive Lord (Leominster)
270       Put all your trust in God (Ich halte trulich still)
396       And can it be, that I should gain (Surrey)

Choir Anthems

Mother of God, here I stand                                    Tavener

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace                         Wesley

Organ Postlude
Minuet Gothique                                                     Boëllmann


Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 29: 10-14

New Testament Reading: Hebrews 13: 1-16

Gospel Reading: John 20: 19-22

Elders on Duty

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 Book Helen Miller

Fiona Lang

Elizabeth Maliphant

Fraser Stockton

Central Aisle Catriona Sutherland-Hawes
 Duty Beadle Ronald Prince


Visiting Preacher & Prisons Week, 13th – 20th October

Revd Bill Taylor is Interim Moderator at Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh whilst the Right Reverend Colin Sinclair is Moderator of the General Assembly. Bill retired last year from working with the Scottish Prison Service as a Chaplaincy Adviser, co-ordinating chaplaincy services across the country and serving as a Chaplain at Edinburgh prison and then at Cornton Vale.

Lorna, Bill’s wife, is also recently retired, and they enjoy travel and time with the family. We also welcome back to St Columba’s, Clare Annamalai who spoke during last year’s Prisons Week, about Finding Rhythms (www.finding-rhythms.co.uk) the prison music charity.

Today marks the end of Prisons Week. For forty years Prisons Week has
prepared prayer literature to enable the Christian community to pray for the needs of all those affected by prisons. Prison Week prayer resources are
available at the bookstall, or for more information, visit www.prisonweek.org

Flower Guild

The flowers this Sunday are sponsored by Gary and Jo Wallis in memory of Mary Hodson.

St Columba’s Member

We sadly announce the death of member, Mrs Alison Giffin. Alison’s
memorial service will be held at St Columba’s on the 29th November at 11am.

THIS SUNDAY: Sounds of St Columba’s Monthly Music Recital

In a change to the Sounds of St Columba’s programme, we welcome Samuel Ali, organist at Christ Church, Chelsea for our recital today at 1.15pm. At the Royal College of Music Samuel studied with David Graham, Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin and Andrew Dewar.

Continuing our ‘Sounds of St Columba’s’ series, this recital is free with a retiring collection. On 17 November we welcome back William Mason (previous Assistant Organist at St Columba’s) to improvise to the silent film: ‘Phantom of the Opera – 1925 version’

Photography – 27th October 2019

Next week you will see Mr Steven Hicks in the church throughout the day. Steven is a professional photographer who will be here to take photos for the new website. If you DO NOT want your photo taken please get in touch with Lucy in the Church Office.


Harvest 2019 – The Upper Room (UR4Meals) Thank you!

Thank you very much for all the donated food items. The Upper Room charity have been in and loaded up their van with the harvest items you kindly donated. The tins of tuna, sunflower oil, olive oil, pasta and tins of vegetables will be used by them to provide meals for the homeless and disadvantaged people that they cook for throughout the year. It really does help make a difference. A big thank you from UR4Meals! www.theupperroom.org.uk/

Lent Appeal 2020 (small away/overseas charity)

Over the last five years, thanks to your generosity, we have raised a total of £35,166 for small charities as a direct result of our Lent Appeals; this is a
major part of our work on Mission. The Mission Committee would be grateful for any suggestions you may have for a small away/overseas charity that could be considered for the St. Columba’s Lent Appeal 2020. For more information, please contact Naomi Donaldson, naomi.60@live.co.uk (or via the Church Office) by Friday 1st November.

Paid Crèche Helper Required

We are currently looking for a person to work two Sundays month to help run the crèche with a volunteer, 10am to 12.30pm. The successful applicant would be required to undertake a full DBS check. For further information please contact Fiona Land on flang7@btinternet.com or the Church Office.

Women’s Fellowship Group

This term we are studying the life of Peter. Simon Peter was a follower like us – he wanted to be like Jesus, but he struggled with doubts, and at times he failed. At other times he was used powerfully by God. We will be using the study of Peter by Robbie Castleman from the Lifebuilder Study Guides.

All are welcome from 10.15 for coffee and fellowship followed by study from 10.30 until 11.30. Further information from Susan : susanpym@yahoo.co.uk


Sign Ups & Tickets: 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 after the service or the Church Office.

NEXT WEEK – Feeding the 50,000 Film Premiere

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. Note also, that the Armistice artworks created by Scots artist, Gael Robertson-Gorvy, for last year’s, Naming the Beloved installation are now resited in the London Scottish Chapel. Please take time to reflect on them.

St Columba’s Craft Group

The St Columba’s Craft Group meets in the Library on the third

Wednesday of every month (the next meeting is the 20th November) . Bring a sandwich.  Tea and coffee are provided. Please see Susan Pym or Fiona Lang on Sundays for more details or email susanpym@yahoo.co.uk

Happy Hour

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 6 November at the Bottlescrue, 31/33 Foster Lane EC2V 6HD from 6.30pm onwards in the Loire Room. This is an open discussion group and newcomers are welcome – just turn up on the night.

Congregational Scrabble

Would you like an afternoon of scrabble and fellowship? On Tuesday 5th November between 2.30-4.30pm in the Library we will host the first monthly scrabble afternoon. Tea and coffee will be provided. For further information contact the Church Office.

Next Week at St Columba’s 
27th October 2019


11.00 a.m. – Morning Service

Preacher –  Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD

1.15 p.m. – Feeding of 50,000 Film Premiere (Upper Hall) 

Don’t forget that you can contact the Church Office with any queries or questions on 0207 584 2321 or email office@stcolumbas.org.uk

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