Weekly Newsletter – 9th December 2018

St Columba’s Church of Scotland

Weekly Newsletter – 9th December 2018


This Sunday we welcome Revd Andrew Anderson, who is preaching at the 11.00am, Morning Service. 

Sunday School is available for children aged four and over.

Children under four are invited to use the creche in the 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.

Lunch (£3.50 per person) and coffee are available in the downstairs halls. You are most welcome to join us.

Hymns This Week 

519  Love Divine (Hyfrydol)

283  The voice of God goes out to all the world (Ellers)

319  Of the Father’s love begotten (Corde Natus)

662  Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts (Maryton)

710  I have a dream, a man once said (Repton)

Choir Anthems

How lovely are the messengers         Mendelssohn ed. Archer

Rejoice in the Lord                            anon mid-16th century, English

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen                 Johannes Brahms


Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 40:1-8

Gospel Reading: Luke 3:1-6

Sunday’s lesson reader is St Columba’s elder, Catharine Robertson.


Elders on Duty

Team Leader  Michael Stevenson
Deputy Team Leader .
Entrance Vestibule  William Glasson

Shelia Nicoll

Catharine Robertston

Wheelchair Lift  Gordon Cameron
Upper Vestibule  Rosa Somerville

Jean Stevenson

Hymn Books  Daphne Moore

Patricia Clark

Jo Wallis

Hilary Natzler

Central Aisle  Karen Cunningham

Robert Mills


Flower Guild

The flowers today are sponsored by Paul Butler and Pamela Keeley-Butler to celebrate their wedding anniversary on 11th December.  We wish them a happy day and send our congratulations.

Today, Crown Court Church will hold a quarterly Gaelic Service. Revd Kenneth D MacLeod from the Church of Scotland, Invergordon will preach at 3.30pm. All are welcome.

NEXT WEEK Sunday School Nativity Service & Children’s Christmas Party, Sunday 16th December

During the 11am Morning Service we will be treated to a wonderful nativity by the St Columba’s Sunday School. Following the Nativity Service there will be a Pizza and Family Christmas Craft Party, 12.30 – 2.00pm in the Upper Hall. Share food, fun and creativity, children and parents all welcome. For catering please RSVP to gary@thewallis.com by Monday 10th December.

Lessons & Carols by Candlelight, with Reception for Borderline, Sunday 16th December, 5pm

Enjoy the Christmas story in word and beautiful music, followed by a Reception to support Borderline, at which Scottish singer-actor Darius Campbell performs.


Scripture & Silent Prayer for Advent, 10.15-10.30am, London Scottish Chapel.

To deepen our preparation for Christmas, the Congregational Prayer Group meets on the four Sundays of Advent to pray silently together over some of the scriptures chosen for this season. Come and experience the depth and encouragement of sharing these quiet times with companions in the faith.

Potatoes & Peas – The Night Shelter

The 2018/19 Night Shelter at St. Columba’s starts tonight., and it is time to think about potatoes and peas! The cost of a 25kilo bag of potatoes, which will do two Sundays, varies between £7.50 and £8.50. The same cost, will pay for peas for two Sundays. This forms part of the three course supper that is prepared by a number of volunteers who offer their Sunday evenings to cook, serve and talk with the guests.

We sleep and feed 35 homeless guests inside, and feed between 20/25 more folk outside. The budget for food from GLASSDOOR is small and anything we can do as a congregation to help with the cost is greatly appreciated. If you would like to “sponsor” the purchase of potatoes or peas, or both, please pass your contribution to the church office. (Cheques payable to St. Columba’s Hospitality Committee.) Any surplus money contributes towards a “festive” meal on Christmas Eve, Hogmanay, and of course a Burns Supper in January 2018 which is much appreciated. The Night Shelter is always seeking additional cooks to join the rota. It is not cordon bleu cooking and you would not be thrown in at the deep end.  If YOU can help, please contact Judith Roberts, Night Shelter

Co-ordinator, at judithroberts63@aol.com or via the church office – telephone: 020 7584 2321. Thank you. Ben Gourlay, Convener of Hospitality Committee

Women’s Fellowship Group

The Women’s Fellowship Group will meet on Wednesday the 12th December 2018 for their last session before the Christmas break. They will return on the 9th January 2019 at the normal times.

The Women’s Fellowship Group meets on Wednesdays at 10.15am. Coffee, chat and Bible study. We look forward to see familiar and new faces. For further details contact Susan Pym: susanpym@yahoo.co.uk


Listening for the Future

Thank you very much to everyone who took part in the Listening for the Future project.  Over the past six months, over 100 people have expressed their views about St Columba’s by attending focus group meetings, completing the SurveyMonkey or in writing. The results are now being analysed by the committees of the Kirk Session, who will develop plans to respond to the many helpful comments and suggestions received.  The plans will be shared with the congregation after the New Year and will be implemented during 2019.

The Listening for the Future project is part of the preparation for the congregation’s Local Church Review by Presbytery in 2019. The five-yearly review aims to facilitate the congregation setting out plans for the next five years. Listening for the Future ensures that St Columba’s future will be shaped by a wide range of people from all parts of the St Columba’s family.

Christmas Carols in Trafalgar Square for Christian Aid

Please join congregation members from Crown Court Church and Bloomsbury Baptist Church to sing carols for Christian Aid in Trafalgar Square on Friday 14th December at 5pm to 6pm.

Advent Appeal – Sox and Boxers

We are collecting the following items during Advent for the Glassdoor charity: boxer shorts, thermal hats, thermal socks (for both men and women), thermal tights, thermal gloves (or very thick ones). Various sizes are always needed: Sizes S to XL for men and women. Some of the donated items will be wrapped as Christmas gifts for our homeless night shelter guests staying at St. Columba’s overnight Sunday 23 Dec. Any items not given as gifts will be passed to Glassdoor to help replenish their supplies for the homeless. Collection point will be the Upper Vestibule, starting Sunday 2 December through to Sunday 30 December. Thank you in advance. Mission Committee.

Happy Hour

The next Happy Hour session will be in the Bottlescrue 33 Foster Lane St Paul’s London EC2V 6HD on Wednesday 2nd January 2019, 6.30pm. Please bring a book that you have found of interest in your journey of faith. All welcome to come and start the new year with church friends.



Christmas Carols and Soup

On Tuesday the 18th December please join us for a Christmas Carols and Soup in the Upper Hall at 12.30pm. The event is open to all and a chance to have some fellowship before the end of the Christmas Season.

Burns Supper

St Columba’s Congregational Burns Supper will be held on Saturday 19th   January 2019. Tickets for this event are on sale after the service in the Entrance Vestibule. If you have any questions with regards to tickets please contact Kathleen Dempster on dempster.kathleen@gmail.com.

St Columba’s Dancers

On Monday the 10th December the St Columba’s Dancers are holding their Christmas Party. Recorded Music 7.15 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Free admission with £1.50 contribution for tea and biscuits. All welcome. Programme for the evening includes; Cutty Sark, Orpington Caledonians, 12 Coates Crescent, Flora’s Fancy & Cape Town Wedding. All welcome.

St Columba’s Knitting Group

The Knitting Group  will not be meeting in December. The next meeting will be 16th January 2019.

Advent and Christmas at St Columba’s

Sunday 23 December     Scripture & Silent Prayer for Advent IV

10.15am, London Scottish Chapel

11am Morning Service

Monday 24 December     11.15pm Christmas Eve Watchnight Service

Tuesday 25 December    10am Holy Communion (London Scottish Chapel)

11am Christmas Day Family Service

Sunday 30 December     11am Morning Service

Sunday 6 December      11am Morning Service

5pm Service of Readings & Music for Epiphany

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