Weekly Newsletter – 28th April 2019

St Columba’s Church of Scotland

Weekly Newsletter – 28th April 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.

This Sunday please join us at 11.00am for the Morning Service. Revd Andrew Anderson MA BD will be preaching. 

Sunday School for children aged 4+ and creche for our younger children are available. 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) is available in the Lower Hall and coffee in the Upper Hall.  You are most welcome to join us.

Hymns This Week 

425        The Saviour died, but rose again (St Andrew)

416        Christ is alive! Let Christians sing (Old Clarendonian)

413        The day of resurrection! (Ellacombe)

430        Christ has risen while earth slumbers (Transformation)
419        Thine be the glory (Maccabeus)

Choir Anthems

God be in my head                       John Rutter (b.1945)

Now the Green Blade Riseth      Simon Lindley (b.1948)

Organ Postlude 

Prelude and Fugue in C (BWV 545)                     JS Bach (1685-1750)


Old Testament Reading: Psalm 16

New Testament Reading: I Corinthians 15.12-22

Gospel Reading: John 20: 24-31

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 Books  Helen Miller

Fiona Lang

Elizabeth Maliphant

Central Aisle  Catriona Sutherland-Hawes
Duty Beadle  Gary Wallis


Visiting Preacher

We warmly welcome St Columba’s member and friend, Reverend Andrew Anderson to lead our worship today. Andrew was ordained as a Church of Scotland minister in 1981 and served at Greenside Church, in the east end of Edinburgh, for 30 years. He retired to Oxford in 2012 and took up the Chaplaincy at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, where his wife, Hazel, is also the OCMS archivist. In May this year he will become one of the chaplains to the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Flower Guild

The flowers this Sunday are sponsored by Aileen Murphie in memory of her nephew, Daniel Murphie who died in 2011, aged 8.


Lenten Appeal 2019 – Young Lewisham Project (YLP)


The Young Lewisham Project was established in 1974 and, working with local schools and colleges, provides young people aged 13-19 with much needed opportunities to improve their lives. A small team of staff and volunteers run: educational training courses, off-site activities and after school and holiday activities. Some courses include, motorcycle mechanics, bicycle maintenance, literacy and numeracy support, gardening, life skills, preparing for work and/or return to full time education. We hope to raise between £4k to £5k and Lenten Appeal donations would be used to help YLP continue their valuable project work with the young people in the Lewisham and Forest Hill area. White Lenten Appeal envelopes for donations are available in the pews and can be placed in the offering bags during the morning service. Today is the final opportunity to donate. Thank you to everyone who has helped – as the charity has said: “These funds make a real difference. Thank you.” Mission Committee.



Ordination of New Elders & Annual Congregational Meeting, Sunday 12th May

A Service of Ordination for New Elders takes place at the 11am Morning
Service on Sunday 12th May. The Annual Congregational Meeting follows at 1.30pm. It is a good opportunity to hear more about the past year and what lies ahead. It is the opportunity to ask questions and to say thank you to a variety of people who do so much to maintain and enhance the life of our congregation. Please keep both these events in your prayers.

Christian Aid Week: 12-18th May: Collectors needed:

Friday 17 May:  Green Park Tube Station. Between 7.00am and 7.00pm

Saturday 18 May:  Victoria Station (Mainline, Network Rail)

Between 7.00am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 7.00pm

Natasha Fiala of Christian Aid will speak at the 11am Service on Sunday 5th May about this year’s campaign. To be a collector sign up at the Bookstall or
contact Naomi Donaldson naomi.60@live.co.uk or the Church Office by 1st May 2019.

Women’s Fellowship Group

All welcome to join us from 10.15am each Wednesday for coffee, fellowship and bible study. For more information contact Susan Pym at susanpym@yahoo.co.uk.

Happy Hour

Happy Hour’s next session is on Wednesday 1 May 6.30pm – 8.30pm at The Bottlescrue 31/33 Foster Lane EC2V 6HD with the discussion theme:
Mustard seeds and oil lamps ….parables for 2019?  Bring examples and
opinions. Happy Hour is an open group and welcomes newcomers. Just turn up on the evening and you’ll find us in the Loire Room at the rear of the bar
enjoying social fellowship and refreshments.

“Divine Dine” (for younger adults)

Come join us on 9th May 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 Frasersto@gmail.com

All Age Early Service – May-July

Starting  Sunday 19th May, the All-Age Early Service returns with informal
worship, music, story-telling and prayer; followed by refreshments. Volunteer to tell stories, play music, do refreshments or lead prayers; contact the office for details. (London Scottish Chapel, 9.30-10.00am)

Curry & Chaat

Please join us on Thursday 23rd May at 6.30pm for Mental Health Week 2019, Curry & Chaat evening in the Upper Hall. The aim of Curry & Chaat is simple: get together with friends, enjoy a delicious curry and raise awareness for the Mental Health Foundation and their vision of a world with good mental health for all and for a less stressed nation. If you would like to attend please email or call Lucy in the Church Office on office@stcolumbas.org.uk or 02075842321.


SAVE THE DATE Flower Arranging Demonstration

On Saturday 18th May the Flower Guild will be hosting a demonstration on caring for flowers and plant material and creating an arrangement.  The session will take place in the Sanctuary of the Church between 10.30am and 12.30pm., followed by coffee. We invite all who enjoy flowers, like to have them in the home, appreciate seeing them in church and may be interested in seeing how an arrangement comes to life to come along.  All will be welcome and we hope to see many of you when we welcome Helen Bird, a professional demonstrator, to St Columba’s in May.

SAVE THE DATE Children’s Concert – Sunday 19th May, 1.15pm

Part of the Sounds of St Columba’s monthly recital series, children’s programme of music, performed by young and old.

St Columba’s Knitting Group

The St Columba’s Knitting Group meets in the Library on the third
Wednesday of every month. 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

St Columba’s Dancers

The St Columba’s Dancers meet 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.

Crown Court Church Tercentenary

On Friday 3rd May – Tercentenary Ball at the Caledonian Club, drinks, dinner and dancing. Tickets are £85 available from Crown Court Church.

Crown Court Congregational Quiz

Crown Court Church are holding a quiz in aid of their “Organ Fund” on Saturday 18th May, 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Tables of six can be booked in advance or made up on the evening. Food and a glass of wine/soft drink will be provided . No entry fee but donations are being requested on the evening. For more information please email Shelia at Crown Court on

Next Week at St Columba’s 

5th May 2019


11.00 a.m. – Morning Service & Baptisms

Preacher- Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD

5.00 p.m. – Evening Service

Preacher  – Allan Wright, Probationer St Andrew’s, Newcastle

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

Comments are closed.

Post Navigation