Weekly Newsletter – 18 June 2017

Sunday 18th June 2017

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9.30 a.m. – All Ages Early Service in the London Scottish Chapel

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

11.00 a.m. – Morning Service

(Preacher – Revd Andrea Price)

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

Coffee in the Upper Hall  {by donation}


Genesis 18: 1-15 and 21: 1-7

Romans 5: 1-8

Matthew 9: 35 – 10: 8



Hymn 76 How can I ever thank the Lord (Jackson)

Hymn 141 Oh the life of the world is a joy and a treasure (Life of the world)

Hymn 251 I the Lord of Sea and Sky (Here I am, Lord)

Hymn 595 O Breath of life, come sweeping through us (Sunset)

Hymn 512 To God be the glory, great things he has done! (To God be the Glory)


Choir Anthems

Ave Verum Corpus                              Mozart

Lord for thy tender mercy’s sake          Farrant


Elders on Duty

Team Leader

Deputy Team Leader

Donald Johnston

Hamish Henderson

Entrance Vestibule Henry Sherriff

Rona Black

Katherine Payne

Wheelchair Lift Hamish Henderson
Upper Vestibule Fiona Gardner

Nigel Roberts

Hymn Books Sheena Clark

Helen Miller

Fiona Lang

Elizabeth Maliphant

Central Aisle Catriona Sutherland-Hawes
 Duty Beadle Naomi Donaldson



We are delighted to welcome visitors to Sunday’s worship. Please make yourself known to one of the ministers or elders or fill in our Visitors’ Book at the Welcome Desk.

Children under 4 are invited to use our crèche (Lower Hall) and children over 4 to join our Sunday School after the Children’s Talk. For new/visiting families, who wish their children to remain in church for the remainder of the service, the Children’s Quiet Corner is available. Please ensure a supervising adult accompanies your child.

Lunch (£3 per person) and coffee are available after the service in the

downstairs halls.

Sunday’s lesson reader is St Columba’s elder, Jo Wallis.


St Columba’s Website and Weekly E-Newsletter

Please visit our website and sign up for the email newsletter that gives you

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.


Response to Grenfell Tower Fire

In the aftermath of the terrible fire in North Kensington you may be interested to know something of the local response among our ecumenical community.


On Wednesday 15th June the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea’s Annual Civic Service was due to take place at St Luke’s, Chelsea (Sydney Street, SW3 6NH.)  This was cancelled and replaced with a Prayer Vigil between 6-7pm. There was the opportunity to light candles, pray and be quiet together; a short meditation took place at 6.30pm.


The parish clergy of St Clement & St James, Church of England – the parish of Grenfell Tower – have indicated that they cannot cope with additional  donations of food and clothes etc at this time. There may be opportunity to volunteer time to assist sorting donations.


At St Columba’s there is a Retiring Offering today (Sunday 18th June) at the Morning Service; alternatively financial donations can be made to the Office during office hours. Financial donations from St Columba’s will be passed on via St Luke’s, Chelsea to support the work and ministry of St Clement & St James. This is considered the best method to ensure that funds go to an appropriate agency, which is well placed to use the donations to best effect.


All Age Early Services

The All Age Early Service is up and running today (18th June) and all Sundays in July: Our theme this summer is People Who Inspire Us. The service is 09.30-10.00am in the London Scottish Chapel, followed by refreshments in the Upper Hall. The Early Service is led by members of the congregation so there is opportunity to help in a variety of ways: Welcome Team, Music, Story-telling, Leading prayers, Refreshment Team.

If you would like to help with any of the above please confirm your availability with the Church Office by Fri 23rd June 2017.

(FAO: Liz office@stcolumbas.org.uk) Please specify what you would like to do, available dates and e-mail contact details. All are welcome!


Summer of Music Recitals in July at St Columba’s

For month of July we are delighted to offer the following recitals:

Sunday 2nd July 2017  Organ Duo Concert (Church)

Performed by Tom Bell & Richard Brasier

Sunday 9th July 2017  Soprano Recital (Upper Hall)

Performed by Hilary Cronin

Sunday 26th July 2017 Mandolin & Mandola Concert (Upper Hall)

Performed by Stuart McGowan & John Maw

All recitals take place at 1.15pm


Safeguarding Training

Safeguarding training for Elders and Church staff takes place at St Columba’s, Pont Street, 1:15pm Sunday 18th June 2017.

Mending Hymn Books

We are trying to keep the hymn books in good condition; and every now and then have a session to keep up the good work. If anyone would be interested in helping Rosa and Helen on Sunday 25th June after lunch, please contact the Church Office or Rosa (rosa@stphensomerville.co.uk/ 02072748474). Thank you.

Congregational Outing & Reformation 500

2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, begun by Martin Luther. St Columba’s is one of twelve London congregations offering monthly

gatherings to help meet and reflect together on Reformation history and being Church today. The booklet “Still Reforming – Reformation on London’s Doorsteps” on the bookstall (£1), gives more details.   The July event is hosted by

St Katherine’s Danish Church (4 St Katherine’s Precinct, London, NW1 4HH) on Sunday 2nd July at 4pm. A meditative afternoon service will commence 4pm. There will be a break to “listen to the clouds” with contemplative music from the golden organ of St Katherine’s, readings, hymns and reflection. Refreshments will follow after the service in the garden of the vicarage.

Divine Dine (Meetings for younger adults)

Summer Social BBQ on Thursday 17th August and Supper and Bible Study on Joshua 28th September 7pm arrival for 7.30-9pm. For further information and to book your place please contact Andrea or the office.

Women’s Fellowship Group

The Women’s Fellowship Group meets at 10.30am every Wednesday in the

Upper Hall. For more details about the group contact Susan Pym at



Women’s Book Group

The Women’s Book Club’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday 21 June at Patricia Clarke’s house in Putney to discuss Days Without End by Sebastian Barry.Over the summer the club has planned to read A Notable Woman: the romantic  journals of Jean Lucey Pratt by Simon Garfield.

Please don’t forget to order your book at the bookstall!


Sunday 25th June 2017 Congregational Picnic & Games in Hyde Park

Following the Sunday School Promotion Service come and get active at our annual Congregational Picnic in Hyde Park. Bring a picnic or come after lunch to the old football pitches at South Carriage Drive from 12.30pm onwards.


Children of the Jungle at Crown Court on 26th June at 1pm

Ignite Theatre will be performing ‘Children of the Jungle’, a play devised by a cast of young people aged 12—18. The play examines the fate of migrant children separate from their families as they search for a place of safety.

No fixed ticket price but donations are welcomed.

London Gaelic Services at Crown Court

The next London Gaelic service will be 10th September conducted by Revd Donald J Morrison. All are welcome to attend.



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 9th July 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 3rd September at 5.00 p.m.

The next Service of Holy Communion is on Sunday 24th September at 11.00 a.m.

Next Week

Sunday 25th June 2017


11.00 a.m.          Morning Service

Preacher – Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD

    12.30 p.m.        Congregational Picnic & Games in Hyde Park


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