Weekly Newsletter – 8th December 2019

St Columba’s Church of Scotland

Weekly Newsletter – 8th December 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.

This Sunday at 10.15am in the London Scottish Chapel will be Poetry and Silent Prayer for Advent. All are welcome to attend.

Revd Angus MacLeod is preaching at our 11am Morning Service. 

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 

273        O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni Emmanuel)

185        Come, children, join the song (Madrid)

474        Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (Es ist Ein Ros)

583        Spirit divine, attend our prayers (Martyrs)

334        On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (Winchester New)

Choir Anthems

A tender shoot                      Goldschmidt

O radiant dawn                      MacMillian


Old Testament Reading Isaiah 11: 1-10

New Testament Reading: Romans 15: 4-13

Gospel Reading: Matthew 3: 1-12

Elders on Duty

Team Leader Elizabeth Fox
Deputy Team Leader Susan Pym
Entrance Vestibule Hazel Forbes

Gillian Smith

Anne Wilson

Heather Farwell

Wheelchair Lift Roderick Buchanan
Upper Vestibule Susan Pym

Betsy Wilkie

Hymn Books Jill Steele

Hugh Pym

Alison Buchanan

Catherine MacDonald

Central Aisle Stuart Steele
Duty Beadle Gary Wallis



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

To deepen our preparation for Christmas, the Congregational Prayer Time is given to the four Sundays of Advent, to pray silently together over poetry chosen for this season. Come and experience the depth and encouragement of sharing these quiet times with companions in the faith. All welcome.

Sunday School Nativity Service & Children’s Christmas Party
Following the Nativity Service on Sunday 15th December there will be a Pizza and Family Christmas Craft Party, 12.15 – 2.00pm in the Upper Hall. Share food, fun and creativity, children and parents all welcome. For catering numbers please RSVP to the church office by 2nd December.

THIS SUNDAY: Advent Appeal – Sox and Boxers etc

We will be collecting the following items during Advent for the Glassdoor  charity. Items are: boxer shorts, thermal hats, thermal socks (for both men and women), thermal tights, thermal gloves (or very thick ones). Some of the donated items will be wrapped as Christmas gifts for our homeless night shelter guests staying at St. Columba’s overnight Sunday 22 December. 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, from now until Sunday 5 January. Thank you in advance. Mission Committee.

Night Shelter Stockings

We are planning to give our Night shelter guests a small stocking on the 22nd December. This will contain toiletries suitable for males (33) and females (7). We would welcome unused sample sizes of toothpaste, shaving foam and soap as well as toothbrushes, disposable razors, deodorants and sanitary products.  If you  are able to donate some of the items please leave them in the office to be packed into the Christmas gifts. Many thanks.

RESTART sponsored Sleep out 

There is a sponsored Sleep out on Friday 13th December outside the Church from 9pm-6am in aid of the work RESTART do for mentally vulnerable London homeless folk. The RESTART team, elder Robbie Mills, the Minister and others from the Church are sleeping out. Please contact Robbie on robm@clearbell.com or visit https://restartlives.org/sleepout/ for more info.

Night Shelter Food Appeal – 2019 / 2020

We are now within another Night Shelter season, and with it another appeal for help with the food costs. We need to cater for Vegetarians/ Vegans/Dairy Free/Hallal which means catering has become a little more challenging and costly. This is all prepared and cooked by a number of volunteers. To continue this work and to repeat the success of the last two seasons, will you help with the costs of all the 22 Sunday night suppers. Your contribution of cash or a cheque (made payable to St. Columba’s Hospitality Committee) can be given to me or our Treasurer – Charlotte Bradford, or left in the church office. Ben Gourlay.

Candle-helpers & Christmas Tree

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 decorated our church. To be part the Candle-helpers team (Sunday 15th December) please contact the office.

Winter Coats

As the weather is now more chilly, GlassDoor are urgently requesting  warm winter coats in women’s sizes 12-20, to go to guests at GlassDoor’s women’s group. They also need women’s boots size 5-8. Donated items will be passed on, via the Church Office.

Through our Charity connection with Harrods, we received 8 boxes of various winter clothes donated by the staff of Harrods. Items included coats, jumpers hats and scarves. All 8 boxes have been split between Restart and Glassdoor.

Lessons & Carols by Candlelight with Reception – 15th December 2019

One of the most beautiful services of the year is the Lessons & Carols by Candlelight, 5pm, Sunday 15th December. After the Service please join us in the Lower Hall for Christmas Carols, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies. Donations will be taken on behalf of Restart and some of their staff will be available to talk to.

Carol Singing 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 13th December at 4pm to 5pm.

Gaelic Carol Service

On Sunday 15th December, 6.30pm, Lumen United Reformed Church, 88 Tavistock Place, Kings Cross will host a service of lessons and carols in Gaelic. All are welcome.

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. Our last session of 2019 will be the 11th December and we will return on the 15th January 2020.


Christmas Carols and Soup

On Wednesday 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.

Church Magazine

The new Church Magazine is available to buy from the Bookstall today. If you are stuck for a Christmas present why not gift a years subscription to a friend or loved one? Speak to the Church Office for more detail or pick up a subscription form from the bookstall.

St Columba’s Craft Group

The St Columba’s Craft 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.

Congregational Scrabble

Would you like an afternoon of scrabble and fellowship? On Tuesday 3rd December between 2.30-4.30pm in the Library we will host the second scrabble afternoon. Tea and coffee will be provided. For further information contact the Church Office.

St Columba’s Dancers

The St Columba’s Dancers meet every Monday, except Christmas and Bank Holidays, until May 2020. For more information contact Valerie Strachan on 02086935335, valeriestrachan@btinternet.com or visit the website, www.stcolumbasdancers.org.

Save the Date: Burns Supper

Please save the date for the St Columba’s Burns Supper which will be held on Saturday 18th January 2020. Tickets will on sale after the church service.

Save the Date: Church Quiz

Please save the date for the St Columba’s Church Quiz on the 29th February 2020. More details to follow soon.

Next Week at St Columba’s 
15th December 2019

10.15 a.m. – Poetry & Silent Prayer for Advent

(London Scottish Chapel)

11.00 a.m. – Morning Service & Sunday School Nativity

Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD


12.30 p.m. –  Children’s Christmas Party (Upper Hall)

5.00 p.m. Lessons & Carols by Candlelight & Reception in Lower 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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