Weekly Newsletter – 21 May 2017

Sunday 21st May 2017

Sixth Sunday after Easter


9.30 a.m. – All Age Early Service (London Scottish Chapel)

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

11.00 a.m. – Morning Service  (Preacher – Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD)

A short service of Holy Communion and prayers for those in need will be held in the London Scottish Chapel after the service.

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

Coffee in the Upper Hall  {by donation}



Acts 17: 16-32

John 14: 15-21



Praise waits for thee in Zion, Lord (St Stephens)

Jesus loves me! This I know (Jesus loves me)

Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire (St Columba)

Gather us in, thou Love that fillest all! (Gather us in)

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son (Maccabeus)


Choir Anthems

Lord of the Dance   Terry

My beloved spake   Hadley


Elders on Duty

Team Leader

Deputy Team Leader

Elizabeth Fox

Susan Pym

Entrance Vestibule Hazel Forbes

Gillian Smith

Anne Wilson

Wheelchair Lift Roderick Buchanan
Upper Vestibule Susan Pym

Betsy Wilkie

Hymn Books Jill Steele

Hugh Pym

Alison Buchanan

Catherine McDonald

Central Aisle Stuart Steele

David Nicolson



We are delighted to welcome visitors to Sunday’s worship. Please make yourself known to one of the ministers or elders and 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, David Nicolson.


St Columba’s Website  

Please visit our website for 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.


Flower Guild

The flowers in Church on Sunday are sponsored in memory of Una Ann Finlay.


Christian Aid Lunch

We are fortunate to be able to have lunch without giving it too much thought. Today, Hospitality will be providing lunch as usual, except that all profit & donations will go to Christian Aid. So come and join us, it only costs £3.00 – yes £3.00, but if you feel like giving a little more, it will go to a good cause – CHRISTIAN AID. Thank you.



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 susanpym@yahoo.co.uk.


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 June event is hosted by the French Protestant Church of London (8-9 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QD) on Saturday 10th June 2017 at 6 pm.  (Change of time) An exhibition and a talk, The French Protestant Church will take you on a journey from France to London, and try to figure out a difficult life was in France for the Protestants, why they left, and how they settled in London until today.


Reformation 500 at St Columba’s – Planning Meeting

On Sunday 1 October 2017 (4pm to 6pm), St Columba’s will be the hosts of the monthly “Doorstep” gathering to mark the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation.  To help with the organisation of the event please come on Sunday 28 May at 1.15pm to Andrea’s office for a planning meeting.


Church of Scotland General Assembly

The Church of Scotland General Assembly 2017 opens on Saturday 20 May and closes on 26 May.  There is a live webcast of the Assembly every day which can be accessed through the Church of Scotland website for anyone to view (http://www.church of scotland.org.uk/about_us/general assembly 2017.


St Columba’s Songs of Praise – Choose a hymn!

Our Songs of Praise Evening Service is on Sunday 4 June 2017.  Mixing hymns chosen by the congregation and music  by the Professional Choir.  To suggest a hymn please inform the Church Office of your choice and a brief explanation for your choice, by Friday 26 May 2017. Or via flip chart at the sanctuary door.


Divine Dine (Meetings for younger adults)

Join us on Thursday 8 June at 7.30pm for supper and a conversation with Revd Angus MacLeod about St Columba’s at the time of WWI and our commemorations in 2018.


Friends of St Columba’s

The Friends of St Columba’s will hold their Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 11th June 2017, commencing at 2.00 p.m. in the Upper Hall. Tea and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the Meeting. All are welcome.



Happy Hour

Our next Happy Hour will be the Summer Social evening at St Columba’s on Wednesday 7 June from 6.30 – 8.30 pm. This is a relaxed occasion for first-time visitors to meet others in the congregation, and for regular attendees and those who haven’t been to a City meeting for a while to get together before the summer break. All are welcome – we look forward to seeing you there.


Women’s Book Club 

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 .

Don’t forget you can order your copy of the book at the Bookstall.




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 11th June 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 4 June at 5.00 p.m.

The next Service of Holy Communion is on Sunday 11 June at 11.00 a.m.


Next Week

Sunday 28 May 2017


11.00 a.m. – Morning Service

Preacher – Revd Andrea Price


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