St Columba’s is part of the Church of Scotland. Many of the congregation have Scottish or Presbyterian connections but certainly not all. We have a lively mix of nationalities and denominations, ages and life experiences, members and visitors.
In normal times, St Columba’s combines activity, peace and prayer. Many groups meet throughout the week; school children, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Night Shelter for Homeless Guests, congregational meals, musical events and Scottish Country dancing – our church witnesses plenty of life. All the while, through Sunday worship and the services that mark the great events of life we worship God and grow together.
These of course are not normal times. Unfortunately for the safety of all, our building is closed for the time being. However, though the building is closed, the Church is not shut. The Church Office is staffed from home and is open for enquiries. Simultaneously all church members are actively encouraged both to pray for and to stay in touch with each other, offering the friendship and support that is so vital at this time. We hope to continue live streaming an act of worship from St Columba’s at 11am each Sunday, and we invite you to enjoy music recorded by our choir leading up to Easter. And as people of Easter we look forward to reopening our doors when the time is right.
www.500miles.co.uk (a Scottish Registered Charity)
500 Miles was established in 2008 by Olivia Giles, a quadruple amputee herself, after suffering a severe form of septicaemia. Olivia created and runs the 500 Miles charity to help others in Africa (Malawi and Zambia) to live full lives with the provision of prosthetic limbs, as it says on the website getting people moving.
The target is to raise between £4K - £5k and Lent Appeal donations will help towards the cost of diploma training for Alwin Kaponda, who has been a bench worker for the past three years at the 500 Miles Prosthetics and Orthotics Centre at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. Alwin will greatly benefit from specialist training to diploma level. Money raised will help towards the cost of 500 Miles sending Alwin to either the Cambodia School of Prosthetics and Orthotics in Phom Penh, or to the Mobility India in Bangalore to study for an internationally recognised diploma. 500 Miles will need to pay Alwin’s training school fees and his subsistence costs, plus travel. Donations will help towards the cost and attract supplementary funding for Alwin’s first year. To have Alwin trained to diploma standard will benefit so many amputees, providing them with prosthetic limbs and orthoses (supports for limbs) to help them lead full lives, get them mobile and on the move again…life changing. White Lent Appeal envelopes for donations are available in the pews. Mission Committee.