Friends of St Columba's
For more than a century St Columba’s Church of Scotland has been a home for Scots in London and a welcome place of worship and prayer for people from a wide range of faith backgrounds. The building also a hub of activity for the local community on every day of the week, not just on Sunday mornings.
Homeless guests are welcomed for lunches and a winter overnight shelter. Alcoholics Anonymous are among organisations using meeting rooms during the week. Scottish dance groups enjoy their weekday evening sessions. The magnificent church organ has great appeal for performances by visiting musicians as well as our own church choir.
- The Friends of St Columba’s offers a chance to support the work of the church and the upkeep of the building. Regular funding is provided for congregational activities and enhancing the fabric of the church
- The Friends is also a forum for fellowship, giving members an opportunity to socialise on days out and those who have moved further afield to keep in touch with old friends through newsletters and outings;
- Visits to Westminster have strengthened links with Scottish MPs and peers and other friends in Parliament.
Recent Visits by Friends
Southwark Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, The Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, Sandham Memorial Chapel with its Stanley Spencer paintings;
The House of Commons and Scottish Office Receptions, York Minster, Keble College and Christ Church Oxford, Guildford Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral.
Events for 2021-22
- September 19 2021: AGM at 2 p.m. in the Upper Hall, followed by celebration tea.
- Saturday October 16, 2021: visit to The Neasden Temple or the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (https://londonmandir.baps.org/) This is a masterpiece of traditional Hindu Design and exquisite Indian workmanship in the heart of NW London. Guided tour, followed by lunch at the Temple.
- Sunday April 24, 2022; The Chelsea Physic Garden, after lunch at Church (https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/). Tour and tea.
- June 5, 2022: St Columba’s Day and AGM.
- Saturday June 25, 2022: Visit to Hampstead: Fenton House (a.m.) a jewel of a house built in 1686, surrounded by a superb garden and orchard (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fenton-house-and-garden) and 2 Willow Road (optional, p.m.), modernist home of Hungarian-born architect Erno Goldfinger, completed in 1939 (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/2-willow-road). Lunch at The Hollybush Inn or picnic on the lawn at Fenton House.
- September 23-25, 2022: Visit to SW Scotland. Visit of Burns country; Dumfries - the original home of the TSB; Ruthwell Church and its 8th century cross; and the early Christian settlement at Whithorn.
Projects Supported By The Friends
- Tea Together, providing social events for senior citizens and their friends;
- Funds for the church magazine and the Youth Committee;
- Refurbishment of the County Shields in Church;
- Plaque to commemorate the visit of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Annual Subscription: £10
Life Membership: £50
Sort Code: 16-00-42
Account Number: 00269670
Royal Bank of Scotland
(Please use your name and subscription as description for the payment)
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Please send to the address below.
The Honorary Secretary,
Friends of St Columba's
St Columba's Church of Scotland, Pont Street, London,