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E-Newsletter – 8th November 2020

Once again, all change! Lock down II commenced this week and for the next four Sundays we revert to offering worship, via the live stream and Dial-in only i.e. worshippers cannot attend in person (in the pews.) However, as Lucy communicates on our Social Media – “Although the building might be closed, the church is very much open.”

Worshipping online, staying in contact with friends and neighbours, offering prayers for others and supporting the church financially, are all expressions of continuing faith and church life. Some activities can, and will, continue in our halls – Knightsbridge School use the Lower Hall for recreation, Monday to Friday; Support Groups also continue to meet; and by later this month, we hope that St Columba’s will be operating as a feeding station for homeless guests, three nights each week – via ReStart (Fridays) and GlassDoor (Saturdays & Sundays.) If that hospitality can be achieved and sustained throughout the winter, it would represent a wonderful contribution to some very vulnerable people, in a time of extreme need. Please keep those charities (staff, volunteers and guest) and our own staff in your prayers. And remember, if you feel that you would like attend the Church for private prayer, please get in touch with the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to organise an appropriate time.

Remembrance Sunday 8th November 10.45am 

As Sunday 8th is Remembrance Sunday, the service begins at 10.45am.  Unfortunately the annual London Scottish Regiment Church Parade, on the  afternoon of Remembrance Sunday, cannot take place this year. However, we are  glad to welcome the Regimental Colonel, Air-Vice Marshal Ranald Munro CBE, and  piper, Cpl Andy Parsons, representing the Regiment at our morning worship. 

Live Streaming of Worship  

The live stream service continues this Sunday at 10.45am. Music begins from  10.35am. The service can be watched via the church website,  

https://www.stcolumbas.org.uk/live-stream at 10.45am. 

To access the live stream from the homepage (front page) click the Menu button in  the top right-hand side of the page and scroll down and click on “Live Stream”. This  will bring up the live stream to the church. The act of worship of approximately 60  minutes, includes include prayers, a sermon and music. The words for the hymns will  be on the website. 

For those without internet, the Dial-In facility continues.  
Many people comment that they do have a sense of  worshipping together, even if invisible to each other. While current regulation forbids singing in the pews, the live stream strongly  recommends singing in the sitting room! 

Dial into Sunday Service 

If you are aware of church members or friends who do not have access to internet  please inform them that they can now phone in to join the Sunday service. No  visuals clearly, but at least they can hear the service.  

Those interested should follow:  
Step 1: At 10.40am call phone number 0203 051 2874.  
Step 2: You will be prompted to enter a meeting ID. Please type (using your  telephone keypad) 266 883 5072# 
Step 3: You will then be asked for a participant number - simply press the #.
Step 4: Enjoy the service! You will hear Ben's organ music from 10.50am. 

Church Office 

Office Hours 9am to 4pm. 

Contact details; 
Tel: 020 7584 2321 
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Website: www.stcolumbas.org.uk 
Facebook: @stcolumbaschurchpontstreet 
Twitter: @LondonKirk  
Pastoral Emergency Number (out of office hours): 07591926271

Maintaining Community and Supporting Each Other 

Everybody can play a part in maintaining contact with others via telephone, e-mail or  letter, especially those who are particularly vulnerable. Our Elders are encouraged to  make contact with those in their districts, and church members are welcome to  contact the church office to request a contact from their elder or the Minister. 

Congregational Offerings 

Details on the many ways you can support St Columba’s can be found here  https://www.stcolumbas.org.uk/giving/supporting-st-columbas 

Offerings to St Andrew’s, Newcastle can be made via:  

Account - Church of Scotland 
Sort code - 40-34-18 
Account number – 11310747

St Columba’s Member 

We are sorry to announce the death of St Columba’s member Diana  Kennington. Our thoughts are with her family during this time.  

Annual Bereavement Service Sunday 22nd November 

Each year we are very aware that the approach to Christmas can be a particularly  poignant time in which we remember those who have died. Each year, therefore,  we hold our Annual Bereavement Service. We write to those who have  experienced the death of a loved one, and whose service was conducted by one of  the St Columba’s ministers, in the last seven years, and invite family members and  friends to attend this annual service. This year to mitigate the uncertainties of  changing Covid19 regulations and reduce the risk of travel, the service will not be  attended in person, but made available via our website from 3pm on Sunday 22nd November, at www.stcolumbas.org.uk The service is designed to be quiet and  reflective and will last about forty five minutes. 

During the service we remember by name those whose funeral or memorial services  we have conducted in the past year (1st October 2019 – 30 September 2020). As a  congregation we pray for the family and friends of all whose funerals we call to mind.  Relatives and friends who have attended in previous years have found the service to  be helpful. If there are other names you would particularly like remembered at this  service please pass the details to the Church Office and we will seek to include  them. 

Particularly this year, with all its difficulties, though we will not be physically together,  I hope that people can draw strength and comfort from knowing that loved ones are  being remembered and prayed for. 

St Columba’s Book Club 23 November 7.00pm 

The November meeting of the St Columba’s Book Club will take place on the 23rd at  7pm (via Zoom). This month’s book will be “Someone in the Distance” by Dorothy  Whipple. New members are very much encouraged, please get in touch with the  Church Office for more detail.  

Christmas Card Competition 

This year Angus and Lucy are running a Christmas Card Competition. We would like  the children of St Columba’s to design a Christmas card. If you can use the theme of  love, hope and togetherness and/or your favourite thing about Christmas and send  your pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 8th November 2020. There are two prizes up for grabs for those whose designs are picked to be made into our Christmas Cards, one for 7 year olds and under and one for 8 years +.  

We are looking forward to seeing your designs! 

Christmas Appeal 

Due to the current restrictions, unfortunately we will not be able to do  our usual Sox & Boxers collection. 

As an alternative way of contributing to the Christmas Appeal, you may  like to consider making a financial donation to either Glass Door or to Borderline
Thank you, Mission Committee. 

Glass Door 



Cheques payable to 'Glass Door Homeless Charity' and post to:
Attn. Ian Foster - Fundraising Managing 
Glass Door Homeless Charity 
155a Kings Road 
London SW3 5TX 




Cheques payable to 'New Borderline' and post to: 
Attn. Andrew Ellison - Fundraising Manager 
22 City Road 
London EC1Y 2AJ 

Lent Appeal 2021 

The Lent Appeal 2021 will be the turn of a small UK charity. If you are involved with  such a charity, or know of one that you would like to nominate for consideration, the  Mission Committee would love to hear from you. To nominate a small UK charity  and/or for more information in regard to next year's Lent Appeal, please contact:  Naomi Donaldson by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the Church Office. The  closing date for applications is Tuesday 17 November. Mission Committee. 

Caledonian Lecture: Jane Haining, Scottish Heroine 

There is still time to view this year’s Caledonian Lecture.  

The link to view the Lecture is: https://www.stcolumbas.org.uk/caledonianlecture

Opening Hours

The office is open from
9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m,
Monday to Friday.

There is a 24-hour answering machine service.

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St Columba’s is located on Pont Street in Knightsbridge in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Church is within easy reach of three London Underground stations – Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line), South Kensington (Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines) and Sloane Square (Circle and District Lines).

St. Columba's
Pont Street
London SW1X 0BD
+44 (0)20-7584-2321

Getting here by tube

Knightsbridge Station

Take the Harrods exit if open (front car if coming from the East, rear car if coming from the West). Come up the stairs to street level, carry on keeping Harrods on your right. Turn right into Basil Street. Carry straight on into Walton Place with St Saviour’s Church on your left. At the traffic lights, St Columba’s is to your left across the street. If the Harrods exit is closed, take the Sloane Street exit, turn right into Basil Street. Carry straight on past Harrods with the shop on your right, into Walton Place as before.

South Kensington Station

Come up the stairs out of the station and turn left into the shopping arcade. Turn left again into Pelham Street. At the traffic lights at the end of Pelham Street cross Brompton Road, turn left then immediately right into the narrow street of Draycott Avenue. After just a few yards turn left into Walton Street. Carry on walking up Walton Street until the traffic lights at the corner of Pont Street. Turn right and after a few steps you will be at St Columba’s!

Sloane Square Station

Cross over the square into Sloane Street. Walk along Sloane Street until the traffic lights at the corner of Pont Street. Turn left into Pont Street. St Columba’s will then be in sight.

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