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Newsletter - 19th January 2020

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.

Revd Alistair Cumming is preaching at our 11am Morning Service.

Today's reader is St Columba's elder, Sheila Nicol.

Lunch (£3.50 per person) is available in the Lower Hall and coffee in the Upper Hall. You are most welcome to join us..

The first Sounds of St Columba’s recital of 2020 will take place this Sunday, 1.15pm. Please join us in the Upper Hall for ‘The Last Rose of Summer - Art Songs of the 20th Century’ a recital by Lucy Cox (Soprano) and Tom Jesty (Piano). The recitals are free with a retiring offering. Please do come and support this wonderful recital series.

Hymns This Week

153 - Great is thy faithfulness (Faithfulness)
339 - Sing of Andrew, John’s Disciple (Hyfrodol)
552 - Oh, for a closer walk with God (The Flower o’ the Quern)
533 - Will you come and follow me (Kelvingrove)
553 - Just as I am, without one plea (Saffron Walden)

Choir Anthems

Tribus miraculis - Luca Marenzio

Bethlehem of noblest cities - Archer


Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 49: 1-7

Gospel Reading: John 1: 29-42

Elders on Duty

Team Leader Michael Stevenson
Deputy Team Leader  
Entrance Vestibule

William Glasson

Sheila Nicoll

Catharine Robertson

Wheelchair Lift Gordon Cameron
Upper Vestibule

Rosa Somerville

Jean Stevenson

Hymn Books

Daphne Moore

Patricia Clarke

Jo Wallis

Hilary Natzler

Central Aisle

Karen Cunningham

Judith Taylor

Duty Beadle Naomi Donaldson



St Columba’s, Pont Street - Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th February 2020

St Andrew’s, Newcastle - Saturday 7th & Sunday 9th March 2020

Every congregation of the Church of Scotland is required to undertake a Local Church Review by members of its own Presbytery, normally once every five years. The object of the review, by members of the Presbytery is to give encouragement and counsel to the congregation; to facilitate the congregation in setting out their priorities and plans for at least the next five years; and where anything unsatisfactory is found in the state of the congregation, or not in accord with church law and order, to give advice or take supportive or remedial action. The visiting panel (three members) will undertake a review of the work of the congregation and an exploration of the future direction of the mission of the congregation.

Our previous review was in 2014, so a great deal has taken place at St Columba’s since then.

The purpose of the 2020 review is to establish:

(a) The congregation’s own analysis of its purpose and vision for the future: including worship, service, fellowship, discipleship, evangelism, social outreach, congregational life, Christian education, finance, fabric, and ministries support in relation to the local, national and international mission of the Church.

(b) The nature of the working relationships amongst office-bearers, and between the office-bearers and the minister.

(c) The values that shape and direct the life of the congregation.

(d) How the life and work of the congregation has developed since the last review.

(e) What challenges have been encountered, and how these have been or can be dealt with.

(f ) How the congregation plans to implement its vision for the future.

(g) What resources the congregation needs for its development, change and growth, and the source of such resources.

At St Columba’s, the schedule for visiting panel (led by Revd Cameron Langlands) is as follows:

Saturday 8th February

09.30-11.30am - Meet with Kirk Session & Minister

Sunday 9th February

11am - Attend Morning Worship

12.15-1.00pm & 1.30-2.15pm - Meet with members of the congregation.

There are two opportunities for the congregation to have their say – either immediately after morning service (crèche provided) or after congregational lunch. The meetings are open to anyone who worships with us; you do not have to be a formal church member. Please try to attend one or the other. The wider the representation of voices, the more useful the review will be.

Anyone unable to attend the scheduled meetings who wishes, may offer written comment, via Mrs Charlotte Bradford, Session Clerk (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or c/o Church Office.)

These comments will be passed to the Chair of the visiting panel.


Advent Appeal - Sox and Boxers - Thank you!

Thanks to your generosity, we collected a large number of much needed items for the Glass Door charity. Some of your clothing donations were used as gifts for the homeless guests staying overnight at St. Columba's on Sunday 22 December. The gifts were wrapped, so that each guest had a present to open and were greatly appreciated by our homeless guests. Surplus items were passed to Glass Door to help replenish their stocks. Many thanks for your kindness in donating items. Mission Committee.

Women’s Fellowship Group

The Women’s Fellowship Group meets on Wednesdays at 10.15am. Coffee, chat and Bible study. For further details contact Susan Pym: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

World Day of Prayer

The 2020 World Day of Prayer (formerly Women’s World Day of Prayer) has been prepared by the women of Zimbabwe and will be celebrated in more than 170 countries, in more than 60 languages and 1000 dialects around the world. This year’s theme is “Rise – take your mat and walk” will be celebrated in Kensington & Chelsea on Friday 6th March 2020 at St Mary the Boltons, The Boltons, London, SW10 9TB, 11am - Noon, followed by refreshments.
All are welcome to attend.

Thank You – St Columba’s Craft Group

Thanks to everyone who purchased items of knitwear at our recent Christmas sales. We were delighted to be able to make two substantial donations with the proceeds. The beneficiaries were Ella’s Home which supports women who have been trafficked or subject to sexual abuse and Bluebell Post Natal Depression Counselling Service (part of CrossReach).


Sounds of St Columba’s

On January the 26th we welcome back former Director of Music, David Terry, for an organ recital in the Sanctuary at 1.15pm. The recitals are free with a retiring offering. Please do come and support this wonderful recital series.

Church Quiz

The St Columba’s Church Quiz will take place on the 29th February 2020 where teams will compete for the James Black Shield, which can be admired in the Upper Hall. Tickets will go on sale after the service on the 26th January. Please think about gathering together 6-8 friends who can represent a Church group e.g. a lunch team, country dancers or simply good friends.

Congregational Scrabble

Would you like an afternoon of scrabble and fellowship? On Tuesday 4th

February between 2.30-4.30pm in the Library we will host the fourth 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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website, stcolumbasdancers.org.

Used Stamp Collection

All those British and overseas Christmas stamps can raise money for CrossReach. Please drop them into the basket which is on the Welcome Desk in the Lower Vestibule any Sunday. All gratefully received.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The next meeting will be 19th February 2020.

Candle Recycling

Do you have lots of left over candles from the festive season? If so please bring them to the Welcome Desk during January and they will be taken to be recycled.

Burns Club of London

On Friday 24th January at 12:30 the Burns Club of London will lay a wreath at Burns’ statue in Victoria Embankment Gardens. Along with members of the Burns Club of London, the Club piper will play for us and a young Scottish mezzo-soprano Eva MacFarlane will sing a song or two. It's a short (15-20 mins) but meaningful tribute to Scotland's National Bard. The event is free and open to everyone.

There are still tickets available for the Burns Club of London Annual Burns Supper Saturday 25th January at the Caledonian Club. Full details available on their website http://www.burnscluboflondon.org.uk/events.

Friends of St Columba’s

The Friends of St Columba’s are planning a trip to the Dumfries area from September 18th-20th 2020. The itinerary will include the original home of TSB, tracing the roots of the bank founded by a Church of Scotland minister. There will also be a visit to Ruthwell church with its 8th Century Cross and possibly the early Christian settlement at Whithorn.

Anyone interested can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Next Week at St Columba's
26th January 2020

11.00 a.m. - Morning Service
Preacher - Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD

1.15 p.m. - Sounds of St Columba’s Recital (Church)
David Terry - Organ Recital

Don't forget that you can contact the Church Office with any queries or questions on 0207 584 2321 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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