Newsletter - 26th 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 Angus MacLeod MA BD is preaching at our 11am Holy Communion Service.
Sunday's reader is St Columba's elder, Rosa Somerville.
Lunch (£3.50 per person) is available in the Lower Hall and coffee in the Upper Hall. You are most welcome to join us..
This Sunday - Sounds of St Columba’s
The second Sounds of St Columba’s recital of 2020 will take place this Sunday, 1.15pm. Please join us in the Church for an organ recital by former Director of Music, David Terry. The recitals are free with a retiring offering. Please do come and support this wonderful recital series.
Hymns This Week
22 - The Lord’s my light and saving health (Bishopthorpe)
340 - When Jesus saw the fishermen (The Seven Joys of Mary)
509 - Jesus calls us o'er the tumult (St Andrew)
668 - According to thy gracious word (Horsley)
19 - Ye gates lift up your heads (St George’s, Edinburgh)
646 - Forth in the peace of Christ we go (Duke Street)
The Journey - Simon Lole
Oculi Omnium - Charles Wood
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 9:1-4
Gospel Reading: Matthew 4:12-23
Elders on Duty
|Team Leader||Michael Stevenson|
|Deputy Team Leader|
|Wheelchair Lift||Gordon Cameron|
|Duty Beadle||Naomi Donaldson|
LOCAL CHURCH REVIEW, 2020
ST COLUMBA’S & ST ANDREW’S, NEWCASTLE
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.
These comments will be passed to the Chair of the visiting panel.
Women’s Fellowship Group
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, “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.
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.
Assembly & Presbytery Committee Spring Talks 2020
The Assembly and Presbytery Committee have organised two talks to start the spring season at St Columba’s. On 1st March 2020 we will be joined by Olivia Pyle, responsible for Communications and Mentoring for Restart. Olivia will talk about the work of the charity, the Friday night drop in at St Columba’s and how they are helping homeless people in London.
On the 29th March, St Columba’s church member, Revd Andrew Anderson, will talk about the Church of Scotland’s Radical Action Plan, agreed at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland last year.
London dates for Safeguarding Training
All volunteers, staff and Elders are required by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to undertake safeguarding training every 3 years. The London churches training is due in 2020.
If you work with the crèche, Sunday School or are a pastoral care visitor you should attend one of the dates listed:
Sunday 1st March at London: Crown Court 1:30pm
Sunday 22nd March at London: St Columba’s 1:30pm
The programme will begin with the session for all to attend this is approx. 1 -1 ½ hours, then volunteers and staff can leave. Specific training for elders then follows. Please indicate which session you will be attending to our Safeguarding Coordinator – Fiona Lang.
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.
On Wednesday 5 February, Happy Hour will be held at The Sutton Arms ( upstairs room) 6 Carthusian Street Barbican EC1M 6EB, next to Barbican tube station. On Wednesday 4 March we’ll return to the Cheshire Cheese 5 Little Essex Street Temple WC2R 3LD. Please note the dates and venues. We are a light hearted discussion group and start each session with a peer - led topic relating (sometimes tangentially) to our Christian faith, before socialising over a glass or two of wine. Newcomers are always welcome. Just turn up on the evening. 6.30pm - 8.30 pm.
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
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.
Tea Together – Daffodil Tea, 7 March 2020, 2-4pm
Saturday 7th March will see the first of 2020’s much loved afternoon socials. Meet friends old and new, and enjoy some super musical entertainment and a tasty tea of homemade sandwiches and cakes. All are welcome. Bring a friend.
If you are unable to make our spring event, then please note your diaries for the following Saturday dates in 2020.
Strawberry Tea 20 June 2020
Chrysanthemum Tea 12 September 2020
Christmas Tea 5 December 2020
If you or someone you know would like to come along, please contact Stephanie Eadon on 07729 854986.
St Columba’s Dancers
The St Columba’s Dancers meet every Monday, except Christmas and Bank
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.
Next Week at St Columba's
2nd February 2020
11.00 a.m. - Morning Service
Preacher - Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD
5.00 p.m. - Evening Service
Preacher– Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD