• St Columba’s News
    St Columba’s News
    News past and present...

Newsletter - 2nd February 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 & 5pm Services.

Sunday's reader is St Columba's elder, Elizabeth Fox.

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

Hymns This Week - 11am

59 - Oh, come, and let us to the Lord (Irish)
528 - Make me a channel of your peace (Prayer of St Francis)
362 - Heaven shall not wait (Heaven shall not wait)
710 - I have a dream, a man once said (Repton)
465 - Be thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart (Slane)

Hymns This Week- 5pm

19 - Ye gates, lift up your heads on high (St George’s, Edinburgh)
473 - Thy kingdom come – on bended knee (Irish)
52 - How lovely is thy dwelling place (Harrington)
688 - By cool Siloam’s shady rill (Belmont)
286 - Tell out my soul (Woodlands)

Choir Anthems

Nunc Dimittis - Gustav Holst

Faire is the Heaven - William Henry Harris


Old Testament Reading: Micah 6:1-8

Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:1-12

Elders on Duty

Team Leader Elizabeth Fox
Deputy Team Leader Susan Pym
Entrance Vestibule

Hazel Forbes

Gillian Smith

Anne Wilson

Heather Farwell

Wheelchair Lift Roderick Buchanan
Upper Vestibule

Susan Pym

Betsy Wilkie

Hymn Books

Jill Steele

Hugh Pym

Alison Buchanan

Catherine McDonald

Central Aisle

Stuart Steele

Duty Beadle Ronald Prince



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.


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.

Clothing Donations– Glassdoor and Restart

Thank you to everyone who has donated recently to Glassdoor and Restart. Both charities now have more than enough clothing for guests and cannot accept any donations currently. We will intimate when donations will be taken again. Thank you.

St Columba’s Burns Supper 2020

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s Burns Supper. Through ticket sales and generous donations, over £2,200 was raised for Borderline, the charity supporting homeless Scots in London.

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, “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.

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.


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.

Happy Hour

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. This month’s theme is ‘lend your ears to poetry’. From ballad to limerick, elegy to sonnet bring along a poem of your choice to share.

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.

Sounds of St Columba’s

On Sunday the 16th February we will be joined by classical saxophonist Jonathan Radford and pianist Ashley Fripp. Both Jonathan and Ashley are award winning musicians who will play a wonderful programme of Schumann , Debussy, Albeniz, Puazzolla and Gershwin. We are very lucky to have Jonathan and Ashley with us so please do come and support this recital series which is free with a retiring offering.

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.

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 on sale after the service in the Entrance Vestibule. 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.

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.

Knightsbridge Choral Festival

On the afternoon of Saturday 27 June 2020 St Columba’s will host the Knightsbridge Choral Festival. All singers from the congregation are invited to participate in a ‘big-sing’ including Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Parry’s I was glad. The afternoon will also feature various individual performances from choirs across London.

For more information or to register your interest please contact the Director of Music, Benedict Lewis-Smith on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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,

Friends of St Columba’s

The Friends of St Columba’s have a number of trips planned for 2020. The first trip will take place on Saturday 8th March 2020. The trip will be to Fenton House & Garden and 2 Willow Road, Hampstead. A detailed description about the trip can be found on the Bookstall along with an RSVP form that needs to be filled in if you are planning on attending.

There is also a planned 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
9th February 2020

10.15 a.m. - Congregational Prayer Time (London Scottish Chapel)

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

12.15pm & 1.30pm - Local Church Review, Congregational Meetings

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.

Connect with us

Find us

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.

We use cookies to maintain login sessions, analytics and to improve your experience on our website. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies and Privacy Policy.