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Newsletter - 9th 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 Morning Servuce.

Sunday's reader is St Columba's elder, Betsy Wilkie.

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 

748 - Through saints we glimpse the light of day (Wareham)
204 - I am the church! You are the church! (We are the Church)
360 - Jesus Christ is waiting (Noel Nouvelet)
543 - Longing for light, we wait in darkness (Christ be our Light)
622 - We sing a love (Woodlands)

Choir Anthems

Exsultate justi - Ludovico Viadana

I was glad - Henry Purcell

Readings

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 58: 1-12

Gospel Reading: Matthew 5: 13-20

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

Discipleship

Flower Guild

The arrangement this Sunday has been sponsored by Lysbeth Innes in memory of her father who would have celebrated his 100th Birthday on 3 February.

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.

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.

New Members Conference - Sunday 15 March 2020

Are you interested in learning more about the life and work of St Columba’s, the wider work of the Church of Scotland and our Presbyterian tradition? Are you interested in understanding what being a member of St Columba’s means? If you are, please sign up with the Church Office by Friday 6th March 2020 for the New Members’ Conference to be held at St Columba’s on Sunday 15 March 2020, between 2.00pm – 4.30pm. The Service for Admission of New Members is at 11am on Sunday 12 April 2020 (Easter Sunday).

Social

Congregational Scrabble

Would you like an afternoon of scrabble and fellowship? On Tuesday 3rd March 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 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,
stcolumbasdancers.org.

Friends of St Columba’s

The Friends of St Columba's Spring visit will be to Fenton House,

Hampstead. A hidden gem in London, this 17th century house has fascinating collections of porcelain, furniture and needlework. There will also be time to visit the nearby, 2 Willow Road, the modernist home designed by Ernö Goldfinger. Nearest Underground Station, Hampstead (Northern Line.) The visit to commence at approximately 11.00 a.m. Those present are welcome to share lunch at a local venue.

The Friends are also visiting the Dumfries area of Scotland, from September 18th-20th 2020. Itinerary includes the original home of TSB, (founded by a Church of Scotland minister.) a visit to Ruthwell church, with its 8th Century Cross and possibly the early Christian settlement at Whithorn.

Those interested in attending either trip should e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scots in London

The newly formed Scots in London group, of which St Columba’s is a founder member, is looking to recruit a part-time Communications and Events Co-Ordinator. This is likely to be for 25-35 hours per month. For further information please contact Lucy Llewellyn in the Church Office.

Next Week at St Columba's
16th February 2020

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

1.15pm - Sounds of St Columba’s Recital (Upper Hall)
Jonathan Radford & Ashley Fripp

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
office@stcolumbas.org.uk

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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