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For Sunday 18th July 2021, 8th Sunday after Pentecost

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Good Afternoon All,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the lovely warm weather that we are having. The weekend looks to be a hot one (our paddling pool will be out I am sure)!

This week we continue to settle William into his new role here at St Columba’s it is lovely to have the Associate Ministers office occupied once again. We also play host to “A cricketing year to savour” this evening- there is still time to book a place in the pews for the talk or please do join us virtually online here https://www.stcolumbas.org.uk/live-stream.

This week Angus talks about the coming changes following the government’s announcement this week. All is in the attached newsletter.

As ever please do get in touch if you would like a place in the pews on Sunday.

Take care and speak soon

Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their couches.
Psalm 149:1, 5


While there has been plenty of live stream hymn singing reported from the home  front, for what seems a long time there has been the genuine loss of congregational  singing on Sunday morning in church. Its absence has left a real sadness; but  perhaps also a renewed appreciation of the gift of singing and offering our praise,  together. Happily, we are close to a restoration. 

On Tuesday, our Out of Lock Down Working Group met to decide next steps, in light  of the relaxation in pandemic Government Guidance scheduled to take effect on  Monday 19th July. The Working Group noted that while the mandatory requirements  have been lifted, the Government still “expects and recommends” the wearing of  face coverings in crowded public places, as well as advising caution in all other  aspects. There is clearly concern about a significant resurgence of infections in  August. While we can announce some good news, the overall tenor of the meeting  was “an abundance of caution.” So, things for noting: 

Sunday 18th July (this Sunday): No change to existing arrangements. 

From Sunday 25th July: The congregation will be permitted to sing! Hurrah!

While that is a lovely step forward, it is also an area of  risk. So, for balance the Working Group has decided to leave  in place the current, mitigating practices.

  • We will maintain the booking system and collecting contact  details in advance, because it assists smooth entry to church on  Sunday mornings. 
  • We will maintain the one-way system in the building and existing  spacing in the pews. 
  • We advise, (though not mandate), the wearing of face coverings round the  building. Similarly, we advise (but not mandate) wearing of masks in the  pews. 
  • We are delighted to offer hospitality in the Upper Hall, continuing to seat  people at tables of four and served by the coffee teams. 
  • We encourage people to have regard to those who prefer to continue to  socially distance. 
  • The live streamed and dial-in service continues. 

I hope you can support these arrangements. They represent the balance between  trying to make Sunday worship as enriching as possible, encourage people to return  to St Columba’s when they feel ready and to assure those who do come that we are  doing everything as safely as we possibly can. Our arrangements are under constant  review and while they may not suit every individual taste, I hope we can all honour  them as a means of showing care for each other. 

We look forward to William leading worship at St Columba’s on Sunday and I look  forward to being with our friends at St Andrew’s, Newcastle. 


Attending Morning Worship 

If you would like to “book a pew” for the service at St Columba’s please contact the  Church Office either by telephone, 0207 584 2321 or email,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3pm on Friday. Booking a place speeds up the test and  trace process as you arrive at Church.  

Live Streaming of Worship 

Services can be watched via the church website, https://www.stcolumbas.org.uk/live stream. 

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. (Note: This will not be public worship that everyone can attend, but an offering of prayer and  praise, on behalf of us all.) The words for the hymns will be on the  website. 

We believe it is really important to continue to live-stream the Morning  Service under its current format i.e. for the benefit of those joining  worship from afar or those as yet unable to make the journey to Pont Street. 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. 

Hymns, Music & Readings, 11th July 2021 

Hymn 15 The Lord’s my Shepherd” (Psalm 23)
Hymn: 485 Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Hymn 577 Christ be beside me

Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 23: 1 - 16
Gospel Reading: St. Mark 6: 30 – 34, 53 – 56

Anthem: Verleih uns Frieden ‘Grant us peace’ (Mendelssohn)
Musical Interlude: Lord for thy tender mercy’s sake (Farrant)
Organ Postlude: Introduction and Cornet Voluntary I (Burney)


Our coffee teams are now serving coffee and tea again in the Upper Hall*, after the  Morning Service. They serve people seated at tables of four. Milk and sugar will be  placed on every table, and as a trial, cups and saucers will be in place on the tables  with coffee already in the cups and to fill the cups with hot water at the tables. Please  ask for tea if required. Both doors to the Upper Hall will be open to avoid any  congestion and also to have windows open at both ends of the hall. Anyone taking  coffee should go straight into the Upper Hall, masked until they sit down, wait to be  served, and not to move around. 

This service can only be provided if we have sufficient  coffee team members on the rota – once every eight  weeks, and we are looking to fill three vacancies. Could you be one of them? If so, please contact James MacHardy by e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you. [We anticipate starting lunches again as from Sunday 19th September.] 

St Columba’s member 

The funeral service for St Columba’s member, Mrs Bonnie Patterson will take  place at North East Surrey Crematorium at 10.40am on Tuesday 20th July 2021.  Please keep Bonnie’s family in your prayers at this time. Kirk Session Meeting, St Andrew’s, Newcastle The Kirk Session of St Andrew’s, Newcastle will meet after service on Sunday 18th July 2021. 

Kirk Session Meeting, St Andrew’s, Newcastle 

The Kirk Session of St Andrew’s, Newcastle will meet after service on Sunday 18th July 2021. 

Office Hours

Please note the Church Office will be closed from 2pm on Friday 25th June to  Tuesday 29th June at 9am.

Tel: 020 7584 2321
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://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 Would anyone wishing to contribute to St Andrew's, Newcastle please contact the Session Clerk on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for bank details or other means of donating.

Congregational Survey & Pastoral Conversations 

Please keep an eye out for the Congregational Survey that will go out next week. With the pandemic, as a congregation we have had to face new circumstances.  Some very positive things have emerged; some things have been particularly hard.  Experiences have varied greatly. Pastorally, it feels important to allow church  members to reflect and share a little on their recent experience. So, our Kirk Session  has agreed that now is an appropriate moment for conversation, asking your help to  discern what is important for our life ahead – how we might faithfully, helpfully, and  hopefully, make the next steps along the St Columba’s  way. To that end, the survey which can be completed  either online or by return of post is the first step. It will be  followed in September by the invitation to attend conversation groups for a fuller chance to hear and share experience. This will all  feed into the Elders’ Away Day (Saturday 25th September) and also  help us prepare for the Local Church Review that takes place on the  weekend of Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th November. Assisting us with the  survey and the conversation groups in September would be much  appreciated.  

St Columba’s Book Club

The next meeting of the St Columba’s Book Club will be the 23rd August (via Zoom)  at 7pm. The month’s book will be “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett. If you would  like to join please contact the office for more information.


If you would like to leave stamps for Crossreach, please pop them into the Church  Office on Sundays. 

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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