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For Sunday 7th November 2021, 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Celebrating what God has done in the past – anticipating what God will do in the future

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This weekend we welcome the three-person Local Church Review Panel from the Presbytery of England, as they undertake the first part of their review of our linked charge. (Part II at St Andrew’s, Newcastle follows on the weekend of 20th & 21st November.) The last review was undertaken in 2014 – so an enormous amount has happened in the meantime.

The Local Church Review system aims to encourage congregations – it should not be viewed as a dreaded church Ofsted! Prior to the visit we have prepared a document for the Panel’s consideration which aims to describe a little of the years since the previous review, sketch the current life of the congregation and express some of our thoughts, concerns, hopes and aspirations for the future. The Panel will use this as a basis for their respective meetings with the ministers, the Kirk Session and the congregation. They recognise the written word conveys only part of a picture and visits and dialogue add so much more.

One of the aims of a Local Church Review is to help a congregation work towards a congregational plan for the next five years. In some ways this is particularly difficult given the continuing uncertainty arising from the pandemic. In other ways the pandemic offers opportunities to really consider what and how we choose our priorities and deploy our energies. The busyness both of St Columba’s life and daily living mean that it takes a very conscious effort to look beyond immediate activities and concerns. In the Queen’s recent
message to world leaders attending COP26 in Glasgow, she made a distinction between government and statesmanship.
“It has sometimes been observed that what leaders do for their people today is government and politics. But what they do for the people of tomorrow – that is statesmanship.”

As we seek to be faithful in our own time and place it is good to be reminded, perhaps challenged, by this longer perspective. We are not just to look after today’s community, but to try to do things that will be meaningful and encouraging for those who come after us, and whom we may never personally know.

This mix of looking back and forward at a time of review, is nicely encapsulated in a prayer of Eugene Peterson: “I renew the memories of your work, O God, and know that whatever ills or trouble I fall into, there is a way out in Jesus Christ. I celebrate what you did in the past, and I anticipate what you will do in the future. Amen.”

So, happy reviewing, happy anticipating and may this weekend be a time of honest, free, and fruitful conversation. Please keep both the Panel and all parts of our church family in your prayers.

Angus

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. 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.

Reminder: If you do not wish to appear on the live-stream please choose a seat in the rear half of the sanctuary.

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 the organ music from 10.50am.

Hymns, Music & Readings, 7th November 2021

Hymn 201 Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
(Moredun) Hymn 633 Child of blessing, child of promise
(Shipston)
Hymn 198 Let us build a house where love can dwell (Two Oaks) Omit verse 3
ymn 468 Son of God, eternal Saviour (Blaenwern)

Anthem: My soul there is a country, Parry
Organ Postlude: Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons, Duruflé

Short Service of Weekly Holy Communion

Following Morning Service there is a short service of Holy Communion, combined with prayers for those in need, at 12.15pm in the London Scottish Chapel. Worshippers can receive bread and wine; wine is distributed via small individual “thimble” glasses. The names gathered from the prayer cards, at the back of the sanctuary, are prayed for during the communion service. This is a very welcome return for a small but precious part of St Columba’s life.

Local Church Review: St Columba’s, Pont Street

Three members of the Presbytery of England will be visiting St Columba’s over the weekend of 6th/7th November 2021 to conduct our Local Church Review. They are the Revd Dr Cameron Langlands (Head of Spiritual and Pastoral Care, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust), with Dr Hilary Boyle (former Session Clerk, St Andrew's in the Grange, Guernsey and current Moderator of the Presbytery of England) and Colin Somerville (elder and Treasurer, Crown Court Church, and a trustee of Scotscare). Timings:

Saturday 6th Nov 21: 09.30am – 10.45am LCR Panel meet with Ministers via Zoom
11.00am – 12.30pm LCR Panel meet with Kirk Session of St Columba’s, Pont Street via Zoom.

Sunday 7th Nov 21: 11.00am Rev Cameron Langlands (Convenor of the LCR Panel) preaches at morning service. Congregational Lunch
1.15 –2.15pm LCR Panel meet with Congregation in-person.
The Panel particularly value the opportunity to hear from the wider congregation, so do please attend if you can; the more voices represented, the better.

Volunteers needed for the Night Shelter

St Columba’s operates a Night Shelter on behalf of a Homeless charity called Glass Door and in co-operation with six other churches in the locality to offer supper and a
place to stay to the homeless and street-sleepers between the end of November and the beginning of April. Our evening is Sunday and we would welcome Volunteers, who are needed for approximately two and a half to three hours on Sunday evenings between 6.30pm and 9.30.pm once or twice a month to help prepare and serve supper for 25-30 Guests and then clear-up. No expertise necessary – just people over 18 who have been double-jabbed and have a smiling face and kind words. If you are interested, please make contact via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Office Hours

Contact details; Tel: 020 7584 2321
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.stcolumbas.org.uk
Facebook: @stcolumbaschurchpontstreet. Twitter: @LondonKirk Pastoral Emergency Number (out of office hours): 07591926271

Sunday School (4-9) & New Youth Group (10-12)

Future dates: Sunday 14th November (Remembrance Sunday) 10.45am Sunday 12th December (3.30pm, Christingle making, pizza family tea & Carols by Candlelight at 5pm)

Sunday Lunch Dates

A reminder that due to the reduced number of available lunch teams (9 down to 5), lunches will only be served on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, and on the 5th Sunday where there are 5 Sundays in any month.
The dates for lunch until the end of 2021 are as follows –
7th November / 21st November / 5th December / 19th December in the Lower Hall unless circumstances change.

Coffee will continue to be served every Sunday as usual in the Upper Hall. These Hospitality Services are much valued in supporting Fellowship.

Advent Study

This year we are offering an advent study on the book “The Whole Christmas Story: An advent adventure through Genesis, Revelation, and points in between” by Jo Swinney. You can order the book through the Bible Reading Fellowship here https://www.brfonline.org.uk/collections/new-titles/products/thewholechristmasstory. William will lead the group on Wednesday evenings from 7pm (via Zoom) from the 24th November to the 15th December. Angus will lead the Thursday morning group from 10.30am on the 25th November to the 16th December. If you would like to take part please email the office to book a place (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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.

Lent Appeal 2022 (small away/overseas charity)

Over the last five years, thanks to your generosity, we have raised a total of £43,299 for small charities as a direct result of our Lent Appeals; this is a major part of our work on Mission. The Mission Committee would be grateful for any suggestions you may have for a small away/overseas charity that could be considered for the St. Columba's Lent Appeal 2022. For more information, please contact Naomi Donaldson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or via the Church Office) by Friday 5th November.

 

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Life and Work - COP26 Special Supplement

Life and Work have produced a FREE four-page COP26 Special Supplement available now at https://www.lifeandwork.org/resources/cop26-special-supplement. The purpose of this publication is to enable congregations to engage before, during and after COP26 and also signpost resources.

Also, the November issue of the magazine published today has a focus on COP26 and Remembrance. Anyone that is not a subscriber and interested in this particular issue can purchase a single print or digital copy at
https://www.lifeandwork.org/subscribe.

Christian Aid – Get Involved – Climate Change – Saturday 6th November – COP26

www.christianaid.org.uk/get-involved-campaigns/climate- change/cop26-mobilisation
https://www.christianaid.org.uk/news/cop26-london-march

If you are interested in getting involved and to make your voice heard regarding climate change, Christian Aid has details on their website, click on links above. Details about the organised London march, location, timing, cafes and toilets on the way. The march ends at Trafalgar Square with a rally from 3pm to 4pm. Why not go along! (Please take Covid safety precautions, wear a mask if you can, do a lateral flow test in the morning before leaving home). Genesis 1: 'God created the heavens and the earth...and God saw that it was good.' It’s time for more action on climate change to protect the planet and its people.

Annual Parliamentary Service, Wednesday 21st November 10.30am St Margaret’s Church, Westminster

As part of the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland’s “London Week”, the Moderator will preach at the annual Parliamentary Service. In past years members of St Columba’s have attended the service in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Houses of Parliament. Due to Covid restrictions, the usual venue is unfortunately unavailable; hence the service at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster. The Moderator would be delighted to welcome representatives of St Columba’s at the service.

October/November Church Magazine

The current Church Magazine is available both in hard copy and via the website https://www.stcolumbas.org.uk/news/. (Scroll down Latest News box to find.)

St Columba’s Coffee Mornings – Future Dates

November’s meeting is actually “afternoon tea” on the 17th November (2pm) with Revd Camille Cook, Senior Pastor at Georgetown Presbyterian Church in Washington will discuss Thanksgiving and its role within the Church. Camille will be well known to many at St Columba’s so a nice chance to see her again also!
Looking ahead please put the 15th December (10.30am) in your diary. Revd Dr John McCulloch, Minister St Andrews, Jerusalem & Tiberias will discuss Christmas in the Holy Land.

St Columba’s Book Club

The next online meeting of the St Columba’s Book Club is the 29th November at 7pm. The book this month will be 419 by Will Ferguson.
The joy of the St Columba’s book club is that is all on Zoom so you can join from anywhere in the world in the comfort of your own home.

Sounds of St Columba’s

The ‘Sounds of St Columba’s’ concert series will restart on Sunday 16th January 2022 at 1:15pm. Recitals will continue
throughout the year on the third Sunday of the month (excluding April, August & December). Full details of the performers and repertoire will follow a little later this year. These recitals are free to attend, with a retiring offering. For more information contact Ben Lewis-Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stamps

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

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Christian Aid Pray for climate justice action at COP26

Almighty God,
We pray for our leaders who gather together at COP26.
Bless them with compassion, wisdom, and hope,
that they may work together to take action against the climate crisis. Fill their hearts with your love for all of creation.
Open their minds to the calls of the people most affected by the climate crisis. Clear their hearts of sinful ways which endanger your creation. Bless their minds with actions
so they may be sowers of creation, not destruction.
Lead them to be champions for climate justice,
both at COP26 and beyond.
Amen.

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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