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E-Newsletter for week beginning 03 August 2020

This week the doors at St Columba’s open on Sunday morning for the first time since Sunday 15th March, twenty two Sundays ago. Back then, thanks to the swift action and dedication of various people, we were able to install the equipment for the live streaming and so have not missed a Sunday’s worship throughout lockdown. Many of you have been a precious part of that. Collectively, we have been incredibly fortunate to have that facility, keeping us connected both to a place and its people. Now, albeit cautiously, we can, with some restrictions and adaptations open for worship, attended in person. While eager for people’s return, the imperative is to do this safely.

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Weekly Newsletter - 17th July 2020

Friends, 

On Thursday evening some forty of our elders appeared in their magic Zoom boxes, for our first, virtual Kirk Session. Prior to the meeting there was plenty of joshing about keeping all members on mute – a facility, one observed, unavailable in regular Kirk Session meetings! Actually, people have adapted very speedily and some important decisions were made.

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Weekly Newsletter - 9th July 2020

Friends, 

We all seem to be very much in the period of wondering what happens next, what are we allowed/not allowed to do, and when? Work, travel, education, medical care, socialising, sport, worship – everything comes with a greater or lesser degree of uncertainty attached. So, signs of hopefulness are especially welcome. From Newcastle, this week came the encouraging account of quiet, re-beginnings: “A small group spent Tuesday morning trying to tame the Church garden and cleaning the building. We were blessed with good weather which was very helpful in allowing the whole building to be thoroughly aired whilst we were outside.” I know it felt good for people, even a small number, to be together sharing in a common task, in a place that is precious to them. 

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Weekly Newsletter - 3rd July 2020

Friends,
We have recently passed 100 days since lock down started. That may seem incredibly quick or painfully slow – perhaps both, depending on our fluctuating moods. Roundabout us there are all sorts of “unlockings” taking place – and the constant changes, the search for clarification and the occasional conflicting message, all contribute to the feeling of uncertainty, with accompanying fatigue and anxiety. Yet, for some I hope, there are now opportunities to be with loved ones and enjoy certain things, that have not been possible in prior months.

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Weekly Newsletter - 25th June 2020

Friends, 

This week I joined a Zoominair for Church of Scotland ministers – lots of faces (about 90) on the same screen! It was part of the Church of Scotland’s efforts to offer ongoing support to its ministers during, and emerging from, lockdown. The experience of congregations and ministers clearly varied. For some the pandemic has galvanised creativity and new forms of bringing people together; for others it has seemed much tougher. What came through, loud and clearly, was that whether congregations have had a “good pandemic” or not, there is anxiety for everyone around the easing of lockdown and reopening of buildings. We are not exempt from those anxieties, either at St Columba’s, Pont Street or St Andrew’s, Newcastle. 

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Weekly Newsletter - 18th June 2020

Friends, 

Recent weeks have seen lots of “Church Calendar” dates for us at St Columba’s and St Andrew’s, Newcastle: Ascension Day, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday and St Columba’s Day. Starting after Trinity Sunday we now find ourselves in so-called, “Ordinary Time.” The Sunday observant may have noticed that the pulpit fall in the church was green last week, and will continue to be for the majority of Sundays, until we arrive at Advent in December. Green represents hope – either its first buds or its full-grown summer glory. Green for “Ordinary Time.” 

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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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