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E-Newsletter- 2nd October 2020

General Assembly, Harvest Festival & Jane Haining

Friends,

Where to begin this week? Taking things chronologically, you could start with the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Commencing on Friday evening, the 2020 General Assembly will necessarily be very different from the traditional week of worship, business and social events held in Edinburgh each May. Instead of 800 Commissioners in the General Assembly Hall there will be 800 people on Zoom webinar with just the “Top Table and a few techies” in the Hall. A new online Assembly Hub has been created so that Commissioners can actively take part with voting, asking questions etc. Anyone wishing to watch the proceedings will find a live stream on the Church of Scotland website under General Assembly 2020.

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E-Newsletter- 24th September 2020

Breaking Bread & Remembering Upper Rooms 

Friends, 

This Sunday we celebrate communion, the meal central to our faith – bread, blessed, broken, shared and wine poured out. It echoes Jesus’ final meal, with his closet friends, in an Upper Room in Jerusalem, on the night of his betrayal and arrest. It has been a strength-giver for two thousand years in all times and places, in many varied forms – from cathedrals to prison camps, on board ships and at hospital bedsides. Shaped by current circumstances, our Sunday communion will look a little different, but its message, its heart, remains exactly the same. Instead of receiving the bread and wine sitting in the pews, served by the elders, those attending St Columba’s in person, will be invited to come forward to the front of the church to receive the bread – at present, we cannot offer the wine. (For those unable to come forward, the bread will be brought to them.) Meanwhile, those watching the service, via the live-stream, are most welcome to prepare bread and wine (or equivalent) in your own home and share it at the appropriate moment. While this may feel unfamiliar, please be encouraged by those who have done this previously, and commented how precious it has proved. 

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E-Newsletter- 18th September 2020

Friends, 

I am in the hot seat again to guest edit this week’s newsletter. Unfortunately Angus’s daughter has some symptoms of COVID 19, so whilst he stays at home in isolation, I am afraid you are stuck with me. We wish Olivia a speedy test result and hope all is well in the MacLeod household. 

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E-Newsletter- 10th September 2020

Friends,

In recent years, the second Sunday of September has been designated Rededication Sunday/Back to Church Sunday, often coinciding with the start of Stewardship Month. This year we cannot herald things quite so clearly but we do greatly look forward to welcoming worshippers back to the 11am Morning Worship service – the first time that has been possible/appropriate since March. Following Government Guidelines for Places of Worship we can have a maximum of 48 people present in the sanctuary. That will be lovely. But we will be very conscious that many others continue to be present via the live-stream and Dial-In service. So, Sunday will be new “mixed” territory, seen and unseen – but however we “attend,” we hope it will be a time of peace, prayer, music, hope and inspiration, along with some familiar faces! Unfortunately we are not yet able to offer Sunday School but we aim to consult with our families in the coming days to understand what might be best for our young people.

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E-Newsletter- 3rd September 2020

DOORS OPENING at ST ANDREW’S, NEWCASTLE & CHANGES COMING TO SEPTEMBER SERVICES at ST COLUMBA’S

It is a real pleasure to report that this Sunday coming (6th September) the doors of our linked charge, at St Andrew’s, Newcastle open for worship for the first time since lock down. A lot of hard work and organisation has gone into that, and Irene Wilkinson (Session Clerk) and her team of helpers are to be congratulated on carrying everything to this stage. One wonderful part of the service will be the celebration of a 70th Wedding Anniversary for Peter & Mary Cartwright, marked by renewal of vows by Reverend Dorothy Lunn. To all who are able to gather on Sunday, we wish them a day of great blessing.

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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
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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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