For Sunday 19th September 2021, 17th Sunday after Pentecost
Having collated the responses to the recent Congregational Survey and taking advantage of a fresh pair of eyes, I invited our Associate Minister, William to offer “an executive summary” of the survey findings. The St Columba’s Kirk Session meets on Saturday 25th September. Prior to that they will have opportunity to see the full set of survey responses, to assist the shaping of a Congregational Plan for presentation to the Local Church Review Panel in November. Once again, thank you to all who took part in the survey, and I hope you find the following encouraging and of interest.
For Sunday 12th September 2021, 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Good Afternoon All,
I hope this email finds you well and have enjoyed the last bit of summer we have enjoyed this week.
Us Llewellyn’s have survived the first full week of school and have come out of it pretty unscathed. With schools starting back in full, we have had somewhat of a full house here at St Columba’s too. Knightsbridge School returned with a school assembly in the Lower Hall on Thursday and the church was full of Hill House students (parents are still unable to join to allow for distancing). It was glorious to hear their chatter and music through the building this week.
Along with the schools many of our groups have also started back- Mini Mozart’s music filled the Upper Hall on Tuesday morning, Tarka put the children through their paces on Wednesday and we have enjoyed hearing the ‘hi-ya’s’ of the Martial Arts Federation. Next week we welcome the Langham Sketch Club on Wednesday evenings and the Choir With No Name on Thursday evenings.
For Sunday 5th September 2021, 15th Sunday after Pentecost
I hope this newsletter finds you well having had a wonderful bank holiday weekend.
I am safely back in the hot seat here at St Columba’s after a wonderful weekend in Pembrokeshire- the final visit before Christmas I should imagine. We enjoyed some fantastic weather, paddle boarding around the coast and eating lots of ice cream.
Back to St Columba’s today and we prepare for the schools restarting next week. Knightsbridge School restart a week today and we have our first Hill House assembly since the start of the pandemic also. We are looking forward to the sounds of school children being back in the building. Along with the schools a lot of the groups start for the Autumn Term. We have baby opera, toddler football and baby ballet all to look forward to!
For Sunday 29th August 2021, 14th Sunday after Pentecost
Well the last bank holiday before Christmas is upon us. Where on earth has the summer disappeared to (have we had a summer?)?
This afternoon I head down on the train to Pembrokeshire for my final visit before Christmas. The plan is to spend the weekend on the beach – Baz, Betsy and Sophie love swimming in the sea and I enjoy watching them from the warmth of the sand (it needs to be above 25 degrees to get me to even think about sea swimming!).
For Sunday 22nd August 2021, 13th Sunday after Pentecost
Good afternoon everyone from sunny Knightsbridge,
We have had quite varied weather this week, but I am happy to report that the sun is shining at the moment.
This is almost the end of my 2nd week covering Lucy for her holiday and in 2 weeks time I shall be heading back to my little people in the classroom. I shall have a varied role this year including teaching in Nursery and Reception and working with groups for reading in Year 3! All very varied, but will make my days interesting.
For Sunday 15th August 2021, 12th Sunday after Pentecost
I always say, no two days are the same at St Columba’s and today has been one of those days! We had a couple visit the church this afternoon who have never been to St Columba’s ever before BUT have not missed one of our live streams, as recommended by her friend. They asked to meet Angus who has been an important part of their lockdown and looked around the church, as they left they also met William and said to me “oh what a bonus I got to meet both of the boys!”. It was so nice to meet them and to see the joy the church has brought to them. In fact I think they made our afternoon!