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For Sunday 26th September 2021, 18th Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:2

newsletter 26 september 2021


In August the Presbytery of England ordained Rev Dr Allan Wright to a pioneering ministry to the veterinary community of the Northeast of England. One definition of pioneer is, “a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area.” This week I received the following thoughts on pioneering ministry.

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For Sunday 19th September 2021, 17th Sunday after Pentecost


church survey


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. 

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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.

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For Sunday 5th September 2021, 15th Sunday after Pentecost

Dear All,

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!

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For Sunday 29th August 2021, 14th Sunday after Pentecost

Dear All,

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!).

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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.

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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).

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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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