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Weekly Newsletter - 4th June 2020

Friends, 

In more normal times we would be preparing this week for a bumper St Columba’s Sunday; celebrating St Columba’s Day with holy communion and the AGM of the Friends of St Columba’s (always the Sunday nearest 9th June); a baptismal Sunday (first Sunday of the month) and this year, in the Church’s liturgical calendar, marking Trinity Sunday. Given the reality of restrictions, do we simply ignore or forget these things? I am sure our collective answer is a resounding No!

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Weekly Newsletter - 29th May 2020

Friends,
Some weeks ago one of our church families reported that when their youngest child saw the minister lighting the candles, at the start of the Sunday morning live stream service, the child would spontaneously break into a rendition of Happy Birthday. This Sunday nothing could be more appropriate.

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Weekly Newsletter - 21st May 2020

Friends, 

Thursday 21st May is Ascension Day, marking the end of Jesus’ earthly days - forty days beyond Easter; ten days before Pentecost. Archbishop Desmond Tutu once reminded an Ascension Day congregation that worship, “...however beautiful an echo of heaven, is not there to lead us away from earth.” He drew attention to the question put to the disciples on the original Ascension Day: “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven?” The task(s) of love lie here before us.

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Weekly Newsletter - 14th May 2020

Friends,

Christ is risen; He is risen indeed! A happy, continuing Eastertide to you.

In normal circumstances, this Saturday (16th May 2020) would see the opening of the annual General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. In the Presbyterian tradition, the General Assembly represents the highest church court, responsible for decisions that shape the life of the entire denomination. Each year the new Moderator of the General Assembly (a minister or elder, male or female) is installed on the first day of the Assembly, to undertake the duties of that office, for the following twelve months.

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Weekly Newsletter - 7th May 2020

Friends,

Christ is risen; He is risen indeed! A happy, continuing Eastertide to you.

Lockdown and the live streamed services have led to some interesting reflections. With permission granted from the church member, I offer the following as both thought-provoking and inspiring.

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Weekly Newsletter - 30th April 2020

Friends,

Christ is risen; He is risen indeed! A happy, continuing Eastertide to you.

Last week’s e-newsletter borrowed from the wisdom of monks and nuns who voluntarily live “enclosed” lives – “Good habits 24/7!” Judging by responses, that seemed to strike a chord. So, here’s some advice sent to me this week, offered by another monastic, from Ampleforth Abbey in Yorkshire. It is his so-called: Commandments of confinement:

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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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