The Minister will be on holiday from 1 – 22 August inclusive. During that time the Reverend Timothy Fletcher will look after any pastoral matters, and Alan Imrie, Session Clerk, will take care of any other issues which may arise.
The July issue of The Chronicle is available for collection, in named and addressed envelopes for every member of the congregation, on the piano in the hall. Please pick up your copy and save the church the cost of postage.
Westminster City Council are proposing to introduce high parking charges on Sundays and evenings which many churches fear will have a severe impact on their services and activities. The churches have been engaged with a number of councillors from across the political groups on Westminster Council voicing our concerns. It is clear from speaking to them that, though there is still a long way to go, our concerns are starting to hit home.
Time is of the essence and so, this Sunday, can we ask you to:-
- post a comment on the facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Westminsters-Sunday-Parking-Charges/100255330073608 (or write down their stories to present with our petitions)
- sign the petition – either a paper copy or online at http://www.petitiononline.co.uk/petition/westminster-churches-against-sunday-parking-charges/3177
- join other churches for a peaceful gathering outside Westminster Council House in Marylebone Road NW1 5PT from by 6pm Wednesday 20th July
More information on the campaign can be found on the facebook page and on http://www.stgeorgeshanoversquare.org/Sunday%20Parking.htm
On Friday 9 September the ceilidh will feature a live band and caller. Buffet from 6.30 pm, dancing from 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £15 for adults and £8 for children. See Caroline Cowie in the hall after the service and buy yours now to avoid disappointment!
Philip and Linda extend a warm invitation to anyone who has not yet visited the manse to join them for tea on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August from 3 to 5 pm. Please add your name to the list on the notice board if you would like to accept their invitation.
On the welcome desk we have some very attractive cards available for sale at £1.50 each or £6 for 5. These cards, based on a painting by Mai Osawa, show the front door of the church and are blank inside so are suitable for all occasions. We also have a selection of lovely hand-made cards at £1.50 each. Do be sure to look for them when you go downstairs after the service.
Our morning service on Sunday 26 June was a special service to remember James Braidwood, the father of modern fire fighting, who was an Elder of Crown Court Church and who died 150 years ago on 22 June 1861.
We were delighted to welcome members of the Braidwood family and representatives of various fire fighting organisations to the service. Outside in Russell Street we were joined by Jezebel, a 1916 vintage engine.
After the service everyone was keen to admire the engine and hear about its history.
Many of the younger members of the congregation had their photo taken “driving” the engine – even the minister joined in the fun!
There is a memorial plaque to James Braidwood at the back of the church
In memory of James Braidwood, Esq. Superintendent of the London Fire Brigade who lost his life at the Great Fire in Tooley Street, June 22nd 1861, Æ 61.
“Whether on the Battle Field, or at the head of the Fire Brigade, the holiest place on which to live, or die, is the post of Duty.” Dr Cumming