The Minister will be holding a series of Lenten Bible Study sessions in the vestry at6.45 pm on the following dates:
Tuesday 28 February
Tuesday 6 March
Tuesday 20 March
Tuesday 27 March.
Each session will last about an hour, and further information will be available in due course, but please put the dates in your diary now. Earlier Bible Study sessions have not been well supported, and it would be good to see more people attending this time.
Borderline, the charity supported by the two Church of Scotland congregations in London, has been advised by the Scottish Government that, having slashed the 2009 grant of £107,000 to the charity to £24,500 in 2010, it has now decided that it will no longer provide any of the financial support necessary to enable the charity to provide the services needed to help homeless and insecurely housed Scots in London.
The Moderator of the General Assembly, the Right Reverend David Arnott, who visited Borderline on his St Andrewstide visit to Westminster in December last year, has written to the First Minister, Alex Salmond, expressing his disappointment at the withdrawal of funding and asking him to reconsider the decision. The Moderator has also written to all congregations of the Church of Scotland asking them to raise at least £100 each for Borderline.
Some members of the congregation may also have received individual letters from Alan Mackie, Chairman of Borderline, outlining the implications of the decision for our fellow Scots in London:
- 16 Scots will lose Borderline subsidised beds;
- 45 Scots won’t be resettled in accommodation across Scotland and London;
- 75 Scots will not have travel warrants to return home.
Alan is appealing for our immediate support to enable Borderline to continue the tradition of giving hope to those who have none, and remaining a stepping stone to a better life for our fellow Scots in London. There will be a retiring offering on behalf of Borderline after both services on quarterly communion Sunday, 4 March. However, regular donations from individuals would be very helpful in providing a regular income stream for Borderline.
There are leaflets in the church and the hall which give more information about this appeal, and you can also contact the charity on telephone 020 7240 3718; web site www.borderline-uk.org; email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to make a regular donation, write to:
Freepost Licence RSLK-KBRR-AGCK
The Saltire Club,
22 City Road,
London EC1Y 2AJ
for further information.
Our Minister and one of our elders, Geordie Fergusson, are Trustees of Borderline and the congregation has always responded very generously to retiring offerings for the charity. Please now give serious consideration to whether you are able to help on a more regular basis.
On Sunday 19 February at 2.30 pm a concert will be given by Renato D’Aiello (tenor sax) and Chris Lee (piano), at Kensington United Reformed Church, Allen Street, London W8. Admission free, donations in aid of Shelter.
The annual awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 12 February. There will be several road closures and severe disruption to traffic and parking on that day and in the week leading up to it. Please see the plan on the notice board in the hall for further details.
On Saturday 28 January from 2pm to 7pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. The theme of the event, Grand Orgue, The Nineteenth Century Explored, gives a panoramic view of the symphonic organ and its music. Apart from the recitals, each taking a closer look at the music of England, France, and Germany, and the presentations filling in the background to the period, there will be ongoing refreshments, displays of relevant material and sales of CDs and books, and a substantial buffet.
For further information, visit the Grand Orgue 2012 website.
This year’s series of lectures, with the theme “Belonging Together?”, begins on Tuesday 14 February at 7.30 pm at Hinde Street Methodist Church. The first lecture is given by Hugh Starkey, and the subject is “Learning to Live Together”. All are welcome.