Following the success of our Advent Bag project, when we collected chocolates and other small Christmas gifts for the residents of Bruce House, which were greatly appreciated, we invite members to bring in an Easter egg next Sunday, so that we can provide an Easter gift for the residents. We need 41 eggs, and would ask that you spend no more than £4 on an egg, so that they are all similar in size. Samples of suitable eggs are on display in the hall.
Planning is underway for a number of events to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the opening for worship of the original church on this site, on Sunday 24 March 1719. A full programme will be available in due course, but here are some important dates for your diary:
- Sunday 24 March 2019: special Tercentenary Service, at which the preacher will be the Moderator Designate of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Reverend Susan Brown.
- Friday 3 May 2019: Tercentenary Ball at the Caledonian Club.
- Saturday 19 October 2019: Tercentenary Ceilidh at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street, at which we hope to be joined by many friends from St Columba’s.
The Minister is leading a series of Bible study sessions for Lent, which began on Wednesday 14 February, and will take place every Wednesday until 21 March. The sessions are held in the vestry from 6.15 to 7.15 pm. Don’t worry if you can’t commit to attending all of the sessions: you will be very welcome whenever you are able to attend.
2019 will see the 300th anniversary of the establishment of the original church on this site, and as plans start to take shape for celebrating this auspicious occasion, we will be publishing articles about the church in various magazines and periodicals. We would like to be able to illustrate these with good quality photographs of the church and its activities. If anybody has such photographs, whether old or new, that they would be willing to lend for reproduction, and potential publication, please contact the Tercentenary Planning Committee through its secretary, Andy Tait through the church office, or at email@example.com. And to help you with your future planning, see the “What’s on” pages of this website for the 2019 dates already agreed.
On Saturday 17 March, at 4 pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Thomas Trotter, Birmingham City Organist and Organist at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, will give a recital of music by Bach, Elgar, Wagner and others. Admission free, retiring collection.