As part of our Tercentenary celebrations, Crown Court Church has launched a Tercentenary Anthem competition open to composers aged 28 or under on 31 December 2018 to set a biblical text from Haggai Chapter 2.
We hope to hold a judging event on a Saturday in late February 2019, with a panel chaired by eminent British composer Professor Robert Saxton of Worcester College, Oxford.
The winning composition will be premiered at the Tercentenary Celebration Service on Sunday 24 March 2019, and we hope that it will become part of the regular anthem repertoire of the choir.
The Burns Club of London, which is Number 1 on the roll of The Robert Burns World Federation, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding this year. Crown Court’s connection with the Club goes back a long way. Until 2005 they used to lay a wreath at the Burns statue in Victoria Embankment Gardens on the Sunday nearest to 25 January and then come to the church for tea and to join the evening service.
We are therefore delighted to host a special service of celebration here in the church at the morning service on Sunday 28 October, at which the guest preacher will be the Very Reverend John Chalmers, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. And on the day after the service, Monday 29 October, there will be a performance of the Burns Cantata, The Jolly Beggars, at the British Library, in partnership with the British Library and the Centre for Burns Studies, University of Glasgow. Further details of this performance will be available in due course.
One of the members of this choir is a school friend of Audrey McNair, one of our elders, and as the choir likes to travel to different venues to perform, they have arranged to come to London and give a concert in the church on Saturday 29 September at 7.30 pm. The theme of the concert is Autumn Reflections, and the programme will include spiritual and secular items. Admission is free, with a retiring collection, and the proceeds will go to the Motor Neuron Disease Association and our Organ Renovation Appeal. Please do come along and support this concert. For further information on the choir, see the website www.bothwellphil.co.uk.
Our Harvest Festival service will be held on Sunday 14 October and will take the form of all-age worship. Once again this year we are asking you to bring gifts of food or money to support the Westminster Food Bank, based at Westminster Chapel.
The Food Bank publishes a list of items which are acceptable, and this will be circulated with the church notices nearer the time of the Harvest Festival. Items should be unopened and undamaged and have a “best before” date at least three months away.
This year we will also give some of what we collect to the young homeless residents of Bruce House. As part of our plans for the Tercentenary we have been renewing our contact with the facility at Bruce House which is run by Centrepoint. So far we have provided them with goodie bags at Christmas and Easter eggs, but they also maintain a “store cupboard” of non-perishable foodstuffs, toiletries etc which can be used to help residents in an emergency. We will also circulate a list of the sort of items which would be useful to the residents so that you can organise your shopping in good time.