We’ve been talking about it
and planning for it for long enough, and now the year has dawned! If you’ve bought one of our calendars with
stunning photos of the church by Chris Close (and there are still some left if
you haven’t yet got yours), you should have entered some of the important dates
in your diary by now. But here they are again,
just to make sure you’ve got them:
Saturday 16 February: Tercentenary Anthem Competition Judging Event at 7 pm in the church and hall
Saturday 16 March: church spring clean – we need as many people as possible to turn out this year as we must get every nook and cranny of the building sparkling in preparation for ….
Sunday 24 March: Tercentenary Celebration Service, with the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland as preacher and a number of former Ministers and Assistant Ministers and former members as invited guests
Friday 3 May: Tercentenary Ball at the Caledonian Club
Saturday/Sunday 4/5 May: choir reunion weekend
Sunday 21 July: post service garden party in the Martlett Court Garden, by kind permission of the residents of Martlett Court
Saturday 19 October: Tercentenary Ceilidh at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street.
Further details of each of
these events will be available in due course, so keep an eye on the weekly church
notices, the website and the next newsletter.
There may also be other events throughout the year, and we’ll keep you
up-to-date as plans develop. Let’s
You will have seen Mary-Jannet Leith’s report of the pilot project which has been running in the church hall on alternate Thursdays during the autumn. These sessions for homeless women in our neighbourhood have been run in collaboration with The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields, West London Mission and The Passage, and have been a great success. The Kirk Session and the charities have agreed to continue with the project, once again on a fortnightly basis on Thursday afternoons, and the first meeting will take place on 24 January. There may be scope for further volunteers from the church to take part in these sessions, so if you are interested please contact Geordie Fergusson for further information. Because this is a project for vulnerable women, only female volunteers are acceptable, and you would also have to go through the DBS checking process before being able to take part.
This year’s AGM of Churches Together in Westminster will take place at the Salvation Army Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ at 6:30pm on Monday 21 January 2019. All are welcome.
The main purpose of this year’s
meeting is to explore the model of mission (congregation, compassion, culture
and commerce) advocated by HeartEdge, a new ecumenical movement for
renewal. Before this from 6.30 to 7 pm, reports
on CTiW activities during 2018 will be presented.
The London Interfaith Centre seminar Series “Does Religion have a place in the 21st Century” commences on Wednesday 30 January 2019 from 2 – 3.30 pm at St Anne’s and St Andrew’s, 125 Salusbury Road, NW6 6RG, cost £5. Further details are available on their website
The Annual Burns Supper organised by the Rambling and Social Club will take place in the church hall on Saturday 2 February at 6.30 for 7 pm – this year we’re very grateful to the Globetrotters for agreeing to move their monthly meeting from the first Saturday in February to the second Saturday in order to enable us to have our Burns Supper on a date a little nearer to the Bard’s actual birthday!
There will be all the usual speeches, the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties, and of course, the chance to take to the floor and show off your Scottish country dancing skills.
Tickets are available from Margaret Ross, but be sure to place your order (and pay your money – price £20) early to avoid disappointment.