Tercentenary Anthem Competition

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.

Burns Club of London Sesquicentenary Celebrations

Robert Burns (by Alexander Nasmyth)
Robert Burns
(by Alexander Nasmyth)

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.

Bothwell Philharmonic Choir at Crown Court


Bothwell Philharmonic Choir concert posterOne 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 pmThe 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.


Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday 14 October

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.

CEO Sleepout 2018

Borderline is looking for people from all sectors to join them for CEO Sleepout, a challenge event raising money for three homeless charities, of which Borderline is one.  Participants will give up their beds for just one night in favour of the stands of Lord’s Cricket Ground, to raise awareness of what many homeless people experience every night.

The event will take place on 29 October and participants will be expected to raise £2,000.  You will recall that the Minister and John Mowbray both took part in this event in 2017 and successfully reached the fundraising target.  Could you emulate their achievement this year?  For further information please contact Olivia Levins at olivia.levins@borderline-uk.org or 0845 4562.

Data Protection

New regulations governing the way in which the church stores and processes personal information about members have recently come into force.

We keep details of members’ names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses for the purposes of keeping in touch with you and sending you this newsletter, the church magazine, papers for the Annual Business Meeting, and other relevant information.  Details are kept securely on the church computer and on paper files in the church office.  You have a right to know what information we hold about you, and to let us know if you do not want us to keep this information.

The Kirk Session is in the throes of developing the required policies, and further detailed information will be contained in the next issue of The Chronicle, which is due to be published on Sunday 26 August.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact our Data Protection Co-ordinator, Elspeth Gordon, safeguarding@crowncourtchurch.org.uk

Minister’s holidays

The Minister will be on holiday from 16 August – 6 September.  Pastoral care during that period will be provided by the ministerial team at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street (020 7584 3210).  However, any issues should be referred in the first instance to your elder, or to the Session Clerk, Peter Esslemont, on session@crowncourtchurch.org.uk  (except between 24 August and 1 September) or the Church Secretary, Sheila Haddon, on 020 7836 5643 (Wednesday and Thursday only) or office@crowncourtchurch.org.uk.

Church Lunches

There will be no lunches during August, in order to give the lunch teams a break.

The provision of lunches after the morning service on Sundays is a very important part of our fellowship, which is greatly appreciated by members and visitors alike, and we are most grateful to everyone who helps to keep this going.  However, sometimes the amount of money collected for the lunches is less than it should be if everyone who has lunch paid the £2 requested.  The money collected goes to reimburse those who provide lunches for the ingredients used, and any surplus helps to provide necessary equipment for the kitchen, so it would be greatly appreciated if in future everyone who is able to pays the small amount to cover lunch costs.

Additionally, we’re always looking to recruit more volunteers to help with the provision of lunches.  If this is something you think you could help with, please speak to the Lunch Convener, Marlene Tyler, who will fill you in on what is required.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July

Roads across London and Surrey will be affected on the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July as part of a weekend of Prudential RideLondon cycling events.  Roads in central London will be closed to traffic on Saturday, and on Sunday 29 July some roads in east, west, central and south-west London and Surrey will be closed.  For further details, please see tfl.gov.uk/ridelondon.