Carol singing for Christian Aid Friday 14 December 5 – 6 pm

Once again we’ve been allocated the 5 – 6 pm slot for carol singing in Trafalgar Square on Friday 14 December, which is earlier than we would have liked, but we hope that it will still be a successful event.  We will need lots of help with singing and  collecting money, so keep an eye on the church notices for further details.

Crown Court Christmas Cards and 2019 Calendar

Our Christmas Cards were available for sale at the Christmas Market on 17 November.  This year’s card features a stunning photograph by Chris Close, and more of the wonderful photographs taken during his photoshoot earlier this year can be seen in the 2019 calendar, which was also on sale at the Market.

Some Christmas cards are still available at a cost of £1 per card, or 6 for £5.  Calendars (showing in red key dates for our Tercentenary Year) are also still available at a cost of £7 each (including envelope).

Moderator’s Visit

This year the annual visit to Westminster of the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Susan Brown, takes place from 25 November to 3 December, and once again our Minister will act as Chaplain during the visit.  The Moderator will preach at the evening service here in Crown Court on Sunday 2 December, which is also quarterly communion and the first Sunday in Advent, so  we look forward to seeing a good turnout of members for this service, as well as the morning service.

The evening service will be followed by a reception in the hall when members will have the opportunity to meet the Moderator and her husband, Reverend Dr Derek Brown.

Advent Bible Study

The Minister is running a short series of Bible study sessions for Advent on the following dates: Tuesday 4, 11 and 18  December from 6 – 7 pm in the vestry.  Do come along and join Philip for these sessions.  It doesn’t matter if you can’t commit to attending them all: just come when you can.  You will be most welcome.

Funeral of Mrs Hope Green

There will be a service of thanksgiving for the life of Hope Green, a long-standing member and elder of this congregation, on Wednesday 17 October at 1.00 pm at the United Reformed Church, 18A Cantelupe Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex TN40 1PR.

ScotsCare

ScotsCare are looking for volunteers to provide a variety of services for their clients.  Tech Buddies, Receptionists, Befrienders and Choir Group Helpers are all needed.  Further details are available on their website, or you can call Louise on 020 7240 3718, or email volunteering@scotscare.com.

Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday 14 October

Once again this harvest we are collecting food items for the Westminster Food Bank, based at Westminster Chapel. This is part of a nationwide network of food banks overseen and supported by the Trussell Trust. In partnership with front-line care professionals who identify people in need and give vouchers, the food bank provides three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced (non-perishable) food to residents of Westminster who are experiencing financial crisis. Here is a list of items requested by the food bank. This year we will also be donating some of the items to Bruce House for their emergency store cupboard for the young people living there.

Please bring only items listed below, and check that items are unopened, undamaged, and have a best before date at least three months away.

Fruit juice (long-life carton)
Fruit (tinned)
Vegetables (tinned)
Sugar (250g or 500g) 
Milk (UHT or powdered)
Tomatoes (tinned)
Rice pudding (tinned)
Sponge pudding (tinned)
Instant mashed potato
Biscuits or snack bars
Pasta sauces (jar)
Soup (tinned)
Meat/fish (tinned)
Rice
Pasta
Jam
Pulses (tinned) eg kidney beans, lentils
Tea bags
Instant coffee
Cereals (not whole-wheat biscuits)
Cooking oil (250 ml)

Christmas Market Saturday 17 November

This year’s Christmas Market will be held in the hall on Saturday 17 November from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm.  Our famous home baking, jams, preserves and tablet will be on sale as usual, together with gifts, crafts, and plants.  There will be games and competitions with prizes and the ever-popular lucky numbers stall.  Ploughman’s lunches, tea, coffee and cakes will be available at any time all day, so you won’t go hungry!  This year we will also be hoping to run a silent auction to raise funds for the Organ Renovation Appeal.

Please put the date in your diary and come along to support this important event in the church calendar.  We will be looking for people to help man the stalls, serve refreshments, contribute baking for the cake stall and the teas, hand out fliers in Covent Garden Piazza and other necessary tasks.  And if you have any other ideas for the Market, or suggestions for suitable items for the silent auction, please speak to the Church Secretary.

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.