2019 – our Tercentenary Year

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 celebrate!

Women Together

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.

AGM of Churches Together in Westminster

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.

Burns Supper Saturday 2 February 2019

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.

Christmas goody bags for Bruce House

Once again we’re going to make up gift bags for the residents of Bruce House, so please bring in your donations of chocolate, biscuits, crisps and a toiletry item by Sunday 16 December.  As far as possible we want to make all the bags more or less the same, so there will be a sample in the hall to let you know what to bring.

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.