Christmas Market Saturday 16 November

This year’s Christmas Market will be held in the hall on Saturday 16 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. Soup, tea, coffee and cakes will be available at any time all day, so you won’t go hungry!

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 please speak to the Church Secretary.

Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday 13 October

Our Harvest Festival service will be held on Sunday 13 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.

And once again this year we will also give some of what we collect to the young homeless residents of Bruce House. As members will be aware 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.

Recruitment of a new Organist & Choirmaster

We are recruiting a new Organist and Choirmaster to start in October 2019.

We have a proud Presbyterian musical tradition with a small adult choir with approximately 10 singers which leads the worship and sings an anthem at the morning service.  Although amateur, the choir seeks to maintain high musical standards.

A major renovation of our three-manual organ was undertaken in 2019 by David Wells of Liverpool. 

There are two services of worship on Sundays, at 11.15 am and 6.30 pm (attendance at the evening service could be subject to negotiation).

There is a weekly choir practice and a short practice before the morning service.

The job description is here  and the organ specification is here

For further information please contact:

Friends’ Sunday – 29 September

This year the preacher at the Friends Sunday service will
be Reverend Timothy Fletcher, our former Auxiliary
Minister, whom we all still miss very much. And to add
to the general excitement of the day, the speaker at the
Friends Lunch will be Alan Imrie, our former Session

There will be no congregational lunches on this Sunday,
but if you would like to join the Friends for lunch please
contact Margaret Rees by Sunday 22 September at the latest. The
cost of the lunch will be £7 this year.

Frequency of Communion

The Kirk Session has been asked to consider the frequency
with which we celebrate communion here at Crown Court.
Please see the August issue of The Chronicle for the
background to this. The Session has set up a small committee
consisting of Elspeth Gordon, Eyo Oku and Sheila Haddon to
consider this matter and report back at the next meeting on 26
September. Please make your views known to any member of
the committee or email Elspeth on

Minister’s holidays

The Minister will be on holiday for the whole of the month of August. Pastoral care during that period will be provided by Reverend Alistair Cumming (07534 943986). However, any issues should be referred in the first instance to your elder, or to the Deputy Session Clerk, Elspeth Gordon, on,  or the Church Secretary, Sheila Haddon, on 020 7836 5643 (Wednesday and Thursday only),or

Christian Aid

On Sunday 28 July, Kathy Childress, the Regional Co-ordinator for Christian Aid, will speak for 10 minutes at the end of the morning service about how the funds which we raise for Christian Aid are used.  Please do come and hear what she has to say.

Tercentenary Events still to come

It’s hard to believe that we’re already half-way through the Tercentenary Year! And what a year it’s been! The anthem composition competition was a resounding success, and the Celebration Service on 24 March surpassed all our expectations, with an absolutely packed church and many old friends present. Then there was the triumph of the Tercentenary Ball at the Caledonian Club on 3 May, which was thoroughly enjoyed by 100 guests, and which raised £5,000 for Borderline and Christian Aid.

Over the next few months we will be welcoming back a number of former Ministers and Assistant Ministers as guest preachers:

7 July: Reverend Malcolm Duff, former Assistant Minister
1 September: Reverend Stanley Hood, former Minister
29 September: Friends Sunday: Reverend Timothy
Fletcher, former Auxiliary Minister
20 October: Reverend Melvyn Wood, former Assistant
17 November: Reverend Sigrid Marten, former Minister.

And we still have these exciting events to look forward to:

Sunday 21 July: Garden Party in the Martlett Court Garden after the morning service. Food and refreshments will be provided, and we hope that members and visitors alike will join us just across the Court.

Saturday 14 September: A Tercentenary concert at 7.30 pm in the church by Ensemble Hesperi, telling the story of the founding of Crown Court through 18th century chamber music and readings. Featuring our own Mary-Jannet Leith (recorders) and Thomas Allery (harpsichord), with Magda Loth-Hill (violin) and Florence Petit (cello). The concert will be followed by a reception in the hall.

Saturday 19 October: Tercentenary Ceilidh at 7.30 pm at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street. Dancing to the Frank Reid Dance Band. Food and refreshments will be provided. Further information will be available in due
course about the price of tickets and other details.

Ignite Theatre

Members may recall the visit a few years ago by Ignite Theatre from Glasgow, run by Aileen Ritchie, sister of Alex.  They are in London again on Wednesday 26 June, when they will be showing films written and directed by the young people during the year at Twentieth Century House, Soho Square, W1D 3AP, from 5 – 6 pm.  There will be two short fiction films, and a piece called “What gives me strength” which was performed in Glasgow last year as part of the European Games.  All are welcome.