The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.
For 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the resources are available to download via the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website only
As a “Christmas Special” we will be broadcasting our Christmas Day service live on the internet to allow those who cannot be with us to join our service in real time.
The service will be broadcast on YouTube at 11:15 am
The Churches Together in Westminster Annual general Meeting will be held online on Monday 18 January 2021 at 6.30pm. After the Annual Meeting, there will be a panel discussion on the subject “The Spiritual Health of the Nation”.
To book free tickets see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ctiw-agm-the-spiritual-health-of-the-nation-tickets-133327701745
Crown Court Church of Scotland has chosen to support Refuge for December’s retiring offering. Refuge provides a variety of specialist services including the running of refuges, community outreach projects and a 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline. These services have come under severe pressure since the lockdown measures were implemented at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Normally we hold a retiring collection in support of our nominated charity at our morning and evening services on the first Sunday in December. This year, we have decided to hold a retiring offering in support of Refuge at every service during December. In addition, we have set up a JustGiving page to collect for Refuge so that those who cannot come to church in person can also support this worthwhile cause. You can find our JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/retiringofferingdec2020
We are sorry but, in view of the latest COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to open for public worship this Sunday or for the remainder of November.
If, as is planned, the current restrictions are lifted on 2 December the next time we will open for public worship will be on Sunday 6 December.
Until then, we will be broadcasting our Sunday services via this website at http://www.crowncourtchurch.org.uk/services/ ; via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CrownCourtChurchLondonWc2 or via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNbCJgHBfyjcgNXnuQTJ69Q
Of more than one million British and Commonwealth servicemen and women killed in the First World War, some 165,000 would never receive a proper burial. In 1920, one unidentified fallen serviceman was chosen at random and returned from the fields of France to represent all those who had died in the war. On 11th November 1920, this unknown warrior was given a full state burial, being laid to rest amongst the kings and queens in Westminster Abbey.
To commemorate this centenary, the Military Wives Choirs has re-recorded Abide with Me, a hymn sung at the funeral. The song will be released through digital music channels on 6th November accompanied by a music video and documentary telling the story of the Unknown Warrior and capturing their final journey through Whitehall to Westminster Abbey. Funds raised from sales of the recording will go to the City of Westminster Charitable Trust and the Military Wives Choir.
The project, which was produced during a period of present-world uncertainty, was conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton, one of Britain’s most distinguished and dynamic conductors, and produced by Sean Hargreaves. 70 members of the Choirs travelled from across the UK to record each vocal part individually due to COVID-19 restrictions.
For more information, and to watch the videos, please visit westminster.gov.uk/unknownwarrior100
ENGLAND: LONDON, CROWN COURT
CE(AMENDED) ELECTORAL REGISTER – Sections 14(1), (2) and (3)
Notice is hereby given that in view of the anticipated vacancy in this congregation of England: London, Crown Court the Kirk Session is about to make up an Electoral Register. This Electoral Register is a list of those who will be eligible to vote when the time comes to elect a Nominating Committee, and subsequently in the election of a new minister.
If your name and current address are already on the Communion Roll, then you will automatically be placed upon the Electoral Register. You will need to take no further action.
If you are a regular worshipper here, but still a member of another congregation, and you wish to participate in the election of a minister to this congregation of England: London, Crown Court, then you should arrange to hand in to the Session Clerk a valid Certificate of Transference before the Kirk Session meets.
If you are a regular worshipper here, and not a member of this or any other congregation, then the Kirk Session can add your name to the Electoral Register as an “adherent”. If you wish the Kirk Session to consider this, you should obtain a form from the Session Clerk, complete it and return it to her before the Kirk Session meets.
The Kirk Session will meet online by Zoom on Thursday 19th day of November 2020 at 6:45 pm to make up the Electoral Register.
Following that meeting the Electoral Register of this congregation of England: London, Crown Court will have been prepared.
If you believe that your name should be on the Register, you can ask for confirmation that it has been included by contacting the Session Clerk via the Church Office of Crown Court Church of Scotland.
If, when seeking confirmation, you find that your name is not on the proposed Electoral Register, and you believe it should be, you should inform the Session Clerk in writing before the Kirk Session Meets pro re nata to finalise the register on Thursday 3rd December 2020 virtually by Zoom at 6:45 pm. You are also welcome to attend that meeting online, or speak to the Session Clerk or Interim Moderator by phone, if you wish to make the case for your name being included.
[In this instance, the term pro re nata is translated as “for that purpose”] – Webmaster
We are delighted that so many people have decided to join us back in church now that the building has re-opened. However, this does mean that we are reaching the limits of the reduced capacity in the Sanctuary.
Because of this we have decided to introduce a booking system for all future services. With effect from Monday 31 August, if you would like to attend the Sunday morning service, please either phone or email the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7836 5643) with your name, contact details and the number of people who would like to attend before 12 noon on the Friday preceeding. Seats in the church will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis based on the date and time of your email or phone message.
If we reach the limit of the Sanctuary, additional people will be seated in the church hall where you can listen and (we hope) watch the service on the TV screen.
St Martin-in-the-Fields’ autumn lecture series this year explores the meaning of trust. All lectures, the first of which is on Monday 14 September, will be live streamed through their Facebook page. More details are available via the Diocese of London website.