The funeral of Reverend James Dowswell will be held on Friday 24 November at 12.15 pm at All Saints Church, High Street, Staplehurst, Tonbridge TN12 0AX.
This concert, with a Reformation theme, will be given by the West London Sinfonia on Saturday 25 November at 7.30 pm at St Michael and All Angels Church, Bedford Park, W4 1TT. Tickets cost £14 full price, £12 concessions, £5 child/student and are available from their website or on the door.
We will definitely be holding a Burns Supper in 2018, but at this stage the date remains to be confirmed. We hope to sort out a date as soon as possible, so please keep an eye on the church notices and the website for further details.
Once again we’ve been allocated the 5 – 6pm slot for carol singing in Trafalgar Square on a Friday, which is earlier than we would have liked, but we hope that it will still be a successful event. We will need lots of singers and collectors to hand out song sheets and go round the Square collecting money, so keep an eye on the church notices for further details.
Congratulations to Philip for undertaking the Sleepout for Borderline on Monday 30 October. Thanks to numerous donations, he raised well over £3,000 (including Gift Aid) – well done! And thank you to everyone who supported him.
The Minister is running a short series of Bible study sessions for Advent on the following dates: Wednesday 6, 13 and 20 December from 6.15 – 7.15 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.
This year the annual visit to Westminster of the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Dr Derek Browning, takes place from 26 November to 4 December, and once again our Minister will act as Chaplain during the visit. The Moderator will preach at the morning service here in Crown Court on Sunday 3 December, which is also quarterly communion, and we look forward to seeing a good turnout of members for this service.
The Moderator will also be preaching at the Kirk in the City Service on Tuesday 28 November at 6.30 pm in St Margaret’s Church Lothbury. This is the third year of these services, organised by ourselves and St Columba’s, which seek to reach out to Scots working in the City who may not know about our two churches or may be unable to get to church on Sundays. On this occasion, we at Crown Court are responsible for organising the service and providing the refreshments for the reception which takes place after the service. We will be looking for volunteers to help set up before the service, to serve drinks at the reception and clear away afterwards. If you are able to help in any way, please speak to the church secretary. And do come along and support the service in any case.
The speakers at this event on Monday 20 November are Rabbi Mark L Solomon, Prof Tahir Abbas and Dr Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson, and they will conduct a panel discussion to be followed by a question and answer session on the subject of Religious Ethics and 21st Century Surveillance. Doors open at 6.45 pm, and admission is free. This event is an activity of the Surveillance & Religion Network, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
Our Christmas Cards will be available for sale at the Christmas Market on 18 November, so don’t buy all your cards before then! It’s always difficult to find suitable images to feature on the card, so if you’re out and about with your phone, camera or other photographic device over the Christmas period, do take some pictures which could be suitable to adorn the front of the 2018 Christmas card!
The Christmas Market takes place on Saturday 18 November. We will once again have all our usual stalls selling all those essential items for Christmas: candles, gifts, preserves, tablet, home baking, stocking fillers, decorations, plants etc. There will be games and competitions with prizes, the ever-popular lucky numbers stall and even a visitor from Lapland! And to make sure you don’t go hungry while spending your money, refreshments (tea, coffee, ploughman’s lunches, cakes etc) will be available all day.
If you have any new unwanted gifts that would be suitable for any of the stalls, these will be very welcome. Any offers of home baking for the afternoon teas or the cake stall will also be greatly appreciated (please see Margaret Ross or the church secretary).