Churches Together in Westminster’s Annual Ecumenical Service for Pentecost will be held on Sunday 4 June at Hinde Street Methodist Church. Refreshments are available from 5.30 pm, and the service begins at 6.30 pm. Further details are on the CTiW website. As this is quarterly communion Sunday, the evening service will be held here as normal.
Join the Neighbours for a musical evening at St Paul’s Church, Robert Adam Street, W1U 3HW from 7.30 pm on Thursday 1 June. There is a charge of £4 for sandwiches. This is part of West One, a gathering on the first Thursday of every month for over 40s.
This year it has been decided to concentrate our efforts in opening the church on two days instead of three. From Tuesday 13 June until the end of August, we will open the church to visitors from 12 noon until 3 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We need to have two people on duty at all times, so if you are able to help please speak to Margaret Ross.
This service is being held to remember and give thanks for those friends, family and loved ones who have been part of our lives but are now no longer with us.
During the service we will remember each by name and give thanks for all that made them special. If you would like to include any family member, friend or loved one please give names to the church secretary. There will also be an opportunity to view the Book of Remembrance kept at the back of the church, and to arrange for an entry to be made if desired.
After the service light refreshments will be served in the church hall, for which all are welcome to join us.
This year we will be collecting for Christian Aid on Friday 12 May (Charing Cross rail and tube), Thursday 18 May (Liverpool Street and Bank tube) and Friday 19 May (Charing Cross and Embankment tubes). All who wish to join the collecting team will be welcome, for as much or as little time as you can spare between 7 am and 9 am, and/or 5 pm and 7 pm. No special expertise is required, and collecting buckets are provided for free! For more details contact the Christian Aid Convener, Andy Tait, by email at email@example.com or sign up on the sheet on the notice board in the hall.
On 31 October 1517, an Augustinian friar named Martin Luther nailed to the door of a German church 95 theses that challenged the malpractices of sections of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. Little did he know that his ideas would shake Europe to its very foundations and change its history for ever. A series of events is planned across the continent to remember that episode in Christian history, and to reflect on its influence on our society as an extensive movement of reform.
Here are details of what is happening in London:
Sunday 7 May at 3 pm at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, EC2N 2HA:
A Cantata by J S Bach on period instruments with the City Bach Collective.
Saturday 10 June at 8 pm at the French Protestant Church of London, 8 – 9 Soho Square, W1D 3QD
“The French Protestants from dark times …. to Soho!” – exhibition and talk.
Sunday 2 July at 4 pm at St Katharine’s, the Danish Church in London, 4 St Katharine’s Precinct, NW1 4HH
“Listen to the clouds” – a meditative afternoon service with contemplative music, readings, hymns and reflection. Refreshments will follow after the service in the garden of the vicarage.
Sunday 27 August at Lumen United Reformed Church, 88 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RS
details to follow.
5 September to 31 October at St George’s German Lutheran Church, 55 Alie Street, E1 8EB
German Protestants in Great Britain – an exhibition.
Thursday 14 September at 6 pm at St Anne’s Church, Dean Street, W1D 6AF
Evensong: Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer with singers from King’s College London
6.45 pm: Lecture – “The Reformation and the reform of Anglican liturgy” by Rev Keith Riglin, Assistant Priest, Chaplain, King’s College London. Followed by a cheese and wine reception.
Sunday 1 October at St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, SW1X 0BD
4 pm: “The Scottish Reformation in pictures and music”
5 pm: Evening service followed by tea and Scottish shortbread
Friday 27 October at 1.15 pm at St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, SW1X 0BD
Lecture: “What does it mean to be Reformed today”? – Professor David Fergusson, Principal of New College, the School of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh.
Tuesday 31 October at 12 noon at Westminster Abbey
an ecumenical service.
Sunday 12 November at 10.50 am at St Olav’s Church, 1 Albion Street, SE16 7HZ
A Remembrance Sunday service followed by lunch, a joint Norwegian and Finnish Church event.
Friday 1 December at 6 pm at The Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Dockhead, SE1 2BS
“ A Service of remembrance and fellowship”.
Gordon Phillips is taking part in this year’s Tour de Yorkshire from 28 – 30 April in support of Macmillan Cancer Support and Alzheimer’s Society, in memory of his father who died last year and was for many years a member of this congregation. To donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/teams/hcptourdeyorkshire
This is being held on Saturday 22 April at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street, and all are welcome to attend. Please see the notice board for further details.