Christmas Market Saturday 18 November

This year’s Christmas Market will be held in the hall on Saturday 18 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, and we have it on good authority that a visitor from Lapland has been booked!  Ploughman’s lunches, 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 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.

Commemorating the end of the First World War

Led by St Columba’s Church, Pont Street, a number of Scottish organisations in London are planning a series of events between September and November 2018 to mark the end of World War I.

In addition to lectures, a ceilidh, a special service of commemoration and various other events, a book is being published about Scots in London during the war, which includes a chapter by each organisation.  Together with the Minister, Sheena Tait represents Crown Court on the organising committee, and she is producing our chapter in the book.  The Princess Royal has agreed to contribute the foreword to the book.  Further details about the book and all the events will be available in due course.

Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday 8 October

Our Harvest Festival service will be held on Sunday 8 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 provides three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced (non-perishable) food, through a voucher scheme, to residents of Westminster who are experiencing financial crisis .  This is done in partnership with front-line care professionals who identify people in need and give vouchers.  People can also be referred on to other agencies where appropriate.

The Food Bank publishes a list of items which are acceptable which is included below.  Items should be unopened and undamaged and have a “best before” date at least three months away.

In past years you have been very generous in your donations to support this service to those who live in Westminster and find themselves in crisis.  We hope that you will give generously again this year.

Please bring only items listed below.

Fruit juice (long-life carton)
Fruit (tinned)
Vegetables (tinned)
Sugar (250g or 500g)
Milk (UHT or powdered)
Tomatoes (tinned)
Rice pudding (tinned)
Sponge pudding (tinned)
Instant mashed potato
Biscuits or snack bars
Pasta sauces (jar)
Soup (tinned)
Meat/fish (tinned)
Pulses (tinned) eg kidney beans, lentils
Tea bags
Instant coffee
Cereals (not whole-wheat biscuits)
Cooking oil (250 ml)

Please check that items are unopened and undamaged and have a best-before date at least three months away.

Church Lunches

The rota for providing church lunches from September to the end of the year is now on the board behind the tea counter.  Please do think again about whether you can help in the provision of this greatly valued service for members and visitors alike. There will lunches on 3,10 and 17 September (assuming that someone volunteers to provide them), but not on 24 September and 1 October, as the work to deal with the leaking kitchen ceiling starts on 18 September.

Borderline CEO Sleepout

Borderline has been selected, along with two other homelessness charities, to participate in this year’s CEO Sleepout.  Shona Fleming, CEO, has already signed up to sleep out for one night on Monday 30 October at Lord’s Cricket Ground, and the charity is looking for at least ten other people to volunteer to join her.

Shona and Samantha Evans, Fundraising Officer, will attend the morning service on Sunday 17 September with further details, and will be hoping to recruit volunteers.

500 Years of the Reformation – Why should the Devil have the best technology?

On Wednesday 13 September at 6.30 pm St Martin-in-the-Fields hosts a Churches Together in Westminster Reformation 500 event, with St Anne’s Lutheran Church London and Rev Eliza Zikmane, focusing on Luther’s legacy to Christian Education through the Small Catechism.  All are welcome.  And at 12 noon on Tuesday 31 October there is a service at Westminster Abbey, led by the Dean, with an address by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  For free tickets, see  This will be followed by a symposium, Liberated by God’s grace: 1517 – 2017: 500 Years of Reformation, from 2.30 to 5 pm in St Margaret’s Church.

London Open House Sunday 17 September

As you may recall, after several years of featuring in the official Open House brochure, we have not been included for the last two years.  However, we will still open the church to visitors on Sunday 17 September from 2 pm till 5 pm, as this has proved to be relatively successful.

As usual we will need volunteers to act as stewards and to provide teas and coffees in the hall.  So if you would like to help, please put the date in your diary and await further information in the church notices and on the web site.

And if you have any ideas as to how we might publicise the fact that we’re open, without being in the brochure, please let the Church Secretary know.

The Chronicle

In January 1919 the first issue of the Crown Court Chronicle was published, and in our archives we have every issue in bound volumes from then until Christmas 1962.  We then have individual copies of the magazine for 1963, 1964 and 1965, after which there is a big gap until February 1981.  From then until February 1998 we have copies of a number of issues for each year, but we don’t know if this is a complete set.  After that, we have copies of every issue up to the present.

With the three hundredth anniversary of the founding of the church on this site coming up in 2019, it would be wonderful if we could fill at least some of the gaps in our collection of the church magazine, which is a fascinating record of the life of Crown Court since 1919.  We would therefore be most grateful if longer standing members could instigate a search of their lofts, understairs cupboards and other hidey holes to see if they have any lost copies of the magazine lurking there which would help to fill the gaps in our archives.

And to come back to the present, the next issue of The Chronicle will be published on Sunday 27 August.  The Editorial Board welcomes articles and items of interest from members, so if you have something you would like to contribute, please send or give it to the Editor, Sheena Tait, by Sunday 13 August.  Sheena is in church most Sundays, and she can also be reached on

Concerts in the church

This year’s concert series has been going very well, with a number of excellent concerts given by very talented performers.  If you haven’t yet been able to get along to one, do make every effort to attend some of the remaining concerts: you’re sure to have a great evening!  Admission is free, with a retiring collection.

Saturday evening concerts at 7.30 pm

 1 July               Jon Gjylaci, guitar

5 August           London Mandolin Ensemble

2 September     Kelly Mathieson, soprano

7 October         Susana Gilardoni Mirski, soprano

Wednesday lunchtime concert at 1 pm

 26 July             Colomb Street 5, Wind Quintet