Peter Esslemont – service of celebration

A service to celebrate the life of Peter Esslemont will be held at Crown Court Church at 2.30pm on Friday 6 December to which all are warmly invited.  Any former choir members who would like to attend and be part of the choir for this service are asked to get in touch with Elaine Close via email or Facebook Messenger.

Collection for Bruce House

Once again, we will be collecting Christmas goody bags for the residents of Bruce House. Donations for this will be gratefully received, either in the form of money or toiletries (for men and women). Sweets would also be
acceptable, but please check the sell by date. Please bring in your donations by Sunday 15 December. If you need any more information, please speak to Margaret Ross.

Moderator’s Visit

This year the annual visit to Westminster of the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Colin Sinclair, takes place from 24 November to 1 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 1 December, which is also
quarterly communion and the first Sunday in Advent, so we look forward to seeing a good turnout of members for this service.

The morning service will be followed by lunch in the hall when members will have the opportunity to meet the Moderator and his wife, Mrs Ruth Sinclair.

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.

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).

All the above items can be delivered to the Church from 10.30 am on Friday 15 November.

Please do come and support this important fundraising event. All proceeds will go to Church funds. It’s also an opportunity to meet up with old friends and make some new friends.

Crown Court Christmas Cards and 2020 Calendar

Our Christmas Cards and Calendar will be available for sale at the Christmas Market on 16 November, so don’t buy all your cards before then! This year’s card features a stunning photograph by Chris Close. The Calendar shows photographs of all the varied events that took place during the Tercentenary Year – a wonderful souvenir of a memorable year.


  • Calendar: £5.00  each (including envelope)
  • Christmas cards: £1.00 each or 6 for £5.00

Sunday School Volunteers

We are looking for more people to volunteer to help with the Sunday School.  If you would be interested in working with our young people, please speak to the Minister.  You should be aware however, that if you wish to do this work you will need to be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service.  For further details, please speak to our Safeguarding Co-ordinator Elspeth Gordon, or email her at

Harvest Thanksgiving – Sunday 13 October

Once again this harvest we are collecting food items for the Westminster Food Bank, based at Westminster Chapel. This is part of a nationwide network of food banks overseen and supported by the Trussell Trust. In partnership with front-line care professionals who identify people in need and give vouchers, the food bank provides three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced (non-perishable) food to residents of Westminster who are experiencing financial crisis. Here is a list of items requested by the food bank. This year we will also be donating some of the items to Bruce House for their emergency store cupboard for the young people living there. Please bring only items listed below, and check that items are unopened, undamaged, and have a best before date at least three months away.

  • 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)
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Jam
  • Pulses (tinned) eg kidney beans, lentils
  • Tea bags
  • Instant coffee
  • Cereals (not whole-wheat biscuits)
  • Cooking oil (250 ml)