Annual Business Meeting Sunday 31 March

Annual Business Meeting Sunday 31 March
after the morning service and a quick lunch

This meeting is your opportunity to find out what the Kirk
Session and its committees have been doing in 2018, and to
receive reports from church organisations. The minutes of last
year’s meeting have been posted on the notice board, and an
agenda and reports for this year’s meeting will be sent out to
members and adherents in advance of the meeting. There will
be a chance at the meeting to ask questions of the Minister and
office bearers, so do come along and join in the discussion.

The deadline for the submission of reports to the Church
Secretary is Wednesday 13 March. Committee conveners
and secretaries of church organisations – please make a note of
the date and ensure that you get your reports in on time.

Tercentenary Celebration Service Sunday 24 March

We very much hope that all members and friends will be
present at the Tercentenary Celebration Service at 11.15 am
on Sunday 24 March. In addition to the Moderator of the
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, we look forward
to welcoming many old friends of the church, including former
Ministers, Assistant Ministers and Session Clerks. We have also
invited representatives from St Columba’s Church, and from
the many organisations which have close connections with
Crown Court, together with our neighbours in Martlett Court.

We won’t be doing our usual sit-down lunch after the service,
as it seems likely that there wouldn’t be room for everyone.
Instead there will be a finger buffet and a special celebration
cake! Don’t miss this important event in the life of our church.

Church Spring Clean Saturday 16 March

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We hope to have as many people as possible at the spring clean
on Saturday 16 March. This year the spring clean is particularly
important, as we need to ensure that we get rid of the residual
dust caused by the re-installation of the renovated organ and
have the church looking its best for the Tercentenary
Celebration Service on 24 March. So please do come to help out.
Cleaning materials will be provided, and no experience is
needed: just enthusiasm and a willingness to muck in!

We will aim to start at around 9.30 am and finish by 4 pm, but
any time you can spare will be greatly appreciated. Lunch will
be provided, as well as lots of tea, coffee, biscuits etc to keep us

Lent Bible Study

The Minister will lead a series of Bible study sessions for Lent,
which will begin on Ash Wednesday, 6 March and continue
every Wednesday until 3 April. The sessions will be held in
the vestry from 6.00 until 7.00 pm. These are always
interesting and enjoyable sessions, so please come and
improve your knowledge and understanding of the Bible. Don’t
worry if you can’t commit to attending all of the sessions: you
will be very welcome whenever you are able to attend.

Congregational Quiz

There will be a congregational quiz in aid of the Organ Renovation Fund on Saturday 18 May.  Further details will be available in due course, but please put the date in your diaries now, and come along to support this event.  We used to hold such quizzes regularly a number of years ago, and they were always great fun – and very competitive!

Annual Business Meeting of the congregation

The agenda and reports for this meeting will be sent to members of the congregation a week prior to the meeting which will be held on Sunday 31 March. Committee Conveners and Secretaries of church organisations are therefore asked to submit their reports by Sunday 17 March at the latest.

This is an important meeting in the life of the church, as it provides information on how the church is being run and provides an opportunity for members to ask questions of office bearers on matters of interest to them.  So please do try to get to the meeting if you possibly can.

Participation in worship

From time to time the prayers of intercession in our Sunday services are led by one of the elders.  The Kirk Session is keen to increase active participation in worship by the congregation, and that’s not limited to elders.  If you feel you would like to be part of this – whether leading a prayer from time to time, or even giving a family talk – please speak to the Minister or to Andy Tait.

Anthem Composition Competition attracted International Response

We launched an anthem composition competition last year to celebrate our Tercentenary in 2019.  The competition, open to young composers under the age of 28, asked entrants to set a text from the Old Testament Book of Haggai in the form of a short anthem for choir and organ.

The closing date for receiving entries was 11 January 2019 and the response we have received from entrants has gone well beyond expectations, delighting the competition’s organiser, Mary-Jannet Leith.

“We sent out details to music colleges and music departments in universities last September, hoping that the competition would attract and encourage young composers to engage with sacred choral music.  We are very pleased to have received a total of 31 entries – well beyond our initial expectations,” she said.

Crown Court Church organ

“In addition to many entries from the UK, we have been overwhelmed by a number of international submissions from across Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and Brazil.”

It is now down to the judges to select the anthems to be performed at the competition finals, to be held in the church on 16 February.

Entries will be adjudicated by eminent British composer Professor Robert Saxton (Worcester College, Oxford), Kyle Macdonald (Senior Social Media Editor, Classic FM), and Director of Music at Crown Court Church, Dr Geoffrey Higgins.

The winner will have their anthem performed by the choir during the Tercentenary Celebration Service to be held in the church on Sunday 24 March, the three-hundredth anniversary of the first service in this church on the site in March 1719.

2019 – our Tercentenary Year

We’ve been talking about it and planning for it for long enough, and now the year has dawned!  If you’ve bought one of our calendars with stunning photos of the church by Chris Close (and there are still some left if you haven’t yet got yours), you should have entered some of the important dates in your diary by now.  But here they are again, just to make sure you’ve got them:

Saturday 16 February: Tercentenary Anthem Competition Judging Event at 7 pm in the church and hall

Saturday 16 March: church spring clean – we need as many people as possible to turn out this year as we must get every nook and cranny of the building sparkling in preparation for ….

Sunday 24 March: Tercentenary Celebration Service, with the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland as preacher and a number of former Ministers and Assistant Ministers and former members as invited guests

Friday 3 May: Tercentenary Ball at the Caledonian Club

Saturday/Sunday 4/5 May: choir reunion weekend

Sunday 21 July: post service garden party in the Martlett Court Garden, by kind permission of the residents of Martlett Court

Saturday 19 October: Tercentenary Ceilidh at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street.

Further details of each of these events will be available in due course, so keep an eye on the weekly church notices, the website and the next newsletter.  There may also be other events throughout the year, and we’ll keep you up-to-date as plans develop.  Let’s celebrate!