Open Church

During June, July and August, we try to open the church
to visitors between 12 noon and 3 pm on Tuesdays and
Wednesdays. In order to keep the church open, we need
to have at least two volunteers on duty every day. If you
are able to spare some time to help with this venture,
please speak to Margaret Ross.

Collecting for Christian Aid 16 and 17 May

Christian Aid Week 2019 logoChristian Aid Week is fast approaching, and Crown Court will once again be collecting at London Tube and railway stations: on Thursday 16 May at Charing Cross and Embankment tube stations and on Friday 17 May at Liverpool Street mainline station, along with Liverpool Street and/or Bank tube stations. 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 9.30 am, and/or 4.30 pm and 7 pm.

No special expertise is required, and collecting buckets and tabards are provided for free! For more details contact the Christian Aid Convener, Andy Tait, on 07769 642421, or by email at, or sign up on the sheet on the notice board in the hall.

This year we will be participating in a trial of cashless collecting methods. It will be very interesting to see whether this new method will result in more money being collected than the traditional cash in the bucket method.

Congregational Quiz – Saturday 18 May

The Congregational quiz will be held on Saturday 18 May from 6.30 – 9.30 pm in the hall.  Tables of six can be booked in advance or made up on the night. 

Refreshments will be provided, and there will be a prize for the winning team.  There is no entry fee, but donations are requested for the Organ Fund. 

To reserve a table or places, please contact the church secretary.

Maundy Thursday Service

This year’s Maundy Thursday service will take place on Thursday 18 April at 7.00 pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EP.  Please sign up on the list on the hall notice board or though the Church secretary if you would like to attend, and also advise of any dietary requirements or allergies.

Joining the church

If you are already a member of the Church of Scotland, or any other Christian denomination, you can join Crown Court by certificate of transference from your current church, or by special resolution of the Kirk Session. 

If you have been baptised into the Christian church, but not confirmed, you can join by attending a class of enquiry led by the Minister on a Saturday, and then by public profession of faith at a service. 

If you have not been baptised, you would be required to be baptised at the same service. 

Please speak to the Minister if you are interested in joining the church.

Tercentenary Service

Photo of celebration cake
Image © Roger McVey

We were delighted to welcome some 300 guests, friends and members of the Church to our Tercentenary Service on Sunday 24 March. It was a real treat to see the body of the kirk and the gallery full of people.

Our special guest was the Right Reverend Susan Brown, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, who dedicated the renovated organ and preached the sermon.

After the service we continued our celebrations in the hall with food and a celebratory cake. The hall was full of people renewing old friendships, making new ones and enjoying a display about the 300-year history of Crown Court.

We’ve put together a short slideshow of sound and images from the service that we hope you’ll enjoy.

Commemorative Glass Paperweights

Image of Commemorative paperweight

To mark the Tercentenary of Crown Court Church in 2019 we have commissioned a commemorative glass paperweight, etched with the Crown Court crest and Tercentenary dates.  The paperweight comes complete with lined presentation box.

Commemorative paperweight in presentation box

Examples will be on display after Sunday morning services and orders for this special item can be placed now, costing £20 each, via the church secretary or by speaking to Andy Tait or Alison Dartnell.

Holy Week and Easter Services

  • Maundy Thursday – 18 April. This year our joint Maundy Thursday service with Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church will be held at Bloomsbury, and this year it has been extended to include members of the Welsh Chapel. The service will start at 7 pm, and will take the form of a simple supper followed by a brief celebration of Holy Communion. To help our friends at Bloomsbury to organise the catering, it would be helpful if members could let the church secretary know if they would like to attend this service.
  • Good Friday – 19 April at 11.15 am in the church.
  • Easter Day – 21 April at 11.15 am in the church, with a celebration of holy communion.
  • Easter Day – 21 April at 6.30 pm in the church.

Easter Eggs for Bruce House

Our Christmas gift bags and Easter eggs for the young residents of Bruce House have been greatly appreciated. So once again this year we are planning to collect Easter eggs to take over just before Easter. We would like to ensure that all the eggs are more or less the same size, so nearer the time we will provide a sample to show what we’re looking for. Further details will be included in the church notices in due course, but donations should be brought to church by Palm Sunday. Donations of money will also be acceptable.

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.