Frequency of Communion

The Kirk Session has been asked to consider the frequency
with which we celebrate communion here at Crown Court.
Please see the August issue of The Chronicle for the
background to this. The Session has set up a small committee
consisting of Elspeth Gordon, Eyo Oku and Sheila Haddon to
consider this matter and report back at the next meeting on 26
September. Please make your views known to any member of
the committee or email Elspeth on

Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday 13 October

Our Harvest Festival service will be held on Sunday 13 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 publishes a list of items which are acceptable, and this will be circulated with the church notices nearer the time of the Harvest Festival. Items should be unopened and undamaged and have a “best before” date at least three months away.

And once again this year we will also give some of what we collect to the young homeless residents of Bruce House. As members will be aware we have been renewing our contact with the facility at Bruce House which is run by Centrepoint. So far we have provided them with goodie bags at Christmas and Easter eggs, but they also maintain a “store cupboard” of non-perishable foodstuffs, toiletries etc which can be used to help residents in an emergency. We will also circulate a list of the sort of items which would be useful to the residents so that you can organise your shopping in good time.

Minister’s holidays

The Minister will be on holiday for the whole of the month of August. Pastoral care during that period will be provided by Reverend Alistair Cumming (07534 943986). However, any issues should be referred in the first instance to your elder, or to the Deputy Session Clerk, Elspeth Gordon, on,  or the Church Secretary, Sheila Haddon, on 020 7836 5643 (Wednesday and Thursday only),or

Christian Aid

On Sunday 28 July, Kathy Childress, the Regional Co-ordinator for Christian Aid, will speak for 10 minutes at the end of the morning service about how the funds which we raise for Christian Aid are used.  Please do come and hear what she has to say.

Tercentenary Events still to come

It’s hard to believe that we’re already half-way through the Tercentenary Year! And what a year it’s been! The anthem composition competition was a resounding success, and the Celebration Service on 24 March surpassed all our expectations, with an absolutely packed church and many old friends present. Then there was the triumph of the Tercentenary Ball at the Caledonian Club on 3 May, which was thoroughly enjoyed by 100 guests, and which raised £5,000 for Borderline and Christian Aid.

Over the next few months we will be welcoming back a number of former Ministers and Assistant Ministers as guest preachers:

7 July: Reverend Malcolm Duff, former Assistant Minister
1 September: Reverend Stanley Hood, former Minister
29 September: Friends Sunday: Reverend Timothy
Fletcher, former Auxiliary Minister
20 October: Reverend Melvyn Wood, former Assistant
17 November: Reverend Sigrid Marten, former Minister.

And we still have these exciting events to look forward to:

Sunday 21 July: Garden Party in the Martlett Court Garden after the morning service. Food and refreshments will be provided, and we hope that members and visitors alike will join us just across the Court.

Saturday 14 September: A Tercentenary concert at 7.30 pm in the church by Ensemble Hesperi, telling the story of the founding of Crown Court through 18th century chamber music and readings. Featuring our own Mary-Jannet Leith (recorders) and Thomas Allery (harpsichord), with Magda Loth-Hill (violin) and Florence Petit (cello). The concert will be followed by a reception in the hall.

Saturday 19 October: Tercentenary Ceilidh at 7.30 pm at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street. Dancing to the Frank Reid Dance Band. Food and refreshments will be provided. Further information will be available in due
course about the price of tickets and other details.

Ignite Theatre

Members may recall the visit a few years ago by Ignite Theatre from Glasgow, run by Aileen Ritchie, sister of Alex.  They are in London again on Wednesday 26 June, when they will be showing films written and directed by the young people during the year at Twentieth Century House, Soho Square, W1D 3AP, from 5 – 6 pm.  There will be two short fiction films, and a piece called “What gives me strength” which was performed in Glasgow last year as part of the European Games.  All are welcome.

Guest Preachers

The guest preacher on Sunday 7 July will be Reverend Malcolm Duff, who was an Assistant Minister here in the days when we were fortunate enough to have an Assistant Minister to help the Minister.  He is the second guest preacher who has accepted our invitation to preach during the Tercentenary year. 

We look forward to welcoming Reverend Stanley Hood on 1 September, Reverend Timothy Fletcher on Friends Sunday (29 September), Reverend Melvyn Wood on 20 October  and Reverend Sigrid Marten on 17 November.

Local Church Review Saturday and Sunday 13/14 July

The Local Church Review (LCR) takes the place of what used to be known as Quinquennial Visitations by the Presbytery to congregations. The LCR Team will be led by Reverend Andrew Anderson, of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, together with Dr Hilary Boyle, Session Clerk of Guernsey St-Andrews-in-the-Grange, and Mrs Sheena-Jane Clark, elder at St Columba’s, Pont Street.

On Saturday 13 July the team will meet the Minister at 12 noon, and this will be followed by a meeting with the Kirk Session. On Sunday 14 July, Reverend Anderson will preach at the morning service, and this will be followed by a meeting with the congregation.

The purpose of the Review is stated on the Church of Scotland website as follows:
The object of the review by members of the Presbytery is to give encouragement and counsel to the congregation; to facilitate the congregation in setting out their priorities and plans for at least the next five years; and where anything unsatisfactory is found in the state of the congregation or not in accord with church law and order they shall give advice or take supportive or remedial action.

This is an important event for our church, and we look forward to a good turnout that weekend.

Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Event

This event will be held in Trafalgar Square from 12 noon until 6 pm on Sunday 9 June.  There will be live music, and a service from 4 pm – 6 pm featuring leaders from many denominations, including Archbishop Justin Welby.  Further details are available on their website.