Christian Aid Week

An intrepid band of charity collectors will soon be out in force raising funds for this worthwhile charity.  Are you able to join us?  We will be collecting at tube and mainline stations in the City and the West End on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 May.  Morning and evening slots are available and can be tailored to fit in with your availability.  If you think you can help by collecting or counting money, add your name to the list in the hall, speak to Peter Esslemont at church or contact the church office.

Centenary Appeal

We originally set a target of £75,000 for the Appeal, but the treasurer is delighted to report that over £80,000 has been raised.  The total includes £1,000 from the Flower Festival, £1,300 from the sale of paintings, more than £2,400 from the sponsored cycle ride  and £3,300 from the Summer Ball.  We also received £2,000 from the Murray Napier Fund and £3,000 from the Friends of Crown Court, as well as many individual donations from members of the congregation.

Expenditure on the various refurbishment projects came to around £100,000, and whilst it was always intended that part of this cost should be met from reserves, the Appeal Fund will remain open during 2010 for those who would still like to make a donation.

Donations under the Gift Aid scheme

Visitors who are UK taxpayers are invited to make use of the yellow Gift Aid envelopes which are available both in the pews and at the back of the church.  Completed envelopes may be placed in the offering plate.

Art for Scottish Charities

An exhibition of paintings by Tim Cockburn is being organised for The Caledonian Society of London by Caledoniart, Scottish Contemporary Art. There are 13 original paintings and 100 limited edition copies of “The Old Toast”. You can buy a signed limited edition print of this painting for £25.

All profits will go to The Caledonian Society’s nominated charities, ScotsCare and The Royal Caledonian Schools Trust. Caledoniart is waiving all commission from sales. See the Caledoniart website at for further details.

Annual Business Meeting

The annual business meeting of the congregation will take place in the hall after the morning service on Sunday 21 March. In addition to the usual reports from the Kirk Session, Business Committee and church organisations, there will be further information relating to the registration of Crown Court as a charity.  So do come along to make sure that you keep up-to-date with progress.

Easter Cards

We have some lovely Easter cards for sale – hand made by two members of the congregation.  You can find these on the welcome desk/bookstall next to the piano in the hall downstairs.  So do have a look at the cards when you go downstairs after the service.

Church Spring Clean

This year, just for a change, the church spring clean will take place in the spring!  Saturday 27 March is the date, so put the date in your diary now and start looking out your marigolds and your oldest clothes!  We will start at around 9.30am, but you will be welcome at any time, even if you can only manage an hour or two.  Cleaning materials and lunch will be provided.  Come and join in the fellowship and make a valuable contribution to the life of the church.  And remember – the toilets will be much easier to clean this year!

Car parking – Sunday 21 February

For those who drive to church, Bow Street will be closed to traffic and parking in Russel Street and the surrounding area will be suspended all day on Sunday 21 February because the BAFTA Awards are taking place at 5.30pm in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

The Westminster traffic wardens are very vigilant so please be careful where you park.  A parking fine costs £60 if you pay within 14 days, and £120 thereafter.