Tuesday 8 December
6-7pm Carols for Christian Aid in Trafalgar Square (under the Christmas Tree)
Come and help us sing and collect money for this good cause – your help will be particularly needed this year as we have a change from our usual weekend date and some people may be unable to attend. We also hope that as many as possible of our usual supporters from St Columba’s, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church and the American Church will be able to come along. So please do your best to come if you possibly can and swell the glad sound or shake a can and swell the collection for Christian Aid.
Sunday 13 December
11.15am – All-age worship
6.30pm – Evening service
Friday 18 December
7.30pm Choir Carol Concert with audience participation and seasonal refreshments in the interval.
Sunday 20 December
11.15am – Morning service with baptism
6.30pm – Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
11.30pm Watchnight Service
11.15am Christmas Day service with communion
Our celebrations to mark the centenary of the present building came to an end with the Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday 29 November at which the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend William Hewitt, was the preacher.
We have had many wonderful events: the Burns Supper in February, the Centenary Ball and Edinburgh to London cycle ride in June, the picnic in Hyde Park in July, the Flower Festival in September, the Calvin Lecture in October, and finally the Christmas Market and Thanksgiving Service in November. And during July and August we lived through the refurbishment of the toilets and the hall floor – a trial at the time, but very much worth it in the end!
None of this would have been possible without a great deal of hard work by many people. So our thanks must go to everyone who contributed in any way to the success of the year: to everyone who gave money to the Appeal; raised money in a variety of different ways; helped to organise the various events; grew flowers, begged or borrowed greenery; created floral displays; helped with stewarding; baked cakes, made jam, served lunches and teas, served at the stalls at the Flower Festival and the Christmas Market; and helped in a myriad of ways, seen and unseen, to make our centenary year a year to remember – a real Crown Court triumph!
Christmas cards, 2010 desk calendars and tote bags are available for sale at the welcome desk in the hall. The calendar shows pictures of the various events of our centenary year and the Christmas card reminds us of our wonderful flower festival. Be sure to buy yours now while stocks last!
The celebrations to mark the centenary of the present building culminate at the Centenary Thanksgiving Service at 11.15am on Sunday 29 November.
We are delighted that the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend William Hewitt, has agreed to preach the sermon at the service, and will also dedicate the new pulpit fall commissioned by the Kirk Session to mark the centenary. This white fall, which will be used at baptism and communion services, has been designed and executed by Janet Dowswell. The choir will sing a special anthem commissioned for the centenary, composed by Charlotte Hill.
The service will be followed by lunch in the hall, at which there will be an opportunity to meet the Moderator.
This will be a joyous occasion for all and we hope that as many members and friends as possible will be able to be present at the service.
To have your Christmas Greeting to all your friends at Crown Court included in the next issue of the Crown Court Circular, send your greeting together with your payment of £2 to the Church Secretary by Wednesday 25 November at the latest. To contact the Church Secretary phone 020 7836 5643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org