Church Organisations

As summer holidays become a distant memory, church organisations begin anew their programme of activities.  The Guild meets at 12.15 on the first Wednesday of each month from October to June, and the Rambling and Social Club ceases to ramble and instead socialises on some Saturday evenings.  Details of the events are included in the church notices and on the notice boards in the hall.

The Choir meets for practice every Wednesday evening at 7.15.  As well as preparing anthems for Sunday services, the choir will also be getting in training for other events in the autumn: Harvest, Remembrance, the Moderator’s visit, and Christmas.

All three groups would welcome new members, so why not give one or all of them a try – you never know, you might enjoy it!

London Open House weekend Saturday and Sunday 17 and 18 September

We are participating in London Open House weekend again this year and, as ever, we will need volunteers to act as stewards in the church, and to help with teas in the hall.  Our opening times are 11am to 5 pm on Saturday and 2 pm to 5 pm on Sunday.  If you can spare any time to help on either of these days, please sign up on the sheet on the hall notice board, or contact the Church Secretary or the Promotions Convener, William Duguid.

Is the Bible relevant in today’s world?

Poster for King James Bible debateAs part of the world-wide celebrations to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, join us as we debate “Is the Bible relevant in today’s world?” on Tuesday 18th October at 6.30pm in Crown Court Church.

The panel for this discussion will include Revd Rosemary Lain-Priestley, author and broadcaster; Elaine Duncan, Chief Executive of the Scottish Bible Society and Rikke Juul, students’ chaplain at Imperial College, London.

The debate will be followed by refreshments in the church hall.


New DVD on the bookstall


Image of DVD coverThe Book that Changed the World

The extraordinary story behind this most extraordinary of books, the King James Bible.  Acclaimed actor John Rhys-Davies (Lord Of The Rings, Indiana Jones) leads us back into a darker time to discover this fascintating tale of saints and sinners, power and passion, as the greatest translation of Holy Scripture emerges into a world and culture that would never be quite the same again.


(RRP £13.99, Amazon price £12.99)


Revised car parking charges

Westminster Parking Review

Westminster Council met on 1 August to consider the review of parking controls and has agreed to implement a series of changes on an experimental basis for a period of 18 months.

Crown Court and the surrounding streets where most of us park are in Zone G, which is affected by all the changes.  The main changes which will affect members of the congregation  are as follows:

  • From Monday to Saturday the existing controls will be extended until midnight (they currently stop at 6.30 pm)
  • From Monday to Thursday the tariff between 6.30 pm and midnight will be reduced to 50% of the standard tariff
  •  On Sundays controls will be introduced between 1 pm* and 6.30 pm at the standard tariff.

It is anticipated that these changes will be in place by December 2011.

The standard tariff in Zone G is £4.40 per hour.  Parking can be paid for by phone, using a credit or debit card, or by using parking cards.  In order to pay by phone, you have to register with Westminster Council.  Further information on how to do this is available on the web site:  Parking cards to the value of £2.20 or £4.40 can be purchased from Westminster Libraries or one-stop shops.

*The report which was considered by the Council recommended that controls should start at 12 noon, but the information posted on the web site after the Council meeting states that the Council decision was to implement controls from 1pm.

The Book that changed the World

George Buchanan & the Young King James © Copyright Brian Vass

After the morning service on 7 August there will be an opportunity to view the DVD of  The Book That Changed the World – the story of the King James Bible (run time 90 minutes) – on the new screen in the hall.

Enquirers’ Class

In the autumn the Minister will be running a class of enquiry for anyone interested in joining the church.  This will be held on a Saturday in the church hall.  If you would like to join the class, please give your name to the Minister or the church secretary.