Art from the Outer Hebrides

"Glen Miavaig" by Gareth Watson
Glen Miavaig Gareth Watson

An Exhibition from the Isle of Lewis

This exhibition showcases the work of two Isle of Lewis artists, Gareth Watson (watercolour) and Jane Harlington (mixed media).  It will take place in the Apothecary Gallery, 33 Greyhound Road, Hammersmith, London W6 from 11 October to 21 November.  Please check with the gallery for opening hours.

Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday 9 October 2011

The morning service on 9 October will take the form of all-age worship, with the children participating in the service.

At both services we will be collecting basic necessities for the St Mungo’s Project based in Endell Street.  St Mungo’s is a charity which runs a number of projects to support vulnerable people at risk of homelessness, offering high support accommodation and specialist care to ensure that people at real risk of sleeping rough do not end up on the streets.  They also offer support and practical assistance to help people move from a housing project to their own home.

The following items would be very much appreciated by the charity:

Basic toiletries: shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, disposable razors, shaving soap

Items for winter: warm socks, hats, gloves, scarves (unused, please)

Non-perishable foodstuffs: teabags, coffee, sugar, pasta, rice.

There will also be a retiring offering at both services in support of the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for East Africa.  The congregation has already shown great generosity in an earlier offering for this cause, giving a total of £499.95.  But the crisis continues, as over 10 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan have been left in need of food, water and emergency healthcare because of one of the worst droughts in 60 years.  Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Somalia because of drought and conflict and parts of the country are now afflicted by famine.  So it seems particularly appropriate that, as we celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving and praise God for his goodness to us here, we should remember those who are suffering in other parts of the world.

Your support for both these worthy causes will be greatly appreciated.

Westminster Parking Review

Please see the notice board in the hall for information on the outcome of the review of parking controls recently carried out by Westminster City Council.

On the pink sheet there is a questionnaire about the possibility of changing the start time of the morning service as a result of the introduction of parking charges from 1 pm on Sundays.  If you have not completed a questionnaire, please do so on Sunday 18 September and hand it to the church secretary or an elder.

The results of the survey will help to inform the discussion about the timing of the service at the Kirk Session meeting on 22 September.

Scotland’s Islands Exhibition

"Dark Island, Taransay from Harris" by Erni Upton
"Dark Island, Taransay from Harris" by Erni Upton

Caledoniart’s new Scotland’s Islands exhibition is a celebration of Scotland’s Islands and forms part of the Scotland’s Islands festival.  The exhibition features the work of ten of Scotland’s finest contemporary artists: John Lowrie Morrison (Jolomo), Jamie Hageman, Alan Anderson, Mike Healey, Fiona Macrae, Willie Fulton, Robert Kelsey, Laurence Broderick, Vega and Erni Upton.

There will also be a selection of Iona Silver jewellery.

This is one of the few festival events taking place outside of the Islands and gives people the opportunity to some of the stunning scenery of the Scottish Islands without the associated travel.

The exhibition runs from 26 September to 1 October; open 10am-8pm daily Monday – Friday; limited viewing 10am-4pm on Saturday 1st October; at the Air Gallery, 32 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4 NE.  Entrance to the exhibition is free.  The nearest tube station is Green Park.

The full exhibition will be available to view at from 12th September.