ScotsCare appeal for volunteers

ScotsCare, the charity for Scots in London, is seeking to recruit more Blether Buddy volunteers to provide companionship and support to older, isolated and vulnerable Scots living in London.  Further details are on the ScotsCare website, and do contact Louise Davies on 020 7230 3718 or email  if you are able to help

Prayer & Pub

Every Thursday evening the Swiss Church in London (79 Endell Street, 020 7836 1418) holds a prayer meeting from 6 – 6.30 pm, followed by a chat at The Crown pub from 6.45 pm.  All are welcome to join them.  Further details are available on their website.

London Open House

A huge thank you to those who took the time to organise, act as stewards and serve refreshments last weekend.

During the nine hours our doors were open we welcomed a total of 184 visitors, who thanks to your efforts and enthusiasm will have gone away with a superb first impression of Crown Court.

Well done to all!

Christmas Market – Saturday 23 November

Image of a cherubThis year’s Christmas Market will be held in the hall on Saturday 23 November from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm.

We’re going to introduce a few changes to the Market this year, but fear not, our famous jams, preserves, home baking and tablet will be on sale as usual, together with hand-made craft items and plants.  There will be games and competitions with prizes and a much-increased version of the ever-popular lucky numbers stall.  There won’t be any soup for lunch this year, but tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits and ploughman’s lunches will be available throughout the day to make sure no-one goes hungry.

Please put the date in your diary and come along to support this event in the church calendar.  In due course we will be looking for people to help man the stalls, serve refreshments, contribute baking for the cake stall and the teas, hand out fliers in Covent Garden Piazza and any other tasks that need to be done.  And if you have any other ideas for the Market, please contact Janet Dowswell, or speak to the Church Secretary.

Fund-raising for Borderline

Borderline’s Chief Executive, Willie Docherty, will be joining the Sunday Mail Centenary Fund team and participating in the Great Scottish Run half marathon on Sunday 6 October to raise funds for Borderline.

You can sponsor him by donating to Borderline online at  Alternatively you can sponsor the Sunday Mail Centenary Fund team online at  Donations made via this web site will go towards the Sunday Mail Centenary Fund and will be divided between Borderline and 16 other charities.

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.  This year we are asking members of the congregation to bring gifts or money to support two charitable organisations, one working in Africa and the other closer to home, here in London.

The charity working in Africa is Send-a-Cow, and for this we would ask you to give donations of money.  There will be two opportunities to do this: on Harvest Sunday and also at the quarterly communion services on the previous Sunday, 6 October.

 The charity working in London is the Westminster Night Shelter Project, and for this we are seeking tangible gifts on Harvest Sunday.  The items needed are:

  • Toiletries (for men and women)
  • Warm socks (for men and women)
  • Tea, coffee and sugar
  • Jars/tins of sweets (eg Quality Street, Roses).

Your support will be greatly appreciated.