The Chronicle

In January 1919 the first issue of the Crown Court Chronicle was published, and in our archives we have every issue in bound volumes from then until Christmas 1962.  We then have individual copies of the magazine for 1963, 1964 and 1965, after which there is a big gap until February 1981.  From then until February 1998 we have copies of a number of issues for each year, but we don’t know if this is a complete set.  After that, we have copies of every issue up to the present.

With the three hundredth anniversary of the founding of the church on this site coming up in 2019, it would be wonderful if we could fill at least some of the gaps in our collection of the church magazine, which is a fascinating record of the life of Crown Court since 1919.  We would therefore be most grateful if longer standing members could instigate a search of their lofts, understairs cupboards and other hidey holes to see if they have any lost copies of the magazine lurking there which would help to fill the gaps in our archives.

And to come back to the present, the next issue of The Chronicle will be published on Sunday 27 August.  The Editorial Board welcomes articles and items of interest from members, so if you have something you would like to contribute, please send or give it to the Editor, Sheena Tait, by Sunday 13 August.  Sheena is in church most Sundays, and she can also be reached on

Concerts in the church

This year’s concert series has been going very well, with a number of excellent concerts given by very talented performers.  If you haven’t yet been able to get along to one, do make every effort to attend some of the remaining concerts: you’re sure to have a great evening!  Admission is free, with a retiring collection.

Saturday evening concerts at 7.30 pm

 1 July               Jon Gjylaci, guitar

5 August           London Mandolin Ensemble

2 September     Kelly Mathieson, soprano

7 October         Susana Gilardoni Mirski, soprano

Wednesday lunchtime concert at 1 pm

 26 July             Colomb Street 5, Wind Quintet

Minister’s holidays

The Minister will be on holiday from 1 – 24 August.  Pastoral care during that period will be provided by the ministerial team at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street.  However, any issues should be referred in the first instance to your elder, or to the Session Clerk, Peter Esslemont, at, or the Church Secretary, Sheila Haddon, on 020 7836 5643 (Wednesday and Thursday only), or

Open Church

This year it has been decided to concentrate our efforts in opening the church on two days instead of three.  From Tuesday 13 June until the end of August, we will open the church to visitors from 12 noon until 3 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.   We need to have two people on duty at all times, so if you are able to help please speak to Margaret Ross.

500 Years of the Reformation – Events in London

Image of Martin LutherOn 31 October 1517, an Augustinian friar named Martin Luther nailed to the door of a German church 95 theses that challenged the malpractices of  sections of the Roman Catholic hierarchy.  Little did he know that his ideas would shake Europe to its very foundations and change its history for ever.  A series of events is planned across the continent to remember that episode in Christian history, and to reflect on its influence on our society as an extensive movement of reform.

Here are details of what is happening in London:

Sunday 7 May at 3 pm at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, EC2N 2HA:

A Cantata by J S Bach on period instruments with the City Bach Collective.

Saturday 10 June at 8 pm at the French Protestant Church of London, 8 – 9 Soho Square, W1D 3QD

“The French Protestants from dark times …. to Soho!” – exhibition and talk.

Sunday 2 July at 4 pm at St Katharine’s, the Danish Church in London, 4 St Katharine’s Precinct, NW1 4HH

“Listen to the clouds” – a meditative afternoon service with contemplative music, readings, hymns and reflection.  Refreshments will follow after the service in the garden of the vicarage.

 Sunday 27 August at Lumen United Reformed Church, 88 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RS

details to follow.

5 September to 31 October at St George’s German Lutheran Church, 55 Alie Street, E1 8EB

German Protestants in Great Britain – an exhibition.

Thursday 14 September at 6 pm at St Anne’s Church, Dean Street, W1D 6AF

Evensong: Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer with singers from King’s College London

6.45 pm: Lecture – “The Reformation and the reform of Anglican liturgy” by Rev Keith Riglin, Assistant Priest, Chaplain, King’s College London.  Followed by a cheese and wine reception.

Sunday 1 October at St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, SW1X 0BD

4 pm: “The Scottish Reformation in pictures and music”

5 pm:   Evening service followed by tea and Scottish shortbread

Friday 27 October at 1.15 pm at St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, SW1X 0BD

Lecture:  “What does it mean to be Reformed today”? – Professor David Fergusson, Principal of New College, the School of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh.

Tuesday 31 October at 12 noon at Westminster Abbey

an ecumenical service.

Sunday 12 November at 10.50 am at St Olav’s Church, 1 Albion Street, SE16 7HZ

A Remembrance Sunday service followed by lunch, a joint Norwegian and Finnish Church event.

Friday 1 December at 6 pm at The Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Dockhead, SE1 2BS

“ A Service of remembrance and fellowship”.

Church Lunches

We have a crisis relating to the provision of church lunches.  Over the past few weeks, with the exception of Friends Lunch on 7 May, and the special baptismal lunch on 28 May, lunches have been provided by the same two or three people.

We cannot maintain this much valued service unless more people are prepared to volunteer to take a turn at providing lunches on a more regular basis.  Marlene Tyler, the Lunch Convener, is doing lunches on Sunday 11 June, so please speak to her if you need more information on what is involved, or sign up on the rota – there are plenty of gaps!