This year is the 20th anniversary of Borderline, the charity which supports homeless and insecurely housed first and second generation Scots in London.  The congregation has been generous in its support of Borderline over the years.  Most recently Chris Majcher raised over £600 by running in the Edinburgh Marathon, and we donated half the proceeds of the stall in Covent Garden (£165.05) to the charity.

On 3 October, Willie Docherty, Chief Executive, will be running in the Loch Ness Marathon in support of Borderline.  There is a sponsorship form on the notice board in the hall so please sign up to support him in this effort.  You can also sign up for the 300 Club by setting up a regular standing order.  For more information call Ross on 020 7240 3718

Charity Registration and New Committee Arrangements

Good progress is being made in the process of registering the church as a charity, and the Session has agreed the new committee structure and appointed conveners as follows:

Stewardship and Finance: Douglas McNeill

Outreach: William Duguid

Education and Development: Kirsten Howie

Fabric: Sheila Haddon

Pastoral: Rev Philip Majcher

Secretariat: Alan Imrie.

The Conveners are now putting together their committees and agreeing terms of reference and reporting arrangements.

In addition, the Session has appointed Peter Esslemont as Deputy Session Clerk.  We are very pleased to welcome Peter to this new rôle and wish him every success.

Stall in Covent Garden Piazza

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to the success of our stall in the Piazza last Sunday.  We raised a total of £330.10, which will be shared between the Aburi School Project and Borderline.  In addition to raising money, we also raised the profile of the church, as many folk asked questions about the church and commented fabourably about the quality of our produce.  Well done everyone!

Covent Garden Anniversary Celebrations

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday 18, 19 and 20 June Covent Garden is celebrating the 180th anniversary of the Market Building.  As part of these celebrations, we are planning to take a stall in the Real Food Market on the Sunday.

This will be great publicity for the church, and will also contribute to our outreach into the community.  But in order to make the most of the opportunity, we will need people to man the stall, as well as donations of home baking and preserves to sell.

So if you have any time to spare and/or are able to offer home baking etc, please contact the church secretary or add your name to the noticeboard in the church hall.

The proceeds of the stall will be shared between the Aburi School project and Borderline.  Please give as generously as you can of your time and talents to support the church in this venture.

New Bibles

The new bibles which will be used for readings in church from now on are the New International Version.  A number of extra copies, price £10, are available for purchase by members of the congregation who would like to use this version at home.  If you would like to buy a copy please see the Church Secretary.

Christian Aid Week

An intrepid band of charity collectors will soon be out in force raising funds for this worthwhile charity.  Are you able to join us?  We will be collecting at tube and mainline stations in the City and the West End on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 May.  Morning and evening slots are available and can be tailored to fit in with your availability.  If you think you can help by collecting or counting money, add your name to the list in the hall, speak to Peter Esslemont at church or contact the church office.

Centenary Appeal

We originally set a target of £75,000 for the Appeal, but the treasurer is delighted to report that over £80,000 has been raised.  The total includes £1,000 from the Flower Festival, £1,300 from the sale of paintings, more than £2,400 from the sponsored cycle ride  and £3,300 from the Summer Ball.  We also received £2,000 from the Murray Napier Fund and £3,000 from the Friends of Crown Court, as well as many individual donations from members of the congregation.

Expenditure on the various refurbishment projects came to around £100,000, and whilst it was always intended that part of this cost should be met from reserves, the Appeal Fund will remain open during 2010 for those who would still like to make a donation.

Donations under the Gift Aid scheme

Visitors who are UK taxpayers are invited to make use of the yellow Gift Aid envelopes which are available both in the pews and at the back of the church.  Completed envelopes may be placed in the offering plate.

Art for Scottish Charities

An exhibition of paintings by Tim Cockburn is being organised for The Caledonian Society of London by Caledoniart, Scottish Contemporary Art. There are 13 original paintings and 100 limited edition copies of “The Old Toast”. You can buy a signed limited edition print of this painting for £25.

All profits will go to The Caledonian Society’s nominated charities, ScotsCare and The Royal Caledonian Schools Trust. Caledoniart is waiving all commission from sales. See the Caledoniart website at for further details.