|The 1950 building|
On Sunday 1st December 2019 (appropriately the first Sunday of the new Church Year: Advent 1) I started a rather unusual Sabbatical. Instead of taking the traditional three-month period away from church life, I’ve opted, instead, to have about twelve Sundays ‘off’ over the coming months. My task, after thirty-two years of standing in a pulpit most weeks, is to attend various churches as a worshipper. To learn again what it feels like to encounter a service not as its planner but as a participant – to get a view from the pew!
So, on Sunday we took the Tube from Amersham to Knightsbridge and walked behind Harrods to the imposing white building that is St Columba’s, Church of Scotland.
|Interior before worship|
We were given a warm greeting by a friendly steward at the door and she indicated the sanctuary was upstairs. The building felt familiar almost straight away. It had that simplicity, yet dignity, I’ve always associated with Presbyterian and Free Churches – an atmosphere not dissimilar to that of Amersham Free Church.
We were handed a printed order of service with notices. Some church officials wore badges and I found this quite reassuring as it felt to me as if they were taking the act of welcome seriously and thoughtfully.
|Order of Service|
|Christmas Services Leaflet|
|I guess the Burns Supper is a big event for a Church of Scotland congregation! We were invited!|