An advocacy group for the children of our congregation, which plans and coordinates Underchurch, the Sunday morning programme for children. In addition, the Children’s Ministry Group works to provide curriculum materials and support for a dedicated team of volunteer teachers. The group collaborates with the clergy in planning special occasional liturgies throughout the year such as the popular Christingle Service at Christmas and the Underchurch Children’s Eucharists.
This group coordinates all communications within the life of the congregation, including the management of the website and social media, the bi-weekly e-letter and the quarterly magazine.
Plans, coordinates and supports learning opportunities for adults, ranging from the monthly “Second Sunday Forum” with guest speakers, to the Wednesday Morning Book Study to seasonal Lenten study or spirituality groups, and periodic house groups for discussion on a wide-range of topics. The group collaborates with our ecumenical partners, Greyfriars Kirk and Augustine United Church in offering occasional shared programmes.
Provides oversight for the management of the church’s finances, support for the Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer and serves as a source of advice and counsel for the Vestry.
A small group which gathers quietly and discreetly each month to lift up in prayer those from within and outwith our congregation who have requested prayers.
Coordinates the planning for all worship and music at St. Columba’s, including the Sunday morning service, St. C’s@Six (the last Sunday evening of each month), Christmas, Holy Week and mid-week and special services.
Coordinates efforts to reach out beyond the walls of St. Columba’s to our neighbours near and far, as expressions of Christ’s compassion and hospitality, justice and mercy. Encourages and helps to facilitate volunteer opportunities in collaboration with our ecumenical partners, Greyfriars Kirk and Augustine United URC in providing Parish Meals and the monthly Nitekirk. Also maintains various avenues of support for our close neighbours in the Castlecliff Hostel which is for those awaiting permanent housing. Manages the church’s outreach grants through the Home & Overseas Fund.
Meets periodically for mutual support for all who are actively involved in the ministry of pastoral care, in on-going conversation about “best practices”, home and institutional visiting, appropriate boundaries, confidentiality and the protection of vulnerable adults. On a practical level, the group coordinates visiting schedules as needed, and provides transport for those unable to get to church on their own.
The St. Columba’s Resources Co. Ltd. is the facilities management company which maintains the buildings and hall lettings on behalf of the Vestry. The Company Directors provide oversight and planning with the help of a Building Group appointed by the Directors which looks after our buildings on a day to day basis.
In addition to formal groups, other volunteers maintain the garden, arrange the flowers for Sunday services, organise community social events, parties, and meals; and monthly walks. The annual ‘Big Clean’ gathers many from our congregation for the sprucing up of our spaces followed by a festive lunch. In short, almost everyone at St. Columba’s does something!