Friday 1st March at 3.30pm
It has been the tradition for over 30 years for St Andrew’s Church to join congregations around the world, coming together to celebrate the World Day of Prayer, (note it is no longer Women’s World Day of Prayer as in these more enlightened times we want to include our brothers too).
Our service will be held in Church on Friday 1st March at 3.30pm and we encourage you all to attend and bring your friends and neighbours too. There will be refreshments available in the church hall after the service.
This year’s service is entitled Come – Everything is Ready and has been prepared by the Christian women of Slovenia.
We extend a special welcome to anyone who will help us to lead the worship. If you feel able, please let Anne Lloyd know so that we can familiarise ourselves with the words and music chosen by the Slovenian women.
Finally, if you can provide a cake large or small to share after the service please let Pat Etherington know.
Rear l-r: John Worton-Griffiths (observer); the Revd Mike Graham (Acting Chaplain); John Crothers (observer); Stuart Hillard (Church Warden) Front l-r: Sandy Oram (Church Warden); Anne Lloyd (observer); Jenny Worton-Griffiths (observer)
Delegates and observers from St. Andrew’s returned from a Diocesan Synod which combined business reporting, teaching, and fellowship in an activity packed week in Larnaca.
The theme of the Synod this year was The Five Marks and Liturgy where the Five Marks of Mission were discussed in the context of the Liturgy of the Anglican Communion, of which we are part. These Five Marks of Mission are:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth
Those who attended the Synod were given the opportunity to try different forms of worship from those they were used to, and to report back to group leaders whether they felt these supported the Five Marks.
In addition Synod was blessed by an inspiring speaker in Archbishop Barry Morgan, former Bishop of Llandaff and Primate of the Church in Wales, who gave three talks on Worship and Prayer.
One highlight of Synod was the Diocesan Video whose theme was Rooted and Grounded, showing activities in various parishes and chaplaincies within the diocese which supported the concept of God being the root and ground of outreach into the communities which those congregations serve. Included was the Kurban Bayram initiative caried out by St. Andrew’s.
Home Group meetings will resume at the Lapta home of Richard and Christine Dobbs from Tuesday 12th February for 3/4 weeks at the usual time of 11am.
In this series of studies we shall be learning more about the Lord’s Prayer, its significance, and including prayer more widely and its importance to us and our church.
All are welcome. If interested please contact Richard on 0533 844 996
The re-formatted Thursday morning Holy Communion services at 10:00am each week in St. Andrew’s where, instead of a sermon a discussion is held between those present on a particular topic or scripture reading, has proved to be very popular.
Starting on Thursday 14th February 2019 a more structured discussion will be held in the Hall AFTER the service each week starting at approx. 10:45am. This will take the form of a study of the Epistle of James and is based on a book by the well-known author Tom Wright.
There are 9 sessions in all and, although starting a little early in the year, it will be the Lent Study for 2019. Refreshments will be available during each session.
All are welcome, whether attending the Communion service beforehand or not.
If you would like to attend please bring along a bible and a notepad. Please also let the Revd Michael or Steve Bishop know so that we can make provision for the number attending.
‘Every generation in the church worries, rightly, about people who just glide along, who appear to enjoy what they hear, and yet don’t seem to make any real difference. James faced a similar situation during the very first days of the church. So, it’s not surprising that translating belief into action – making sure that faith is the real thing – is near the heart of his message. That kind of faith, he explains, is the faith that matters, the faith that justifies, the faith that saves. We need that kind of faith today. These nine studies on James’s passionate letter help us to live out a faith that makes a difference.’
MenMeet – January 2019
The newly re-formed St. Andrew’s MenMeet men’s group gathered in the Hall on Wednesday 16th February to hear a fascinating account of the terrible scourge of Ebola which affected Sierra Leone in 2013.
Bob Cowan, the guest speaker at this first meeting, was working in the country as a Cocoa Plantation Manager when the epidemic struck. He described vividly the effects of the disease as it rampaged through the country and his own efforts to help. Illustrated by some of the photographs he took while there, Bob gave the meeting a new insight into the appaling tragedy which hit this and surrounding countries.
Bob’s own bravery and hard work were very evident when he told of his offering of help in the initial, uncoordinated response to the disease.
All came away with a new appreciation of the effect of Ebola in sub-saharan West Africa during that time.
The February MenMeet will gather in St. Andrew’s Hall on Wednesday 20th February at 11:00am. After the meeting those who wish to do so will repair to The George for lunch.
Gordon Hayes and Bob Cowan
Map of Sierra Leone
Bob Cowan at the TFL plantation in Kailahun
The spread of the disease
Kenema Treatment Centre
Ebola treatment centre “facilities”
World Food Program convoy
Bob Cowan received the Ebola medal for his work in Sierra Leone
Christmas Day, 25th December 2018, was a very special day in the life of St. Andrew’s.
Bishop Michael, who had led our worship at the First Communion of Christmas (Midnight Mass) on Christmas Eve, once again celebrated and preached the following day.
In addition he also confirmed Denise Umpleby who had been prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation as part of this earlier group who were confirmed on 21st October. Denise was unable to be present on that occasion but Bishop Michael graciously agreed to confim her on Christmas Day.
Below are some photographs of the joyous occasion.
The congregation listen intently to the preacher
Lynda Hillard leads the reading of the Psalm
John Crothers reads the Epistle
Bishop Michael preaches
Bishop Michael celebrates the Eucharist
Denise is presented for confirmation
Denise is confirmed
Denise and Bishop Michael
A very young Santa Claus!
Saturday 15th December at 11.00 a.m. A Scandinavian Christmas
Thursday 20th December 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon Carols at George’s
Saturday 22nd December 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon Carols at George’s
Sunday 23rd December at 8:00 a.m. – Holy Communion (note that the 10:30 a.m. service is CANCELLED)
Sunday 23rd December at 4.30 p.m. Carols by Candlelight
Monday 24th December at 11.30 p.m. The First Communion of Christmas (Midnight Mass)
Tuesday 25th December at 10.30 a.m. Festal Eucharist for Christmas Day