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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR UPDATE
We wish you God's peace, joy and protection this Christmas, and a New Year that brings the fulfilment of your deepest hopes and dreams.

SERVICES OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD

Sunday services, midnight communion and the Christmas day service will be live streamed on our facebook page, or the home page of www.standrewsmoscow.com
 
Click here for orders of service
Sunday 20 December 
11:00 am Holy Communion
(followed by Youth group)


Wednesday 23 December
7:30 pm Holy Communion 

God our redeemer,
who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of your Son:
grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,
so we may be ready to greet him
when he comes again as our judge;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Christmas Eve 'Midnight' Communion
10:30 pm Holy Communion

This service is ticket only

Tickets can be obtained by signing up in church on Sunday 20th, or by emailing the administrator from Monday 21st December
Eternal God,
who made this most holy night
to shine with the brightness of your one true light:
bring us, who have known the revelation of that light on earth,
to see the radiance of your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Christmas Day 
11:00 am Holy Communion for all ages

 

Almighty God,
you have given us your only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him
and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:
grant that we, who have been born again
and made your children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Sunday 27 December 
11:00 am Holy Communion
(followed by Youth group)
Almighty God,
who wonderfully created us in your own image
and yet more wonderfully restored us
through your Son Jesus Christ:
grant that, as he came to share in our humanity,
so we may share the life of his divinity;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Sunday 3 January
11:00 am Holy Communion

 

Almighty God,
in the birth of your Son
you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word,
and shown us the fullness of your love:
help us to walk in his light and dwell in his love
that we may know the fullness of his joy;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Sunday 10 January (Baptism of Christ)
9:00 am Holy Communion (traditional language)
11:00 am Holy Communion


Wednesday 13 January (anniversary of the consecration of St Andrew's)
7:30 pm Holy Communion 

Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
There will be no live streamed Morning prayer over the Christmas holiday from 25 December till Monday 11 January.

ST ANDREWS' SUNDAY SCHOOL AT HOME

 
Our Sunday school is currently not meeting, but we will try to provide sheets  to occupy children during the service, and we will also try to involve them a bit in the services.
There is, however, an area for small children in the chapter room (the room next to the church), but they need to be accompanied and we ask you to bring toys along with you. 
December 20
ST ANDREWS YOUTH GROUP

A group for those aged 18 - 30, that usually meets after our 11am service on Sunday.
If you want to know more about youth meetings contact Mary
A REVIEW OF 2020
The following is a brief review of 2020, and please forgive me where I have omitted someone or something that I should have included. 

Despite COVID, or maybe because of COVID, there have been many things at St Andrew's to give thanks for over the past year.

We are grateful for the fact that we have been able to continue having services in St Andrew's throughout the year and for the discovery of online church and zoom bible studies. We've had zoom coffee, Sunday school, children's skit, quiz and bible studies. Because of zoom we have been able to join a virtual Archdeaconry synod and Diocesan services. The Archdeacon was able to 'visit' us and preach virtually, and Bishop Robert joined us for a bible study. We began to live stream morning prayer and included a 'what have I just read' section. We had special (online) services to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and for Ascension day, and have been able to adapt so that we could celebrate Remembrance Sunday and the Carol Service in person. We've been able to discover and use people's musical abilities: Emma Marie, Yukta, Hilkka, Dima and others have played during our services, and I think that I am correct in saying that Nicolette has not missed one service since the beginning of lockdown and has been our singing voice. We also thank God for the work we were able to do on the garden during lockdown, removing one of the greenhouses and re-turfing the back garden. Sadly we had to take down the fir tree in the courtyard, which had grown too large. In summer the new space has meant that we have been able to create a lovely flowerbed, but it is certainly missed now that winter has come. 
Vverh, who have used St Andrew's as a base for over 20 years, found a new home in March, and we have new opportunities for making use of our building. On restoration, we were given the hope that the waterproofing and damp-coursing will be paid for by the City Restoration fund, releasing us from the need to fundraise over this past difficult year. In the meantime the necessary paperwork has been done in order to apply for a subsidy for 2021 although, as always, there are complications. We are particularly grateful to Pat and Dmitry for all that they have done in this area. We created a temporary chapel downstairs and work is currently ongoing on turning room 10, under the sanctuary, into a chapel. We had a successful fire inspection. The new organ, although not completed, is now working and was first used at the carol service.

We are also grateful that we had sufficient money to continue to pay all our staff over the year, and also to support a number of people who were in need during lockdown and subsequently. In 2019 God gave us sufficient reserves to sustain us for this year (it is a bit like Joseph's 7 years of plenty before the 7 years of famine). But we continue to be dependent on your generousity for the provision of the mission and ministry at St Andrew's.
While we were not able to have a summer fayre or Christmas bazaar, we did have a special choral evensong celebration to mark the 135th anniversary of St Andrew's consecration, a pancake party and a socially distanced BBQ to mark the end of lockdown, and both actual and online pub quizzes. We have celebrated Bala and Enewa, Mark and Dina's baptisms. In the last few months we have been able to run a confirmation group, the youth group has continued and we began a liturgy study group.

We were delighted to hear that Olga Fabrikantova-Burke, one of our 'alumni' was appointed chaplain of Trinity College, Cambridge, and ordained in October. Two of our congregation, Mary and Dan, are currently exploring the possibility of ordination, and we pray for Josh and Nina and their family who left Russia in July. Josh is now in training at Cuddesdon to become a vicar.

We've celebrated the birth of baby Mark to Lev and Vasilisa, Emma to Olga and Tom, Audrey to Mattie and Tyler, Juno to Ksenia and Roman, Raphael to Josh and Nina, and Anna to Ben and Tatyana; and we pray for those families.


We said goodbye to a number of people who left Moscow this year: the Hills, Hallpikes, Josh and Nina and family, Mark Willson and Hilkka. Several of our congregation left for the US and are waiting for permission to return. Do pray for Mattie and Tyler, for Miriam and Angela. Liz Bearman is taking a year out, working as a volunteer at a retreat centre in Lia Gård, Norway. 

We thank God that when we grieve we do not grieve without hope. Many have lost relatives and friends, but we particularly commend into God's care Dima Pankov and Michael Barry, both of whom occasionally worshiped at St Andrew's.
ST ANDREW'S NEW ORGAN
We used the new organ for the first time at our carol service.
The organ was built by the German company Rohlfing-Kreienbrink in 1790, and restored in 1958. It has 34 registers and more than 2500 pipes. In 2016, the organ was purchased by Heavenly Bridge and brought to St Andrew's.
It is being installed by Ignatiy Izotov, chief organ master at the Zaryadye concert hall, and Vladislav Yodis, chief organ master at the Tchaikovsky concert hall.
Click here to find out how to give to St Andrew's
We now have the facility for people who wish to make a gift in Rubles (RUB) via Sperbank. If you have an account with Sperbank there is no commission. If you use another bank there may be a small commission. Please use the QR code below.
 

BIBLE STUDY FROM THE BIBLE PROJECT


In this update we look at the word Love 

Click here for the study
Click here for a link to Bishop Robert's Christmas message
READING IN CHURCH AND LEADING INTERCESSIONS
 
If you are already on the rota for welcoming, reading or leading intercessions, the sign up sheet is available here.
We need people to welcome, read and lead the intercessions at our services. 
if you are currently not on the rotas, and would like to be on the rota, please email Giles

PRAYER THIS SEASON

- Give thanks to God for this past year that - despite the unpredictability, isolations and separations, hardships, sickness and even death - God is our rock and is the one unshakeable in our lives. Thank him for his presence in the unexpected good things that have happened, and for his presence with us when we have gone through the difficulties and the pain. Thank him for those who have turned to him during this time. Thank him that nothing can separate us from his love and for the hope that all things work for the good of those who love him. 
-  As we look to 2021, we pray for hope for people, especially for those who have been crushed by the events of this year. We continue to pray for the restoration, for the setting up of a second hand clothes exchange, and for Glen Ruffle who, God willing, will be joining us at St Andrew's as a curate. We pray that we may be able to soon open the doors to more people as we seek to regrow our congregation. 
- Pray for our world and political leaders. Pray that people will listen to the child who came to bring peace. Pray that leaders and people will have the courage to pull barriers down rather than build them up. Pray that the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to see how much the Father loves us and has forgiven us, and what he intends for us. Pray that we may be given the grace to accept and forgive each other.
- Pray for the restoration project particularly as we submit documents requesting funding for work on the roof. Pray for our need next year to find about $150k for the next stages of the work. 
- Continue to pray for the fight against COVID, for those working on the vaccines and those serving in hospitals. Pray for those who are sick, particularly those severely ill, and also for those suffering because of economic hardship caused by the crisis. 

- Many people have died in 2020, some from COVID and some from other causes. We give thanks to God for those who we love and we commend them into his hands. We particularly remember Michael Barry, and continue to pray for his widow Olga. We thank God for the hope of eternal life that we have in Jesus. 
 

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St Andrew's Moscow
Voznesensky Pereulok 8/5
Tel (Administrator): 7 (925) 682 7148
administrator@standrewsmoscow.org

Verger: Marina Putrenko
Chaplain: Rev Canon Malcolm Rogers
Wardens: Dan Culbertson, Daniel Wamriew


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