Scenes from the Mercy Window from St Mary's, Bury St Edmunds. Eight panels depicting (from top right) Jesus healing a blind man, feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, Jesus feeding the 5000, visiting those in prison, clothing the naked, giving drink to the thirsty, healing the sick.
Please note that because the chaplain will be leaving to visit the Anglican Church in St Petersburg today after the 9am service, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 9am and a service of Morning Worship, without communion, at 11am
12.30 pm Groups after the service Confirmation group Youth group This week the group will continue to think about prayer, and next week it will look at Advent: what does it mean, how we celebrate it and how the liturgy changes during this time. Liturgy group (not meeting till next week, 29 November)
Refreshments will be served after the service and there will be the opportunity to buy Advent Calendars, cards and other items that would have been sold at the Christmas Bazaar
Our Sunday school is currently not meeting, but we will provide sheets and a take away bag (with craft and snack) 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.
Calling St Andrew's children and young people! Sheep or goat? Can you tell them apart? In the story we are looking at today from Matthew 25.31-46, it likens Jesus to a shepherd and people to the sheep and goats, and He can tell them apart! Read it through and use the Sermons for Kids link below to help you to understand more of its meaning for us.https://sermons4kids.com/sheep_or_goats.htm
Wednesday 25 November 7:30 pm Holy Communion, followed by a reflective Bible study and the Jesus Prayer
Sunday 29 November Advent Sunday 9:00 am Holy Communion (traditional language) 11:00 am Holy Communion
Saturday 28 November
It is with great regret that the Christmas bazaar, planned for 28 November, has had to be cancelled, following the latest restrictions from the City. We are however still planning to sell Christmas items: Advent calendars, mince pies, Christmas puddings, cards and crafts etc after the services on Sundays.
UPDATE ON RESTORATION
On Wednesday, St Andrew's was visited by Wendy Morton, the UK Minister for Europe and the Americas, together with the ambassador. She met with Ivan, our architect, and Alexei, our contractor. We are about to submit plans to the City to request funding for the next phase of the restoration project, for the roof. Plans to submit an application for work on the damp proofing etc. have had to be put on hold, because they involve interior work, and we have been told that funding for that is dependent on us having an internal design project for St Andrew's. We hope that in 2022 the façade work can take place at the same time as the damp proofing. Our new restoration challenge is therefore to raise $150k, which will enable us to commission both the internal design project for St Andrew's and, along with that, to fulfil the requirements of the City authorities, during 2021 we also need to draw up plans for the restoration of the parsonage.
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
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARVEST GIFTS
On Thursday Louise and myself were able to take our gifts of food collected to the Salvation Army. Thank you to everyone who has given.
The Bible Project
The Bible Project is an amazing free resource to help us understand the Bible, and in particular the big picture and the big themes of the Bible. They have videos and overviews for every book of the Bible. And you can sign up for weekly bible study emails that are suitable for groups or for individuals - Learn More
BISHOP OF EUROPE'S ADVENT APPEAL
We are aware that there are many cases of serious need here in Moscow, but it is also good to remember that people - and fellow Anglican Christians - are suffering throughout the world because of COVID. If you are able to help support the Bishop of Europe's appeal, please do so - especially because the Diocese supported the Bishop's appeal in Advent 2017 by giving our kitchen.
The Bishop writes: The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt communities throughout the world. Many communities are not equipped with even the most basic of hygiene and sanitation facilities, and lockdown measures have increased economic hardship in the poorest communities with people unable to work. We are raising funds to support virus prevention and emergency relief for vulnerable communities throughout our Anglican family.
The Anglican Communion Fund (ACF) has already begun responding to COVID related needs, allocating over £180,000 across 21 provinces of the Communion. The ACF is supporting the Church in its ministry, providing food relief to the vulnerable, communicating ways of staying safe from the virus, and providing handwashing facilities and PPE.
In the South Sudanese Diocese of Maridi, an ACF grant provided food items, soaps and seeds to over 200 pastors and lay-readers and provided bicycles and hand microphones for pastors to carry prevention messages into remote areas. Speaking of the support, Bishop Moses Zungo said, “You held our hand during our most trying moments.”
A grant from the ACF supported the provision of food, drinking water, hygiene equipment and medicines in Mexico in the wake of COVID-19. Photos (The Anglican Church of Mexico provided by ACF).
How you can donate to the Bishop in Europe’s Advent Appeal 2020:
“Advent Appeal 2020”.
Diocese in Europe Board of Finance Office
14, Tufton St
London SW1P 3QZ
By bank transfer:
Account number: 40317039
Sort code: 20-06-13
IBAN: GB16 BUKB 2006 1340 3170 39
- Give thanks to God for the work of the Salvation Army among those who are homeless or who have no income, and pray for them in their work - particularly during COVID.
- Pray for the Anglican community in St Petersburg; for Maria the church warden, for Michael and Annes as they conduct services, and for the chaplain as he visits the chaplaincy this Sunday. Pray for encouragement.
- Pray for the restoration project particularly as we submit documents requesting funding for work on the roof
- Pray for St Andrew's playgroup, for Louise and the staff and the children; pray for safety. - Pray for those in need: including Volodya our guard. Continue to pray for Suresh Rose's father. - Pray for those who grieve, especially for Steffi
GIVING TO ST ANDREW'S
THANK YOU very much to those who have given via yandex or in other ways.
At the moment we have limited income coming in from concerts and events, and are dependent on your donations. You can give on Sundays, or via the chaplain, or direct at https://moscowanglican.org/roubles/
If you would like to give through Yandex on our website, you will need to fill in the form on the first page, stating how much you would like to give, your phone number, name (if you wish), citizenship, email address, and then say what you would like the donation to be used for. Please do write in English or Russian that it is a Donation and that VAT does not apply. You can copy and paste the Russian words in quotation marks if you wish.
The only boxes that you need to fill in are the amount you would like to give, your telephone number, and we would ask you to state that this is a donation and that VAT does not apply.
You then press the last button and will be taken to the Yandex payment page.
This is what the Yandex payment page looks like. In this example, the donor has said above that they would like to give 1000 roubles. You can either pay by bank card, yandex money or even via Sperbank telephone.
Please note that Yandex take a commission of 2.8%, so if you are giving a large sum, do get in touch with us to see if there are other ways of donating.
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Религиозная Организация «Англиканская церковь в Москве»
Verger: Marina Putrenko
Chaplain: Rev Canon Malcolm Rogers
Wardens: Dan Culbertson, Daniel Wamriew