Leader and president: The Chaplain
Preacher: The Chaplain
This week we will start to serve coffee again after the service. Please carefully follow instructions.
After the service there will a youth meeting looking at Miracles in the New Testament (speak to Mary or Dan), and the first session of the confirmation group (see below).
People are required to wear masks, especially when singing or speaking the responses, and also to keep social distance. Please make use of the hand gel at the entrance to the church.
The administrator is on leave until the 22nd September.
ST ANDREWS' SUNDAY SCHOOL AT HOME
We do not plan to resume Sunday school in the next few weeks, but 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. We will see how the start of term goes before making any decisions on restarting Sunday school in church.
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.
Today we have a story that Jesus told which we need to think about. At first it looks as if God is not fair. You can read it here in Matthew 20.1-16
But God is not being unfair. Instead God shows love and generousity, when he gives people far more than they deserve.
Here's the sermon for kids page, and also the downloadable activity sheet
CONGRATULATIONS to Mark Buinov who was baptised on Saturday 12th September.
Congratulations also to Ksenia on the birth of Juno on 6th September.
Today we begin our confirmation group. It will meet after the 11am service (although some sessions may be by zoom). If you are interested in finding out more about the Christian faith, about Anglicanism, and how to find faith and to grow in your faith, then this is for you.
We do not know when our next service of confirmation will be. This will depend on when a Bishop is able to visit Moscow. Click here if you would like to find out more about confirmation, or contact the chaplain
Wednesday 23 September 7:30 pm Holy Communion, followed by a reflective Bible study and the Jesus Prayer
Saturday 26 September 12 noon - 5pm St Andrew's work day. We need people to come and help us as we tidy up the garden for Autumn.
Sunday 27 September 9:00 am Holy Communion (traditional language)
11:00 am Holy Communion (with music)
There will be a meeting of the Church Council after the service.
ST ANDREW'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Some photos from 2019
Don has stepped down from being warden, having served for the last three years. We are extremely grateful to him for becoming warden just before I arrived to become the chaplain at St Andrew's, and for all that he has done in his role as warden. I am personally very grateful to him for his support and encouragement, and I am delighted that he will continue as our church treasurer.
The AGM elected Daniel Wamriew to serve as warden together with Dan Culbertson. Again, we are thankful to Dan for all that he has done as warden, particularly getting us through the last few months on the technical side, and doing morning prayer when the chaplain was on leave. And we are grateful to Daniel for being willing to serve as warden. We also expressed our gratitude to Liz Bearman for all she had done as Deanery synod rep, and we voted Giles and Louise to be Deanery synod reps.
We remembered many of the things that happened in 2019 (it seems years ago), and we heard that we were surviving financially. Last year we had a surplus of $40k, and this year we will probably have a deficit of about $40k. It reminds me of the story of Joseph in Egypt when God provided 7 years of surplus to prepare people for 7 years of famine. It is not quite as long period, but we do thank God for his provision. We continue to be grateful for peoples gifts to the church, because this year we are particularly dependent on them. I'm proud that we've been able to continue to pay all our staff - so thank you.
Pat also spoke about the restoration. It looks as if the City will fund some works next year, including the waterproofing of the foundations. That is also an amazing answer to prayer, because it is essential work which needs to be done before we can do the facade and we did not know where the $150k was going to come from in the current situation. Hopefully work on the waterproofing will begin in 2021, and there may also be some work on the facade. The next task for us is to clarify what the City will fund, and raise funds for the design project for internal restoration.
We expressed our thanks to many people for what they have done for St Andrew's and the community in 2019, especially our staff, and in particular to Marina our verger and Dmitry our lawyer. And I am very grateful to God for our partnership in the Gospel.
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
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 no income coming in from concerts or events, and are dependent for everything 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.
HELP US TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU
If you are not on our whatsapp info group (it is just for info, and is not a 'chat group'), and you would like to join, please whatsapp me on 7 925 514 0513.
If you would like to join the facebook community group, please go to our facebook page and ask to join the group.
If you would like to receive this weekly update as an email, sign up here
PRAYER THIS WEEK
The special prayer for this week
defend your Church from all false teaching
and give to your people knowledge of your truth,
that we may enjoy eternal life
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
- Give thanks to God for all the good gifts that God has given us. Pray that we may see what he has given us, learn not to be envious but to be grateful
- Do pray for Vverh as they continue their work with young people brought up in state institutions. Pray for safety for them as they begin a new term in their new location.
- Pray for Mark Buinov, who was baptised at St Andrew's on Saturday
- We give thanks to God for the birth of Juno to Ksenia. Pray for Juno and for her parents.
- Pray for those wishing to find out more about the Christian faith and Anglicanism. Pray for those considering joining our confirmation group
- Continue to pray for those in need: for Iggy, a small child in hospital with seizures, Stas (a child in hospital), and for Ann Farmer
- We commend into God's hands those who have died: remembering Barry Collett and Michael Barry. Pray for their family and friends: especially Pauline and Olga, and Michael's family in the UK.
Религиозная Организация «Англиканская церковь в Москве»
Chaplain: Rev Canon Malcolm Rogers
Wardens: Dan Culbertson, Daniel Wamriew