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.
Tuesday 23 February There will be no Zoom bible study this week
Wednesday 24 February 7:30 pm Evening Prayer followed by a reflective Bible study and the Jesus Prayer
Thursday 25 February 9:30 pm Night Prayer on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/93335199027
During Lent we will be saying Night Prayer (Compline) on Zoom. We will open Zoom at 9:15 for people to catch up, but close immediately Night Prayer concludes
Sunday 28 February: Second Sunday in Lent 9:00 am Holy Communion
(using the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer) 11:00 am Holy Communion
followed a simple lunch of soup and bread, with donations towards the Bishop's Lent appeal.
Monday 1 March 7:00 pm Charity Pub Quiz
The famous St.Andrews Pub Quiz is back ... so gather your wits, assemble a team and dazzle the rest of us. Proceeds go to Mary's Meals - providing schools meals for kids around the world (which incentivizes the kids to attend school - clever!)
Paddy's Irish Pub and Eatery (entrance in Butyrskiy Val 4)
Tickets 500 Roubles/person or 1500 for table of 4. Dinner included. Tickets from church on Sunday or turn up on night.
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
SOME QUOTES ABOUT KINDNESS
‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Jesus (Mark 12.31)
‘Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.’ Mark Twain
‘You never know what someone is going through – be kind, always.’ Anon
‘When I was young I admired clever people, now that I am old, I admire kind people.’ Abraham Joshua Heschel
‘Kind words can be short and easily spoken, but their echoes can be truly endless.’ Mother Theresa of Calcutta.
‘If you judge people you have no time to love them’ Maya Angelou
‘A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make trees.’ Amelia Earhart
‘A warm smile is the universal language of kindness’ Vin Diesel.
With thanks to David Lane. If you have other things that you think might be included in our weekly update please send them to the chaplain. The editors decision is final!
NEW CHARITY CLOTHES LAVOCHKA
An opportunity to give your beloved items a new life and to provide clothes and funds for those in need. If you would like to look for something different to wear then the lavochka will be open downstairs in room 4 from 2pm to 6pm on Saturdays and is being run by Sasha and Saida. If you are able to donate clothes, please leave them at St Andrew’s either during the week or at the Lavochka on Saturdays.
More information at https://instagram.com/_lavochka_na_voznesenskom...
THE RESTORATION CHALLENGE
The restored west end of the Church. Work was done in 2018 with funds from the City Restoration Programme
Regrettably we did not receive funding from the City subsidy fund for works on the roof in 2021. However, following a meeting organised by the Patriarchate with St Andrew's and the Department of Culture and Heritage, we have been assured of the Patriarchate's support, that we are still in the City Programme, and that we can resubmit plans for funds for work to be done on the roof in 2022.
Our task for this year is therefore to raise funds for the design projects and architects' drawings for both the church interior and parsonage. These are required before we can do any further actual works. Last year, because of COVID, we did not even attempt to fundraise, and our target for this year is $135000.
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.
The 'Daily Prayer' app from the Church of England, which offers morning and evening prayer, is quite long and wordy. Many people are finding that the app Time to Pray is more helpful. It has a shortened form of daily prayer and also night prayer, which can be read or listened to. Try it out by clicking here!
- This is the first full week of Lent. Pray for a good and useful Lent, that we can put aside time to be with God, that we will hear him speaking to us and that we will grow to become more like Jesus.
- Pray for Andrew and Marina who celebrate their wedding at St Andrew's on Saturday
- Pray for Silver, Mari, Helena, Johanna and Kristina as they leave Moscow. Pray that they will quickly settle into life back in Estonia. - Pray for the Anglican communities in St Petersburg and Kyiv, for Maria and Kristina the church wardens. We pray that somehow we may be able to find permanent ministers for both chaplaincies - Pray for Sergei who remains critically ill, and for others in need. Pray for Michele recovering from some slipped disks. - Pray for those who grieve, especially Yulia, one of our organists, after the death of her mother. - Pray for the chaplain on leave this week.
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