Published on23 January, 2020
Delight as three friends ordained into ministry on same day
Three friends who carved out successful careers in caring professions are today being ordained as Church of Scotland ministers.
Dr Sonia Blakesley, a former GP, is being inducted into St Mark’s Oldhall Parish Church in Ralston, Paisley.
Louise Purden, a former family support, youth and community worker, is the new spiritual leader at Bonnyrigg Parish Church in Midlothian.
Betsi Thane, an ex-school teacher and social worker, is being ordained at West Kilbride Parish Church in Ayrshire.
The 51-year-old will soon be inducted as the new minister of St Andrew's Scots Church in Valletta, Malta.Betsi Thane, Dr Sonia Blakesley and Louise Purden.
The women became firm friends while training for the ministry with Dr Blakesley and Mrs Thane studying together at Trinity College at the University of Glasgow.
Mrs Purden, whose father Rev John McPake is a retired Church of Scotland minister, attended New College at the University of Edinburgh.
The women said they were “excited” and “looking forward” to embarking on their new journey .
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This year the 8th Charity Pasta Night took place in the hall of Saint Andrew's.
What has started ones in the home of the hosts Marie and Norrie Alexander has become now a main event in the life of our church.
With the help of many busy hands and the dedication of some extra volunteers
the evening was a great success.
A huge THANK YOU to all who worked hard to make this a remarkable evening.
The incredible sum of 2000Euro has been raised
for our mission partner in Tugwashanye, Zambia.
A great performance of
London Welsh Rugby Club
Male Voice Choir was given to a thrilled audience.
With gratitude and appreciation we say Thank you very much to each and every member of the choir.
Great thanks also to the audience.
Through tickets and donations we were able to raise the sum of 1000 Euro!
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
The meeting will be included in our 10.30am Act of Worship on Sunday 18th March. Please pick up your copy of the report booklet and read it before the meeting.
Any Questions to be passed to Kim or Diana by Friday 16th.
To apply for the vacancy below please use the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The long awaited return of guitar virtuoso Ayman Jarjour took place in St Andrew’s Scots Church in Valletta on Saturday 10th of February.
A good turnout on what had been a day of high winds and torrential rain reflected the virtuoso’s reputation.
Since it was Carnival weekend in Valletta Mr Jarjour took the liberty of beginning with an encore much to the delight of the audience and he left us guessing the composer as he launched into Villa Lobos.
The repertoire itself, began with J.S. Bach’s Prelude from the 2nd Lute Suite followed by Variations on a Theme by Mozart composed by Spaniard Fernando Sor.
Three pieces dedicated to parts of Spain ( Asturias, Granada and Cadiz ) written by Isaac Albeniz followed and the evening was brought to a close with three pieces, again with a strong Spanish theme, composed by Francisco Tarrega.
The pre-concert encore seemed forgotten as the assembled audience cried out for another and we were not to be disappointed.
Given the blustery weather those who braved the storm were most certainly not disappointed that they had made the effort and those who preferred to stay at home missed a wonderful evening of the highest quality.
A big thank you to the organizers but most of all a huge word of appreciation to Ayman Jarjour himself for giving up his time to give us this excellent recital.
The monies collected went to the mission fund of the church and in particular to the Tugwashanye mission in Zambia.
You wonder what this is?
A Celebration with singing, candles, oranges and more.
on Christmas Eve and find out.
The service will start
at 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Choral singing
from 5:30 p.m.
The donations on this evening brought 320 Euro which will be shared between
and the Presbytery project "Club Hope" in Algiers.
(More on our mission pages)
Our heartfelt thanks to the Choir of the National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieha for the hard work
and also to our guests for their compassion towards
Elders at Manresa
From the 3rd to the 4th November the Elders went for an overnight stay at Manresa Retreat House in Gozo.
Led by a busy agenda, the time was well utilised.
The gravitas of being a family in church revealed again and again.
And this was exactly the strong feeling each one had on the way home.
In recent years, Malta has faced a national food wastage situation. A recent announcement in one of our local newspapers discussed the possibility of Malta’s only food bank shutting down. In response to this epidemic of sorts, Kunsill Nazzjonali taz-Żgħażagħ issued a press release on the 30th of October, calling for both a legislative.........*********
Friday, 20th of October 2017
We send our best wishes and many blessings to
Caroline and Mikael
who celebrated their wedding in the
beautiful Ta Pinu church in Gozo.
It is great indeed that the Bishop of Gozo and
the Priest at Ta Pinu Church supported us this way.
Rev. Kim said:
"It was an amazing experience."
It was a great day for Rev. Kim Hurst and all of us at Saint Andrew's too.
Because it was the first weeding that had been held in Gozo.
Refurbishment at Saint Andrew's
Our Sunday services will take place in the church hall until the work is finished.
We shall be back to normal Sunday the 13th, latest Monday the 14th of August.
CORRIE TEN BOOM travelled the world after World War Two sharing a remarkable story of forgiveness after she and her family members were sent to prison and concentration camps for sheltering Jews and others in their Haarlem house, featured in the book and the film, The Hiding Place. The film “The Hiding Place” will be shown on
Tuesday, 4th April at 18.30 in St Andrew’s Church Hall.
Romkje Fountain served as Corrie’s secretary as a young woman and often shares about lessons learned from her about forgiveness and trust in God through difficult times. You can hear Romkje on:
SUNDAY, APRIL 9 - 19.00: EVANGELICAL BAPTIST CHURCH, MOSTA
TUESDAY, APRIL 11 - 18.30: ST ANDREWS SCOTS CHURCH, VALLETTA
Holy Week & Easter Services
Palm Sunday 9th April
10.30am All Age Worship
Maundy Thursday 13th April
6pm Passover Meal
Good Friday 14th April
10am Good Friday Service
Easter Day 16th April
6.30am Sunrise Service
Upper Barrakka Gardens
followed by shared breakfast at Church
10.30am Easter Family Communion
6.00pm Easter Holy Communion – Manresa, Gozo
We are truly grateful to The Times of Malta for publishing an article regarding "The Foodbank" of Saint Andrew's this January.
"Valletta foodbank risks closure as supplies dry out
Majority of those seeking support are Maltese families facing financial difficulties" (click here).
If you like to know more about this mission please see our Mission Pages or go to "The Foodbank" website (click here)