During Covid-19 lock down it was not possible to meet for our weekly Sunday Worship and we switched to online services, messages and phone calls.
Certainly our missions have suffered. For example the annual pasta night could not take place for Sister Catherine. It used to be the biggest contribution towards Tugwashanye in the year.
The same goes for Dar Teresa which has kindly been helped by the Foodbank Lifeline Foundation over the past months. This help will continue for the moment but we are in need of toiletries, cleaning material and baby/kids food and toiletries. So ... it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring these items instead of foodstuffs for the time being.
Obviously the last months have been a dramatic drain on our budged when it comes to offerings.
This income is vital for the ongoing duties of our community and church.
Even though we have opened our doors and enjoy a Sunday Service we still have a great deficit we need to fill.
We would therefore ask the members of our congregation to consider what their offerings would have been had it not been for the 16 week shut-down and to make every effort to make up that short-fall.
For those who don’t use online banking, there are the “Freewill Offering Envelopes”. Church members are encouraged to put their normal offering aside each week and then give the appropriate amount when buildings reopen.
It is also possible for offerings to be passed on to
c/o St Andrews Scots Church,
210 Old Bakery Street,
Cheques should be made payable to St Andrews Scots Church and please do not send cash.
You can also use the "Donate" button on our website.
In any case please make sure to clarify if your donation is for our Church Fund or put the name of the mission intended.
Continue to keep safe and well and God bless us all as we try to get St Andrew's back to some form of normality.
The Kirk Session.
- use the hand sanitiser provided by the entrance of the church (please have your own if possible)
- There will be no Bibles nor hymns books in the pew
- There will be no singing nor coffee or tea served after the service
- please respect following – no hand shake or hugs
- you will be asked to provide the church with your ID number, address and phone number
Please note “The health authorities have continued to carry out random inspections at public establishments to ensure COVID-19 mitigation measures are being followed"
(Times of Malta)
From the Kirk Session Saturday 28th June
The Kirk Session met this morning and reviewed the response to the questionnaire sent out last week and have concluded that we will not be physically opening the church just yet. We will be keeping this decision under review as regulations change, in the mean time there we be a ca 30 min Worship Service via ZOOM on Sunday the 5th July at 10:30.
After a 15 min break (you will have a chance to make yourself a cup of tea or coffee), at 11:15 you will be invited to join in fellowship from your homes. The link to ZOOM will be shared nearer the time.
We are considering meeting for worship in an open space and we can talk about this at that time.
Please note that our Minister
will not be in the office on Fridays.
From the Kirk Session Saturday 7th June
"In light of the recent announcement by the authorities regarding the lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions, we would like to let you know that preparations are underway for a smooth and safe return to holding services in the church. Further details on the protocols that we shall introduce for returning to worshiping in church will be shared with you at the appropriate time. In the meantime, we take the opportunity to remind you that the daily encouragement and online Sunday Service will remain in place until further details are announced.
We recognise the importance of achieving the right balance between the Spiritual needs, the health, safety, and well-being of our congregation. We are also aware of the challenges that some of our people are still facing. These (and other) issues will be taken into consideration when rolling out our protocols for returning to worship in church. Additional guidance in this respect shall be provided to you all in the coming weeks."
St Andrew’s Scots Church, Valletta
Sunday 31 May, 10-10.30am – Pentecost –
streamed on the Church of Scotland website
and Facebook page
The Moderator will lead a service to mark the birthday of the Christian Church, with contributions from many different places. Like the disciples on that first Pentecost, here is the invitation to step confidently into whatever the future holds. We would like to invite you to make this the service for your congregation on that Sunday, so that as much of the Church of Scotland as possible will be gathered in fellowship and praise.
Mrs Thane set up her laptop in her new church hall for the service and was accompanied by a Presbytery elder who sat two metres away to comply with social distancing rules.
The minister signed an official document and showed it on camera to viewers including Rev Lance Stone, Moderator of the International Presbytery, and Presbytery Clerk, Rev Jim Sharp....
as COVID-19 spreads so does the criminal energy.
New ideas of fraudulent intent are circulating the internet. Some countries report false police officers or health care officials who request admission to peoples homes in order to test water, air or other.
You might receive fake online adverts of COVID-19 treatment kits, "purified water" etc. and other items that do not exist.
Please be aware and be safe
We have opened a new page in our website.
Follow us on "At Home with Jesus" were we post daily prayers, encouragements and other.
In this difficult time many will not be able to meet people and see each other. It is hard to keep up the spirit when we feel isolated.
But together we will overcome this situation with closer contact through phone and social media.
The Lord is good and his love never ends.
We will bring the love and nourishing food from our Heavenly Father to your home.
The spring edition of our quarterly magazine is uploaded on our "Crossroads" page.
Get your daily bred and pass it on by sharing posts, readings, reflections, hymns and, and, and through our website and Facebook group.
Churches are not being closed. Buildings are being closed.
We are the church and we are to remain open!
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 .
For the full article please click the link here
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: email@example.com
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)