St. Andrew's Malta

        An International Church for all Christian Denominations 
        A union of the Church of Scotland & the Methodist Church


News & Events 
2020

March

Dear All

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




UPDATE:

We have opened a new page in our website.

Follow us on "At Home with Jesus" were we post daily prayers, encouragements and other. 




Dealing with COVID19

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!

“He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will protect and defend you”
Psalm 91:4

News so far:

  • At this moment we are not celebrating a Divine Service on Sundays in our church. 

  • We will share messages, prayers, hymns, readings, meditations and other on our website and on Facebook. 

  • The Annual Congregational Meeting later this month has been put on hold.

  • The induction of Rev. Betsi Thane on the 19th April is also on hold.


January

High Commissioner at the General Assembly 2020

Prince William appointed as Lord High Commissioner to the 2020 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Church of Scotland website, 25 January, 2020
For full article click here
 

About our new Minister 

Article from the Church of Scotland website 

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



 

May




April

Easter Season at Saint Andrew's


Passover Meal on Maundy Thursday 18th April 
in the church hall.

Good Friday service at 10:00am

19th April, 
Sunrise service on Easter Day April 21st April 
6:30am in Upper Barrakka Gardens 
followed by 
Bring & Share Breakfast in church hall

Service of Holy Communion at 10:30am



March

Lent activities

The International Presbytery of the Church of Scotland invites you to join in this years Lent activities on their Prayer Page. 




Annual Congregational Meeting 2019

The members of the congregation are invited to our Annual Meeting on Saturday 23rd March
at Saint Andrew's church hall.

A Lent lunch will be prepared at 12:00 noon.
The meeting will start at 1 p.m.

                   

                            2018

December


October

 

May

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.

 

April

A great performance of 

The 

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! 

 

March

 

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:  kim.hurst@methodist.org.uk

February

CHARITY CONCERT


Guitar Emotions

with

Ayman Jarjour


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.

 

News & Events 2017

December

***Christingle Service***


You wonder what this is?


A Celebration with singing, candles, oranges and more.

Join us

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 

"The Foodbank"

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 

these missions.





November

 

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.


Another interesting article with regards to "The Foodbank" 

*********KNZ propose to tackle food shortage; Foodbank Malta commentsEmma Sammut on 1 November, 2017

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.........*********


To continue reading this article please click here

October


29th October

********Special Sunday Service********

We were celebrating the anniversary of 500 years Reformation and 160 Years of Saint Andrew's church building. 
After Diana Nye was welcoming guests and congregation 
Rev. Westmoreland talked about the interesting life of Martin Luther and the reformation. 
Later on we heard about the history of Saint Andrews and Rev. George Wisely. 

Photo: 
Diana Nye, Elder of Saint Andrew's
Rev. Colin Westmoreland,  retired Minister of Saint Andrew's Rev. Kim Hurst, Minister
Rev. Karl-Heinz Ulrich, Pastor of the German Saint Andreas Community
(left to right)


 
 

Friday, 20th of October 2017

Our heartfelt thanks to 
THE SOON GOSPEL CHOIR.
It was great to have them with us. 

You can view a little video if you click here.    



September

        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. 




August


The autumn edition of our 

magazine "Crossroads" is out.

To read it online please click here




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.


June



May


International Presbytery 2017 
Rotterdam

At the last Presbytery meeting the idea was brought up a to establish a blog on the website to encourage and facilitate prayer.
Rev. Irene Bom, "Worship and Prayer Promoter", has created such blog, it is called  "Prayer Matters". 

You can read more about this the link below:
Christians Together in Malta

Ecumenical Service for Pentecost

Thursday 1 June at 6.30 p.m.

Parish Church of the Holy Trinity in Marsa

Preacher Rev Kim Hurst






Trinity Church,
Balbi Street, Marsa
Annual Pasta Night
The Charity Pasta Night was a great success. With dishes from Malta, Greece, Libya and Bavaria, dainty vegetarian meals and delicious deserts all tastes where more than satisfied. The evening was rounded up with raffles and other.
An email from Sr. Catherine from Zambia was red and photos of students and graduates were passed around.
With various donations the amazing sum of 2380 Euro was achieved!!!!!!! Guys, you are marvellous!
 
April
Last Friday. the 21st of April 2017 we had the honour to welcome Church Music Director, Composer and Choir Master Matthias Boehlert. 
He came to visit us during his 2017 tour.
Matthias's programe us to a journey through the life and works of
Georg Philip Teleman, one of the greatest composers in the baroque period. 
Thank you Matthias for your compassion and your art. You have given us an excellent performance, The concert was honey for the soul.
The choice to play the programe in different tunes was showing the great talent of Matthias.
The generosity of the audience proofed their fascination. 

Over 480 Euros can be send to our sister church St Andrew's Presbyterian Church of Scotland in Rome. 
From there the money will help the victims of the earthquake in central Italy in October/November 2016 and January 2017.


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


February

More news about "The Foodbank"
Our Minister Rev. Kim Hurst was interviewed by 
"Times of Malta" Senior Journalist Kurt Sansone for
"Times Talk" 
Follow this interesting video (click here) and get more information on our Mission pages. 



January 

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)