Our church has opened wide the doors and, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, says to you...
Notice is hereby given that the Vacancy Procedure Committee of the Presbytery of Annandale & Eskdale proposes to allow the congregations of Kirkpatrick Juxta linked with Wamphray linked with Moffat St.Andrew’s to follow the protocol agreed by the Commission of Assembly on 7th July :
Section 22: Preaching by Nominee: public worship may be conducted by any means which enables all those entitled to vote in the election to see and hear the nominee conduct the same act of worship including by means of a live stream or through recorded media made available by any appropriate means, or by a combination of the two;
Section 23: Election of Minister and Section 24: Ballot Procedure: the vote may take place by those physically present (if any) completing a hard copy of a voting paper and those not, completing and posting or hand delivering a hard copy of a voting paper; the arrangements made shall ensure secrecy of the ballot while maintaining verification of eligibility to vote;
This action will proceed unless at least four persons, who are either communicant members of this congregations of Kirkpatrick Juxta Wamphray and Moffat St Andrew's or full members of Presbytery, together or separately submit to the Presbytery Clerk a request for this proposal to be considered at the next meeting of the Presbytery. Any such request must set out the relevant reasons. You should submit any such request in writing to Rev William C Hewitt Annandalefirstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 3rd August 2020. If four valid requests are received, then the permission to use the Vacancy Protocol will be suspended and the approval of Presbytery will be required.
William Hewitt Presbytery Clerk
Very Rev Bill Hewitt
Presbytery of Annandale and Eskdale
The Presbytery of Annandale and Eskdale is a component element of the Church of Scotland, Scottish Charity Number SC0011353
Statement on Sole Nominee
Our Nominating Committee for Kirkpatrick Juxta, St Andrew’s and Wamphray Parish Churches is delighted to announce that we have invited Mrs Elsie Macrae to preach as sole nominee and that she has accepted the invitation. Mrs Macrae has recently completed her probation at MacDuff Parish Church in Moray. Arrangements for her to preach as sole nominee will follow in due course.
Following the latest government guidelines, the Church will now be open for private prayer on Sundays, 11am - 12.30pm
Moffat St. Andrew’s Church Doors may be Closed but their Hearts and their Funds are Active
❤️ Christian Love in Action ❤️
Like all churches, at present because of Covid 19 and sensible Government regulations, the doors of St. Andrew’s Church remain closed but that has not resulted in a lack of action. The Gospel message is not just about preaching the Word it is about living the Word and putting the Word into action and the main Word is Love. Jesus commandment is to “Love one another.” Covid 19 has produced a huge upswelling of love in our Community, Nation and World demonstrated by Christians, people of other faiths and people who profess to have no faith but actually live the message.
St. Andrew’s Church like all other Churches is facing a financial crisis with its doors closed it is experiencing a big drop in weekly giving and it cannot organise the usual fund-raising events it normally does to supplement earning. Despite all this it sees “love in action” in the wonderful work that the Town Hall Trust is doing in reaching out to the housebound and those in need in our community, some of whom are St. Andrew’s Church members. Some of our elders and members of our congregation are supporting the Town Hall with donations and as volunteers but many of congregation are unable to do so as they are in their “golden years”. However, the Elders have decided to use money from a legacy and church funds to put love into action by giving £10,000 to The Town Hall Trust to support the provision of meals, food parcels and other essentials.
Normally in May the Church supports Christian Aid by organising a door to door collection and fund raising events. This year that was impossible. The issues that Christian Aid deals with have not gone away there is still drought, hunger, war, poverty and a lack of human rights which need to be addressed. Just like the need in our community there is still great need in our World Community. So, from the same legacy and church funds the Elders have decided to contribute £5000. Love in action is at the heart of the Christian message and we are keen to share that love at home and abroad.
St. Andrew’s Church Session is sure that the congregation and the people of Moffat will continue to support the Church in the future. They long for the day when the doors of the Church can be flung open again and all will be welcome to come in and join them in a service of Thanksgiving, Praise and Remembrance. It may seem incongruous to some that we are giving money to these causes at a time of falling income, but we feel we must answer the need. At the same time, we are working in a variety of ways to improve our income stream and your support in this area is very much appreciated.
At present if you feel in need for spirituality and worship why not join us and enjoy our weekly service. We are online at our website https://www.standrewsmoffat.org/recorded-services. The service also goes out in paper form to more than 30 people each week. We also have a weekly posting of activities for children and youths to keep them busy and a “Thought for the Week” and Music in our “Drop in Thursday” (https://www.standrewsmoffat.org/online-activities). We are in the process of considering an online Prayer Group and Bible Study We continue to carry out pastoral work by keeping in touch with lots of folks who are housebound, lonely, bereaved, or troubled. You can contact the Pastoral Care Team through Jeff Brown on 01683 220475 or 07841073259. We are here to listen and help.
We are very grateful to those members who have switched their offerings from envelopes to Bankers Orders as this has improved our regular income during this period of lockdown. If any other members would wish to discuss this alternative method of giving or have any queries regarding their Freewill Offerings, please contact Adam Anderson 01683 221164 or Anne Sanders 01683 222850.
We are not closed we are alive, well and full of Christian JOY - Jesus Others Yourself which we want to share with all. God bless!
WELCOMING YOU HOME
To all who are weary and seek rest; to all who mourn and long for comfort;
to all who struggle and desire victory; to all who sin and need a saviour;
to all who are idle and look for service; to all who are strangers and want fellowship;
to all who hunger and thirst after righteousness; and to whomsoever will come;
our church has opened wide the doors and, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, says to you...
HELP US TO SPREAD OUR
LOVE AND FAITH
Let us build a house where prophets speak, and words are strong and true,
where all God's children dare to seek, to dream God's reign anew.
Here the cross will stand as witness and as symbol of God's grace; here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:
All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.