Our church has opened wide the doors and, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, says to you...
The Kirk Session is very grateful to Armstrong Waste Management Ltd & South West Environmental Action Trust Dumfries (SWEAT) for the grant of £5,000 which has allowed us to insulate the loft area of our church.
Dedicated Redevelopment Project Page
Following the awareness sessions that were held on 24th and 26th May 2022, a dedicated page has been set up on the St Andrews Church website to provide the community with updates relating to the St Andrews Church Redevelopment Project. There you will find information and explanations about the plans, details on how you can help support the project, and updates from the site once the work begins. You can access this special page from the green button at the top of the website homepage or by clicking here. Please keep checking back on the Updates page for all the latest information.
Online Prayers for India
As a follow-up to the online event "Prayers for India", organised by EMMS International on 26th September, please find the prayer points below:
• For the safe travel of our staff
• Trust and relationship to be continually built with Communities
• Vulnerable families and communities to be identified continually
• Staff at work to have mutual respect for each other and communities
• Team to work where everyone is needed , valued and strengths used maximally
Shared from Home Energy Scotland:
Warmer Homes and Energy Bills Advice Day
Thursday 1st September, 10:00 - 16:00
Moffat Town Hall
Are you worried about rising energy bills and heating your home? Come along to our Home Energy Scotland free advice day, we'll give you impartial advice and information on:
* reducing your energy bills
* grants and funding
* making your home cosier
* helping someone that you look after
* greener travel
* renewable home energy
We'll be joined by other local organisations who can also offer help and support.
Home Energy Scotland is the free and impartial energy advice service funded by the Scottish Government. We're here to help - we don't cold call and we don't try to sell you anything.
General Assembly 2022: Special Supplement
Life and Work has once again published a FREE four page General Assembly Special Supplement for 2022 that can be viewed here.
In addition to the supplement, a General Assembly report will feature in the July issue of Life and Work magazine. Anyone that is not a subscriber and interested in this particular issue can purchase a single print or digital copy here. The July issue is published on 17th June 2022.
Dowding Memorial Service
St Andrews Church would like to thank those that attended the recent Dowding Memorial Service. Below are some photographs showing the lovely turnout.
Faith Impact Forum
Sharing a letter from Faith Impact Forum about how Church of Scotland Presbyteries and Congregations can support the people of Ukraine at this time.
Homes for Ukraine
We have been asked to share the information below from our Dumgal Council colleague as they have been receiving many calls to ask about Ukrainian Home Scheme:
Homes for Ukraine’ Scheme Launches
UK individuals, charities, community groups and businesses can now record their interest in supporting Ukrainians fleeing the war through the government’s new Homes for Ukraine scheme.
The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, has today (14 March 2022) launched a webpage for sponsors to record their interest, ahead of Phase One of the scheme opening for applications this Friday.
The Homes for Ukraine scheme will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the UK.
Phase One of the scheme will allow sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian or a named Ukrainian family to stay with them in their home or in a separate property.
Record your interest on the Homes for Ukraine webpage
Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove said:
The courage shown by the Ukrainian people in the face of devastation caused by the invasion of their great country is nothing short of remarkable.
The United Kingdom has a long and proud history of helping others in their hour of need and our new Homes for Ukraine scheme offers a lifeline to those who have been forced to flee.
I’m asking people across our country who can provide a home for Ukrainians to consider being sponsors.
Local Government Association Chairman, Cllr James Jamieson said:
The humanitarian crisis caused by the Ukraine invasion is heart-breaking. Councils are ready to help new arrivals from Ukraine settle in the UK and to support communities who wish to offer assistance to those fleeing the devastating conflict.
Councils will be central in helping families settle into their communities and access public services, including schools, public health and other support, including access to trauma counselling.
Sanctuary Foundation Director, Dr Krish Kandiah said:
In 1939 the people of the UK opened their hearts and homes to children fleeing from the Nazis and we look back on that ‘Kinder Transport’ as an act of culture-defining hospitality. With the invasion of Ukraine the largest refugee crisis in Europe since the second world war is unfolding.
I welcome with great enthusiasm the UK government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme. Sanctuary Foundation has already had over 7,000 pledges of sponsorship and I stand ready both personally and professionally to be part of this extraordinary welcome of Ukrainian refugees.
Co-Director of Reset Communities and Refugees, Kate Brown said:
We warmly welcome the introduction of a way in which communities in the UK can open their doors to welcome those who so urgently need help. We have seen that, when communities come together to welcome those seeking sanctuary, they can make a huge impact, transforming the lives of so many whilst offering safety to those who need it.
Individual sponsors will be asked to provide homes or a spare room rent-free for as long as they are able, with a minimum stay of 6 months. In return, they will receive £350 per month.
Those who have a named Ukrainian they wish to sponsor should contact them directly and prepare to fill in a visa application, with the application launching on Friday 18 March.
Charities, faith groups and local community organisations are also helping to facilitate connections between individuals, for potential sponsors who do not have a named contact.
Ukrainians arriving in the UK under this scheme will be granted 3 years leave to remain, with entitlement to work, and access benefits and public services.
Applicants will be vetted and will undergo security checks.
For more information or to record interest visit the Homes for Ukraine webpage. Sponsors will be kept updated on the scheme.
Office address and general enquiries
2 Marsham Street
General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000
New hall booking system
We have a new system available for booking the Church Hall. To enquire about renting the space, please visit the "Bookings" tab of this website and fill out the enquiry form - the hall convener will get back to you as soon as possible. The new "What's On" calendar below may also be useful to you in seeing what the Hall availability is like on your chosen date(s).
A new way to donate
We would like to introduce you to a new method for giving financial donations to St Andrew’s Church. This is not to replace free-will offering envelopes, standing orders or direct debits that are already set up, but is an additional, convenient way for any other donations to reach the church.
To donate, either scan the QR code below using the camera on your smartphone, or click on the poster on the left to go directly to the donation page.
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...
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
We are a Church of Scotland congregation situated in the beautiful market town of Moffat, in Southwest Scotland.
We are delighted to have the linked Parishes of Kirkpatrick Juxta and Wamphray affiliated with our congregation in Moffat.
We are delighted to welcome you to join us for our weekly worship at 11.15am each Sunday.
A very warm welcome awaits all.
The children are a treasured part of our congregation, as well as the wider community here in Moffat.
St Andrew's Church offers a range of regular and one-off events for all ages and interests throughout the year.
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.