St. Andrew’s has always been a hub for the English-speaking community in the Russian capital. This past year, our Church Council has conducted market research within the expat community and found a thirst for more integration and a greater variety of options for group fellowship. In response, we have launched our new identity – as St. Andrew’s Church and Centre.
We are keenly aware that Christian life is about deepening relationship. We want our lives to reflect our common goal to grow in and through Jesus Christ in all our relationships – with God, ourselves, each other and creation. This is the heart of our approach to mission at St. Andrew’s.
With Christ as the centre, our weekly and annual worship cycles are inevitably the backbone of our mission. St. Andrew’s Church and Centre also hosts the weekly worship of the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy.
Discipleship is also vital. Through use of the Pilgrim course, we seek to establish house groups to learn more about the faith we profess and to live into it. We are working to establish a close-knit family of committed disciples through these cell groups, which support members in their individual and group prayer lives, and also encourage joint creativity and the emergence of new community activities.
St. Andrew’s Church and Centre provides an ever-increasing number of community activities for Moscow’s English-speakers. In addition to the various traditional annual events such as Remembrance Sunday, our Winter Bazaar, Carol Service, fêtes and picnics, St. Andrew’s Church and Centre also hosts ongoing activities, including:
- Concert series organized by the Heavenly Bridges organization
- A community garden project for at-risk individuals, and
- A weekly food programme for pensioners (together with the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy).
St. Andrew’s is also home to local charity and educational projects, including: