Dear friends and family of St. Andrew’s
It is that time of year again when so much starts up after a summer away. We are no exception at St. Andrew’s.
September 3rd is the Harvest Festival. There will be a said Eucharist at 10:00 and then the regular eleven o’clock service. Gillian wanted me to remind you that we will need as many on board to decorate the Church on Saturday 2/9 at 9:30 as possible. She will be opening the Church at that time & please bring food, flowers or things to decorate the church! We are having a pot-luck after service on the 3rd so please bring food to share after church 3/9.
As you probably have heard we are going to start up a children’s and young peoples music program as an outreach ministry of our church. The committee appointed Mr. Stephen Craig currently serving as assistant organist at Vasa Kyrka for this enterprise . He is from England and is married with two young children. He plans on doing a Doctorate in Organ Performance and a masters in Choral Conducting at the University of Gothenburg. He has degrees from the University of Wells in England and is a member of the Royal Society of Church Musicians. He specializes in children’s choirs. He played for us on Easter so you will probably remember him from then. More details as things come together.
The choir is preparing an anthem for Harvest Festival which includes children and young peoples voices. Gillian will be working on the piece with the choir on Friday at the first rehearsal starting at 17:00 25/8. On Friday the 1st of September Stephen will be present to work with the children and young people and will accompany the choir on Sunday the 3rd. It is hoped that the children and senior choir would present this piece together. Music will be available at this Friday’s rehearsal and on Sunday.
Finally on Saturday 26/8 there will be a gathering at the Church at two o’clock organized by the Gothenburg Chapter of Democrats Abroad entitled “United Against Hate”. The public is invited for a time to reflect on Racism in Western Culture and this event was particularly motivated by recent events in the United States in Virginia. Music, speakers and personal reflection will be held to raise awareness of racism and its implications. Thank you for your time and consideration to all this. More information on the above will come Sunday during the announcements.
Best David Bruce, Pastor