It’s hard to believe but it is ten years ago this week since we started what has become the Havilah Project! None of us knew back then what it was going to become. These were very humble beginnings and the name ‘Havilah’ hadn’t been thought of (see Genesis c2 if you want to know the origins of the word!) Now of course, the project runs out of its own purpose-built premises, employs staff and is open every weekday – with the sole purpose of serving men and women to support them to break free from addiction. And the great news is that many have set out on that road to recovery and have indeed become free to live life in all its fullness!
On Thursday 25th August, we’re hosting a special evening celebration to give thanks for all that has been achieved and to commit ourselves to the next stages of the journey. It’s an exciting time for Havilah and for St. Andrew’s Church and we invite you to come along to share in our special celebration.
At St. Andrew’s we are always looking at different ways to help people engage with the church. We have invested time and money into broadcasting our Sunday services live across the world for all to see. We are very grateful for all the feedback that is received. Several people who watch our live service have contacted us complementing the quality of the live service so much that they feel part of the congregation – so much so that when the offering is being uplifted in the church sanctuary people at home have also wanted to contribute. Well, now you can!!
With help from JustGiving and Vodafone we are now able to accept offerings by text. If you are at church and have forgotten to pick-up your purse/wallet before leaving the house or if you are watching our live service online you can contribute towards the weekly offering by using your mobile phone (who leaves the house without out it?). You can simply text STAN21 and your contribution to 70070 eg STAN21 £5
Alternatively you can click the button to give an offering online.
On Sunday 19th June, we had various farewells to say to people soon to be leaving us. First, Candace Laing, who is on the point of returning to the USA. Candace has been a real asset to St. Andrew’s Church and we will miss her much. We wish her well as she relocates to Arizona to be nearer her mum. This is also the time when we are preparing to say goodbye to our first ever gap year volunteers. Amy, Chris and Matthew joined us via the Church of Scotland’s ‘Volunteering Vocations’ programme and in their year with us they have made themselves firm favourites within the congregation and beyond. Each of them is moving on to new ways to learn and serve and they go with our blessing and with our prayers for the future.