St. Andrew’s Community Announcements: April 25, 2012

Anafora Coptic Retreat Center

Dear Friends,

We are happy to announce that the Anafora Retreat has been rearranged for Friday 18th – Saturday 19th of May.  There are a limited number of places.  Please sign up if you would like to go.  The exact cost will depend on whether we have to hire a bus or have enough space in cars.

We also have the pleasure of sharing lunch together on Friday following our morning service, thanks to Gloria and Mary who are providing great Filipino food for us to share.

Another opportunity for socialising is the barbecue being held at my house on May 4th.  Food should be sizzling by 7pm.  Please ask what you can bring!

With all these food related activities, we have the good news that work will begin on installing a new kitchen in the Guild Hall next Monday. This will mean we, along with StARS,  have renewed and renovated almost all the church buildings over the last year including the Sanctuary, the Sacristy, the Guild Hall, the bathrooms, the caravans, and the kitchen.

The sanctuary is now being used by seven different congregations and groups, and the Guild Hall by two.  Almost 1000 people worship at St. Andrew’s each week.  God is indeed moving among us!

You may be interested in some of the events being organised by our friends at St John’s Church in Maadi.  I have posted their announcements for the Caravan Festival of the Arts below.

I hope you have a great week,

God bless,




Worship Times

Friday Morning Worship  10am
Sunday Evening Prayer    7pm

Lunch Today

Gloria and Mary are providing lunch for everyone this morning.  This will be in the Guild Hall following this morning’s service.

Anafora Retreat

Our Anafora retreat has been rescheduled for Friday 18th – Saturday 19th May.  Please sign up and pay the deposit if you would like to come.


There will be a barbecue at Iain Baxter’s home on Friday 4th May at 7pm.  All are welcome.  See Iain for what to bring!

New Kitchen

Work on completely renewing our kitchen begins on Monday.  This should take about three weeks.  We thanks the generous anonymous donor who made this possible.
Easter Services

Videos of both Easter services are available via our website at

Skype Prayer Meeting

The time of the Skype prayer meetings has changed.  It is now on Wednesdays at 8pm.  Hopefully this will be a better time for most people.  Add “iainbaxter” as a skype contact to join in.

Pastoral Search Documents

These are available for any one who is interested on our website at
Sign up for Assisting in Worship

A new signup sheet for worship assistants has been prepared.  Please sign up to share your gifts with us by reading in church,  providing refreshments or giving the flowers.  Thank you for sharing in our ministry in these ways.


WEEKLY PROGRAM of the CARAVAN Festival of the Arts—April 26-May 5, 2012
(held at St. John’s Church/Maadi…corner of Port Said Rd & Rd 17—
*Opening Night of the CARAVAN Festival of the Arts—26 April (Thursday) at 7 PM (19h00)–Opening presentations by Yousra, celebrated Egyptian actress,  and Muslim and Christian dignitaries, with a special performance by singer Rula Zaki. All 45 participating premier visual artists will be present.
*Literature Night—2 May (Wednesday) at 7 PM (19h00)Ahdaf Soueif, Anglo-Egyptian Booker Prize shortlist author of internationally acclaimed novels Map of Love and  In the Eye of the Sun. Title of her talk is on her new book: Cairo: My City, Our Revolution.
*Film Night3 May (Thursday) at 8 PM—Talk by and interview with Khalid Abdalla, British-Egyptian film actor (star of The Kite Runner and Green Zone).
*Musical Concert—5 May (Saturday) at 7:00 PM (19h00) —A closing concert by the  Ana Masry Band (meaning “I am Egyptian” in Arabic): a musical group that has become very popular since the revolution known for their fusion of Arabic, Muslim, Sufi and Christian music.

This Week’s Readings

  • First reading
    • Acts 4:5-12
  • Psalm
    • Psalm 23
  • Second reading
    • 1 John 3:16-24
  • Gospel
    • John 10:11-18

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