What We Do
Our principal service of worship is held Sunday mornings at 11.00 a.m. During the pandemic, we have offered this service via Zoom, Facebook and YouTube. At this point, we are meeting in person once more but our services are being live streamed on Facebook as well.
The service follows the standard form of Presbyterian worship as found in the Church of Scotland's Book of Common Order (1994).
Holy Communion is normally celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and, in accordance with the practice of the Church of Scotland, members of any branch of the Church are invited to receive the sacrament.
For children aged 3–11 we offer interesting educational activities running concurrently with the church service.
For the young people in the church, both permanent and transient, all kinds of activities are organized. We explore Rome, have picnics in the park, go out for dinner and go on daytrips.
Bible study takes place weekly on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., at the moment via Zoom.
Testimony from one of our members: "Taking part in the St. Columba's Bible Discussion Group is by now one of the things I look forward to every Wednesday evening... an opportunity to meet, albeit virtually, with people who participate not just from Hungary but also from Germany, the UK and the USA, and share our thoughts, questions and experiences in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I really enjoy it!"
For further details, contact the Interim Moderator.
Mission and Outreach
In 2003 the Mission Committee was formed by people who felt it was important to define the church’s mission in the world today, locally, nationally and internationally. Its first task was to draft the following Mission Statement:
- The Aim: to worship God and proclaim the gospel of God’s love; to help all who come into the church buildings complex to know that this is a house of God; to help all who come to worship to come closer to God through the teaching and example of Jesus Christ and to offer the love of God to all by striving to work for a more caring and inclusive society.
- Who Can Worship With Us: all are welcome, regardless of nationality, ethnic origin, gender, denomination, tradition etc. All are welcome!
- Who Can Participate: our system of Church Government is Presbyterian. We function under the Unitary Constitution. All who are able to attend on a regular basis can join the different committees and are eligible for election to the Kirk Session. Anyone who feels called can join us at Bible Study or take an active part in our outreach to our own members in despair and loneliness, to vulnerable refugees and to all who are in need of fellowship and moral and spiritual support.
- What We Do At Church: in attempting to meet the Spiritual and Personal needs of our Congregation, the Parish, and all who enter our buildings, we offer Sunday Morning Worship with the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of the month, and Bible Study every last Sunday of the month. We share prayer, praise, fellowship, and hospitality consistent with the teaching of Jesus Christ.
- What We Do In The Community & The World: we seek to carry God’s love beyond the confines of our Church buildings to the city of Rome and selected communities in the wider world by ministering to the needs of the poor, the hungry, the voiceless and the powerless. In Rome we try to help to sustain refugees in their desperate plight to survive. We try to help a number of local charities with an annual donation of money and we also hope to be able to give money to projects addressing hunger, health, education and other community needs worldwide.
- How Can We Achieve These Goals: we will need the participation and resources of our members. The Church needs our time, our talents as well as our money. We plan to work with partner Churches and Organizations in Rome, mobilizing and sharing resources in order to achieve our goals.
- The Church: according to the Apostle Paul, the Church is a community that meets regularly in a house of prayer, is fed with spiritual food, strengthens and supports its members and goes out into the world to shed the light of Christ. With this in mind St Andrew’s Church, Rome aims to fulfill its mission and thus to glorify God.
Mission in Action
During the winter months from November to April, we work together with the Salvation Army to give food, hot tea and blankets to the homeless. We provide our church vehicle for this work. We volunteer monthly with Pozzo di Giacobbe to provide food to the homeless at Termini stationl.
Missionaries of Charity
At Epiphany, Pentecost and Harvest Sunday we collect food and money for the Missionaries of Charity at Tor Bella Monaca, a poor neighbourhood in the eastern outskirts of Rome. Mother Teresa of Calcutta founded this order of nuns. They run a home for young mothers and every Saturday hand out food and clothes to the needy in the area.
Rice Bowl Appeal
During the six weeks of Lent we collect money for the Rice Bowl Appeal. This is supported by Churches Together in Rome, an ecumenical body made up of mainly English-speaking churches in Rome. Activities organised by St Andrew’s to support this include cooking demos, a quiz night, and a sponsored walk on Palm Sunday.
Scottish Country Dancing
This usually takes place from October until May on a Wednesday from 9.00 till 10.30 p.m. Due to current health measures, this has been suspended.