What We Do
Service is held Sunday mornings at 11.00 am.
The service follows the standard form of Presbyterian worship as found in the Book of Common Order of the Church of Scotland published in 1994.
Holy Communion is normally celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. 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.
Coordinator: Mrs Gloria Savage.
Volunteers interested in becoming Sunday Club teachers are always welcome. For more information please contact the Minister.
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.
In the near future we are hoping to start a women’s guild.
In the near future we are hoping to start a men’s club since we have recognized the need for men living away from their families to interact socially.
Bible study takes place every third Sunday of the month from 12.30 – 13.30 p.m.
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, local, national and international.
The first task was to draft a 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
At the moment we try to help locally by providing packed lunches to refugees twice times a week on Monday (in collaboration with All Saints' Church and the Roma Korean Church) and Thursday. During the winter months, November through April, we work together with the Salvation Army to give food, hot tea and blankets to the homeless.
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. St Andrew’s organizes Cooking Demonstrations, a Quiz Night, and a Sponsored Walk on Palm Sunday.
Scottish Country Dancing
October - May, on Wednesday from 9.00 till 10.30 p.m. - car parking available.
International Folk Dancing
October - May, on Thursday from 8.00 till 10.30 p.m. - car parking available.