A wordle for Lent

Ash Wednesday (February 13th) marks the beginning of Lent. The very word Lent means spring or springtime and just as in spring it is traditional to plant seeds and bury them in the darkness of the ground, so too Lent is a time when we plant ourselves in God and focus on and repent on the darkness in ourselves and in our world. It is a time of opportunity when through repentance, prayer, study, fasting and reflection that our lives can become transformed both inwardly, outwardly and towards our world and so enable us to become the people God has called and created us to be.

Perhaps you might consider doing something different from the norm during Lent … here’s a couple of suggestions:

Make time to read a Christian book

Here are some suggested titles

Abiding by Ben Quash ~ the Anglican Church recommended Lent 2013 book. It asks the question, what does it mean ‘to abide’ with Christ in the places we live, in our communities, relationships and one’s own mind and body.

Love Set Free by Martin L Smith. Meditations on the passion according to St John.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, martyr, prophet, spy. The biography of an extraordinary man with an amazing faith that stood against the evil of the day. One quote sums up Bonhoeffer’s life: ‘Silence in the face of evil is evil itself. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act’.

Not by Bread Alone by Bishop Robert F Morneau. Daily reflection resource, with scripture reading suggestions, prayer and thought for the day, to use during lent.

All are available to buy and ship, or to download on kindle (just click on the titles to find them on Amazon)

Lent Study Group

There will be a Lent group gathering for study, fellowship, prayer and reflection, looking at the book of Jonah: a Rebellious Prophet.

It will meet at Raha Beach Al Zeina between 7:30pm and 9.30pm on 18th and 25th February, 4th, 11th and 18th March.

Contact Rev. Gill Nisbet for further details and directions: gillnisbet@standrewauh.org

We Will Remember Them

St Andrew’s Church was packed – upstairs and downstairs – for the annual Service of Remembrance held at St Andrew’s in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, 11 November.

We are, as always, very grateful for the Al Khubairat Singers and Players joining us for the service.  They performed movements from Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem and their contribution is greatly appreciated by St Andrew’s and all who attended the service.

A guard of honour was paraded by the Uniformed Youth Services of Abu Dhabi and their flags were presented and laid up during the service.


Micah 4: 1-5  HE Mr Dominic Jeremy, UK Ambassador

Philippians 4: 6-9  HE Mr Michael Corbin, US Ambassador

Mark 1: 14-20  Canon Andrew Thompson, MBE


Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Words: John Whittier 1872
Music: Frederick Maker 1887

I vow to thee my country
Words: Sir Cecil Spring-Rice 1859-1918
Music: Gustav Holst 1874-1934

Organist:  Mrs Hanneke Willson


The offertory was divided equally between St Andrew’s and the Earl Haig Poppy Appeal for ex-servicemen and women.


Distinguished Guests

HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and guests

HE Mr Dominic Jermey (United Kingdom)

HE Mr Michael Corbin (United States of America)

HE Mr Arif Lalani and Mrs Lalani (Canada)

HE Mr Alain Azouaou (France)

HE Mr János Gyuris and Mrs Gyuris (Hungary)

HE Mrs Ase Elin Bjerke (Norway)

HE Mr Yarslov Ludwa (Czech Republic)

HE Mrs Clara Martinez Thedy de Safa (Dominican Republic)

HE Mr Dato’ Ahmad Anwar Adnan (Malaysia)

HE Mr Ikka Pekka Simila (Finland)

HE Mr Mohammed Nazmul Quanine (Bangladesh)

HE The Ambassador of Pakistan

HE The Ambassador of Tunisia

The Defence Attaches of the United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands

Dr Sam Shaw and Mr Kamiel Gabriel (visiting Zayed University from Canada)

Mr Muttahir Salim (MEA Resilience, Security and Risk)



Bernardo, Thank you and God Bless

Goodbye Bernardo


After 32 years of dedicated service, St Andrew’s Church and the wider community said a fond farewell to Bernardo Gomes this weekend. He returns to Goa and looks forward to spending more time with his family. Bernardo rose from office helper, when the Church was situated on the Corniche, to becoming compound manager, quietly and efficiently looking after the 50 plus congregations and organisations that use St Andrews compound each week. We wish you well Bernardo .. as you continue ‘life’s journey’.