Church building breathes again

Air is all around us. We breathe in the air, then exhale. Breathing is a sign of life. God created many living creatures with lungs. A man without lungs is incapable of breathing. During the pandemic everyone was reminded of their breathing and its importance. About the fact that some people had moments when they couldn’t breathe on their own. During the pandemic, we learned not only about breathing and breathing difficulties, but also about artificial breathing machines used by medics. In the most critical situation, the patient’s lungs could not provide air and had to be supported artificially.

The church building of St. Saviour’s also has lungs, its own breathing system. This breathing system is the ventilation. The ventilation was installed a few years ago and provides the air circulation for the church’s undercroft. The basement of the church is a place where support groups gather, soup kitchen and other activities take place, such as Bible studies and choir rehearsals. Before the pandemic, something happened with the ventilation system. It coincided with the onset of the lockdown. And that was a good thing, because people couldn’t come together in the church building, and all religious life went to the Internet and distancing.

The church’s undercroft continued to serve only the soup kitchen which, according to the restrictions of the pandemic, could no longer invite guests within the space. The food was cooked and distributed in separate single use dishes. At that moment, it was the best solution.

But there came a time when the restrictions of the pandemic started to change. The church door was open again, waiting for the faithful. The activities were resumed with social distancing, hand disinfectant, and the Eucharist under one sign.

But the church’s undercroft situation was different. People couldn’t use undercroft spaces because of the damaged ventilation.

The cost looked high enough — around €500. The congregation thought about solving this problem and turned to parishioners and friends. Two donations came to us, almost one thousand euros in total. We received these donations from our own Kārlis Streips, and from our friends from the Netherlands Joop and Coby Fuijkkink from StichtingHulp Lettland, and Foundation “Onder de Toren“. And here we saw God’s hand at work because the cost of ventilation repairs was actually twice than what was planned. Now that the ventilation has been repaired, the church can breathe freely again.

We thank Kārlis Streips and our friends from the Netherlands.

We are grateful and hold you in our prayers.

Boost to the Soup Kitchen

Today our Soup Kitchen received a parcel from the Representative of the Lübeck-Lauenburg church district for partnerships with Latvia, our dear friend Pastor Helmut Brauer.

We received 200 large tins of soup (that’s 33 Saturday services or 4000 portions) and 1,000 little tins for the people to take away.

This is a significant boost to our kitchen, friendship and the work of God among our fellow people. Thank You, Helmut and your team in Lübeck-Lauenburg for this.

(Pictures by Pavel)

Dahlia’s Journey

Hi, I am a little flower, my name is Dahlia. I came here from a Riga suburb.

Dahlia&Ilja Maria.

The new Chaplain is coming!

The licensing service of Eliza Zikmane will take place on Sunday 12th January, at 11.00.

We are happy to announce that from January 2020 we will have a a new chaplain – Elīza Zikmane. After graduating from the Faculty of Theology (University of Latvia), she has served as a pastor for both Latvian and English Lutheran congregations in Great Britain (currently at United London Latvian Lutheran Church and St Anne’s Lutheran Church) and as the Dean of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain. She has a soft spot for art and classical music. No stranger to a Latvian national pastime of mushroom picking.

We are very much looking forward to offering her a warm welcome and to worshiping together with her!

More information in Latvian and English:

Ceiling Appeal

On Sunday October St Saviour’s celebrated its 159th birthday in the company of our family of faith here in Rīga, and all our friends worldwide. It was day of rejoicing in worship and fellowship, as we remembered also all the many thousands of people who have been part of this place over these 159 years.

However, we find ourselves at the moment with an unexpected crisis, and, as is so often the case with beautiful historic buildings, it is a structural one. We have known for a while that the ceiling of the church is no longer quite sound. But we were still taken aback when the builders uncovered this….

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    In the longer term, we are going to have to do some major work, which may involve either  repairing the current structure, or possibly stripping away the 1950’s ‘false ceiling’ and restoring the original, somewhat higher 19th century vaulted structure.  

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  That is a decision that we will take in cooperation with our architect, the National Cultural Heritage Council, and acoustics experts. But for the moment we are asking for help to cover the costs of an urgent repair of the southeast corner, where the plasterwork is damaged and at risk of falling away.   The cost of the immediate repair will be EUR 3593,25.   Please help us to raise the necessary funds!   You can donate via PayPal here: https://www.paypal.me/anglicanriga   And here are the details for bank transfer:  

Anglikāņu baznīcas Svētā Pestītāja draudze Rīgā
Account no: LV17HABA000140J030656
Swedbank | Swift Code: HABALV22
Reg.no:90001051893

Thank you, and God bless your generosity!

Piano Marathon

Saturday 3 November from 13.00 -23.00

St. Saviour’s Anglican Church is hosting a fantastic day of music to raise funds for a new concert piano! Featuring some of Latvia’s best musicians as well as rising young stars, the Piano Marathon will present ten consecutive hours of non-stop piano performances.

Stop by for one (or more) of the performances and consider donating to improve the musical life at one of Riga’s most active performance venues.

13.00 – Marathon Opening
– Chorale arrangement for piano and organ duet: Agnese Abramāne, organ; Kristīne Adamaite, piano
13.15 – Ramona Lasmane, piano; Līva Pārupe, flute
14.00 – Anna Brokāne, piano
14.45 – Kristīne Pričina, piano; Elīna Avotiņa, mezzo-soprano
15.15 – Solveiga Selga and Markuss Selga-Timpers, piano
16.00 – Evita Pehlaka, soprano; Ventis Zilberts, piano
17.00 – Elīna Gaile, piano; Alisa Klimanska, flute; Aija Jermoloviča, Elizabete Laura Porgante, Estere Pogiņa, Anna Amanda Stolere, sopranos; Mārtiņš Lipskis, tenor; Emīls Gilučs, bass
18.00 – Terēze Dzenīte, piano; Baiba Vecvanaga, piano; Arvis Lapkovskis, piano
18.20 – Larisa Carjkova, piano; Ērika Jonīte, soprano
19.00 – Solveiga Selga, piano; Markuss Selga-Timpers, piano
20.00 – Larisa Carjkova, piano; Kristīne Antonova, flute
21.00 – Mixed Choir “Dziesmuvara” – Nora Žeigure, artistic director
21.30 – GG Choir
22.15 – Beāte Zviedre and friends, jazz trio

For updates, please see our Facebook event page!

Welcome to our website!

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The historic building of St Saviour’s stands on the shore of the Daugava River, right in the heart of the Old Town of Rīga.

We gather on Sundays to praise God together; normally our 11am service is a Holy Communion Service in English, with occasional Morning Prayer. The congregation at St Saviour’s brings together people from many parts of the world, from many churches and denominations, who have found here their spiritual home. We rejoice with every person who joins our community for longer or shorter periods of time, and we also welcome seekers after faith. The service also includes a Children’s Address, and we have a special corner where parents and children can find activities during the service.

We also have Bible Study and Lunchtime Concerts; in addition the Seniors’ Club meets twice a week, and on Saturdays the Soup Kitchen serves 150 portions of hot food to the most vulnerable of Rīga’s citizens.

We invite you to join our community of faith. As Jesus’ disciple Philip said to his friend Nathaniel – come and see! (John 1:46)

Jāna Jēruma-Grīnberga
Chaplain (2014-2019)