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….
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.
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
Thank you, and God bless your generosity!
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!
Last year we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Also in Riga… (St. Saviour’s Anglican Church at 01:00.)
Please visit YouTube to watch 13 Latvians talk about the Reformation and what it means for them – videos in Latvian with subtitles in English.
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)