Rev Nico Weeber has been invited to preach at St Andrew’s Scots Kirk as sole nominee for the position of Minister at our Church. The plan is that he will preach on Sunday 5th December and those members present at Church on that day will be able to vote as whether to accept him as their future Minister.

Meet God in Worship, Silence and Service

What's on at St. Andrew's Scots Kirk

  • Sunday Service: Sunday, 14 July  9:30 am - 10:45 am

  • Lunchtime Service: Wednesday, 17 July  12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

  • Sunday Service: Sunday, 21 July  9:30 am - 10:45 am

St. Andrew's Scots Kirk Church Front View

About St. Andrew's Scots Kirk

Located in the heart of Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk has come to be known as an oasis to its many passing visitors. Within this beautiful early 20th Century building one finds that moment of solitude, away from all the hustle and bustle of the busy city outside, for a quiet time with our Lord.

We invite you to worship with us whenever you are able to.

Locum Minister at St. Andrew's Scots Kirk

Rev Roshan Mendis

Rev Roshan Mendis is the first Sri Lankan Minister to be appointed to St Andrew’s Scots Kirk. 

Rev. Roshan felt a deep calling to serve the Lord and pursued his theological education at the Dutch Reformed Church Seminary and Bible Institute, and thereafter at the Reformed Theological College, Australia before being ordained in 1990. In 2005 he received the Academic Excellence award from the Alliance Graduate School, Philippines receiving a Diploma in Marriage and Family Ministry.

Rev. Mendis served the Dutch Reformed Church as a Minister for 23 years, and has also served on the Board of Governors of the Colombo Theological Seminary, and Methodist College. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka and the Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka. 

In 2013, he resigned as a Minister to join his alma mater S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia and was appointed as the Associate Chaplain of the school.

During the past few years, Rev. Roshan has assisted St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk as a visiting preacher in the absence of a permanent minister.

He is a gifted preacher and musician and has served the Church in Sri Lanka as an ordained Minister for 32 years.

"God is love, and those who live in love, live in God and God lives in them."

rev. roshan locum minister at st andrew's scots kirk sri lanka

If you would like to speak with a Minister, we could connect you, so please reach out to our Church Officer.

paraic

Interim Moderator - Church of Scotland

Rev Páraic Réamonn, BA, BD

Páraic Réamonn was born and raised Catholic in Dublin, Ireland. In the Catholicism of his childhood, Mary and the saints loomed large. He had barely turned teenage, however, when the second Vatican Council (1962-1965) began. Vatican II sharply recentred the Catholic church on God and Jesus Christ – so far as he was concerned, not a moment too soon. Vatican II also encouraged Catholics to think, not of what divided them from, but rather what they had in common with, other Christians and people of other faiths (and none) – a lesson he took to his teenage heart and has never since unlearned.

At college in Dublin in the late 1960s, he was involved in the ecumenically minded Student Christian Movement. In 1972, he moved to Edinburgh to work for the SCM as Scottish travelling secretary. There he met and married his first wife, Rowena, an English Congregationalist; and there he felt a call to the ministry of word and sacrament. He applied to become a candidate for ministry in the Church of Scotland and, somewhat to his surprise (and subsequently, he suspects, theirs), was accepted.

Eleven years in rural parish ministry, where he served three village churches 30 miles southeast of Edinburgh and helped raise three young sons, were followed by a move to Geneva, Switzerland, to work in communication with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC). His move initially was for three years, but he stayed for 21, working for WARC, the International Union against Cancer (UICC), Globethics, and the World Communion of Reformed Churches (what WARC became in 2010 when it united with the Reformed Ecumenical Council).

He retired in 2014 and promptly started working again, this time for almost four years as minister of the Church of Scotland’s church in Jerusalem, St Andrew’s Scots Memorial Church. These were, he thinks, the most memorable years of his ministry (apart, of course, from becoming interim moderator in SASK!)

His wife Rowena died in 2002 after a three-year battle with cancer, but in 2008 he married a second time. Vivien, who accompanied him on the local church review visit to SASK in February 2024, is a Swiss citizen of Hong Kong origin.

He has been since 1993 a member of the Church of Scotland, Geneva (a sister congregation of SASK in the international presbytery), serves on the kirk session there, and manages (or mismanages) the congregation’s choir.

He was sorry when Norman Hutcheson had to step down in 2024 as interim moderator of SASK but delighted to accept the challenge to step up in Norman’s place. He promises to do his best and hopes, by God’s grace, not to trip up more than two days out of three.

Skip to content