Mission Projects at St. Andrew's Scots Kirk

Netherlee Cottage

The Netherlee Cottage Project was started in 2005 with a donation from Netherlee Parish Church in Glasgow to celebrate their 75th Anniversary. A family house located in a suburb of Colombo aims to provide a home away from home.

Netherlee Cottage is a development centre to reintroduce patients from Mulleriyawa Mental Hospital back into society. This is a unique facility in Sri Lanka. Many of these patients have been in the Hospital for over 20 years. The residents are 6 ladies who have been patients previously the mental health facility of Mulleriyawa reside at the transitional home supported by carers and matrons who provide the ladies with life skills in order that they may re-enter living within society if the opportunity arises.

We have been dealing with many Ladies from the Mulleriyawa Hospital since 2005 and have learnt to understand our long- standing residents better. All this experience has helped the team to manage difficult situations and challenges. We have researched the background to each lady, as knowing the history helps us to decide how to manage the future. All this does take time but we hope we are able to make better decisions, making the future of the resident more secure. We work closely with the doctors for this work. The Mulleriyawa hospital plans to reduce their residents to 420 Ladies within the next four months. They currently have 475. They plan to discharge 70 residents to elders’ homes, taking 15 residents from Angoda. The next residents for Netherlee Cottage are likely from the new in-take from Angoda Hospital. Netherlee has rehabilitated all the ladies capable of independent living currently at Mulleriyawa Hospital. We expect to move two further residents on to independent living within the next two months. Netherlee Cottage We recently installed a new water tank at Netherlee Cottage, funded by the Association of British Residents with the proceeds from the British Song Recital held at Westminster House last October. We also took the ladies by train from the Maradana Station to Galle, hiring a van for the trip round Galle and to the beach. The ladies enjoyed getting very wet at the beach and having lunch with Buddhika’s family. It was a long day and everybody returned tired, but happy. Our annual trips are funded by the proceeds from the sale of Netherlee craft work.

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Bank: Nations Development Bank
Account name: St. Andrew’s Church
Current account no: 101000130258
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Ward 8

Church members from St Andrew’s have visited and supported the patients in Ladies Ward 8 (previously ward 19) at Mulleriyawa Mental Hospital on a monthly basis for over 30 years. The visits began at the time of Minister Julian MacKnight and despite some years of less activity, the relationship continues today. Recent years have seen the renovation of the beds and the bathrooms, supply of new mattresses and a television and painting the ward. Each month, essential toiletries and other necessities, together with a special lunch and snacks are provided.

As well as providing music, song, dance and refreshments every month, St Andrew’s has engaged in a programme of refurbishment of the ward which has included new TV, clock, lights and fans, doors and windows, showers and wash facilities, internal and external painting and retiling of floors.

St Andrew’s has also arranged outings for the 40 patients as well as Christmas and New Year parties. The funding for this project comes from sales at our weekly Thrift shop.

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Bank: Nations Development Bank
Account name: St. Andrew’s Church
Current account no: 101000130247
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Lunch Project

There has been discussion to bring our mission projects closer to home and to try to serve the community in the vicinity of SASK as there are several areas of urban poverty in the locality. The Thursday Lunch Project was inspired by the Soup Bowl programme which functions from Kollupitiya Methodist Church is in its 5th year of operations and serves every Friday. We then decided that a programme on Thursday would be appropriate and so set about walkabouts in the community in the areas of Slave Island and other areas of proximity where there are catchments of disadvantaged people. We found people who sweep and clean the roads and sleep rough, people who wait for handouts in the vicinity of the catholic churches, those who are labourers and many who work as cleaners at local offices. We commenced the programme in November 2018 and are pleased to report that the programme has been a tremendous success. We see many regulars who attend to receive a nutritious meal served within the haven of our church and engage in chat. We have also had a wonderful response from donors, many who have pledged to contribute regularly but we readily welcome new donors in view of rising costs to the programme.

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Bank: Nations Development Bank
Account name: St. Andrew’s Church
Current account no: 101000786967
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Helping Hands

This programme to help the elderly, the infirm and single parents began in 2007 through the shared vision of several members of the congregation seeking to meet the needs of the urban poor. It was expanded to assist Christian asylum seekers from other countries. It is funded through private donations by members of the congregation. Our field worker is enabled by a grant from the Presbytery of Europe Mission Projects Fund.

Those who are financially challenged and are resident in close proximity to the church, in special circumstances, we don’t refuse anyone who requires assistance. Today, we support 20 needy people, who receive a monthly allowance and in special cases get assistance to address their immediate needs. The Helping Hands team visits the families to understand their concerns and circumstances. Many beneficiaries are single mothers and elderly sick people who need of support. We follow an established guideline to assess each new beneficiary by interviewing them and visiting their homes. We expect to add new recipients to the Helping Hands family in the near future. Just before Christmas, each year we invite the Helping Hands families to enjoy a morning of fun and games at the Church Hall followed by lunch, serviced by the Elders and Project Leaders

If you would like to be involved in this Mission Project please contact the Session Clerk or one of the Elders.

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Bank: Nations Development Bank
Account name: St. Andrew’s Church
Current account no: 101000130231
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Thrift Shop

St. Andrew's Scots Kirk​ Thrift Shop

The Thrift Shop is open every Tuesday (except for Poya days and other public holidays) in the Church Hall from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm. There is always a plentiful supply of the following:

  • Clothes (used)
  • Household items (used)
  • Cameras
  • Books
  • DVDs
  • Audio Cassettes
  • Historical Paintings
  • Sports Items
  • Handbags
  • Sunglasses
  • Lamp Shades
  • Costume Jewellery

Almost anything that might prove useful to someone somewhere can be handed over to the Thrift Shop. You may visit the shop on a Tuesday between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm to hand in your donation.

The Thrift Shop came into being in the early 2000s. It was started by Mrs Pamela Kenny, a member of the congregation. At that time, St. Andrew’s was seeking to raise funds to support its work with the patients of ladies Ward 19 (now Ward 8) at Mulleriyawa Mental Hospital. As the wife of a foreign diplomat, she recognized that many people have unwanted goods when they leave the country. She saw that these could be recycled and that the proceeds from their sale used for the benefit of others. The Thrift Shop has been there ever since and continues to support the work at Mulleriyawa where, recently, we have just completed extensive plumbing, electrical and joinery repairs to the ward in preparation for repainting.

Three things are needed to ensure the success of this ongoing venture. The first is goods. We accept almost anything, as long as it can pass through the doors of the church hall! We invite everyone to be our customers. We believe we have something for everyone and at a price that all can afford. Finally, we invite anyone who has an interest in giving of their time to be a volunteer. There is always something that needs to be done – sorting and pricing goods, assisting customers, receiving funds, clearing out.

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Bank: Nations Development Bank
Account name: St. Andrew’s Church
Current account no: 101000130247
Swift Code: NDBSLKLX

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