Services in English: Every Sunday at 9.30am and on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day all at 9.30am.
Holy Communion is celebrated on the third Sunday of each month. Sunday School is held during the Sunday Service, except during school holidays.
Lunchtime service for office goers: every Thursday at 1.00pm.
Church Office is open from 10am to 2pm every day except Mondays and Public Holidays.
St Andrew’s follows the Presbyterian form of worship and governance having been a Church of Scotland congregation until joining the Church of North India in 1970. We are a congregation that thinks of themselves as a family and visitors are assured of a friendly welcome, please make yourself known to the Presbyter or an Elder.
Calcutta Hill Christian Church
St Andrew’s is the custodian of the Scottish Cemetery at 3 Karaya Road, Kolkata - 700 014. It has a long association with Dr Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong, West Bengal. The Presbyter is ex-officio a member of the Board of Management of La Martiniere School for Boys, Kolkata.
St Andrew’s Church has been designated a Heritage building by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and as part of the renovation of historic B B D Bag received a grant from the KMC through their Heritage Committee to paint the exterior and undertake a number of repairs to the building and grounds.
St Andrew’s has always been a notable landmark and today newly renovated it stands even more prominently. We are grateful to the Kolkata MunicipalCorporation, its Heritage Committee and INTACH* for their funding, support and initiative, plus other support we have received for the repainting of the interior. (*The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Calcutta Regional Chapter)
Amongst other features there is a fine organ which was converted from pneumatic to mechanical operation in 1971 but currently awaits a major overhaul later in 2014. The clock installed in 1835 was made in London and we understand it is one of very few by that clockmaker still working anywhere, unfortunately we have no further details. Until about twenty five years ago the Church was enclosed by beautiful cast iron railings and gates but sadly there was a period when cast iron items like railings and manhole covers were regularly stolen and our railings started to disappear. Consequently the decision had to be taken to replace the railings with a wall. But the original railings and gates remained in the front until a speeding lorry crashed into them. There had been two gates but it proved impossible to repair or replicate one of them. The basic railings could however be replicated and are in place today but the one gate has had to remain on one side rather than in the middle which may seem odd but this is the reason.
Wishing you a blessing at Christmas
( Message by His Grace, the Rt Rev Ashoke Biswas ,bishop of CNI Diocese of Calcutta)
It gives me immense joy and happiness to once again convey my greetings of love, hope and peace to you this Christmas season.
Each year we celebrate Christmas as a joyous occasion, a time of celebration of gift exchange and sharing, at the same time remembering the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ whose birth heralded a new era of hope and love to us humankind. His birth signified peace to us as he himself is the Prince of Peace.
For a child has been born for us, a Son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually an ...Read More