Church Life, and Life Within the Church
Church Life, our Holy Communion services use Common Worship Order 1, except Wednesday morning services which uses BCP. Holy Communion is celebrated at St Andrew’s every Sunday at 11.30am and alternate Sundays at 9.30 am in a chapel of the Spanish RC Parish Church in Benalmádena or at a Spanish RC Church in Calahonda 15km to the west, and Every Sunday in the Cemetery Chapel in Alhaurin el Grande.
On Sundays when there is not a Holy Communion at the above mentioned places, Common Worship Morning Prayer is conducted by a Lay Assistant or Reader. Midweek Holy Communion is held at 9.30am every Wednesday at St Andrews and a weekday service inland at Coin at 10.30am on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
The congregation size, varies on an annually, peaking in the early months of the year. The electoral roll of 2008 stood at 123. Worshippers are mainly, but not exclusively limited to, the residential ex-pats but, these are supplemented by holiday makers and sports people of all ages throughout the year. Winter brings the SAGA people, and similar groups, while summer brings fewer but younger visitors. The average age of the congregation is heavily biased to the over 60's (and higher). However at Calahonda, where about a third of the congregation are young couples with children who attend the local schools there is a small Sunday School. The main church building,
St Andrew’s, is owned by the Chaplaincy and situated on the ground floor of an apartment block. It is a multi-purpose hall with the facility to isolate the chancel, and permitting secular use of the remainder. This flexibility facilitates letting the hall to other organisations thus providing an essential source of income. The hall is also used for the weekly Chaplaincy Charity Shop and Coffee morning which as well as generating income provides social activities. We publish a bi-monthly Newsletter and also a weekly 'Pew News' for each congregation which gives the weekly notices and the Collect and Readings for that Sunday. The Chaplaincy Office, which we own is separate from but adjacent to the church. The office consists of an outer office for the Administrator and an inner office for the Chaplain. The dividing wall can be opened to form a meeting room. There is a strong ecumenical movement on the Costa del Sol where all denominations and nationalities work together (there are more than 20 nationalities living here). The local Roman Catholics permit other denominations to use their churches where necessary. In Fuengirola there is an Ecumenical Centre (Lux Mundi) which is led by the Ecumenical Officer of the RC Bishop of Malaga,
Church of Scotland services are also held in that building.