Programs & Groups
Welcoming Team: We began to meet in July 2009 to explore ways that St. Andrew's could welcome and involve those who enter its doors. We are a cheery group who enjoy getting together for creative thought, a little work and wonderful fellowship. We try to identify areas of the church building, and areas of church life, where simple changes could take place to encourage more inclusion and participation by all who enter. We are guided by our Mission and Value Statements.
Pastoral Care: The Pastoral Care Team is an organized visitation ministry whose vision and purpose is to co-ordinate, train and carry out pastoral visits on a regular and 'as-needed' basis. The team meets on a monthly basis, on the second Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Interested persons are invited to attend monthly training sessions and become part of the established visitation team. Please contact Hugh for more information.
Flower Guild: The Flower Guild does a lot that the congregation may not realize. They meet every Saturday morning to arrange flowers for the Sunday morning worship service. On Monday morning they meet again and make bud vase arrangements with the flowers from the Sunday worship service. A card with a Bible verse and a ribbon are then attached. The bud vases are then delivered to people in the hospital, to some shut-ins, new mothers, 80th birthday celebrants and others, giving them all a ray of sunshine for the day.
Cradle Roll: We welcome babies into our Christian family at the time of their Baptism. A lamb with the name and birth date of the child being baptized is displayed in the church and the child receives a certificate. The child receives a birthday card each year until the age of 5 years at which time they are sent their lamb.
Student Care Pack: This pastoral care program helps to keep those students studying away from home at College/University, in touch with their home congregation. Keeping in touch with our ‘away’ students lets them know we care about them and have not forgotten them. The students receive care packages about 3 weeks before they write exams. Anyone wanting more information or wanting to have their child included in this ministry should contact the church.
Prayer Circle: The Prayer Circle provides prayer support for members, friends and relatives in times of illness, death or stress at the St. Andrew's. This is a telephone ministry. When you would like to have a name added to the telephone prayer list you contact the team leader, Betty, who in turn contacts the phone leaders, who then phone the people on their lists to have your name added. Confidentiality is respected at all times. If you or someone you know would like to be included on their list, please contact the church Office.
3F’s (Food, Fun & Fellowship) Dinner: The 3 F’s meet the third Friday of the month at 6 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church. In addition to the fun, food and fellowship we usually have an educational component at the end of the evening, like a video or, occasionally, a guest speaker.
All are welcome to attend. We extend a warm welcome to members and adherents and their family and friends. There is a charge of $5 per person to cover the cost of the food. Any profit realized is donated to a related charity like World Vision (re: water), the Stewardship campaign or PWS&D. (Aids Awareness)
We ask that you let us know a few days in advance, if you are planning to attend and the number that will be attending, so the arrangements for food can be made. Please contact The Church Office to confirmation of your attendance.
Church School: Our purpose is to teach the children the stories of the Bible in meaningful and exciting ways and encourage the children to develop their faith and growth in their church community.
Nursery: The Nursery program provides care for infants and toddlers during the Sunday morning worship service. The children enjoy a safe and nurturing environment, supervised by 2 adults with the help of older teenagers. We invite anyone wanting to assist with this ministry to our very young children. Assistance is particularly needed over the summer months to give the regular caregivers an opportunity to attend worship.
Choir: A small dedicated group practices on Thursday at 7 pm and, if needed, Sunday mornings at 10 am. Regular attendance is encouraged but it is understood when this may not always occur. The choir does a blend of traditional, spiritual and more contemporary music. You do not need to be a trained singer—you will be accepted and well received by all.
Community Meals: This program place at St. Andrew's Church on the first, third and fourth Wednesday evenings of the month from November 1 to April 30. It provides a nutritious meal to members of the community at no cost to the recipients. Members volunteer at these meals, helping with food preparation, serving and clean-up. Any food left over from these meals is carefully packaged and frozen to support the on-going Casserole Ministry. There is always a need for more volunteers to help the night of the dinner and for monetary donations to ensure that the program continues.
Joint Mission Team: The purpose of this group is to further the co-operation among Presbyterian churches in our area, in the identification and support of suitable Mission projects. Examples of missions we have supported in the past are Wells for Malawi and Corn Share. This team usually meets the last Monday of the month. Meeting dates are set month-by-month. This group currently has members from both of our congregations, but is looking for more participants who have an interest in and/or passion for missions. Please feel free to join us.
PCW: PCW stands for Presbyterian Church Women. We are an amalgamated group with the WMS members. We meet the first Monday of the month at 7 pm in the parlour at St. Andrew's Church The ladies take turns doing short programs of their choice that have included mission speakers or the mission study book and varied other subjects. We usually sing a few hymns and refer to the bible. Our W.M.S. representative keeps us up to date monthly. We do some fundraising (turkey suppers & Food Fair). We prepare for funeral luncheons when asked and we do dinners. With our funds raised we have made donations to Evangel Hall, Salvation Army, P.W.S.&D. a variety of missions, church expenses, etc. After our meeting we have a great time socializing while eating a light lunch with a cup of tea or coffee. All women of our church are welcome to come and join us.
PCM: (AKA the Men’s Breakfast Group) They meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 9 am. They start by gathering together for a hearty breakfast cooked by the men themselves. Their programs provide a variety of topics, with guest speakers. They have one fundraiser each year – a very successful gospel concert. The group provides funding to aid in the care of a child from World Vision and also funds for an education group called COPE. They also provide other needs where and when needed. Their membership is for all Christian men regardless of church affiliation and they would welcome anyone with an interest, to join them.
Newsletter Committee – “The SAINT”: This monthly newsletter is produced by 2 talented members from the congregation. They meet about 3 times per month to collate and edit the newsletter and receive supportive help from Heather Racher who does the set up and the final printing. Contributions are encouraged from all congregation members for inclusion each month. Because “Grace Notes” is produced each month, both regular attendees and shut-ins are able to receive news of happenings at the church on a regular and current basis. Anyone who would like to help with this very important communication newsletter for our congregation, please contact Kathy Currie.