Programs & Groups

If you are interested in any of the programs or groups but would like more information, feel free to call the Church Office at
519-271-5668 or email at standrews@cyg.net. Rev. Mark Wolfe or Heather Racher our administrator would gladly help you.

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Bible Study

The Bible study group meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11 am for approximately 12 weeks in the fall and 12 weeks in the winter and spring.

Anyone who thinks of Bible Study as dry, boring discussions will not believe that this is a group studying the bible.

Our group is made up of church members and non-church members and our minister acts as our theological guide. When we get down to the serious studying, we learn and we grow in our biblical knowledge.

The group chooses topics ranging from men and women of the Bible to books and chapters of the Bible and we have studied business ethics, human sexuality, euthanasia and the scriptures that dealt with these issue we have chosen. No matter what the choice we can always find relevancy to today’s world, our lives and our church. There is always room for fun  and laughter and  room for the personal things that are going on in our lives including illness of family members, becoming grandparents and great grandparents, trips we had taken or just happenings in our daily lives.

It doesn’t matter where you are at in your faith journey, you are always welcome to join us as we learn more about our faith and ourselves. 

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Choir
A small dedicated group practices on Thursday from 7 pm – 8:30 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.

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Coffee Hour
Coffee Hour (Pre and Post Service): Coffee and treats are provided each Sunday before and after the worship service. This is a great time of fellowship and provides an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other better! The different groups and organizations in the church take turns hosting this time of fellowship.

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Community Meals
This program takes place at St. Andrew’s Church the 1st, 3rd and 4th Wednesday evenings 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. 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.

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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.

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Flower Guild
The Flower Guild is a group of women who faithfully serve the congregation. One group meets on Saturday to arrange flowers for the Sunday morning worship service. On Monday morning another group meets to make arrangements with the flowers from the Sunday service. These arrangements are 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. The flower guild also creates arrangements for special occasions and takes care of the planters on the front steps of the church, changing them with the seasons. If you have floral arranging skills and would be willing to help out please contact Jean Edmonds or Yvonne Fraser.

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The 3 F's (Food & Fellowship on Friday’s)

The 3F’s meet the third Friday of the month at 6 pm at St. Andrew’s Church (downstairs) from September to June. Please use the rear door. We extend a warm welcome to members and adherents and their family and friends. There is a charge of $7 per person to cover the cost of the food. If it is your first time it is FREE TO TRY. Any profit realized is donated to a registered charity. Recent donations were made to the Rotary Club's Aquabox program and the MS Society. We ask that you let us know by Thursday evening (call Steve at 519-273-4067) or e-mail wrayfamily@rogers.com if you are planning to attend, so the arrangements for food can be made. Thanks. All are welcome - no age limit. It is very informal. 

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Messy Church
This program is designed to reach families who are "unchurched" as well as those for whom a Sunday morning does not work. If you have neighbours or friends who do not attend church, consider inviting them to Messy Church. This is an informal time filled with crafts, Bible stories/study and a meal. All in one program.

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"New Life" Praise Band
Every third Sunday of the month, the band enjoys providing traditional/contemporary music and the “new hymns” of the church to enrich congregational worship, blending traditional and contemporary worship experiences for the congregation. Members of the NLPB enjoy professional instruction and leadership from Mr. Robert Pope of Stratford. Currently, we have a complement of guitars - bass, rhythm and lead, drums and percussion, keyboard and piano as well as a chorus of four singers. They invite those interested in joining to come to a practice at St. Andrew’s Church. The band would be happy to incorporate brass and strings into the ensemble.

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Nursery
The Nursery program provides care for infants and toddlers during the Sunday morning worship service. The children enjoy a supervised, safe and nurturing environment in our Nursery. We invite anyone wanting to assist with this ministry to our very young children, to please contact Mrs. Nancy Baker. Assistance is particularly needed over the summer months to give the regular caregivers an opportunity to attend worship.

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OneCare (AKA Meals on Wheels)
This program is to assist in the delivery of hot nourishing meals to those restricted to their own home within the Community. The Meals on Wheels office sends out schedules of when and how many deliverers are needed to provide for those who are home-bound. Sign up sheets are placed in McCullough Hall 3 - 4 weeks prior to delivery dates.

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Pastoral Care
This is a small group of caregivers who are organized to maintain a steady connection with our “home pew” friends – those who are unable to attend services with any frequency. The team meets around ten times a year to up-date the needs of the congregation. At Christmas, small gifts are delivered to the “home pew” friends as well as those in senior homes.

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PCM (AKA the Men's Breakfast Group)
This group meets every third Saturday of each month, twelve months of the year. Breakfast is served at 9 am sharp. Each breakfast has a speaker that offers an interesting and uplifting message. The program lasts one hour and fifteen minutes including breakfast. All donations after expenses are used for the work of the PCM and support Tidzilerana Club located in Malawi through PWS&D. The group also does fundraising events. The PCM also provides other needs where and when needed such as the children’s Christmas shopping event. Membership in this group is for all Christian men regardless of church affiliation. Anyone with an interest is welcome to join them.

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PCW (Presbyterian Church Women)
We meet the first Monday of the month at 7 pm in The Gathering Place at St. Andrew’s Church and are an amalgamated group with the Women’s Mission Society (WMS). Members take turns planning short programs of their choice, which have included mission speakers and studies as well as occasional visits to see community projects. Meetings normally include hymns and a scripture reading during our devotions. At the conclusion of our meeting, we have a great time socializing while eating a light lunch with a cup of tea or coffee. We always share laughter and fellowship. Our fundraising efforts include our Fall Turkey Supper among other events and when asked will gladly prepare special luncheons or dinners as well as funeral luncheons. With our funds raised, we have made donations to Evangel Hall, Rett Syndrome, Refugee Projects, PWS&D, Winnipeg Quilt Project and Mission, St. Andrew’s Community Meal Project and the General Operating Fund of St. Andrew’s Church . Many of our members and former members enjoy subscribing to Glad Tidings. All women of our church are most welcome to come and join us at meetings or just for our semi annual Ladies dinners usually held in December and June.

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Prayer Circle
The Prayer Circle provides prayer support for members, friends and relatives in times of illness, death or stress at 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, Bernice, 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.

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The SAINT Newsletter
This monthly newsletter is produced between Kathryn Currie and Heather Racher every month. Articles and reports are encouraged by every active group within our church, being submitted by email or handwritten and then they are typed up, proofread by Kathryn and then sent back to Heather for the final printing. Contributions to the newsletter and pictures of the Travelling SAINT are always encouraged from all church groups and congregation members for inclusion each month.

Because “The Saint” 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. We do combine the July and August issues into one for the summer.

We are always thankful for those who do submit articles and jokes and humour. Keep up the good communication!!

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Sunday School

Sunday School takes place upstairs in Hayter Hall every Sunday following the Children’s Message near the beginning of the service. Sunday School lessons are Biblically-based, relevant, and taught using a Rotational model (Arts and Crafts, Science, Games, Cooking) to connect the Scriptures with as many learning-styles as possible. Our classes include a variety of ages who explore God’s word in fun and engaging ways, and we warmly invite your child or children to come and see!

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Welcoming Team​
This group came together to find ways to make our church home a friendly, easy place for all to enjoy Christian fellowship. This booklet is one of our projects, along with the Ministry of Greeters, the Children Only Shopping Day, The Memorial Tree Service and any other project that seems like a good idea that “someone” should do. This group is that “someone” and enjoys providing the extra “something” when needed. This committee is guided by our Mission and Value Statements. All are welcome on the Team, whether you want to help with just one particular project which interests you, or join full time to see what happens next. Meetings, while somewhat informal, are a lot of fun. Why not come out and see on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in The Gathering Place?