Worship Schedule and Church School
|8:00 - 9:00||Traditional service|
|9:30 - 10:30||Contemporary Service|
|10:15 - 11:00||Church School|
|10:00||Holy Eucharist and Healing Service|
Youth matters at St. Andrew's
The Middle and High School Youth Groups at St. Andrew's are alive and well, thanks in large part to the efforts of parent coordinators, Sandy Butler, middle school, and Lynn Milner, high school. These amazing women have teamed up with Mary Merkle-Scotland and other parent volunteers to bring monthly youth activities to the teenagers at St. Andrew's.
Registration for the Youth Services Opportunity Project is open to our confirmation candidates and high school youth and is happening at this time. It is a powerful way to learn about homelessness and the challenges faced by food insecure families every day. This trip is scheduled for March 25-26, 2016 (Good Friday-Saturday) and will be run in collaboration with the Madison Interfaith Youth Coalition (MIYC). The MIYC recently sponsored a fun and engaging progressive dinner in November for high school youth and the homeless immersion on the Green in October. If you would like more information about youth events, please contact Mary Merkle-Scotland. We use the Shutterfly online community to post pictures, post forms, communicate with group members and maintain our calendar of activities.
In addition to YSOP, plans are underway for the 28th annual diocesan trip to the Dominican Republic, July 16-24th. Let Mary know if you are interested in participating this summer. Students work together to plan and execute a week of vacation Bible school--in Spanish--for 100-150 children, aged 4-14 in the barrio next to Santa Margarita's parish in Santo Domingo! Make new friends, practice your Spanish and be amazed by the love and energy of the these amazing young kids--and who knows, you might even stretch your faith muscles a bit! Click here for information and forms related to this year's trip.
If you are interested in helping plan or chaperone the summer mission trip, Mary is in the process of finalizing dates and location and will need a handful of helpful adults who are able to take a week off from work and who enjoy the wonderful energy of our high school youth. Dates soon!
Church School Registration Forms
Registration forms are available for church school and also for middle & high school youth groups. Please download the number of forms you need. Hard copies of the forms also are available outside the church school office. Leave all completed forms in the folder holder outside the office. Thanks very much!
Calling All Chefs
Earlier this year the Vestry stepped out in a leap of faith and approved the renovation of the Parish kitchen. Recalling the famous quote: "If you build it, they will come" and after many years of doing without a functional kitchen we built it, and now we need you to come. This December the new kitchen will be operational and we are going to have many new opportunities to break bread together.
A key ingredient to successfully implementing active cooking and meal preparation into parish life will be a new Kitchen Committee. The Committee is needed to champion the proper operation and preservation of the kitchen. Without an overseeing group we run a very real risk of letting our investment fall into disarray. There will be ongoing maintenance, cleanliness and safety procedures that must be adhered to. Please contact Alan Miller if you are interested and willing to serve on this new Committee.
Spirituality Discussion Group
Led by Mother Jenni and John Armstrong, a new discussion program will explore the first thousand years of Christianity, tracing the development of Roman Christianity and Celtic Christianity. These two distinct traditions grew up separately but sometimes collided and together formed much of what Christianity is today. The group will meet once a month on Wednesday evenings at 7:00. All parishioners are invited! There will be some light assigned reading, but no prior knowledge of church history is required. Anyone interested should speak to or email Jenni or John.
Join the Welcoming Team
We want to resume the practice of providing a personal "welcome" to everyone attending Sunday services. Vestry members have offered to serve as Welcomers, but additional help is needed. Volunteers will not be asked to serve more than once a month. The job calls for a Welcomer to be in the narthex before the start of each service, greet worshipers, and pass out name tags. An important part of this ministry is meeting newcomers and helping them feel comfortable. Additional assistance might include directing parents and children to Sunday School classes, an invitation to coffee hour, pointing out the rest rooms, or explaining elevator operation. Anyone interested in joining the Welcoming Team should contact Kristen Garnett or Colleen McHugh who are organizing this this ministry.