Worship Schedule and Church School

Sunday Morning:

8:00 - 9:00  Traditional service
9:30 - 10:30  Contemporary Service
10:15 - 11:00  Church School
Coffee hour follows each service

Wednesday Morning:

10:00   Holy Eucharist and Healing Service

New Service Schedule in Effect

We are using a revised schedule for church services and Sunday school that started on Sunday, September 13. The traditional church service now begins at 8 o'clock, and the contemporary family service starts at 9:30. Families and children are encouraged to attend the 9:30 family service. Children enrolled in church school will be invited to receive bread and wine first during the eucharist and will then leave directly for their classrooms (about 10:15). Church school will end 45 minutes later (about 11 o'clock). The adult choir will continue to alternate between the two church services. Children will only serve as acolytes, or sing in a choir, at the family service. Coffee hour and adult education will follow the family service.

Discernment Day Scheduled

Sunday, September 27 from 3:30 to 8:00pm is Discernment Day. This time will be spent gathering information that the Transition Team will use to write a profile and job description for the next rector. This is everyone's chance to share their opinions of what they want St. Andrew's to be and what kind of priest they want to lead it. Supper will be served. Childcare will be provided. Teens are encouraged to attend.

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!

A New 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 beginning September 23. 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.

Something New--Weekly Bulletin On-Line

The curent Weekly Bulletin will be posted here prior to Sunday services. Just click on the "Weekly Bulletin & Readings" link to the left. In addition, an email message announcing availability and a link to the current week's Bulletin will be sent to everyone who has provided us an email address via the Constant Contact link in the lower left column. Take advantage of this opportunity to stay informed of Sunday's Services, Readings, Participants, Announcements, Prayer List, and more.

Looking For Church School Coordinator

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Madison seeks a part-time Christian Education director. For more information see our advertisement.

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.

More News

Win-Win with Stop and Shop cards

Some Photos of Interest

Combined Choirs Feb. 2, 2014
2013 Holiday Fair
2012 Holiday Fair
Bishop Ahrens Visit

Adult Education Program
Will Start Again in September

Please join us every Sunday morning at 9:30 am in Farmer Hall for coffee hour and conversation. This year we are providing a rotating schedule of adult forums that cycle each month. They include: 1st Sunday of the month - Theological, faith, worship and religious issues; 2nd Sunday - Parish community topics; 3rd Sunday - Outreach discussions; and 4th Sunday - Diocesan happenings.

'Estimate of Giving' for 2015

Thank you to everyone who has turned in an "Estimate of Giving" card. We will continue to collect these cards, so if you have not had an opportunity to return one you can download an Estimate of Giving Card as a PDF file. The card can be dropped into the collection plate or returned to the church office. They represent our individual commitments to St. Andrew's and we will be recording the responses.

Make a Little Extra to Share

The St. Andrew's Loaves and Fishes ministry provides meals to parishioners in times of illness, loss of a loved one, or welcoming a newborn--to name a few. Please consider preparing a meal; they can be simple and you can choose a time that is mutually agreeable for you and the recipient. If you are not much for cooking but available to drive, we can pair you with a cooking buddy just like a good wine. It's easy and it's meaningful--please get involved! For more information, phone Brenda Naegel at 203 887-7640 or send an e-mail.

Discussion of St. Andrew's Goals

Last winter our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, challenged the vestry to come up with three broad goals and an action plan to meet them. The three goals are:

  • Renew St. Andrew's Focus on Love, Diversity, Family and Community.
  • Feed our Hunger for a Deeper Spiritual Life.
  • Optimize our Organizational Structure in Order to Better Share the Work of Running St. Andrew's Together.

The action steps are outlined in a 5-page pdf document. Just click on the "Goals & Actions Report" icon in the upper left column.

Shop the St. Andrew's Bookstore

Shop all of Amazon from St. Andrew's website. Books to baby stuff, electronics to clothes, toys to tools, everything Amazon sells including the latest Woman's Spirituality Book Club selection. Plus order specially chosen books and music from the St. Andrew's Bookstore. Just click on the icon at the left to go to the bookstore and Amazon portal. Every time you place an order through our bookstore or by using Amazon through the familiar search box included, St. Andrew's will receive a portion of the sale amount. No increase in price and you get the outstanding Amazon on-line shopping experience. A great fundraiser for the church! Use this easy path for all your Amazon purchases.

Memorial Garden Renovated

The Memorial Garden of the Resurrection underwent a complete rejuvenation thanks to donations from parishioners and other friends of St. Andrew's. Plantings of hydrangeas, cypress, mountain laurel, leucothoe, japonica, and rhododendrons added to the renewal. Summer Hill Nurseries, M & M Landscaping, and the Memorial Garden Committee—great job!