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

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. A $500 deposit made out to St. Andrew's is due by February 15. 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.

Got work?
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.


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

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 year 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 here to access it.

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.