Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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At St. Andrew’s, we believe every member of the body of Christ — the Church — is shaped to serve in ministry. Every member is a minister called to serve the Church; indeed, as St. Paul writes to the Ephesians, to “build up the body of Christ.”
Ministry is using the gifts God has given us to serve him and others with love. We minister in three ways:
Because we want you to use the gifts God gave you in service to the Church and others in a way that will glorify Christ, one of our purposes at St. Andrew’s is to help you identify your unique shape for ministry, and to equip you for that ministry. To this end, we offer Class 301: Discover your SHAPE for Ministry. In this class, you’ll learn how God shaped you for ministry, and how you can use the Spiritual gifts he gave you, your Heart or passion, your Abilities, Personality and Experiences to serve him in the church and in the world. Click here to learn more.
Below are a variety of ministries offered at St. Andrew’s. Some serve God in his Church, some serve the people of God, and others serve those beyond our doors whom God is calling us to reach for his kingdom. To get involved in any of these ministries, or to tap into the resources they offer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office at 740-548-5112.
Since the year 250 AD, acolytes have served as helpers to their priests. An acolyte assists the priest by performing a number of simple but important tasks before, during and at the close of the worship service. Duties include carrying the processional cross and torches, and assisting in preparing the altar for the Eucharist. Girls and boys in 6th grade and older, as well as adults, may serve as acolytes.
The St. Andrew’s Choir assists in leading congregational worship and offers special anthems to the glory of God each Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. service. Choir practice is held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
The priests are assisted at all regular Sunday worship services and at other times as appropriate by a corps of trained lay readers. They participate in the worship service as lectors, psalmists and chalicists, and read the Prayers of the People. Lay readers are under the direct supervision of the priests, and are licensed to perform the duties of this ministry by the bishop.
Vestry, the governing body of St. Andrew’s, meets the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. This group has responsibility for visioning, overseeing the direction of the Parish, and promoting our purpose and mission. Members are elected by the congregation in November and take office the following January. Any confirmed member of the Parish who is at least 21 years of age is eligible to be elected to the Vestry.
Three sub-groups appointed by the Vestry have the authority and responsibility to make the day-to-day decisions in their respective areas. These groups are:
Finance Team — Meets monthly to oversee the budget, make financial decisions, audit the church’s funds, oversee investments, plan the budget and make recommendations to the Vestry in the area of finances.
Staff Support Team —
in an advocacy role for the staff, helping them set goals
and evaluate progress, and provides direction to the Vestry
and Rector in setting staff policies and procedures, as well
as hiring guidelines.
Greeters welcome newcomers each Sunday and strive to make their first experience at St. Andrew’s as comfortable and as pleasant as possible. They distribute information packets, invite visitors to fill out a visitor’s information card, and otherwise assist in orienting them to the church and the service. Greeters may also introduce newcomers to the clergy and other members of the Parish.
Fellowship is important at St. Andrew’s, allowing for the feeding of the body as well as the spirit as we share our daily lives together. Activities through the year allow the Parish family to come together for fun and fellowship. Sunday morning fellowship in the Gathering Area, Parish dinners and picnics are a few examples. Specific events are announced in the Parish newsletter and Sunday bulletin. In addition, we offer a variety of Small Groups that provide opportunities for fellowship and spiritual growth.
Adult Small Groups
Assimilation Bible Study Groups are designed to help you connect with Christ and others through fellowship, prayer and Bible Study, and mutual support. Small Group Bible Studies take place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., from September to June. In addition, there are groups for Young Adults and Women that meet weekdays.
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is a ministry of prayer, study and service for the men of the church. The members of the Brotherhood are committed to daily prayer for the Church and for those men who seek a closer relationship with Christ. Our chapter focuses on Scripture study as it relates to faith and prayer and Christian living, supporting the men of our Parish in being Christian leaders in the home, at work and in Church. The Brotherhood of St. Andrew’s also coordinates the Bookstore.
Daughters of the Holy Cross
The Order of the Daughters of the Holy Cross is a ministry of women who commit themselves to a lifelong program of daily prayer for the Church, New Testament study, service to the Church and others, evangelism and the strengthening of the spiritual life of their parishes.
A nursery is provided at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services for young children. Because children at St. Andrew’s are fully involved in the worship life of the parish, parents are asked to pick up their children at The Peace so that they may join the congregation for Holy Communion. Parents are welcome to take advantage of this service, or to keep their children with them during the entire worship service.
Adult Life Gruops
Life Groups are the soul of the Discipleship phase of our M.A.D.E. in Christ spiritual growth process. They are the place where you will practice and develop the spiritual habits that will help you grow into a mature follower of Jesus Christ . . . the place where you will gather in fellowship with a group of Christian friends who will hold one another accountable to the spiritual goals they’ve developed for their life . . . the place where you will come to know Christ personally, and learn to hear and follow God’s will for your life. The spiritual habits are no more, and no less, than what we committed to in our Baptismal Covenant: “to continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.”
Children’s Ministries at St. Andrew’s are offered for toddlers through 6th Grade, with lessons designed to help children apply timeless Bible truths to their lives. Children join the congregation for Holy Communion at The Peace.
At 9:30 and 11 a.m., we offer Godly Play for children age 3½ through 5th Grade. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children that is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. For more information about Catechesis at St. Andrew’s, click here. To learn more about The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, visit www.godlyplayfoundation.org.
To learn more about Children’s Ministries, contact Val Bowser,Ddirector of Children's Ministries, at email@example.com.
Our Youth Ministries seek to introduce young people in 6th through 12th Grade to the spiritual habits of discipleship — daily Bible reading and prayer, regular attendance at Sunday worship and fellowship with a group of Christian peers. Bible study for youth is offered at 11 a.m. In addition, our youth gather regularly for fellowship and service activities.
Anglican 4th Day
At right, Donna Gough, Renewal Ministries Coordinator at St. Andrew’s, visits with Archbishop Robert Duncan of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) during the Anglican 4th Day Ultreya in Texas in August 2010.
Click here to learn more about the new Anglican 4th Day movement.
Cursillo, Via de Cristo and Cum Christo:
These are highly structured three-day weekends for Christians designed to strengthen and renew their faith. It is a time with Christ that enhances and makes real one’s relationship with him, and offers a specific method for living a fully Christian life.
Group Reunions & Ultreyas
Renewal weekends present a “method” for living a fully Christian life, and to that end provides two follow-up activities — Group Reunion and Ultreya. Group Reunion is a gathering of from two to six friends for the purpose of support, prayer and shared accountability. Ultreya is a gathering of the groups for celebration of community, and sharing joys and problems. Group reunions are arranged solely at the convenience of the individual participants. Locally, Ultreya is now a joint venture of the Episcopal Cursillo and the Lutheran Via de Christo. Everyone is welcome at Ultreya, regardless of whether they have attended a weekend.
Happening: Happening is a three-day weekend renewal event for teenagers.
Vocare: Vocare is a three-day weekend renewal event for young adults.
Marriage Enrichment and Support Ministry
The Marriage Enrichment and Support Ministry at St. Andrew’s is composed of couples who have attended a Marriage Encounter weekend, a 44-hour experience designed to make strong marriages even better — to help couples rediscover God’s plan for their marriage, and to help them fall in love with their husband or wife all over again. The group believes that all love originates in God and that their couple love for one another is his way of joining in their lives every day. At their monthly meetings, couples learn from others’ experiences how to respond to the many challenges relationships in 21st Century America face, so that they can keep their love strong and healthy, and so that they can show their love to the world. Encountered couples believe that God created the sacrament of marriage to be an example to the world of the selfless love that he has for all of us, and that those who are united in Christian marriage are called by God to a special mission, a vocation to witness to his love for all mankind through showing the strength of their love for one another to the world. Their goal is to empower St. Andrew’s to become a beacon of God’s love to the world through strong marriages, letting their love shine brightly as a reflection of his love.
The Rev. Ric Bowser
Family Counseling Ministries
740-548-5112, Ext. 303
Mary Alice Busick, M.S.W., L.S.W.
Carpenter’s Touch Counseling
740-548-5112, Ext. 302
Seminars and programs open to the entire congregation and the community at large are also offered periodically.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Lay Eucharistic Visitors are commissioned by the priests and licensed by the Bishop to take communion directly from the Sunday morning Eucharist to people who are shut-in or ill. This allows these members of our Parish who are unable to join us physically on Sundays to remain “one body in Christ” with us spiritually.
Order of St. Luke
The Order of St. Luke (OSL) is an internationally recognized order for healing ministries. OSL members assist in the administration of the sacrament of Holy Unction (the anointing with oil, laying on of hands and prayers for healing) and serve as hospital visitors, assisting the clergy with hospital calls, as well as visits to people who are ill at home. OSL also sponsors special healing services from time-to-time.
Prayer intercessors pray with parishioners during communion at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday worship service for personal cares and concerns, concerns for others or thanksgivings for God’s blessings. They will also offer the sacrament of Holy Unction upon request.
The Prayer Chain offers parishioners an opportunity to confidentially request prayer or offer thanksgivings, which will be passed down the chain by phone to the members. To request prayer, click here.
Stephen Ministers in more than 10,000 congregations worldwide, including
St. Andrew’s, are providing confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are experiencing a crisis in life, from the loss of a job, to the break-up of a relationship or death of a loved one. Stephen Ministers are lay people who have received 50 hours of specialized instruction. They are committed to listening to and providing Christian care for others. Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the Stephen Ministry; while caregivers are regularly supervised, no names or circumstance are discussed. The PBS “Religion and Ethics” news show aired a feature on this life-changing ministry. Click here to see the video, and here to learn more about Stephen Ministry.
Parish Health Ministry
The Parish Health Initiative Ministry (HIM) sponsors programs to promote the physical, spiritual and emotional, intellectual, social and vocational wellness of members of the congregation. Blood pressure screenings are offered on a periodic basis, and other activities are held as announced.
Equipment for Ministry — Outreach Ministries
Kairos and Epiphany Prison Ministries
Kairos (Greek for “God’s time”) is a program for prison residents designed to bring them to know and accept Christ.The program also provides them with resident and outside support communities to enable them to live fully Christian lives. Kairos adapts the Cursillo weekend and method to the prison environment, to bring those inside into the love and community of Christ.
Participants must have attended one of the “street” weekends (that’s what anything outside a prison is called inside the prison) to participate, and promise to be Christian community at monthly gatherings in the prisons for one year. Community is also shared through cookie baking, letter writing and banner and placemat making. A number of members of St. Andrew’s serve on teams for Kairos weekends. Presently, Kairos is in place at Lebanon Correctional Institution, the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, the Marion Correctional Institution, the Ross Correctional Institution and the Trumbull Correctional Institution. In addition, monthly reunions are held in both the Franklin and Cleveland Pre-Release Centers for Women.
Epiphany is a three-day renewal event for incarcerated juveniles.
Common Ground Free Store Ministries
St. Andrew’s is proud to support Common Ground Free Store Ministries in it’s mission to provide free clothing, household goods, books, toys and more to all in need, regardless of their situation. There are no income requirements or guidelines to meet. The store’s philosophy is that everyone is on “common ground.” In addition to our services at the Common Ground Free Store, St. Andrew’s participates in Praise Jam, the Free Store’s annual fund-raiser, and donates the loose offering on fifth Sundays to Common Grounds.
St. Andrew’s Discretionary Fund
The St. Andrew’s Discretionary Fund is a fund managed by the clergy and used to assist those, both inside and outside of the Parish, who have needs. Donations are collected on the first Sunday of the month during the offertory at Sunday services.
Blessing of the Animals
Each year, on the Saturday closest to St. Francis Day (Oct. 4), St. Andrew’s offers a service of Blessing of the Animals on the front lawn of the church. A donation of a can or bag of pet food is requested of those who bring their pets to be blessed, with the proceeds going to the Delaware County Humane Society, where our parish youth also volunteer several times a year.
the Coalition for Christian Outreach at Ohio State University
the Salvation Army
Partnerships with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action at The Ohio State University
the American Red Cross and Bloodmobile
the Anglican Relief and Development Fund, which provides emergency aid to victims of disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods
For information, ontact Marty Scott, Coordinator of Outreach Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Ministries of Service
In addition to these organized outreach ministries, members of St. Andrew’s reach out to their community in a number of other ways, including serving as literacy tutors, caring for Alzheimer’s patients, volunteering at local hospitals, visiting the elderly and working with young people.