Faith Formation Opportunities

Adult Church School Classes Resume Sunday, 15 January

Perhaps you’ve made resolutions for 2017, commitments to eat more healthily, spend more rationally, read more widely.  All are worthy goals, but you may want to consider one other one: grow in faith.  As with all resolutions, the goal of growing in faith works better if it is realistic and specific.

One way of growing in faith is to take part in an adult class at St. Andrew.  Here’s what our four classes will be studying in January:

The Story –This overview of the Bible tells the overarching story of God’s continuing love affair with humanity in a chronological narrative.  Author Randy Frazee introduces each segment on the accompanying DVD.  Class members will explore what it means to be part of God’s story. January’s classes will begin with the rise of King David in the Old Testament book I Samuel. The Jack Holladay Class, led by Curtis Corl, meets in Room 206 on the second floor of the education building.

The Lives of Great Christians –The followers of Jesus often led lives of great courage as well as great faith.  Beginning with Paul and the first Christian missionaries, this DVD study will introduce participants to many famous and not-so-famous Christians through the centuries.  The Faith Journey Class, led by Harry Cross, meets in Room 205 on the second floor of the education building.

Animate Bible– What is this book we look to as the central text of our faith?  This DVD series focuses on seven central topics –Canon (how did these 66 separate books become the Bible as we know it?), History, Testaments, Gospels, Genre (how do we understand the differences between history and poetry, prophecy and letters?), Interpretation, and Grace.  Each session in this video series is presented by a leading voice in American Christianity today.  Video clips will spark conversations that honor our thoughtful questions.  The Challenge of Faith Class, led by Steve Suhring, meets in Room 204 on the second floor of the education building.

Wired Word – What does Scripture have to say about current events?  How can we view today’s headlines through the lens of faith?  Join in the discussion as we take a look at how the week’s scriptures apply to everyday life.  The Homebuilders Class is comprised of parents of young children.  It is led by Bo Hamrick and Martha Goodwin and meets in Room 101 on the first floor of the education building.

CrossWalk - (children ages 4 - 5th grade) - begin a three-month study on Moses using selected scenes from the movie "The Prince of Egypt".  Children will make a burning bush nightlight to remind them of God's presence in our lives, cook unleavened bread as they learn about the Passover, and act out the Ten Commandments, among many other workshops.  Classes meet on the first floor of the new education building.

  • January - Bullrushes to the Burning Bush
  • February - The Plagues and the Passover
  • March - The Ten Commandments

Middle/Sr High - resume the curriculum, God Talks, and meet on the second floor of the new education building.

  • January - Benefits of Believing
  • February - Prayer

Kirk Night Resumes February 15th - Menus posted in "Upcoming Events" under dates

Kirk Night – Wednesdays, 15 February through 5 April, 5:45-7:30 p.m.

Kirk (from the Scottish word for ‘church’) Night is St. Andrew’s midweek evening of programming.  Beginning with a meal at 5:45, Kirk Night includes practice for children’s choir and children’s chimes, hand bell practice, a children’s art class, youth group for middle and senior high students, and adult classes as well.

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Supper – 5:45-6:30 p.m. Join us for a hot meal prepared by one of the committees of the church.  Cost is $4.50 for adults and $2 for children, with a $20 maximum for families.  While the main menu changes from week to week, peanut butter and jelly is always an option.  There is no charge for youth group members.

Childcare – Nursery care is available for infants through 3 year olds.  4 and 5 year olds may attend the nursery if parents are in class or practice.  Older children must either be in a class or with their parents during the 6:30-7:30 time period.

Music Rehearsals

·  Children’s choir – 6:20-6:45 p.m. for 4 year olds through 1st graders.  Room 14, behind the sanctuary.

·  Children’s chimes – 6:45 - 7:10 p.m. for Kindergartners through 5th graders. Room 14, behind the sanctuary.

·  Jubilee Bells (for less experienced bell ringers) – 6:30-7:00 p.m.  Minimum age is 2nd grade, or with permission of the leader, Joey Parrish.  Bell Choir room, upstairs behind the sanctuary.

·  Celebration Bells (for experienced bell ringers) – 7:00-7:45 p.m.  Minimum age is 5th grade through adults, or with permission of the leader, Joey Parrish.  Bell Choir room, upstairs behind the sanctuary.

Art Class – 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Children in 1st through 5th grades work on art projects in Room 103 on the first floor of the education building.

Youth Group – 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Middle and senior high students meet together in the Youth Room on the second floor of St. Andrew’s education building.  Beginning with a café-style dinner, students experience fun, friends, and faith.  Youth Groups are led by Angie Hillis-Baurle.

Adult Classes

·   Who Moved the Owner’s Manual? Raising Christian Children in the 21st Century.  Feel as if you are out of your depth when it comes to apps, devices, websites, and games that your kids want to use?  Want to talk with them more about digital media but aren’t sure how to open the conversation?  Join other parents as we explore Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital Media World.  This is NOT just a class for parents of teenagers!  This is the kind of information we ALL need to know and is open to parents of children of all ages! Facilitated by Beth Lyon-Suhring, this class meets from 6:30-7:30 in Room 206 on the second floor of the education building.

·  Hidden Theology in Popular Music.  Listen with new ears to secular songs you’ve heard hundreds of times before and discover the language of faith.  Led by Pastor Leigh Gillis, this class will meet from 6:30-7:30 in the Library, Room 4 on the office wing of the church.





Our Services

Worship Times:

Sunday: 9 am & 11 am

Church School: 9:45 am
  In the education wing

Nursery available: 9 am - 12 pm

Service Opportunities

CAPS Program

St. Andrew will join a group of Suffolk churches, the Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk, to host their Night Stay program for the first time this February 8-15.  Help demonstrate Christ's love to our homeless neighbors by volunteering to be a nighttime host or to help prepare food.  Use the Volunteer now form at the bottom of this page to contact Angie Hillis-Baurle to volunteer.

Food Pantry Wagon

Food Pantry Wagon

St. Andrew supports the Suffolk Food Pantry.  Members bring in items each month that have been listed on "reverse offering" slips received when they exit the worship service.

Upcoming Events

7:00 Diaconate

Church School at  9:45 - 10:40 am

Contemporary Service at 9:00

Traditional Worship at 11 a.m.


Martin Luther King Birthday Observance

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