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St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
1885 Bridge Rd, Suffolk, VA 23433
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.
Middle/Sr High - resume the curriculum, God Talks, and meet on the second floor of the new education building.
We have two services to choose from each Sunday:
a contemporary service at 9 a.m. with a praise band of instrumentalists and vocalists who lead the service in a mix of new and traditional music, with song lyrics projected on a screen, or
a traditional 11:00 a.m. service with Chancel Choir and organ or piano accompaniment to lead the congregation in the praise of God. Both services include a children's sermon, sermon preached from the day's lectionary Bible (click to be redirected to lectionary)passages, prayer, and offering. Nurseries are available during each service and during the educational hour between the services.
The Lord's Supper is USUALLY served the first Sunday of the month, as well as at other special times of the year. We have an open table (all may participate).
beginning in July through Labor Day, we have a combined 10:00 a.m. service which mixes the elements of both traditional and contemporary worship styles.
What should I wear? St. Andrew is a family with a wide variety of fashion tastes. You'll find everything from jeans and t-shirts to more traditional dresses and suits and ties and lots in between.
St. Andrew believes strongly in the centrality of worship in the life of the Christian community, and that includes children! That said, kids learn to worship in stages by becoming part of the service as they can understand it. Here's what you might consider:
Infants through age 3 - may stay in the nurseries in the Preschool Hallway adjacent to the sanctuary, where childcare providers lovingly care for them. We also have a Cry Room just around the corner from the Sanctuary entrance, where parents may take their infants and still hear the worship service.
Ages 4 and 5 - participate in the first part of the worship service, praising God in song and fellowship with other worshipers, leaving to go to the nursery after the children's message.
First graders and older- participate in the entire service, where worship is "caught" more than it is "taught." Even though young children may not understand everything that happens, they will learn through experience that they may glorify God right alongside their older family members. Consider using one of our worship bags, found at the entrance to the sanctuary.
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.
We are excited to inform you that we are participating in a program that allows us to earn FREE educational equipment. Now through May 31, 2017, St. Andrew Preschool will be able to earn points from Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy for valuable educational equipment. Please shop at Farm Fresh and scan our school’s key tag to earn points for our school. Please note: Key tags from the 2015-16 program will track spending during the 2016-17 program year. Contact Carol or Jim Carnegie, preschool directors, to obtain a key tag.