Ministry as a Way of Life
The most important ministry we have is the ministry to those with whom we live and work. St. Andrew is a place where we take our faith seriously. As members of the Body of Christ through our Baptism, we are committed to nurturing that identity through worship and prayer, study and fellowship.
Ministry Within the St. Andrew Community
We offer Sunday school for all ages during the school year, as well as a variety of other programs for Christian formation. Sunday school teachers often discover that preparing for lessons is a wonderful tool for their own faith formation.
Each week over twenty people offer their time and gifts for our worship services. New volunteers are welcomed and appreciated. Ministries include the altar guild, lectors and Eucharistic ministers, acolytes, ushers, greeters, and our burgeoning choir. Please see the people page for contact persons for these and other ministry opportunities.
Our weekly coffee hour fellowship provides an opportunity to catch up with each other and stay connected in a society where people are increasingly isolated from one another. For many of our members who have moved far from their childhood homes, St. Andrew becomes a part of an extended family. Taking time to share with one another our joys and concerns is an important part of our ministry to one another.
Other annual events such as our Fall Festival, Lenten Pancake Supper, and St. Joseph’s Day Italian Feast are times when we invite the local community to share in our fellowship.
Ministry to the World
We also believe that we are called to share our gifts, talents, service and faith with the wider world. In addition to the wide-ranging ministries of individual parishioners, corporately we have committed our support to several specific activities, which include:
Elijah’s Mantle was founded as a community service project of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church to provide gently used children’s clothing to families in need. It is open to the public on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00am to noon. Clothing is available for boys and girls in sizes ranging from infant to size 16 free of charge.
Avon Township Food Bank
We collect and deliver non-perishable food items for our township food bank on a year round basis.
We also reach out to others through our support of diocesan and national church ministries, the United Thank Offering, the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund, and by sharing our space with local non-profit organizations for meetings.