How to get involved at St. Andrew’s
Come and worship at St. Andrew’s with Friendly Presbyterians, Sundays @ 11 a.m.
Take part in Bible Study on Sunday mornings @ 9:30 a.m. Use the parking lot side door, stop in the kitchen for a cup of coffee or tea, and join the group in the Parlour.
Stay for coffee, tea, juice, cookies, and conversation after worship each Sunday. Volunteers provide the snacks, and we all gather in the lower hall for a time of meeting new and old friends.
Children age 3 to grade 8 are invited to attend St. Andrew’s Church School on Sunday mornings. We all worship together at 11 a.m., and then the children go downstairs for their classes after the Children’s Story. Our dedicated Church School teachers use the “Feasting on the Word” curriculum to teach biblical stories and apply them to the every day life of the children. About 8 times each year, we have “Family Worship” in which children and adults worship together for the whole worship service. These services include special activities for the children.
Parents with younger children are welcome to bring their children to worship. We also have a nursery available for your convenience with a radio broadcasting the worship service.
There is an elevator available for anyone needing to use it. Access is via the parking lot door with the ramp. From there, the elevator will take you up to the sanctuary for worship or down to the lower hall for coffee time.
During the Week
St. Andrew’s is a busy place throughout the week as well as on Sundays.
Adult Education takes place intermittently throughout the year. Watch for notices about upcoming programs.
The Choir meets in the lower hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings each week. Under the direction of Gillian Lyons who also serves as organist/pianist, the choir provides leadership for the congregational song on Sunday mornings. The choir also prepares an anthem each week, and plans special music for Christmas and Easter celebrations. The choir always welcomes new members. If you can’t commit to choir every week, but you’d like to join the choir for a special season, you’re welcome to do so as well.
Check out the Music at St. Andrew’s site maintained by Gillian Lyons. See photos, videos, read the latest choir news.
The Youth Group is a group for those in grades 7-12. We meet on alternate Friday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. We have a great time together with discussion, study, games, and other activities. We participate in youth conferences with other Presbyterians from around Saskatchewan and across the country, such as Canada Youth. We also take on some service projects each year.
The Thursday Group is a group for adult fellowship and education. We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the lower hall. Our programs are planned by members of the group. Sometimes we invite speakers, and sometimes members of the group provide the leadership. Topics are varied and interesting, including travel, health, history, theology, and more. Sometimes we also have field trips to local points of interest.
The Women’s League is a group for women with an interest in fellowship and service. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Parlour. We organize a Christmas Tea and Bake Sale each year. We take care of the kitchen and supplies at the church. We also support the pastoral care ministry by making Christmas hampers for those who are home bound, and providing tea and refreshments for funerals held at the church. We enjoy a short worship time at our meetings, and we share refreshments following the meeting each month.
The Hildur Hermanson Women’s Missionary Society is St. Andrew’s chapter of our church’s national Women’s Missionary Society. We meet on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the kitchen. Our purpose is to explore mission opportunities both locally and around the world, to promote mission education in the congregation, and to encourage engagement in mission. We enjoy worshipping together, studying together, as well as a social time at the end of our meeting.
The Prayer Shawl Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 2-4 pm for an informal time of visiting and knitting or crocheting. Those who are not able to attend are still encouraged to participate in this ministry by making prayer shawls at home. Prayer Shawls are made with prayer and love, and are given to people in our community who are grieving, sick, home bound, or experiencing other challenges. We also make baby blankets for little ones being baptized in our church community.
The Men’s Breakfast is a group of men from Presbyterian churches across Saskatoon who meet for discussion and fellowship. They meet on Monday mornings at 9 a.m. at Smitty’s in Market Mall, obviously over breakfast.
The Women’s Breakfast is a group of women from Presbyterian churches across Saskatoon. They normally meet on the last Saturday of September, November, January, March, and May at 8:30 a.m. at Mulberry’s Restaurant on Third Avenue between 22nd & 23rd Streets. They begin with breakfast and conversation, followed by a short program planned by members of the group.
Vacation Bible School is a program for kids in grade 1 to grade 8. It often takes place for one week during the summer. The program includes bible stories, singing, crafts, drama, games, and more.
Women’s Camp is a weekend away for women of all ages. It happens at Camp Christopher, our Synod Camp, on the weekend after Labour Day each September. It’s always a great weekend of learning, bible study, fellowship, and fun in the outdoors.
Pot luck suppers, family programs, and other special events take place intermittently throughout the year. Watch the website home page or the Sunday bulletin for upcoming events for all ages.
Opportunities to Serve
The Session is the group that oversees everything that happens within the church and its ministries. The Session is made up of ruling elders – men and women who are elected by the congregation and ordained to serve in this way. The minister is the moderator of the Session.
Committees of Session work to plan special programs and worship services, and to support the ongoing ministry of St. Andrew’s. The committees include Christian Education, Outreach, Pastoral Care, Stewardship, and Worship. The committees are always looking for willing volunteers to join them in their particular ministries. Most committees meet about once each month, except during the summer.
The Board of Managers is the group that looks after the church property and finances. The Board meets once a month to attend to the good stewardship of our resources. Board members are nominated and approved to serve in this way at a congregational meeting.
Teachers and Leaders contribute to the ministry of St. Andrew’s by offering their gifts at church school teachers, and leaders for children’s and youth programs during the week. Volunteers in these areas are interviewed, sign a covenant of care document, and are also asked to have a criminal record check. We value the safety and security of our children, youth, and vulnerable adults, so we follow the Leading with Care policy of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Ushers and Greeters on Sunday mornings provide a warm welcome to visitors and newcomers to our church. Speak to one of the ushers if you are interested in helping out with this ministry.
Sound System Volunteers make sure that our sound system is working properly for Sunday worship. They monitor the sound levels and make recordings of the worship service. Note: Head phones are available for those who are hearing impaired. Speak to one of the “sound system guys” if you would like to help out with this ministry.
Hosts for Coffee Time make the coffee and tea for our fellowship time after church. They usually bring some cookies or other snacks as well. Contact the church office if you would like to help with this ministry of welcome.