Posts by Barbara Hutchinson (Page 11)

Posts by Barbara Hutchinson (Page 11)

Crucifer Training

This past Saturday, our vergers, whose ministry is centered around hospitality and worship preparation, trained several young people to be crucifers. It is very important to us that our young people find their place within our worship leadership. Our Book of Common Prayer states that all baptized are full members of the Church and we honor that by involving our young people in as many roles as possible at St. Andrew’s. Crucifers carry the cross and lead the procession into…

Parish Summer BBQ

We gathered for a great meal, lively conversation, and fun at our annual parish Summer BBQ. Our young people enjoyed writing prayers on our outdoor prayer chalkboards as they prepared to head off to school in a few days. Thanks to all who came and joined in on the fun!

Blessing of the Backbacks

Each year our parish joins with others in the community of Shippensburg to make sure all the school children have the back-to-school supplies they need for the start of school. This year, in collaboration with the employees of Volvo and the residents of The Episcopal Square, we collected over 500 pencil boxes and 1000 colored pencils.     Sometimes, this is what love looks!       Members of our parish also helped out on the day of the Blessing,…

Contemplative Practices Series

We understand the need to know God deep within our souls, as well as to know about God through our study of scripture and our experience of God in worship and through community. Contemplative Practices bring us into the stillness of God when we can hear that small voice of God whispering or speaking loudly to us. We have designed a series of opportunities to enter into this space with God and others. Our first contemplative evening together was spent…

Simply Scripture Continues

Reading and engaging the scriptures opens our hearts to the truth and life of Christ. Learning about the Bible and how it informs and forms our lives is a life-long process. We invite you to join us on this journey. No experience is required. We look at the scriptures by identifying key words, themes, characters, context, and by asking the question: What does this text tell us about God?” or “What does this text tell us about our relationship with God?”…

Mike Rhodes Commissioned as a Verger at St. Andrew’s

On July 31, Mike Rhodes became our newest verger. In a very special service, with vergers from our diocese present, and a letter from our Bishop read to him, and the parish family gathered around him, Mike committed himself to this service and was warmly welcomed into this ministry. Mike had successfully completed the training course from The Verger’s Guild of The Episcopal Church and was prepared for this duty. Here’s a description of the position of verger: VGEC (Verger’s…

Verger’s Voice – How our building shapes our prayer

Verger’s Talk – Your surroundings and your prayer October 11,2015 Take a moment and look around.  What does all this mean? Is there really an interaction between architecture or your surroundings and liturgy? I have worshiped in many places over the years, on top of a mountain and inside a cavern.  In large Cathedrals and Churches smaller than this.  In Presbyterian, Lutheran, Brethren, and a Russian Orthodox Church. I even got to visit a Buddhist Temple.  I attended a Jewish…

“Who is God?” Conversation Begins June 17

Join our conversation where we can talk honestly and openly about what who we think God is or isn’t and to discover not answers, but what questions are helpful to be asking about our relationship with God. Come  and experience God and learn more about what you believe. Just let Mother Barbara know you are interested in joining.