We believe that liturgy is the work of the people. This means that it takes a community to come together and offer our prayers of thanksgiving to God and to receive the gifts of God. We all contribute in the way that is right for us: some by our regular presence, some by our prayers, some through being a worship leader, and others through our preaching and our administering the sacraments. Many parishioners, of all ages, are involved in our worship ministries.
Our acolytes assist in preparing for the service by lighting the altar candles, and then following the verger, our crucifer and acolytes lead the procession, carrying the torches and cross before the clergy and placing them at the altar.Youth Acolytes serve at the 10 a.m. service and at special services, such as Holy Week.
The Altar Guild prepares the altar for Sunday services and other services during the Church Year. The Altar Guild members carefully and lovingly maintains the silver, brass and fair linens used to enhance the worship experience. For More Information about the Altar Guild e-mail Cindy Elliot (email@example.com)
Choir & Music
The Choir is composed of singers who desire to share their love of music and assist in the worship of the congregation. The choir, accompanied by the organist and occasionally other instrumentalists, is an integral part of the Sunday 10 am service as well as other special services held at St. Andrews.
These parishioners enhance worship by greeting both friends and newcomers, helping everyone to feel at home at St. Andrew’s. The Greeters assist those who need help with seating and count those attending the service. They also assist the children who collect the offering of the congregation.
We have recently begun offering a time of healing prayers at both our 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services on the first Sunday of each month. This is a time of quiet devotion and prayer, offered by a healing minister, who has been regularly studying the healing scriptures of Christ in our Healing Prayer Group. We encourage people to come forward and to ask for prayers for themselves or for someone they carry in their heart who is in need of Christ’s healing love. These prayers can also be offerings of thanksgivings as well as for direction and guidance as we face some of life’s hard choices.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs)
The LEMs assist the clergy during the Liturgy with the distribution of Holy Communion. They offer the gifts of God to the people of God as they say the words, “The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.”
Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs)
The LEVs are the people of St. Andrew’s who take communion from the church to those who are sick or shut-in. This devotional ministry connects all members of the congregation, and places into action the words of prayer “…for those who are present, and for those who are absent…that we all may be one.
Both adults and youth of the parish participate in reading the lessons from the Lectionary and leading the Prayers of the People during Sunday and other special services. This ministry gives voice to God’s message in a way that engages the congregation.
We are fortunate at St. Andrew’s to have one of the very few members of the Guild of Vergers in our diocese. The verger’s visible ministry occurs before and during worship. The verger checks preparations for the service, assists as needed, leads the procession, and helps us understand the flow of the liturgy. The verger’s “behind the scene” ministry involves one of hospitality, knowing our parish history, and caring for our buildings and grounds. Each year our verger attends the National Verger’s Conference, which he attends for continued education and network building.
We believe we are called to seek and serve Christ in all people. We continue our worship experience in sharing the peace and joy of being a parish family in our hospitality ministry
Each Sunday following the 10 am service, all are invited to the Parish Life Center for coffee and light refreshments. Members of the Parish sign up in advance to host this time of fellowship. Visitors are most welcome! This is a time to get to know others better and to continue the radical hospitality shown to us in the breaking of the bread. We often have potluck meals for special occasions.
We believe we are called to reach out with God’s love to all of God’s people.
Christmas Day Dinner
On this holy day, we share communion by offering ourselves and a warm and delicious meal to our neighbors, understanding that to truly celebrate Christ’s coming among us, we are called to also present Christ among us to others.
Community Meals Program
We have begun this program in conjunction with other churches in the Shippensburg area. The first Monday of the month we offer a meal to those who are hungry for food and companionship. If you would like to become a part of this ministry, please let us know. It’s a wonderful way to get to know others and to make a real difference in the lives of others.
Other Ministries we have supported this past year:
- Pack a Backpack Program for the Shippensburg Area School Students
- Operation Christmas Child
- Sponsoring a family at Christmas
- WIN fundraiser – Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
- Episcopal Home Fundraiser “Home Heroes”
St. Andrew’s Quilters
Since 2000, the St. Andrew’s quilting group has created and raffled off a quilt each year raising over $10,000 to date, all of which has been donated to outreach through St. Andrew’s. In the last several years, the raffle proceeds have been given to the Episcopal Home. The quilting group has also donated quilts to the Highland Education Project in WV, and currently makes pieced and tied lap quilts for veteran’s hospitals in Pennsylvania, with a total of 98 having been made so far.
St. Andrew’s Quilters accept donations of fabric and other sewing supplies, as well as unfinished projects and sewing machines. They meet weekly on Monday afternoons from 1 pm to 4 pm. New members are welcome. There’s a job for everyone ~ even if you’re not an experienced quilter. If you want to join to get to know people in the parish and to offer your time to making something helpful to others, please just show up on Monday afternoons. For more information contact Jan Rose (firstname.lastname@example.org)