I first came to St. Andrew’s in May of 2014 right after we moved to Chambersburg from Sewanee, Tennessee. As all southerners do, I went to the church where I already had a “connection,” and that connection was between a Sewanee friend who knew Mother Betsy from their time together at General Seminary. Even on our first Sunday, my family instantly felt at home at St. Andrew’s. On the way home that first Sunday, we all talked about how comforting our experience was there and what a warm embrace we felt from Mother Barbara, Mother Betsy, and all those in the congregation during worship and Coffee Hour.
Over the past three years, my son James, has especially found great joy in serving as a Crucifer, Acolyte, youth group member assisting in service work, and a musician, in addition to being able to help Mother Barbara in giving a sermon this past fall.
What I appreciate most about St. Andrew’s is that as a church, it meets you where you are and appreciates who you are and what you are able to give asking only that you do all things in love. From serving a meal on Christmas Day to hugging fellow worshipers during the Peace each Sunday, the love of God continues to be felt by my family at St. Andrew’s in mind, body, and spirit, and this is what makes us feel at home in our church home.