Ministries at Saint Andrew’s

For more details on any of our Ministries listed below, please contact the Church Office at (619) 379-4117.

Altar Guild

Altar Guild is a team that prepares the church for weekly Sunday services as well as memorial services, baptisms, weddings, and confirmations.

DSC_0583Before our services, two members set the altar for the Eucharist, fill the candles, prepare the hymn boards, Altar and Gospel Books, clean the chapel, and tidy the Narthex. On Sunday, after the 8AM service, we change the altar for the 10AM service. Following this final service, we wash the holy vessels and linens, and close up the church.

We are responsible for polishing the candles and holy vessels so they sparkle for Easter and Christmas services. We’re also the folks who keep the candles burning evenly, take care of our priest’s vestments, and change the altar for each liturgical season.

Our ministry is a sacred one, and each of us believes it is a privilege. It is a quiet and contemplative time, and it allows us to connect with the Lord in a very unique way.

Daughters of the King (DOK)

dokAt St Andrew’s, the Daughters of the King chapter is named after Hannah, the prophet Samuel’s mother.

We gather monthly for prayer, fellowship and study. “Daughters” pray daily and we serve the parish and community by taking altar flowers to sick, bereaved or shut-in persons. Individual members provide prayer support and encouragement to newly baptized children and their families as well as leading Morning Prayer at the Little Flower Haven Assisted Living Home. We work together as a spiritual community to fulfill our lifelong vows of prayer, service and personal evangelism, striving to do all things with love.

All women of the diocese are welcome to attend. We are an international sisterhood with chapters in other countries.

Flower Guild

The St. Andrew’s Flower Guild arranges flowers for the altar each Sunday, except during Lent and Advent. We strive to beautify our church to the glory of God. Church members are invited to contribute for the purchase of flowers in celebration of a happy occasion or in memory of a loved one. The arrangements are broken down into smaller bouquets after Sunday worship and taken by members of the Daughters of the King to parishioners who are ill or unable to attend services.

Godly Play

DSC_0582Godly Play is available throughout the year during the 10AM service. Children age 3 through 5th grade are encouraged to participate. Following the Children’s Sermon and the Praise Music, the children follow the acolyte carrying the cross out of the church to the Parish Hall. Children are exposed to scripture lessons using three dimensional materials representing Bible lessons, sacraments, and holy days of the church. Our time together includes singing and prayers as well as a chance to be creative. The children share a simple snack before returning to the church in time to join their family for the Eucharist.

Outreach

At St. Andrew’s, we reach out, in Christ’s love, to those beyond our church. We support over ten active outreach ministries, each involving a mixture of funds, prayer, and labor. One very active group works with the Wil-Mat Project, weaving sleeping mats for homeless veterans using “PLARN” (yarn made from plastic bags). Members personally give the mats to grateful, excited veterans at “Stand Down.”

Our ECW makes up nutritious oatmeal packets at their meetings, which are distributed by a local agency to the homeless in area parks. We also contribute to a local church to help stock their food pantry.

One of our favorite outreach activities is Rancho San Juan Bosco Orphanage in Tecate, Mexico. Church members carpool to the orphanage several times a year to visit with the children, prepare a meal, provide fun activities, and deliver needed items and monetary donations. At times we perform building maintenance, such as painting. Last Christmas each of the children was “adopted” by a church member who provided funds for needed items.

Other popular outreach activities include handing out cold bottles of water to thirsty and grateful participants in the La Mesa Flag Day parade each June, partnering with local churches in The Interfaith Shelter Network for the homeless, and adopting a La Mesa park to beautify each year. We’ve also serve as a polling place for elections, and open our facilities to weekly meetings of several community groups, including a Boy Scout troop, a Brownie troop, and the La Mesa Beautiful civic group.

Prayer Team

Fotolia_22554377_Subscription_Monthly_XXLSt. Andrews Prayer Team is a lifeline to many church members and nonmembers. Our prayers are all Scripture based, so they are both powerful (we pray God’s promises) and uplifting (how awesome are His promises!!). We pray according to people’s needs, including healing, protection, grieving, peace and strength, wisdom, financial needs, and addictions. We also pray for our Nation, the Unity of Christ’s Church, the spread of God’s Kingdom, and world issues (e.g. for persecuted Christians and victims of war, oppression, hunger, and human trafficking.)

We pray at home and communicate primarily by e-mail, which is how we receive our confidential prayer requests and also the way we receive updates about the status of from people on our prayer list. We meet together once every 6-8 weeks, during which we enjoy fellowship and a teaching on prayer. Come join the Prayer Team and support those in need through prayer.

Small Groups

The intent of our small groups is to engage in focused discussions to explore ways of living out our Christian lives and seeking answers to the difficult questions we all have. Our small groups include fellowship, study of Scripture, and study of God’s movement in the world today as derived from Scripture, books about Scripture and the experiences of people today.

We don’t always have answers, but we very much enjoy the process of exploring and seeking the truth and lessons God provides us. Our current Small Groups include:

2nd and 4th Monday: Bible Study at 6:30pm.
Every Tuesday: Tuesday Women’s Interactive Bible Studay at 12pm.
2nd Wednesday: Fellowship Luncheon at 12pm.
Every Thursday: Men’s Bible Study at 6:30am.

TWIBS

booksTWIBS, the Tuesday Women’s Interactive Bible Study, has been meeting every Tuesday since 2011.

TWIBS is facilitated by a rotating group of women who care deeply about each other, share their challenges and joys, and encourage each other to step up in ministries at St. Andrew’s as they apply scripture to their daily lives.  The “TWIBSters” share a light lunch and fellowship each week after the study.

We extend a church-wide invitation to join us and warmly welcome new members.  No one is ever put on the spot to speak, but new members easily open up in this supportive group.