Christian Education for Children
A safe, caring environment is provided for children ages three and under on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:30 and continuing through the 10:00 am service (which ends about 11:15). Our experienced nursery attendant supervises and interacts with the children in the playtime for toddlers and infants. The nursery room is planned with safety and fun in mind. It is equipped with a changing table, a playpen, toys, books, a high chair, toddler-size chairs and table, and a rocking chair. The nursery is located in the lower level of the church, across from the Sunday School room.Ministry Leader: Dan Keegan
Children’s Chapel is held during the 10am Sunday service, providing children with a nurturing and accepting place for them to experience the rich traditions of the Episcopal Church. Children’s Chapel is available to all children from age three through eight. Children begin the service with their families, then at the Sequence Hymn, children leave the sanctuary and meet the chapel leader in the narthex to proceed to the Chapel. They return to the church after the Peace and share the Eucharist with their families.Ministry Leader: Katie Berger
St. Andrew’s Sunday School for children K-5th grade meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. during the Fayette County school year. Bible stories and their ideas are studied through story telling, discussion and crafts which illustrate the concepts.Ministry Leader: Lisa Blanchar
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is a weeklong program held during the summer for children aged 3-10. Each year has a different theme. VBS is an opportunity for all ages to be involved. Adults and older youth participate as leaders. Childen and youth develop new friendships, older kids shine, younger kids are cared for, and Bible lessons are more memorable.
Games are noncompetitive with team-building activities brilliantly disguised as wildly fun games, in which your child’s abilities will shine. At VBS, kids experience Bible stories in powerful, life-changing ways. And that’s something kids of all ages will enjoy…and remember!
Ministry Leaders: Lisa Blanchar
Christian Education for Youth
Journey to Adulthood is the name of the entire program for youth between 11 and 18. It consists of two parts: Rite 13 for ages 11-13 and J2A for ages 14-16. These programs take place on Sunday mornings at 11:30 in the lower level of the church, during the Fayette County school year. Regular attendance at Journey to Adulthood meetings is a keystone of the program, which has a long and successful history in our church. It was designed by members of the Episcopal Church for youth all over the USA and is updated regularly. The mission of the program includes spiritual formation, building community and outreach.
Rite 13 is for youth between 11 and 13. At the end of three years, the teens create and attend a moving rite-of-passage ceremony which includes the Holy Eucharist. Parents play an important part in this ceremony. The students sit with their parents at the beginning of the ceremony and ritually move to pews on the other side of the church, signifying their rite of passage and readiness for the second part of their Journey to Adulthood..
J2A is the name of the second phase of Journey to Adulthood, continuing spiritual formation for youth between ages 14 and 16. Just as in Rite 13, the concepts of building community within the parish youth, exploring respectful relationships with everyone in their lives and committing to more extensive outreach are developed. At the end of three years the students are confirmed by the Bishop in the Episcopal Church.Ministry Leaders: Beth Vorosmarti
Christian Education for Adults
St. Andrew’s offers a variety of formation programs for adults on Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.