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Worship Ministry

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church celebrated 175 years of existence in 2010.   We have a long active worship history as a mid-sized downtown church.  We welcome visitors and new members.  

At St. Andrew’s, worship is at the center of our life as a church family. We offer meaningful and inspirational worship each Sunday with a choir and, occasionally, a praise team.  Our service is a blend of modern and traditional worship style.   We offer something for families and folk of all ages.  The members of our “ministry team” complement each other in their preaching styles and offer uplifting and challenging messages to the congregation on a weekly basis.

Our sanctuary is large with a full balcony on three sides and has been retained in its original style of the late 19th century.  We have made appropriate changes to enable full accessibility for physical and hearing impairment.  A multi-media presentation provides an audio-visual experience in worship.

The ministry, headed by two members of session with specific responsibility in this regard, is made up of a number of individuals who are involved in its activities.

Committees within the Worship Ministry:

  • Choir
  • Communion Preparation
  • Flowers
  • Greeters
  • Living Christmas Tree
  • Music and Sound
  • Pulpit Supply
  • Ushers
  • World Day of Prayer


Pulpit Supply


Although the Worship Ministry is nominally involved in ensuring that there is a minister in the pulpit each Sunday, it is our ministers who tend to this responsibility and, with the talent present in our congregation, there is never a Sunday when we are without an interesting and thought-provoking sermon rendered by a knowledgeable preacher.

 
Flowers

The sanctuary is decorated seasonally by various groups within the church; often floral arrangements are presented in memory of loved ones; special arrangements are provided for various celebrations.  By and large, the arrangements for such decorations are made through - and often initiated by - the church secretary who can be reached at 705-324-4842.

 
Greeters
 
Each Sunday, members of the congregation are greeted (as they leave the sanctuary headed for St. Andrew’s hall and the coffee social) by a pair of volunteers from the congregation.  We hope, through this process as well as others, to enhance the ability of everyone’s being able to identify everyone else in the congregation - a necessity in a congregation of our size. Additional helpers to involve themselves in this enjoyable experience would be welcomed - call the church office at 705-324-4842 to offer your services.
 
World Day of Prayer

The World Day of Prayer was begun by women in Canada and the United States in 1922 and today is observed annually in more than 170 countries on the first Friday in March.  The service offers men and women a moment to reflect upon and affirm their faith in Jesus Christ, to share in the community of Christians around the world and to commit to working for social justice.

The World Day of Prayer is facilitated by the World Day of Prayer International Committee which meets once every four years to select the themes and the countries which will prepare upcoming World Day of Prayer worship services and study aids.  In Lindsay, the host church for the service rotates from year to year among various member churches of the Lindsay Ministerial Association.  Each of the participating churches in the area assists in the preparation and presentation of the service.

 
Choir

The choir which enriches the services, primarily on Sunday mornings, is an energetic and diverse group who hold a common love for our Lord and Savior, and a common joy of celebrating that love through musical expression.  That musical expression includes a wide range of styles and formats, providing a stimulating message to all who join in our services.

Our adult choir consists of approximately 35 individuals in total, with an average of 25 to 28 celebrating each Sunday morning.  The members of this choir range from their mid-teens to over eighty years of age which brings a wonderful mix of voices to each composition.

The leadership from our co-directors of music instills enthusiasm and confidence in the choir members, and exposes the church family to a wonderful range of musical styles.

Special celebrations, such as Easter and Christmas, are particularly important to our choir in showing this form of worship.  In this sharing, the annual “Living Christmas Tree” presentations are a key element.

We also enjoy the voices and sweet sound of the children's choir for some of these celebrations, and we celebrate this inclusion in our musical presentations.  The leadership provided for these children by a volunteer is a blessing to all.

God has shown us that the joyful sound of music can be an integral part of our worship and we celebrate our choir's involvement in the worship within this church.

(You are welcome to visit the choir’s website at http://standrewschoir.wikispaces.com.)

 
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