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The Christian Education Ministry

The Ministry is responsible for the establishment and supervision of a variety of programs suitable for all age levels for the purpose of nurturing and extending the knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith in all its aspects.  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 Christian Education Ministry:

  • Alpha Program & Small Group Bible Studies
  • Library
  • Prayer Group
  • St. Andrew's Youth Fellowship (Grades 7 to 12)
  • Sunday School & Nursery
  • Vacation Bible School


Prayer Group


Several regular periods of time are set aside each week for those who wish to gather and communicate with God about issues which are close to their hearts whatever those concerns may be - international, national, local, or personal.  Anyone who wishes to become a part of one of those groups is asked to contact the church at 705-324-4842 and ask for details.

 
St. Andrews Youth Fellowship
 

SAYF . . . that's the St. Andrew's Youth Fellowship and it's for kids in grades 7 through 12. If that's you, we invite you to join our group which meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.  We also meet one Friday evening per month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.  The evening is spent doing a fun group activity sometimes at the church and sometimes away from the church.  To give you an idea of some of the neat things we do, one year we went go-carting and kite-flying.  There is always a really good snack and you can even bring a friend.  Call the church at 705-324-4842 for up-to-date information.

 
Library

The completion of the accessibility project has permitted the establishment of a large and comprehensive library under the supervision of a dedicated librarian.  The library is open at any time the church is and members are free to sign out any book of interest to them.  New books and DVDs are added on a regular basis and the library has benefited from the generosity of members who are trying to down-size their home library facilities.

 

 
Alpha Program & Small Group Bible Studies
 

Alpha is an 11-week program given once a year, usually in the spring.  It is an opportunity to come and explore the Christian faith, asking such questions as “Who is Jesus?” and “Why did Jesus Have to Die?”  These are only two of the topics covered.  We have a time of fellowship over a meal, which is followed by a time of worship.  Afterward, the group breaks up into small groups where they discuss the topic for that evening.  It is a time to ask questions and to explore the meaning of life.  Close friendships are formed and people grow in their understanding of what faith is all about.  The program concludes with a Celebration Dinner.

In addition, we offer small group Bible studies twice a year - a ten-week program in the fall and an eight-week program that coincides with the Alpha program in the spring.  We try to offer the Bible studies that are designed to follow and enhance the understanding gained in the initial Alpha program and then, for those who have completed these, we try to offer courses that will interest people and draw them into a closer walk with God.

 



FALL 2018 BIBLE STUDIES

When: Sept. 5 to Oct. 24
Where: St. Andrew’s Hall and various study rooms
Format: Dessert and coffee at 7:00pm followed by Worship at 7:15pm; Studies from 7:30-9:00pm.

Sign-up begins August 12 in the Great Hall, through the church office (705-324-4842), or speak with Connie Shannon.

 

ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING by MAX LUCADO
High anxiety is prevalent in our fast-paced society- but here’s a biblical prescription for it! Inviting you to reflect on Philippians 4: 6-7, Lucado offers insights into ways God will help you cope with life’s inevitable calamities. Discover how to view bad news through the window of God’s sovereignty, discern Satan’s lies, and recognize the truth.
$20.00 / DVD / 5 SESSIONS

 

GOLIATH MUST FALL by LOUIE GIGLIO
(BEGINS SEPT. 12)

It’s likely that you have a giant in your life… an adversary that’s diminishing your ability to live a full life. Frozen in the grip of rejection, fear, anger, comfort or addiction, you’ve lost sight of God’s promise to you and have settled for less than his best. He has a better plan for you- a plan for you to live in victory. That’s why he silenced your giant once and for all.

In this study, Pastor Louie Giglio uncovers a new-found twist in the story of David and Goliath. He shows how living free from our giants is not better slingshot accuracy but keeping our eyes on the only giant-slayer: Jesus. Put your hope in him and watch Goliath fall.

$10 / DVD / 6 SESSIONS

 

THE GOSPEL OF MARK (Part II) (Reference material by Timothy Keller)

While the first half of the book centres on who Jesus is, the second half of the book focuses on what he came to do. In the first half of the book, many questions are answered about who he is. It is finally seen that he is both God yet human. That he is the king from heaven who comes to bring forgiveness and grace, who comes to adopt us into God’s family, who comes to rule and heal us with his authority and his word. Yet the first half of the book leaves us with unanswered questions about how he will be bringing it all about. For example: a) why a rejected King? In Mark 6 Jesus says he will be rejected, and that is his lot to be rejected. Why? Does that mean he will fail? Why would it be part of God’s plan for his King to be rejected? b) What do we do about sin? Jesus has shown us that sin is something deeply rooted in us and so we are unclean. Yet he continually indicates that he will receive us by grace, anyway. How can that be? What will he do about sin?

As soon as Peter confesses Christ, the focus changes, and the second half of the book immediately (and for the first time) explains that Jesus has to die to accomplish all these great things. So the second half of the book will show us why the cross was necessary and what it accomplished.

·         Mark 8: 31-9:1- Following the King: I

·         Mark 9: 30-50- Following the King: II

·         Mark 10: 32-52- The Meaning of His Death

·         Mark 12: 18-44- The Teaching of the King

·         Mark 14: 1-26- The King Is Prepared

·         Mark 14: 53- 15:15- Suffering at the Hands of His Enemies

·         Mark 15: 16-39- Suffering at the Hands of His Father

·         Mark 15:40-16:8- The King is Dead: Long Live the King!                          

8 SESSIONS                            


TWISTING THE TRUTH by ANDY STANLEY

The most dangerous lies are the ones you never notice. Common but deadly deceptions impact you every day. They can twist your thinking in ways you’d never expect and leave you with a life you never imagined. Your ability to recognize them can spell the difference between happiness and the loss of all you hold dear. Do you see them?

In this six session series, Andy Stanley exposes some common ways God’s truth gets twisted. Each one has the potential to destroy your relationships, cloud your decisions, and distort your perception of him. This study helps us discover the ways the truth gets twisted in our lives and culture and, more importantly, how we can recognize and overcome them.

$10 / DVD / 6 SESSIONS 

       

INTENTIONAL LIVING by JOHN MAXWELL

You probably have a longing to be significant, to make a contribution, to do something noble and purposeful. But do you doubt that these things are within your reach? Do you think that for you to make a positive impact on the world you need to be a certain age, have a lot of money, be famous, or have a big idea?

The good news is that none of these things is necessary for you to achieve significance or create a lasting legacy. The key to choosing a life that matters is being intentional. If you possess the desire to make a difference, place a high value on people, and are willing to team up with others, significance is within your reach.

Joyce Meyer states, “Intentional Living will help you get from dreams and desires to results and fulfillment as you learn to live a life that truly impacts others.”

$15 / 6 SESSIONS

 

GLORY DAYS by MAX LUCADO

Maybe you’re feeling stuck. Caught in a rut. Fighting the same battles and facing the same temptations. Wondering if this is as good as the Christian life gets. If so, there is good news. You were made for more. You were made for Glory Days. You just need to claim your inheritance and leave every “I can’t” behind you. Set your “God can” ahead of you. Learn how to inherit your inheritance; walk circles around Jericho; pray audacious prayers; and have God fight for you.

DVD / 6 SESSIONS


WHEN GOD’S SPIRIT MOVES by JIM CYMBALA

(Thursday afternoons)

You will learn not only about the person of the Holy Spirit but

1) How to make room for the Holy Spirit’s action in your life and on your church.

2) How God wants to work through your gifts and talents to enable you to do what only he can do.

3) How to listen to the voice of the Spirit in prayer and how to apply God’s Word to your life.

4) How the Spirit can bring healing to your body, your emotions and your relationships.

5) How the life lived in the presence of the Spirit can transform the church and the world.

6) How your church can become a place where people regularly experience God‘s presence and her power.

$10 / DVD / 6 SESSIONS

 
Sunday School & Nursery

A nursery is provided for children aged up to 36 months.


The upstairs Sunday school program is for children ages 4 to 6 and the downstairs Sunday School program is for children from grade 2 to grade 6.

The Sunday School is based on a 6-year rotation program where the children learn about biblical stories or biblical characters. Each unit lasts from four to six week and offers a variety of experiences which might include art, cooking, science, drama, music and movies.

 

A Children's Choir is offered in October and November on Sundays after the service in preparation for the performances of the Living Christmas Tree.  It is offered to children from ages 3- to 8-years-old.  Children in grades 4 through 8 rehearse weekly beginning in September and join the adult choir on Thursday nights in mid-November in anticipation of the Living Christmas Tree services.