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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.


2017 Fall Small-Group Studies


When
?  Wednesdays, Sept. 6 to Oct. 25, 2017
Where? St. Andrew’s Hall and meeting rooms
Time? 7:00-9:00 pm.
Format? Dessert and coffee followed by a time of worship and study
How do I sign up? Great Hall commencing Aug.20, through the church office (705-324-4842) or speak with Connie Shannon

 

Just Walk Across the Room (Bill Hybels)
Just Walk Across the Room is a natural and empowering approach to evangelism modeled after Jesus himself. This dynamic experience will equip and inspire you to follow his lead by taking simple walks across rooms to extend care, compassion and inclusiveness to people who might need a touch of God's love today.
Book & Guide - $15 / DVD / 5 weeks (This study will begin on Sept. 27.)



Travelling Light (Part II)
(Max Lucado)
As we all know, it's easy to pick up extra "baggage" on our journey through life.  In this 18-part series based on his book Traveling Light, Max Lucado provides poignant teaching, real-life stories, and laugh-out-loud interviews with life's tiniest travelers. Exploring Psalm 23, he helps you release the burdens of self-reliance, worry, guilt, fear, and more
Worksheets / DVD / 6 weeks



Too Busy Not to Pray (Bill Hybels)This Bible study is based on bestselling author and Pastor Bill Hybels's classic book on prayer, Too Busy Not to Pray. He calls both young and old to make prayer a priority, broadening our vision for what our eternal, powerful God does when his people slow down to pray.
Book & Workbook - $20 / DVD / 4 weeks



Walking with God in the Desert (Part I): Expecting living water when life is tough
(Ray Vander Laan)
When Hard Times Come: Are you going through a difficult period of life? The loss of a loved one? Unemployment? A Crisis of Faith? During these desert times, it’s easy to think that God has disappeared. Instead, discover that I t is only when we are totally dependent on Him that we find Him closer than ever and can experience God’s amazing grace and provision.
Workbook - $10 / DVD / 7 weeks



Ten Women of the Bible (Part I) (Max Lucado with Jenna Lucado Bishop)
As we study the lives of the women in the Bible, who were often overlooked or discounted, we find important truths that God wants us to grasp. They lived in a different world than our own, but we find ourselves facing the same issues they faced. Yet even more, these women show us there is a God who sees us where we are and loves us for who we are. He is the one who hovers over all the pages of the Bible, shaping loves, rescuing hearts, healing sicknesses, raising what was dead to life, and assigning high callings to those who choose to follow Him and have faith in Him.  Two women will be studied in the fall (Part I), and Part II will be held in the spring when women of the New Testament will be studied.
Workbook - $15 / 8 weeks

 
Sunday School & Nursery

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


The upstairs Sunday school program is for children ages 3 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 4 to 8 (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3).  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.