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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.

 



2018 Winter-Spring Small Group Studies
When?  Wednesdays, Mar. 6 to Apr. 25, 2018 / 7:00-9:00 pm.
Where?  St. Andrew’s Hall
Format?  Dessert and coffee followed by a time of worship and study
How do I sign-up?: Great Hall after church, through the church office 705-324-4842 or speak with Connie Shannon

 

STUDIES OFFERED

Anxious for Nothing
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.
Book & Guide - $20 /DVD / 5 weeks
(This study will begin on March 21)


Follow
Andy Stanley

What does it mean to follow Jesus? Religion says, ”Change and you can join us.” Jesus says, “Join me and you will change.” He doesn’t demand perfection from us; he longs for our devotion. In this study you will journey through the Gospels discovering what being a follower truly entails.
Book - $10 / DVD / 8 weeks

 

Travelling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear (Part III)
Max Lucado

Lucado shepherds you through the beloved 23rd Psalm, leading you beside the still waters of quiet reflection and using the familiar verses to walk through an inventory of emotional and spiritual baggage you were never meant to carry. Lighten your load as you step ahead in faith. As we all know, it's easy to pick up extra "baggage" and Max Lucado provides poignant teaching, real-life stories, and laugh-out-loud interviews with life's tiniest travelers. He helps you release the burdens of self-reliance, worry, guilt, fear, and more.  (Returning members please sign up.)
Worksheets / DVD / 6 weeks

 

The Mission of Jesus
Ray Vander Laan

Enter the Chaos.  In John 17:26, Jesus says: “I made known your name to them, and will continue to make it known…” In this That the World May Know study, you’ll deepen your understanding of this passionate revelation to a broken world God longs to redeem. Discover how Jesus triumphantly made God’s presence known on Earth, and how He asks you to do the same- bringing God’s shalom to the chaos of others.
You will look at Capernaum where Jesus binds the evil one; the Decapolis- Jesus and the man from the tombs; the Crucifixion; the Ascension; and Pentecost.

Workbook - $10 / DVD / 5+ weeks

 

Ten Women of the Bible (Part II)
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. This session will cover the two Mary’s - Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene.  (Returning members please sign up.)
Workbook - $15 / 7 weeks

 

The Book of Mark (Part 1/2)
Reference material by Timothy Keller
The gospel of Mark is considered the first of 4 gospels. Through this study, we will learn what and why the writer of Mark wanted to share. We will explore the text, discovering what the Christian faith is about. The gospel of Mark can be divided into two parts. The first part answers the question: Who is Jesus? It climaxes with Peter’s confession in Mark 8:27-30. The second half answers the question: What did he come to do? It climaxes with Jesus’ death and resurrection.

1.   Mark 1: 1-15 Gospel Defined

2.   Mark 1: 16-34 The Meaning of the Kingdom

3.   Mark 1: 35- 2: 17 The Meaning of Grace

4.   Mark 3: 7-45 Community in the Kingdom

5.   Mark 4: 1-34 The World of the King

6.   Mark 5: 21-43 Faith and Power

7.   Mark 7: 1-23 Religious vs Gospel

8.   Mark 8: 1-30 Who is this King?

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.