Ministries

 

 

Acolytes

We recognize that young people are the future of our parish, and we are open to ways to attract them and involve them fully in the life of the church.  Our youth serve both as acolytes and as chalicers. Adults are always welcome to service.

 

Altar Guild

The members of the St. Andrew’s in the Valley Altar Guild consider it an honor to serve the church by caring for the altars and their vestments as well as beautifying the naves at Christmas and Easter with the many flowers that are contributed by church members.  The Guild sets the altars for each service each week as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and many special services held during the year.  The Guild also maintains the supplies and items kept in the Sacristy that are needed to provide well organized and aesthetically pleasing worship services.  

 

Choir

At the 10:00 AM service the choir leads the Parish in making joyful sounds. The choir has a collection of magnificent music that they can choose from. We are always seeking additional voices and if you would like to join see any choir member or Julie Jones, the choir director. We are looking forward to energizing and expanding this important ministry. Our church has a 1986 Buch electronic organ as well as bell chimes, a Steinway baby grand piano, and an excellent electric keyboard. 



Christian Education - Children

Weekly Christian Education takes place on Sunday for our youth. In addition to spiritual guidance and study our children are exposed to stewardship and mission.  The youth have compiled toiletries and school supplies which were sent to troops in Iraq and to children of disasters.  They also make and send cards to shut-ins and to persons on the prayer list at Valentine’s Day.  At Thanksgiving, they make up baskets of food for the needy, and at Christmas time, they deliver gifts to needy children. They also have added to the beauty of our property in various ways including building a labyrinth as a gift to the church.

 

Columbarium

For centuries Christians in Europe and those in the early days of our country buried their loved ones in churchyards  adjacent to the church.  Families attending worship could pause at the gravesite to remember their loved ones.  As our country became more urbanized, cemeteries for this purpose, apart from the parish church, gradually replaced the churchyard resting places.  With the increased acceptance of simplicity and dignity of cremation, columbaria are enabling people to prepare for their cremation in the churchyard alongside the parish church where they have been nourished and supported in their faith. A columbarium for the inurnment and a garden for the interment of ashes were constructed in November, 2000, on the grounds of Saint Andrew’s in the Valley.  Funds were a bequest of Nettie C. Platt, a long time member of this parish.  The columbarium and garden are visible from the narthex and the sanctuary of the Church and are accessible by an open walkway from the east side of the Church.  There are forty eight niches for remains.  Further, the memorial gardens allow for the scattering of ashes or interring directly in the soil.

 

Community Service Program

This program at St. Andrew’s in the Valley began in the spring of 2006, in response to needs of the local District Magistrates.  It provides an opportunity for minimum risk offenders to fulfill their work options.  Their alternative sentencing is designed to reduce the overcrowding of correctional facilities, and lengthy probations, yet meet the objectives of the local District Magistrates, the Courts, and the Probation offices. Our coordinator has given over 1,000 hours of supervision to these people.  Work performed has primarily been in the areas of interior and exterior maintenance of both of the original properties of St. Andrew’s Parish.  Their work in various cleaning and painting projects has been invaluable.

 

Ecumenical Food Pantry

As a parish, we collect and deliver food and other donations to support the Ecumenical Food Pantry.  The Pantry is located in Messiah Lutheran Church at 6th & Forster in Harrisburg. In addition to collecting and delivering food to the Pantry, members of our congregation pack groceries for the Pantry once a month. St. Andrew’s in the Valley also supports various smaller food pantries in closer proximity to our church on Linglestown Road.   

 

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

The ECW provides service and support, both personally and monetarily, for events and community services provided by St. Andrew’s in the Valley Church.  When refreshments are needed at functions offered at the church sites, our members respond.

The ECW has two fund-raising efforts each year:

  • Christmas Tea and Concert (in December)
  • Yard Sale (in the spring)

From these efforts, the ECW has financed:

  • Costs for children to attend church events, such as bus trips and summer programs
  • Items for the church, including a park bench for the labyrinth, and various furnishings
  • Goodie boxes for college students and armed forces personnel twice a year
  • Costs for several parishioners to go to Mississippi for Katrina relief

Hospitality

The people of St. Andrew’s work hard at being a church where newcomers and visitors are made to feel welcome.  A volunteer group of parishioners provides coffee and refreshments after each of the Sunday services.  This affords worshippers an opportunity to talk to their friends and meet newcomers at Coffee Hour. We generally recognize that "If you feed them, they will come," so we gather in community for fine food and fellowship several times each year. 



Prayer Chain

Prayer is the lifeblood of faith, and we pray with and for each other corporately and individually.  In 2000, members began a "Prayer Chain" composed of people to pray for those who needed our prayers.  The names on the Prayer List include members of St. Andrew's Parish and their immediate family as well as their more distant relatives, friends, and neighbors.  The Prayer List is updated frequently.  Further, individuals are also included each Sunday in the service bulletin and in the Prayers of the People.

 

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry began at St. Andrew’s in January, 2001.  Trained lay persons provide distinctively Christian care, one-to-one, to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our parish and our community.  This program identifies our congregation to our community as a place where people’s needs are taken seriously and enables our entire congregation to grow as a warm, loving, nurturing community where people are cherished and cared for in Jesus Christ. Currently, we have several trained Stephen Ministers. 

 

Web Page (under construction)

The St. Andrew’s in the Valley website is currently being re-designed and built. Website design and content is under the direction of the Vestry and acting web master Bruce Bickel.

 

Worship Ministers

Each Sunday, a dedicated group of lay people prepare for and participate in our worship services by serving as Lectors, Chalicers, Prayer Leaders, and Ushers.  We also have several licensed Lay Eucharistic Ministers.

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