Ministries at St. Andrew's

St. Andrew’s Parish is engaged in many and varied ministries, among them service both to the needs of the Parish, like Altar Guild, Ushers and Oblationers, and Pastoral Care; For information about all these service opportunities, and for contact information for the ministry coordinators, please contact the church office.

PASTORAL CARE TEAMS

The Pastoral Care Teams at St. Andrew’s provide multiple services to parishioners in need. It’s a very important part of the life of the church to….“bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2)


The Work of Pastoral Care: 

Visit our people in hospitals, the sick, and shut-in with communion. (LEV)

Join a prayer team.

Lead Sunday Evening Prayer at the Northgate Nursing Home

Call/write folk on birthdays.

Just be there…..

Usually you will receive much more than you give. For new volunteers; orientation, training, and support are provided. 

DAUGHTERS OF THE KING

The Order of The Daughters of the King began as an Episcopalian order for women, established over 100 years ago by Margaret Franklin. Over time, the Order has spread internationally, and includes women from Catholic and other Protestant faiths. Our chapter, The Harriet Gabriel Chapter, at St. Andrew’s is a very lively and diverse group of women who have taken a vow of prayer, service, and evangelism. You do not have to be a “woman of a certain age” to become a Daughter, we welcome women of all ages! Nor do you have to be a Daughter to attend one of our monthly meetings. Meetings are held the second Sunday of each month in the DoK room in the Education Building from 9:45am-10:45am.


If you wish to grow in deeper love with God, and be surrounded in safety and peace by your sisters in Christ, please contact, Anne Browne, Chapter President.

THE ORDER OF ST. LUKE

The Order of St. Luke the Physician was founded in 1932 by John Gayner Banks, and it was incorporated in the State of California in 1953. It’s purpose is to restore the ministry of Healing as practiced by the early Church into the Christian Church today.


While the initial concern of the Order was to see healing services in every church, today, we believe the Healing Ministry needs to spread into the community. We need to bring the healing touch of Jesus to people in hospitals, nursing homes, and to where ever people are who are sick in mind, body or spirit.

Healing begins with the introduction of individuals to God as “Abba,” that they might grow closer to Him as His children. Being a part of the Order means more than just holding a healing service. It means that we are to study to learn “how to minister” and we are to seek God’s grace to extent that ministry to those to whom God sends us. We are not called to be spectators, we are called to be participants, with Christ, in the healing of his people.


Here at St. Andrew’s we have a chapter of the Order. It is the Chapter of “The Healing Spirit.” If you feel the call of Jesus to “Go forth and heal the sick – to share the Good News” then listen as He says “Come and See,” and /or “Follow Me.”


Please see Mike Gonzalez, Dan Graydon or Rich Skiver for more information.

Music Ministry

Here at St. Andrew's we have two Choirs!


The Chancel Choir

A dedicated group of volunteers share their faith by singing each week at both services. Some talented instrumentalists also perform with the choir for special occasions. On Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday the Chancel Choir is joined by a Children’s Choir. Rehearsals for the Chancel Choir are at 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays. All persons are welcome to join this group who love to sing and make a joyful noise.


New members are always welcome, please contact Judy Gorrell for details.


Shekinah Praise and Worship Team

Our name comes from Hebrew meaning “the Glory of God which shines through us.”This, the praise and worship team, provides gathering music 5-10 minutes before the 11:00 service and sings during Communion. The congregation is encouraged to sing along. This group does not sing and play at all services or events, but does lead worship at the procession on Palm Sunday. There is a short warm-up and practice at 10:30 on Sundays.


New members are always welcome, please contact Judy Adams (210-286-5505) for details.

ST. ANDREW’S TRACT RACK

At St. Andrew’s, when parishioners are looking for spiritual growth the place to start is the Tract Rack. The tract rack contains a wide range of pamphlets on many subjects. These tracts range in topics such as how to become a member of the Episcopal Church to dealing with the death of a family member. Also, tracts on the Church seasons can be found on the Tract Rack. Daily devotional material is also available on the Tract Rack. These devotional readings are Forward Movement’s Day by Day in addition to Bible Reading Fellowship’s New Daylight and Journey through the Word. There is a nominal fee for most all tracts and daily devotional material.  The Tract Rack is facilitated by Dan Graydon.

ALTAR GUILD

The Altar Guild is a ministry at St. Andrew’s that supports our priests by preparing the altar for Sunday worship. We also keep clean and take care of all linens, vessels, and vestments that are used during worship. We have four teams who are assigned a week each month. It is a wonderful ministry for those who would like to get to know people in a small group setting. We allow anyone from twelve years old to 100 years old. We also have several men who are members.

We are always looking for more people to join our ministry. If you are interested, just ask anyone already on an Altar care team.

USHERS / OBLATIONERS

Ushers are a group of volunteers who welcome people to church every Sunday, hand out service leaflets, and direct the lost to bathrooms, coffee, etc.; they also collect the Offering during the service and carry it to the Altar. Oblationers carry the wine and bread to the Altar at the beginning of the Holy Eucharist, placing them on the Altar in recognition of the fact that all we have, not only our monetary gifts, comes from God. New Ushers and Oblationers are eagerly welcomed. If interested please contact Dan Graydon.

SOCIAL SENIORS

The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at Cha-Cha’s on Bandera Road. For their monthly lunch please come and bring a friend, the food is great and the fellowship is unique. There has been a great turnout each month so come join in the fun again see you there.