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Information about fall adult education offerings coming soon!
 

Sunday Morning Adult Forum

Praying the Psalms
Beginning November 29
The enduring appeal of the Psalms is that they are oh-so-human!  In all our joys and praises and frustrations and anger, like a mirror, we "present ourselves before God as honestly and thoroughly as we are able" (Eugene Peterson, Psalms: Prayers of the Heart).  Yet, what we learn is that God is big enough to handle the entirety of our humanity with the faithfulness that only God can offer.  Beginning on Sunday, November 29, at 9:00 AM in the parish hall (1 Advent; our regathering Sunday), we will be offering a four-week series on Praying the Psalms. All regathering protocols, including prior sign-up, will be followed. Registration is required – so email Marc (marcvance.saec@gmail.com) if you would like to attend.

Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday, December 13 at 2 PM (Both live and Zoom options available for attending)
Annual meetings are a crucial part of our parish life, the time when we come together to reflect on the past year, look ahead to the future, and elect leadership.  Because of the pandemic, our annual meeting this year will look and feel different from usual, but it will still fulfill its purpose of enabling us to do the organizational work we need to do.  Please mark your calendars now for 2 PM on Sunday, December 13 and plan to participate in the annual meeting, either by coming to the parish hall (where our strict social distancing protocols will be in place) or by logging in on Zoom. More specific information about both options will be available soon, including how to vote via Zoom.  Please note:  according to Episcopal Church and diocesan canons, no proxy or mail-in voting is allowed.  To vote in the annual meeting, you must either be physically present in the parish hall or electronically present through the use of Zoom.

Confirmation Class to begin in January
For a person who was baptized at an early age, Confirmation provides an opportunity to make a “mature public affirmation of faith and the commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism,” (BCP 412).  The Confirmation class is tentatively scheduled to begin on Sunday, January 10, 2021, at 9:00 AM and will continue through March.  Circumstances will determine whether we can gather in person or on Zoom.  The class is also appropriate for those who were Confirmed in another tradition, but are interested in becoming Episcopalians (Reception), or for those who feel compelled to reaffirm the commitment they made at some earlier time in their life (Reaffirmation).  Please call the church office (595-0371) or let Marc know if you have questions or are interested in making this important commitment to your faith.

During the Week

Centering Prayer
A time of quiet contemplation, meets in the parish hall at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Questions: contact David Lilley at 846-3551 or davidlilley52@gmail.com.

Women of the Word (WOW) Bible Study
Begins October 7, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Women of the Word bible study will begin again October 7 at 6:30. Once again this will be online with Zoom. We are blessed to have The Rev. Anne Kirchmier teach the classes, and with Zoom we are able to have class discussion. This session we will study "The Letters of Paul" which is a Bible study in the Discipleship series that we have enjoyed many times. Participants will use study guides to prepare for each class. Gloria Brooks will order the books for us, so let her know if you plan to join us. We will need your email address to send the Zoom link to you each week. This group study is open to all women, so please do join us and bring a friend. Peggy Woodall, pwoodall1@verizon.net; Gloria Brooks, gloriasbrooks@hotmail.com.

Thursday Morning Bible Study
Resumes Sept. 24, 10 to 11:15 a.m., Parish Hall
It has been a long and strange 2020 since we last met as a Bible study group.  We started up again on Thursday, September 24, at 10:00.  We will meet in the Parish Hall, masked, sitting 6 feet apart.  It won't be cozy, but it will be in person! Hand sanitizer will be available.  Please bring your own bible, if you so choose, and a copy of The Upper Room, if you happen to have one. We are going to use questions and passages suggested by The Upper Room as the basis for our lessons.  It will be so nice to carefully socialize and discuss scripture together again.  If you have questions please contact Margaret Bivins: mbivins8@hotmail.com.  You are welcome any week you would like to come.

Online

St. Andrew’s podcast: Love Your Neighbor
Tune in to St. Andrew’s podcast, Love Your Neighbor, with ears to listen and hearts to feel as we talk with all types of people about the challenging issues our world faces and ways to cope with the fear and anxiety many people are feeling right now.  It is available on Google Podcasts and  Apple Podcasts, and episodes are released every week. If you have questions about how to listen to listen to Love Your Neighbor, contact Rachel Roby, 757-532-1738 or saec0371@gmail.com.

Video series: Conversations on Racism
Click here for video conversations between our rector, Anne Kirchmier and members of the community that explore racism and white privilege.

Family Resource Center
Click here for worship, prayer and formation resources for families to use while observing "safer at home" guidelines.

Praying on Instagram
Follow St. Andrew’s on Instagram (@standrewsnn) for prayers posted several days a week, along with beautiful photography by members of St. Andrew’s.

Devotion & Prayer Resources
Daily prayer and scripture reading is a vital part of any Christian's life. Our website offers some online resources that you might find helpful for your daily practice. Click here.

Video of "Islam for Christians" lecture series
Over six weeks, John Herbst, Ph.D., presented the "Islam for Christians" lecture series. Each talk was video recorded for later viewing. Click here for more info.

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Christian Formation offerings for youth (Grades 6-12)

EYC (Episcopal Youth Community)
Meets 12 to 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons

This is an energetic community that gathers on Sunday afternoons from September to May to worship, enjoy fellowship, have fun, and participate in Bible-based discussions on topics of everyday life, world issues, and their faith. Click here for more info.

Christian Formation offerings for Children

Children’s Chapel
Children’s Chapel, for children age 3 through 5th grade, is offered during the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday. Following the Gospel reading, children leave for Chapel and return in time for Communion. Clergy or other leaders offer an age appropriate lesson based on the lectionary of the day and music is led by our Minister of Music Brad Norris.

Vacation Bible School
Hilton Area Churches Vacation Bible School, usually held in early July each year, is an ecumenical program which includes five area churches. It began over 25 years ago and continues to be an important collaborative ministry each summer. Adult and youth volunteers begin preparing months in advance to ensure that the children attending benefit from an enriching Christian education experience. Our volunteers work alongside volunteers from other churches and together share in the mission to communicate God’s love to all. To learn more or get involved, contact the Parish Office, 595-0371 or saec0371@gmail.com.

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