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Whether you're looking for a long-term project or to help out for a few hours, St. Andrew's has many opportunities for you to join us in service to our community and the world. All ages are invited and encouraged to participate in our outreach projects. Want some help getting connected to our ministries? Take our Interest & Skills Survey and our Team Leaders will contact you and get you engaged in the ministries that interest you.

Visit the Upcoming Events page for dates and details of current outreach events at St. Andrew's!
 

Blanket Brigade
The Blanket Brigade is made up of parishioners who work independently, at home, making blankets for regional hospitals and other outreach ministries. To learn more or get involved, contact Helen Rountree, 851-0722 or metemsis@verizon.net, or Patty Von Ohlen, 595-8269 or wvonohlen@gmail.com.

Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc.
St. Andrew’s is active in the Kairos Prison Ministry which takes place in various state prisons twice a year. Based on the Cursillo method, a retreat lasts four days and includes talks and discussions. There are also four one-day retreats each year and monthly reunions. Needless to say, the volunteer’s commitment is large! The goal of the program is to create a self-sustaining Christian community within the prison. Team members receive 35 hours of training prior to entering a prison. You can support Kairos by baking cookies (Each team member takes 100 dozen. Click here for recipes.), praying for the teams, or supporting a weekend financially (weekends cost between $4000 and $5000). For more information or to get involved, contact Jim Neff, 804-426-5305 or jneff1185@gmail.com.

Mission Trips
St. Andrew’s offers opportunities for mission work, especially for our youth community. Recent mission trips include a trip to Pittsburgh to assist with handyman projects for the marginalized and elderly, and a trip to Belize to offer support to the Holy Cross Anglican School and its young, impoverished students and staff. These outreach opportunities are transformative experiences for those attending and inspire us to be active in spreading God’s love to those at home and abroad. To learn more about mission trips, contact the Parish Office, 595-0371 or saec0371@verizon.net.

PORT
Over a 20 week period during the winter months, homeless individuals can find warmth and safety thanks to an ecumenical and community effort. Doors are opened and home-cooked meals are served. Anyone over the age of 16 can assist with the onsite shelter program. Teens must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. PORT was initiated and is sustained by LINK (Living Interfaith Network). LINK began in 1991 and is a nonprofit, volunteer organization which exists to help people help themselves through education, direct services, advocacy and outreach programs. To learn more about PORT and get involved, contact the church office, 595-0371 or saec0371@verizon.net.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry create shawls that will bring hope and peace to people at critical moments in their lives. Prayers of healing, comfort, love and support are shared or offered as the shawls are knitted or crocheted. All are welcome to participate by knitting or crocheting shawls or by providing yarn. To learn more or get involved, contact Carol Ficklen, 874-9475 or cficklen@cox.net.

Turkey Sandwich Day
This mid-December event results in the assembly of 500 brown bag lunches which are distributed at a Christmas party for the homeless in Newport News. Work begins in the fall with donations of hundreds of drinks, cookies, crackers, containers of applesauce, desserts, loaves of bread and turkeys. On the day of the assembly, day school students, teachers, parishioners, friends, and community members come together in the Parish Hall, divide the tasks and go to work. For more info contact Bill Wilds, 595-0371 or saec.bill19@verizon.net.

Vacation Bible School
Hilton Area Churches Vacation Bible School 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@verizon.net.

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