1 – 10601 Southport Rd. SW, Calgary, AB T2W 3M6
Phone: (403) 259-4080
www. andychurch.org email@example.com
St. Andrew's United Church &
St. Andrew's Regional Ministries
St. Andrew’s Centre
The people of St. Andrew’s love a good song. They love music. Our older people may prefer choral or classical music. Our younger may prefer newer, lively music.
It doesn’t matter that the type of music is different. Each generation find good spiritual sustenance from music. God speaks to us in music. We gain strength in the spirituality of music.
Ancient followers of God also valued music. The Book of Psalms in the Bible is an old song book. Hundreds of years ago, people collected the songs they liked to sing. They began their collection with Psalm 1: “Happy are those....who delight in God...they are like trees planted by streams of water...their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.”
For those that wrote the song, water was a precious, life-giving commodity. They knew they needed water to thrive. And they needed God to thrive. Life-giving, thirst-quenching, refreshing water is often a metaphor for God.
St. Andrew’s is like a tree planted by streams of water. We know our strength comes from that life-giving, empowering God. We seek to be close to God, by that stream, growing roots down deep into that ever-flowing love. We are rooted and grounded in generations who followed God prior to us, who faced hardship and defeat, yet found strength, courage and new direction to carry on and prosper.
St. Andrew’s is like one of those Poplar trees that persist in popping up across the Prairies. Poplar trees have a tenacity to be able to simply bend and move in harsh winds. In times of drought they grow roots further deeper down to water, to their source of life. This Program Guide’s stories and photos tell how St. Andrew’s bends and grows roots deep to our Life Source.
Did you notice that one of the tree trunks is bent? Sometimes we face obstacles, like a limb gets broken or damaged in a storm. Obstacles can be devastating. Yet we know that with every road block, God offers us new opportunities and ways to grow in faith. We are undeterred. For some it might seem risky but with the risk comes new life and possibilities. You can see that in how that tree trunk grows and thrives. You see that life and new possibilities in the pages you’re about to read.
Notice how those branches are reaching out? St. Andrew’s knows God calls us to reach beyond ourselves. And it also knows that we are stronger by working with others. St. Andrew’s values partnership and shared ministry. As you read the following pages, you will see that we work with other organizations and churches. Vitality, strength and possibilities come in working together.
This Program Guide is an invitation to you. Whether you are an individual or represent a community organization or church, the guide outlines many of our programs and ways to join with us. We invite you to join with us in making our community and world a better place…Seeking...Sharing...Serving
Youth Ministry goes far and wide
Happy are those...who delight in God...
they are like trees planted by water... Psalm 1
St. Andrew’s youth ministry is both congregational and regional. Each Sunday morning, St. Andrew’s and Deer Park youth gather for programming. Other mid-week activities also happen.
Regional youth and young adult ministry happens across Calgary and beyond, working in partnership with United Church congregations. Programming includes a city-wide, monthly youth and young adult alternative worship service called Naked Faith. It features energetic, popular music, powerful messages and deep conversations. Naked Faith begins with supper at 6 pm, followed by worship at 7 pm and then fun activities and faith discussions. Naked Faith alternates between north and south Calgary locations each month.
As well, a monthly Sunday evening worship specifically for those 18 years and older began in 2016. It's offered at Knox United Church in conjunction with Campus Ministries.
Regional Youth Ministries also aims to encourage future leaders. Youth are involved in the planning of events with the youth leaders through the Regional Youth Council. Young people help plan the annual Christmas retreat and also the spring camp weekend.
Another program is Kram and Jam offered every Monday after school (except holidays) at St. Andrew’s Centre. It’s an opportunity to gather after school, get help with studies or do home work in the company of others. Supper is always served. Evenings conclude with a great jam session on instruments. Regional Youth Ministry also works closely with Campus Ministries at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Movie Night at St. Andrew’s
Come to St. Andrew’s Centre for a fun Saturday evening once a month to watch a new movie or an old favourite. Popcorn and refreshments, along with lively discussion after the movie, makes Movie Night something special. Movies are chosen by popular demand, so your input is essential. Be in your seat for 7 pm. You’ll find movie dates listed on our online calendar. www.andychurch.org
Worship that fits for you!
At St. Andrew’s, we recognize that not one type of worship fits for all people. So we offer several!
Sundays @ 10 am. St. Andrew’s Ministry staff and volunteers work collaboratively with Deer Park United Church staff and volunteers to create meaningful worship each Sunday at Deer Park Church. Children and Youth programming also happen each Sunday. The combined choir is called the Spirit Singers and their practices are Thursdays at 6:55pm.
Cross Connections is a traditional, shorter service led by St. Andrew’s Ministry Staff. It’s held on the first and third Thursday of every month at 11:30 am at Lakeview United Church (3023 63 Ave SW, Calgary, AB). The 45-minute service is followed by a potluck sandwich/dessert lunch and great conversation.
Connections Ministry: A Community that Cares
St. Andrew's is a community that celebrates with you in times of joy and cares for you in times of need. You are not alone.
For example, you may wish to reach out to us at times of:
Personal or family crisis
Distress, loneliness, difficulty coping with life events such as job loss, illness, bereavement
Spiritual direction (to discern your calling to this community, the larger world or a specific situation)
Requiring information or clarification about an issue concerning St. Andrew’s United Church
Celebration – we want to be with you to celebrate good news, seasons of light and delight and God’s blessings for your life
We have several programs in place where you may make a connection:
Seniors Corner – Young at Heart, celebrates our Seniors and offers ways to connect with others and to the community; come together in fellowship; special events and luncheons; drop-in dates for coffee/tea and conversation.
Heart-to-Heart Ministry reaches out to people in our congregation to provide a friendly connection and visitor from your church family. Through phone visits, personal visits or both, congregation members reach out to stay connected with you.
We believe in the power of prayer! Through our Private and Confidential Prayer Ministry, a group of individuals offer prayers of hope, health, healing, support and encouragement. Whether you are asking for help or expressing gratitude, we will pray for you.
Card Ministry. Caring cards are sent to celebrate and support people in their life journeys.
Prayer Shawl Ministry provides prayer shawls on behalf of our church community to celebrate and support people in their life journeys.
Care packages from our Caring Support Ministry remind people that we care and are thinking of them. Care packages have personalized prayers of encouragement and support during a challenging time and small tokens of comfort to reassure people of God’s presence and the care of their church family.
To request assistance or provide support to others through Connections Ministry, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 403-259-4080
Naked Faith Youth and Young Adult Worship is a monthly Friday evening worship service featuring energetic, popular music, powerful messages and deep conversations. Each month, it travels to a different Calgary United Church location. As well, Dirty Theology for those 18 years and older is held monthly on Sunday evenings at Knox United Church in Downtown Calgary.
Calgary Queer Church is an inclusive, safe worship service for the LGBTQ community where faith and identity can be reconciled. First Sunday of each month at 7 pm. Parkdale United Church.
Children’s Program: Guided in Bible Stories
Community Hub opens in St. Andrew's
Our goal is to provide a fun, friendly and hands-on approach to learn and live the Bible in today’s world. The dynamic and meaningful stories of the Bible provide the direction and inspiration of the Sunday morning Children’s Program. From preschool to Grade 6, children are guided through a new activity center each week focusing on the same story, theme or lesson for a three to six week rotation.
Children are excited to return each week to experience the stories in a different format and they gain a deeper experience and understanding of the stories through different media and leaders. They strengthen their spiritual and faith concepts within activity centers that allow students to explore and express themselves. Activities include: Art, Cooking, Baking, Movement & Music, Multi-Media, Drama, Construction, Science, Games and more! Each session is connected to the other weeks of the month and also stand on their own.
As well, sharing and giving to others is central to many Bible stories where children put the concept into practice through spirit of giving projects. They work together to create and compile donations to community charity groups.
The new Community Hub program on Wednesdays at St. Andrew’s Centre offers a wide assortment of programs for clients seeking advice and direction in managing their careers, personal & family finances and accessing community services.
Marce El-Husseini, Community Advocate for the Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre Hub, is part of with a team who offers services in every quadrant of Calgary. Clients in Calgary South West meet at St. Andrew’s because of its convenient location and proximity to public transit.
“Our mission, as community advocates, is to empower our clients to take the steps forward to change their lives in ways they always thought possible. St. Andrew’s Community Resources Hub is an inclusive and safe place for individuals, families and community to come together to achieve development through resources, support and specialized programs,” says Marce.
Clients come from varied backgrounds and are given access to basic needs referrals, Advocacy (AB Works, AISH, Rental matters), information on local events and programs, connections to housing, counselling and financial resources. Many clients are new to Canada and need assistance in establishing their families in Calgary. A wide assortment of programs are offered, some of which include: financial literacy; financial coaching; “Sunrise $avings;” and tax clinics. Employment agency information, legal resources and guidance in creating RESP’s for children are also reviewed with clients.
Rev. Joel Den Haan, St. Andrew’s Director of Regional Ministries, welcomes the Community Resources Centre Hub to St. Andrew’s, as one of five locations servicing Calgary. This innovative program is offered in part with Bow West Community services and grants from the City of Calgary.
“Being involved with this program is very gratifying for everyone involved.” Joel noted that there are many who benefit from the service. “We are very pleased to be working with BowWest and The City on this worthwhile program. Helping others achieve their goals is very rewarding.”
You can find more information on St. Andrew's website or call 403-874-9103 or 403-874-8819.
Since 1973, the Kerby Centre has offered quality seniors’ programming in downtown Calgary. Together, St. Andrews Regional Ministries and the Kerby Centre saw the need to expand and offer programs in South Calgary at St. Andrew’s Centre. A variety of programs are held at St. Andrew’s Centre. including yoga, various computer courses and educational courses. The latest offerings can be found at Andycentre.com or Kerbycentre.com or call the Kerby Centre to register: (403) 705-3233
St. Andrew’s Centre is
also Kerby Centre South
Camp Caravan is a fun, affordable, faith-based children’s summer day program based out of St. Andrew’s Regional ministries and offered in partnership with other congregations in Calgary and beyond. Camp Caravan provides local congregations a way to reach out and make connections in their local communities. Regional Ministries provides a travelling team of strong young leaders along with a multi-media curriculum of Bible Stories, games, science investigations and outdoor activities. The Camp has been offered in congregations throughout Calgary as well as Airdrie and Medicine Hat.
Camp Coordinator Elizabeth Grey said of a recent summer: “We sowed the seeds of faith, friendship and fun in all our children and created memories that will last for many years to come. There was non-stop feedback from parents that their children loved their time at Camp Caravan and can’t wait to go back to the ‘Best Camp Ever’ next summer.”
Though Andy Church Outdoors, people are enjoying the outdoors while also exploring their faith. Recent AndyChurch Outdoor ventures included a one-day canoe trip along the Bow River and a hike in Banff National Parks.
Under the leadership of Rev. Jim Kenney, a canoe trip along the Milk River is being planned for late June/early July. Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is a spiritual location to which First Nations people have journeyed to for thousands of years. It's also a significant place for several St. Andrew's people. Keep an eye on our website, andychurch.org for updates on the canoe trip plans.
Thank you to Carol Douglas who coordinated the Know Your Neighbour program since 2004. Iris McLeod presented Carol with flowers at a recent Connections Ministry luncheon.
St. Andrew’s Regional Ministries: Who We Are Now
As St. Andrew’s 2020 Vision moves forward, we are growing new ministry that takes what St. Andrew’s United Church is already good at and builds on it. Increasingly, our regional ministries approach leads us to build solid, ongoing relationships:
with youth and young adults across Calgary Presbytery through Brenda McKellar, Andrew Nicholson, and the Regional Youth and Young Adult ministry;
with students at post-secondary institutions in the city, through Rev. Tim Nethercott and the United-Presbyterian Campus Ministry;
with LGBTQ folk, as part of our Affirming mandate, with Calgary Queer Church.
As our Regional Ministries program seeks to be a catalyst for new mission growth, working in partnership with other groups and agencies is a priority:
with BowWest Community Services, Sunrise Resource Centre and City of Calgary to offer a Community Resources Hub at St. Andrew's Centre.
with other congregations in the United Church Affirming network, supporting LGBTQ outreach;
with other United Church congregations who share in hosting youth programming, Naked Faith worship and Camp Caravan.
Growing solid, healthy, enduring relationships with key ministries is at the core of who we are now. We want to grow the impact of St. Andrew's ministries through building the strength of groups who reach out, beyond Sunday morning and traditional congregational activities, into the neighbourhoods, campuses, schools and homes of the community around us. In partnership with others who share our values- and in partnership with you, our donors and supporters- we are creating enduring relationships that build the community and grow the faith.
CQC: Everyone Radically Accepted
Gardening can be a spiritual practice. From dull, black earth in early spring, can come amazing produce by Summer’s end. Sometimes there are surprises! As Don Stiles commented during harvest one year, “We thought we were planting Swiss Chard and got bok choy. We thought we were planting regular zucchini and got round zucchini!”
The St. Andrew’s Community Gardeners come together each spring to plan their gardens. They plant in community garden space or home garden space donated to them. The produce is then donated to local food programs including the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and the Spinz Around Food Give-away.
Calgary Queer Church (CQC) is a community of open-minded people that are passionate about living a spiritual life. It is an inclusive safe space for the LGBTQ community where faith and identity can be reconciled. CQC began in January 2016 with financial support from St. Andrew’s Regional Ministries. CQC holds worship services monthly, the first Sunday evening of each month. Peer Support Groups are essential for the LGBTQ and faith community and are offered in different Calgary locations. These groups provide a place for people to be heard, seen and supported through the joys and trials of life. Website is www.yqcbelong.com.
The United Church of Canada supports Mission & Service programs and ministries through meaningful generous gifts.
Your contribution will help support ministries and programs in Canada and around the world, such as:
Global and Canadian peace and justice initiatives
Aboriginal ministries and right relations
Faith formation – youth, camping, inter-cultural engagement
Support to remote ministries
Innovation in communities of Faith
Support and assist Syrian Refugee families in our community and country
All this and so much more – through your generous gifts for Mission & Service.
Community Gardeners: Giving it all away
Make a difference in the world
The St. Andrew’s congregation has a history of supporting outreach initiatives in our community, nation and globally. Individually and as a community, St. Andrew’s people are generous with their talents, time and money. Through the years the Church in Community (formerly named the Church in Society) has participated, supported and taken a lead in many outreach activities. We have only been limited by the number of people on the committee and our time and resources. Presently we have eight members and often a few guests. We meet once a month on Wednesday afternoons for fellowship and to share ideas and plan activities.
Many initiatives that we are support are driven by the passions of our current committee members. Examples are: Don Stiles with Acadia Place and Community Gardening; Joye Brown with Ploughshares and the Mission and Service Fund; and Marion Wolff and Wendy Campbell with the Syrian Sponsorship Initiative. We welcome people who wish to be very active in one or more activities or who only have time or desire to assist with supporting various initiatives with baking, making sandwiches, gardening, or driving etc.
St. Andrew’s Mission Statement is …Seeking, Sharing, Serving, And Caring. The Church in Community ministry provides opportunities for all these actions and more. If you are interested, please call Marion at 403 281-8819.
Syrian Refugee support: Generosity of Spirit
By Marion Wolf
In February 2016, Ayoub Sawaiah and Nesreen AlYateem and their four children, Ahmad, Kholoud, Abdullah and Amer arrived in Calgary from war-torn Syria with all their possessions in a few suitcases. By March, the eldest two children, aged 9 and 6 were attending the LEAD program in the Calgary public school system and the five-year-old was attending a private preschool three afternoons a week. In April, the parents began a 3 ½ month newcomer language program at the YWCA . Our sponsorship group hired two women who speak English and Arabic to take turns providing child care while the parents attended English classes. These women and other Arabic-speaking volunteers were invaluable in providing a bridge for the family to adapt to the Canadian culture.
In September 2016, Ayoub enrolled full time in English classes at the YWCA but the family logistics with a 2 ½ year old child at home and children in Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 4 at different schools meant it was too difficult for Nesreen to attend language. However, a tutoring program was set up at home for three mornings a week and Nasreen attended mothers’ program one morning a week at McDougall United Church.
The agreement with Immigration Canada was that the sponsorship group provided resettlement assistance to the Sawaiah family for one year. It is difficult for any immigrant family to be independent in a new country in 12 months. While the sponsorship agreement ended in February 2017, committee volunteers continued to assist the family with banking, health and especially government issues.
The Sawaiah family has made great progress in settling into Calgary. At the end of June the family moved from Bonavista Downs to a rental home in Thorncliffe in Northeast Calgary. The family no longer has the handy support of the sponsorship team volunteers but they now live in a neighbourhood where there are many other children and they can walk to school. Good news is that Ayoub found a job and is a conscientious employee The kids speak English with no difficulty. Nesreen takes English lessons at the downtown YWCA again and travels to classes by city transit.Their living room is furnished with three large couches and many chairs so obviously they welcome company. And the family now has a pet, a little canary in a cage in the kitchen.
They are making Calgary their home.
Giving to others through Bridge
St. Andrew's Council: Richard Betts, John Palmer, Donna Betts, Rev. Jim Kenney, Chair Karen Decoux, Merle Ann May, Treasurer Heather Campbell, Bill Miller, Marion Wolff. Missing: Carle Duguid, Carol Douglas, Joy Perry, Robin Reboul (secretary), George Steber, Mike Sword.
More than 16 years ago, Vivian Campbell brought her love of Bridge and helping others to St. Andrew’s. After moving to Calgary to be closer to family, Vivian began teaching Bridge and then decided to start a casual duplicate game, once a month on Saturdays, for her graduates of her classes and others. Duplicate Bridge evolved over the years, and when Vivian could no longer handle the games, her son Alex and Wendy Campbell organized Duplicate Bridge.
Players have a wonderful time, make new friends and contribute to the community. The money collected at Duplicate Bridge is donated to St. Andrew’s Community Ministry Fund to help individuals and households facing emergency needs.
Stories offer spiritual sustenance
For thousands of years, our faith in One God has been passed down by storytellers: stories first passed down around the campfire at night, in worship and later written down to form our Bible. Storytelling continues today in many forms today and it’s no wonder that St. Andrew’s has an avid group of book readers. Book Club participant Lauralyn Chow says storytelling is part of our shared human experience and stories can offer spiritual sustenance.
Book Club participants together choose the new and classical books that they will read and explore together. The group gathers the third Thursday of each month and new members are always welcome. Call St. Andrew’s for more information
Interestingly, Lauralyn recently published her own book, Paper Teeth (NeWest Press, 2016) and it has been referred to as "a funny and heartwarming collection of stories about the concept of home in the 1960s and 70s.”
The Inn from the Cold project has evolved into a new format to assist homeless Calgary families. On the fourth Sunday of each month, St. Andrew’s volunteers help serve a healthy meal at the Inn from the Cold’s downtown location.
St. Andrew’s volunteers set up, serve and clean up dinners as well as prepare and pack lunches for the next day. The commitment will be for approximately four hours, from 4:30 pm to 8 pm, on the designated Sunday. Sometimes there may be two seatings for dinner, depending on the need of the community.
If you are interested in becoming involved in this very worthwhile project, please contact Joy Perry 403-542-2864 or St. Andrew’s office 403-259-4080.
Soul food takes on a whole new meaning at St. Andrew’s Centre as Rev. Danah Cox brings his artistic, culinary and theological skills to bear in an exciting mix of fellowship and experiential entertainment.
Palates guests enjoy delicious food that is beautifully plated, as well as lively discussion based on thought-provoking themes drawn directly from the weeks’ lectionary. By using pictures provided as a springboard for discussion, the community helps local artists image each session’s topic. The approach is not an attempt to make participants into artists but to stimulate discussion by helping to facilitate right brain thinking. Exercising one’s creative side has been proven to be a fun and effective means to help people come up with more imaginative solutions to issues at work, home or within themselves and their lives.
Palates is held Tuesdays from 6 pm–7:45 pm at St. Andrew’s Centre and is a great “date” night or girls’ night out or a fun evening on your own. The $20 per person suggested offering is greatly appreciated to help support programming. For more information or to reserve your seat, contact Rev. Danah Cox (403) 708-7729 or St. Andrew’s office (403) 259-4080, or check out brushwiththespirit.com
New format for
Inn from the Cold
Soul food takes on new meaning
A little sandwich goes a long way…
Healing Touch Offers Restful Relief
You may never know how a small gesture of kindness can brighten someone’s day or help someone along. That’s what makes the St. Andrew’s Sandwich Making group so dedicated to providing sandwiches and various toiletry items to Calgary’s Drop-In Centre.
Meeting on the first Thursday morning of each month at St. Andrew’s Centre, volunteers prepare sandwiches and pack toiletry items that the Drop In Centre distributes to its clients. New volunteers are welcome to help or donate sandwich loaves & fillings, clothing, canned vegetables or pastas for soup as well as soaps, shampoos and personal toiletry items. For more information, contact St. Andrew’s office (403) 259-4080
Everyone can benefit from St. Andrew’s Healing Touch, a treatment that is offered twice a month in Lakeview United Church’s lower level. Members of the Healing Team are trained and experienced in this energy-based approach to health and healing.
The goal in Healing Touch is to restore harmony and balance in the energy system, placing the client in a position to self-heal. The Healing Touch treatment takes between 30 – 45 minutes. During a session, a participant may lay down on a massage table or some choose to sit in a chair. Various techniques are used to relax, balance and heal the energy system. Integration of the treatment process can continue for up to 48 hours after the treatment, so participants are encouraged to be patient and trust the process.
Healing Touch is held the first Monday of the month at 7 pm and third Monday at 10 am at Lakeview United Church. Healers are volunteers so there is no charge for the services. A donation to St. Andrew’s United Church is much appreciated and receipts are issued. For more information or to book your Healing Touch treatment, email email@example.com or call St. Andrew’s office 403-259-4080.