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First Sunday of Advent 2020 – Communion

Communion will be celebrated both in church Sunday November 29th and by Zoom later that same day at 7:00 pm.  A link to the communion service will be sent out by Friday evening for the Zoom service. If you have not received the link and would like to participate in the service please contact Rev. Joyce at Rev. Joyce’s column in the newsletter will help you prepare for both in person and Zoom communion.

St. Andrew’s Marketplace & Bazaar

St. Andrew’s will be continuing its tradition of our annual Tea & Bazaar, minus the tea. We have received many donations of new and unused items and will be selling them through a Facebook event.

You will need a Facebook account to view the items. To access the event and see all the wonderful items that are available for purchase please use the link provided below and click the Discussion tab on the St. Andrew’s Marketplace Facebook event.

No Facebook account? Please call the church at 622-4273, Monday to Friday 9 AM to 1 PM.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church will be hosting an online Marketplace & Bazaar for the month of November. We have many new/unused knitted items for sale, donated by members of our church/community. Jamie Gerow, a member of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santa’s, is donating his time for Video Calls with Santa; $10 for 10min! Shaundra Benincasa of Benincasa Boutique, creates Disney inspired headbands. $10 from every headband purchased will be donated to the church; each headband is $25. Local artist, Judy Persian, has created original watercolour blank cards for all occasions. Cards are 1 for $5 or 4 for $19. Last but not least, St. Andrew’s will be selling our famous shortbread cookies $5/doz. Please visit our Facebook event page to see all the wonderful items available and for more info on the other fundraising projects. or call 622-4273.


Special News from Mission and Outreach

Your Mission & Outreach committee has been planning ways to engage with our larger community during the pandemic. Here are a couple of opportunities for caring.

Food bank drive until Oct. 31

As prices continue to grow, many families and singles are having to make some terrible choices;  buy food or pay the heating bill, purchase a warm winter coat for going to school or pay some of the rent owing. Terrible choices indeed, and many will be looking to the Food Bank to at least put a solid meal on the table.

Mission and Outreach is holding a Food Bank Drive ending on October 31, with the goal of helping to restock the Miles St. Food Bank shelves. All donations of non-perishables can be dropped off at the church until October 31st. Baby food, pasta, sauce, canned tuna/salmon, pork and beans, Kraft Dinner, peanut butter ... are some of the well received items! Thank you!

Yes, Christmas is coming!

Christmas may seem like a long way off but not really. We want you to consider, as in past years, generously supporting: Elizabeth Fry Society, the two women’s shelters, Faye Peterson and Beendigen, and the Children’s Aid Society. It is very simple this year; if you could please write a cheque to St Andrew’s (memo Mission and Outreach; this will be added to your year end tax receipt), or provide a food gift card, or cash. No items or merchandise can be collected/donated this year due to COVID. Thank you!

Safety Guidelines for Re-opening

Safely Returning to Church

St. Andrew’s has developed a plan for safe reopening of the sanctuary for Sunday worship. Looking forward to seeing you there! And here’s what to expect when you arrive.

Greeting An usher as you approach the ramp entry of the church.

Confirming that you are symptom free Upon arrival you will see a sandwich board with the information that has become familiar to many of us regarding a self-assessment. By entering you are essentially saying that you are well and have no symptoms of Covid-19. If you are not well, please refrain from attending worship for your sake and the health of all. There are lines on the concrete and in the building to help you stay socially distanced.

Wearing a mask You will be required to wear a mask the entire time that you are in the building. If you do not have a mask you can pick up a cloth mask (some have been
donated) or a disposable one. There is a limited supply so if you have your own mask it would be much appreciated to have you use it. Once in the entry, please take a moment to sanitize your hands with the sanitizer provided or use your own.

Taking attendance Continuing down the main hallway you will once again be greeted, this time by a person taking attendance before you enter into the sanctuary. This is a government requirement. Should there be a need for contract tracing we will have the necessary information.

Entering the sanctuary As you enter the sanctuary you will immediately go to your left following the arrows on the carpet and head toward the communion table. There you will find an offering box and a printed version of the bulletin. Please take a bulletin, and should you be giving an offering, please deposit it in the offering box. There will not be a passing of the offering bags during the worship service.

Getting seated with social distance From the communion table you can head up an aisle, finding a place for  yourself or the “bubble” cohort that you have come with. The first pews in each section have been closed to allow for proper distancing from anyone who may be participating in worship at the front. We have not marked any of the pews. Instead we are trusting that any individual or group coming to worship will be socially responsible and keep a 2-meter/6ft distance from people who have already chosen a place in the pews. We are well aware that some that have had a favorite spot in the sanctuary will not necessarily be able to sit in their familiar place. There are also a couple of designated people who will be observing and helping us keep the social distancing as we are seated.  We ask your patience and grace in all this, knowing that the joy will come in being together in community even if not all things are as we wish they could be.

At the end of the service Please exit directly out the large doors at the back of the sanctuary on Brodie St. We ask that anyone who needs to use the ramp entry remain seated until others have left so that you can safely approach the accessible entry of the sanctuary and then leave by the ramp without have to cross paths with others. Please continue to practice social distancing as you exit.

Balcony, elevator, front office and other areas of the building will not be open. You can come to the office in person Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm, and of course you can contact the office by phone 622-4273.

Bathrooms in the main hallway will be available. We ask that only one person use the washrooms at a time.

Seat cushions may be loaned out or you can bring your own. If you borrow a cushion you will become responsible for it, bringing it to and from church each Sunday. What you bring into the church stays with you and must go home with you.

Online worship service continues If you prefer to delay your return to in-person worship at this time or simply wish to revisit some of the service you did attend, the print edition and video will be available on this website on Mondays.
For printed services, click here.
For videos, click here.

The St. Andrew’s News

Included with the Sunday bulletin is a copy of the The St. Andrew’s News, that highlights upcoming events in St. Andrew’s and the community, reports recent happenings and offers a thoughtful piece from the minister.

To view a complete calendar of events, click on the View Calendar button in the Upcoming Events section at right.

To choose an edition of The News to view or download, click on the desired date below:

Dec 13, 2020
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Nov 29, 2020
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Mar 29, 2020
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Jan 26, 2020
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Dec 22, 2019
Dec 15, 2019
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Nov 24, 2019
Nov 17, 2019
Nov 10, 2019
Nov 3, 2019

Oct 27, 2019
Oct 20, 2019
Oct 13, 2019
Oct 6, 2019

Sept 29, 2019
Sept 22, 2019
Sept 15, 2019
Sept 8, 2019
Sept 1, 2019

Aug 25, 2019
Aug 18, 2019
Aug 11, 2019
Aug 4, 2019

July 28, 2019
July 21, 2019
July 14, 2019
July 7, 2019

June 30, 2019
June 23, 2019
June 16, 2019
June 9, 2019
June 2, 2019

May 26, 2019
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May 12, 2019
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Apr 28, 2019
Apr 21, 2019
Apr 14, 2019
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Mar 31, 2019
Mar 24, 2019
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Mar 10, 2019
Mar 3, 2019

Feb 24, 2019
Feb 17, 2019
Feb 10, 2019
Feb 3, 2019

Jan 27, 2019
Jan 20, 2019
Jan 13, 2019
Jan 6, 2019

Dec 23, 2018
Dec 16, 2018
Dec 9, 2018
Dec 2, 2018

Nov 25, 2018
Nov 18, 2018
Nov 11, 2018
Nov 4, 2018

Oct 28, 2018
Oct 21, 2018
Oct 14, 2018
Oct 8, 2018

Sept 30, 2018
Sept 23, 2018
Sept 16, 2018
Sept 9, 2018
Sept 2, 2018

Aug 26, 2018
Aug 19, 2018
Aug 12, 2018
Aug 5, 2018

July 29, 2018
July 22, 2018
July 15, 2018
July 8, 2018
July 1, 2018

June 24, 2018
June 17, 2018
June 10, 2018
June 3, 2018

May 27, 2018
May 20, 2018
May 13, 2018
May 6, 2018

Apr 29, 2018
Apr 22, 2018
Apr 15, 2018
Apr 8, 2018
Apr 1, 2018

Mar 25, 2018
Mar 18, 2018
Mar 11, 2018
Mar 4, 2018

Feb 25, 2018
Feb 18, 2018
Feb 11, 2018
Feb 4, 2018

Jan 28, 2018
Jan 21, 2018
Jan 14, 2018
Jan 7, 2018

St. Andrew’s News Archive