Arts at St. Andrew's
The Core Ensemble
The Core Ensemble, in residence at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, produces and performs music theater pieces to highlight social justice issues and celebrate the diversity of American culture.
The Core Ensemble has been touring for twenty years and has performed in every region of the United States and released three CD recordings on New World Records. With programming funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Barlow Foundation, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Humanities Council, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and ArtsLink, the Core Ensemble tours internationally, including Australia, Russia, Ukraine, England, and the Carribean, and has also performed in major American venues, including the Guggenheim Museum, Central Park SummerStage, the Chautauqua Institution and a concert recorded for National Public Radios’ Performance Today. The Ensemble has crossed the continent, from Key West, FL to Anchorage, AK, and from Las Cruces, NM to Machias, ME. We are proud to have that they are headquartered here in Lake Worth, FL!
For more information visit coreensemble.com.
Voices of Pride
Voices of Pride (VOP) was established in 2003 as the dream of a few men who were singing in a choruses quite a distance from the Palm Beaches. Inspired by the numerous gay and lesbian choruses across the country, and bolstered by the support and encouragement of Compass Community Center and MCC of the Palm Beaches, they founded the first local gay chorus for the people of Palm Beach County.
Their dream was to craft a musical organization with the highest musical and performance standards, encouraging diversity and respect for all people through music. VOP is a strong member of the thriving local arts community and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is proud to be aligned with this find organization’s mission, which is
- To encourage acceptance of diversity and respect for all people through music, and
- To entertain the Palm Beach County community with quality music from a gay men's chorus.
For more information about Voice of Pride, visit voicesofpride.org.
Zimmermann’s Café Chamber Music
Founded in 2016 by composers Clare Shore and Gregory Stepanich, Zimmermann's Café Chamber Music is devoted to presenting "classical" music--or art music--written by living South Florida composers.
Zimmermann's Café Chamber Music events take place in venues throughout South Florida, in the manner of J. S. Bach and his friends at the original Zimmermann's Café in Leipzig—musical works are performed in an informal atmosphere that encourages interaction between composers, performers, and audience, all while enjoying light refreshments. At St. Andrew’s Church, the action takes place in the Parish Hall.
For a list of upcoming performances, visit zimmcafemusic.org.
Imagine being dressed in casual clothes—even shorts, attending a musical event with cabaret-style seating and "serve yourself" food, wine and coffee, while listening to "fresh off the press" musical works, chatting with South Florida composers and performers between pieces ... open your eyes ... you’re at a Zimmermann’s Café Chamber Music event!
Every day, people suffer from hunger in Palm Beach County. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church provides support to Christians Reach Out to Society, Inc., or C.R.O.S. Ministries. This Christian volunteer-based organization serves the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties through community collaborations. They recover fresh produce through gleaning, provide children with safe camps during the summer months, offers emergency and short-term food assistance and run a hot meal program 7 days a week.
C.R.O.S. Ministries believes that to be successful in addressing hunger, the community must come together. For 40 years, CROS has brought people of different faiths, civic groups, and members of the community to work together effectively towards the common goal of ending hunger in Palm Beach County. With limited staff, they rely on the talents of more than 3,000 volunteers to operate their programs. Using volunteers keeps costs down, which allows the program to be open numerous days/week. All services are provided free of charge without regard to race, religion, national origin, marital status, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
Volunteers are always needed. To learn more, visit https://www.crosministries.org/volunteering/.
Integrity Palm Beach
Integrity-Palm Beach is a chapter of Integrity USA, an official organization of the Episcopal Church for over 30 years that promotes the inclusion of persons of all sexual orientations in the life of the church. Chapters sponsor worship services, educational programs, social events, and outreach activities. There are over 70 Integrity chapters in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Africa. Integrity-Palm Beach is sponsored by St. Andrew's, P3 Proud Parish Partner Church.
St. Andrew's is an inclusive parish, open to all. One does not need to be Episcopalian to participate in Integrity. An active chapter, Integrity Palm Beach meetings usually include 30-50 attendees, with people of all backgrounds and sexual orientations. The chapter believes that outreach and socializing are the best ways to advocate effectively for the LGBTQ community near and far. Meetings are at 7 p.m., following the 6 p.m. Holy Eucharist service at St. Andrew’s on the second Saturday of each month. Most often, these are informal potluck suppers with a guest speaker. Other activities may include holiday or themed parties, bus trips and other community building activities of interest to a wide range of participants.
In addition to monthly meetings, Integrity-Palm Beach is committed to moving the Episcopal Church and others forward in its goal of making the church more open and affirming of LGBT people, and ensuring that all of the sacraments are available to all the baptized. The group is also involved in community service, helping to raise funds for the Comprehensive AIDS Program in Palm Beach County, and sponsoring a Mardi Gras fundraiser each year for the Youth Drop-In Center of Compass Community Center, a large and local LGBT community center.
A note about non-endorsement:
Integrity/Palm Beach and its host parish, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, are non-profit groups grounded in this community. Integrity Palm Beach believes that giving local political leaders a forum benefits us all. That said, neither Integrity nor the church endorse political office-seekers or political parties. The appearance of a political office holder at an Integrity meeting should not be construed as an endorsement.
Lake Worth Interfaith Network
St. Andrew’s is proudly affiliated with the Lake Worth Interfaith Network, a local group of individuals and faith-based communities dedicated to promoting acceptance and understanding among our diverse spiritual traditions through prayer gatherings, education and compassionate action.
The network began in 2005, when a group of individuals with a deep desire to actively engage in religious reconciliation met and agreed to form a loosely structured network of like-minded people within the town of Lake Worth. By the National Day of Prayer observance in May of that year, Lake Worth Interfaith Network held its first community event, and that inspired dream became an actualized reality. The network has since sponsored three prayer events a year and continues to include the National Day of Prayer, Thanksgiving and Martin Luther King Jr. on their calendar of celebrations. Previous interfaith events have included Passover Seder, Ramadan Dinner, World AIDS Day, Maya New Year Fire Circles, Kol Nidre and Summer Solstice Sacred Drum Circles. All are welcome.
For more information, visit lwinterfaith.net/events.