This ministry assembles each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Meals are served at 1 p.m., with clean up afterward.
Each week a group of dedicated volunteers assembles in the Parish Hall of St. Andrew’s Church to serve freshly prepared meals to hungry and homeless people in our community. Volunteers are always needed to help with this important work. This is a weekly effort, so please sign up for specific days each month to insure sufficient staffing.
Contact is Joy Bayrouty. Call the church office at (561) 582-6609 with your availability, or use the sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall. This vital ministry welcomes everyone!
Music Ministry: Join the Choir
The all volunteer choir of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church welcomes new singers. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7- 8:30 p.m. from September to May. Check the calendar for exact dates. During the summer rehearsals are suspended, but choir members are encouraged to vest and process at the 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist service on Sunday mornings. If you would like to sing with the choir, please introduce yourself to a Choir Director Mark Lynch, any choir member, usher or clergy, or call the Church office at (561) 582-6609. All are welcome!
Prayerful and ecumenical Taizé services are held at St. Andrew’s from 6 to 7 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month in the sanctuary. A group of volunteers and musicians prepares the church for this contemplative service, modeled after the post-World War II practices of the monastic community of Taizé in the Burgundy region of France. Somewhat austere in its simplicity, Taizé is a candlelit Holy Eucharist service that combines scripture readings with simple, repetitive songs and periods of silence to encourage meditation, stillness, reflection, contemplation and prayer.
Icons from the Orthodox tradition provide a visual focal point for meditation. The experience is enriched by the active participation of all assembled, as everyone focuses collectively on the light of Jesus Christ that shines within each one of us while deepening their faith through the power of prayer.
“The exchange with God becomes real for us in prayer: by his Holy Spirit, God comes to dwell within us. By His word and the sacraments, Christ gives himself to us. In return, we can surrender everything to him.” — Brother Alois, Letter from Cochabamba
St. Andrew’s Taize musicians are Ron Buckley – guitar; Margaret May Damon – flute; Margot Emery – recorders & percussion; Ann Kreucher – piano and cantor.
A recent newspaper article about Taizé services in Janesville, Wisconsin, community may be found here. Taizé services are held around the world. Please join us at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church if you are interested. For more information, call the Church office (561) 582-6609, or just show up.
All are welcome!
People Engaged in Active Community Effort / P.E.A.C.E. Justice Ministry
P.E.A.C.E. (People Engaged in Active Community Efforts) is a justice ministry organization made up of 19 different congregations from throughout Palm Beach County. Recognizing that to do justice requires power, these congregations work to bring together large numbers of people who hold political and economic systems accountable for serious community problems. St. Andrew’s parish is committed to this form of social justice, and congregants are encouraged to support this important ministry with their time, energy and treasure. For more information about P.E.A.C.E., see Deacon Tony, call (561) 882-0403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEACE is a vehicle for congregations to do justice through the power of large numbers of organized people. We listen to the concerns of everyday people, research solutions that have proven to work, and demonstrate broad public support, while submitting well-researched proposals to our county officials. For Palm Beach County, this means practical improvements to the quality of life for all at system-wide levels. For people of faith, this means we can fulfill our requirement to do justice as laid before us in Micah 6:8 and Matthew 23:23.
The Care Committee, lovingly led by Andrea McNally, prays for the needs of individuals and families undergoing medical and family trials or with special needs. This devoted group can be counted on to provide warm greetings that encourage parishioners. They also check in on this sick or ailing, send thoughtful cards, make occasional phone calls, and can even help arrange for meal delivery or other support when necessary and appropriate. If you would like to support this ministry, please call the church office or speak to Andrea McNally. The more, the merrier!
Medicana Nursing Home Ministry
What could be more important than serving communion to residents of Medicana Nursing Home in Lake Worth? If you would like to help once a month, please call the parish office (561) 582-6609 or speak to Deacon Tony. The faithful residents at Medicana Nursing Home deeply appreciate these visits and the opportunity to receive the Holy Eucharist. Come serve others!
Now more than ever, young people need opportunities to make friends, spend relaxing time together in safe, age-appropriate settings and explore their faith through scripture study, discussions and films and more. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church encourages families with middle school or high school aged children to participate in its outreach youth ministry programs. Bake sales, themed events, potluck dinners, intergenerational beach trips and Halloween parties are just some of the fun. There’s even an annual “Soup-er Bowl” Fundraiser, plus opportunities for field trips, youth camp and more. If you would like to be involved, please contact Debra Carter or Khallid Carter, or call the Church office at (561) 582-6609.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
This group meets on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Contact Jean Howard (561-386-6196) for more information about this very special four-year program of study.
Every baptized person is called to ministry, and the Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. During the Service of Confirmation we ask God to "Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them." EfM offers an opportunity to discover how you can respond to the call to Christian service.
Those who are willing can prepare for ministry with EfM, a four-year program of study and support. For information, please contact the Church office at (561) 582-6609.