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Growing in Community - Living Faith Daily

Faith is a lifelong process and it isn't a journey we take on our own.  It is a relationship being built with God and being lived out with the relationships we build with the people and community around us.  Growing in faith with others is key for all of the ministries at St. Andrew's, from cradle to home care.

Check out the tabs in this ministry section to learn more about each individual ministry area and how each connects and builds into a greater whole.

Coming Up...

Parents Sticky Faith Workshop - Saturday, May 10th - 9am-4pm at St Andrews

Sticky Faith

Do you want to nurture in your kids a lifelong faith that sticks and continues to mature into adulthood?

Your kids are more connected to you than you might think and as a parent you are the most important influence in your kid’s life. How you live out your faith has a more significant impact on your child than anything else. It is never too late or too early to start building sticky faith in your children. There is still time to be intentional in modeling your faith to your children.

The Sticky Faith Workshop will enable you to instill a deep and lasting faith in your children.  We will present powerful strategies and practical ideas to help you encourage your children’s spiritual growth. If you know and love a child this workshop is for you!

Join us Saturday, May 10th from 9am-4pm at St Andrews.  Lunch will be provided. The cost of the workshop includes a copy of the Sticky Faith book, individuals $15 and couples $20.* Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 23rd to the church office 209-957-8750.

*If you are signing up as a couple and would each like a copy of the book the total cost would be $30.


Adult Small Groups

Growing in Community - Discipleship

What is a disciple? "Disciples seek, recognize and respond to what Jesus is already doing around them and shows others how to do the same." (Greg Finke)

As a community of faith seeking to inspire our community to live out the hope found in Christ we know that we need each other to do so. At St. Andrews we recognize that God made us for community, he made us to be with and develop relationships with others.  Through these relationships we are built up by others, build others up and grow in faith together.  We build this community through Small Groups.

"The most wonderful thing about a small group is just the sharing of faith amid our friendships...the bottom line is that when we draw near to God in studying His Word, and in Christian fellowship, He draws near to us and enriches our lives...As those who follow Him, we work together in His kingdom as one Body in Him." - Linda and Jerry Kaufman


Current Small Groups Studies

1 Corinthians, The Gospel of John, Romans, Psalms, Exxlesiaties, Proverbs, Caring Partners, Christ-Like Servant Leadership, Weekly Sermon Questions, "Healing for Damaged Emotions"

If you have questions about small groups or would like to get connected with a group contact Holly in the church office at 957.8750 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Visit www.standrewswordsoffaith.blogspot.com to read stories of faith from individuals in our faith community.






This years theme:

A Beautiful Mess: Embrace Your Story

Beauty can come out of our difficult times mothering young children.  Embrace your story.  Your past, present and future can be used for good.  God knows where each of us has been, where we are today and has set in motion where we are headed.

MOPS (Mothers Of PreSchoolers) is for all moms of children age 0-6.

It is a place to find friendship, community, resources and

support for you as a woman and mother so you're not alone.

We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
September - May   9:00AM - 11:00AM
Loving childcare for children age 0-6

This years dates:

January 14th and 28th, February 11th and 25th, March 11th and 25th, April 8th and 22nd, May 13th and 27th


New Movement in Youth Ministry


We realize how important it is to invest in our young people, and that is why we are working on a plan to better connect with our youth. We recognize that we have not done a great job of communicating our plans until now. As we move forward we are looking at revamping the high school ministry. Some of things that we have been learning over the past several years include:


1)    Relationships are the key: Building relationships between youth and adults is so important to help our youth grow and mature into adulthood. Research tells us that young people need a minimum of five adults, besides their parents, to invest in their lives to help them reach adulthood successfully.

2)    Small groups: Looking at our successful H2H set up we see how relationships grow in small groups and how youth feel supported and encouraged by their adult leaders. Setting up small groups for our youth is a great way for them to connect with other youth and adults as they continue to take on ownership of their faith and continue to grow in that faith. The Bible is always the guide for our small groups from Sunday school to H2H to high school youth right on into our adult small groups.

3)    Faith is a relationship with Jesus, not a sin management program: As we help our young people grow in their faith we need to do more that give them a list of do's and don'ts. Rather we need to be helping our young people build a lasting relationship with their Lord and Savior, so that their faith continues long after they leave home.

4)    Family is the meal, the church is the vitamin: We also realize that the family is the place where much of faith formation and growth will take place, as parents spend way more time with their youth than we do. We are here to walk alongside of parents and further supplement what is already being lived out in the home daily.


Thus the plan as we move forward is to build our youth ministry into small groups where youth will be mentored by caring adults. These adults will be supported and encouraged all along the way. We hope to start off with two groups; one for females and one for males with two adult leaders for each group. As we grow we will add groups and more adult leaders as needed. There will also be opportunities for fun fellowship and service throughout the year.

We have two women from our congregation who have already stepped forward willing and ready to serve as the leaders of the female small group. We are still in need of at least two men to step up and agree to serve in our male small group.  We hope to have everything set up and ready to go by this fall, but that all depends on adults stepping up to the challenge of mentoring this generation of young people. If you are willing to serve as a youth small group leader or have more questions about the future of our youth ministry here at St. Andrew’s please contact Tracy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Head to the Heart (H2H) 2013-2014 Living Faith

6th, 7th, 8th Grade

Wednesdays 6:30-8:15pm

Our H2H program has a three prong approach of Education, Service and Fellowship to nurture faith in the lives of our teens.

Our theme this year is Living Faith.  We will be focusing on what is a Christian and the basics of the Christian faith.  Then how does my faith affect my decisions about sex, drugs, fast cars and what I do with my time on Saturday night when no one is watching?  We will begin with the Ten Commandments, then move on to the Lord's Prayer and end the year with some Hot Topics near and dear to the hearts of young Christians trying to make it to adulthood in the 21st century.

We begin in the large group and in a participatory way learn the lesson for the evening.  Adult Mentors and their small groups sit together for the large group meeting.  Each week we have a theme we discuss. Then we break for 30-35 minutes in small groups.  This allows time for faith sharing with the mentors in a smaller group. Then we return to the sanctuary for closing prayer, blessing and announcements.  We invite parents to join us at 8:05pm for the closing prayer, blessing and announcements.


Sunday School


Kids need a vital and living relationship with Jesus, and need to grow weekly in their faith. Sunday school classes are for children ages 3-fifth grade. Sunday school is highly relational and uses small group and large group settings.  Children start in Worship with their family and are released to Sunday school after the children’s message.

Each week children hear a new Bible story from their teachers and do projects and activities to help remember the message. We continue to collect a special offering each week to help out different groups such as Heifer Project and Habitat for Humanity. Children are encouraged to bring friends to Sunday school each week. And by the way…it's fun for everyone!

Preschool: Our preschool class is designed for children ages 3-4. Our loving volunteers will provide age-appropriate activities for your children that will help them learn that we love because God loves us.

Elementary: Children in kindergarten through 3rd grade will participate in small and large group activities, which include a Bible story, singing, crafts, dramas, games, and more. Children will learn who God is, everything we have comes from God, and the Word of God )the Bible) is true.

4th & 5th Graders: Our 4th & 5th graders have a class all of their own where they cover different topics that kids their age deal with each and everyday. The Bible is the guide as students learn things like how to be a good friend, how to be responsible, how to live for Christ in their daily lives, and so much more.

Registration: To register your child(ren) for Sunday school please click HERE for the registration form you can complete, then mail, fax 209-957-1887, email, or drop off to the church office. Thanks!

Offering: This year we will collect an offering each week for "Crossing Cambodia."  Through this ministry we will be sponsoring a child in Cambodia to provide meals and a chance to go to school.  We are sponsoring a seven year old boy named Hua who loves writing and looks forward to going to school. Thanks for your support!

Guests: Visitors are always welcome at Sunday school. Kids will start out in Worship and then head off to Sunday school following the children’s message. After Worship parents walk over to the education building following the yellow brick hallway down to the classrooms where children can be picked up. Guests and visitors will be asked to fill out a short registration form found in the church entryway or from your child’s Sunday school teacher.



Faith Stepping Stones is child and parent education that goes from the cradle to high school graduation. There are eight steps along the way as we encourage and equip parents to be the primary faith mentors to their kids.

For more information on Faith Stepping Stones click HERE


1)      Raising a Healthy Baby (Parents of infants)
2)      Raising a Healthy Preschooler (Parents of preschoolers)
3)      Entering School (Kindergarten families)
4)      My Bible (2nd & 3rd grade families)
5)      Livin’ Forgiven (5th grade families)
6)      Surviving Adolescence (6th grade families)
7)      Confirmation (8th grade families)
8)      Graduation (Senior high school families)

Going through the stones and participating in the Faith 5 every night in the home will help parents and kids build stronger relationships with each other and with God.
What is the FAITH 5? There is a simple faith practice built into the core of Faith Stepping Stones. It is called the FAITH 5, or Faith Acts In The Home. The FAITH 5 connects church to home, faith to life, and parents to kids in a powerful way. The five steps of the FAITH 5 are:

One: Share highs and lows. Name something good and bad you experienced today. Can't think of a personal one? Check out the headlines from the news and teach empathy and compassion for the broader world.

Two: Read a verse from your Bible. Choose a verse covered in Worship, Sunday school, small group, a devotion, etc.…

Three: Talk about how the verse relates to highs and lows. Unpack the verse a bit. What does it mean in your own words? How might it relate to where you are today in your highs and lows?

Four: Pray for one another's highs and lows, for your family, and for the world. Simply talk to God, thank Jesus for the good, and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance in specific problems.

Five: Bless one another. Trace the sign of the cross on one another's forehead or palm as a reminder that you belong to God and to one another.





Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a week long Bible adventure for children ages 3yrs through 8th grade (child care is provided for children 6-36months). VBS is the 3rd full week of July and runs Monday through Friday from 5:30-8:15PM. Dinner is included in each of the five nights. Children have a blast at VBS as they learn about God through songs, stories, crafts, games, dramas, and more.

Don’t forget to join us the Sunday following VBS for a family celebration! Families join us for Worship, a picnic lunch, and fun afternoon of crafts and activities.


We find in the early history of the Christian church that the early church leaders made provisions to care for the members of the growing Christian community as the church reached out in sharing the Gospel. St. Andrews has provided many different resources to do the same.

Congregational Care Director Bruce Kleinert regularly schedules visits to individuals who are unable to participate on a regular basis in Sunday morning worship.  Along with other members of the congregation he holds Bible studies and worship services at various care facilities around Stockton.  Contact Bruce in the church office if you would like to be connected to the visitation ministry.

Worship Schedule:

Rio Las Palmas -  1st Thursday of the month at 1:30pm in the Movie Room

O'Connor Woods - 1st Thursday of the month at 3:00pm

Plymouth Square - 2nd Thursday of the month at 1:30pm in the 6th floor Meeting Room

Bible Study Schedule:

O'Connor Woods - Every Thursday at 4:00pm in Apartment #127