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Ministries

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.

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

 

Adults

Growing in Community 

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 gathering around God's Word in small groups and Bible studies.  Click HERE for more information on small groups and Bible studies and check out the schedule below.

 If you are interested in joining a listed Bible Study, Bethel Bible Series or Small group please contact the leader directly.  Check out the monthly calendar here.  Contact information can be found in the church directory or you can email Holly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and she can get you the information. 

 

Bible Studies

Ecclesiastes - Sunday Mornings at 9:45am at St. Andrew's, led by Marian Schwartz

Romans - Sunday Mornings at 9:45am at St. Andrew's, led by Ian Martin

John - Monday Mornings at 9:00am at St. Andrew's, led by Sheryl Bettencourt (begins Monday September 15th.  Contact Sheryl to get materials ordered) 

Luke - Thursday Mornings at 10:00am at St. Andrew's, led by Bruce Kleinert 

1 and 2 Samuel - Saturday mornings at 8am at Toot Sweets, led by Holly Andersen

 

Small Groups

Caring Partners - Twice a month on Thursday afternoons at St. Andrew's, led by Pat and Harriet Doyle

       Our group focuses on supporting singles and couples who are or have been care givers or care receivers--those who are experiencing a serious illness and those who are caring for them. 
We also support those who have lost a loved one.  We are sensitive to the "new normal" that our members are experiencing.  We welcome newcomers to our group whether or not they attend St. Andrews. For more information feel free to contact Harriet and Pat Doyle 931-5271.
 
Various other small groups are in session.  Currently we do not have any new small groups starting.  If you have questions about the small group minitry please contact Holly.

 

Bethel Bible Series - Fall 2014

What is Bethel?  See below for more details.

Bethel Bible Series - Sunday Mornings at 9:45am at St. Andrew's, led by Bob Beeson and Dax Martin (begins Sunday September 14, 2014.  Contact Bob to sign-up so materials can be ordered)

Bethel Bible Series - Wednesdays at 6:30pm at St. Andrew's, led by Laura Moore (begins Wednesday October 8, 2014.  Contact Laura to sign-up so materials can be ordered)

 

Bethel Bible Series

Our faith boils down to a deep and abiding relationship with our God and Savior.  Relationships grow when we spend time with one another, understand and learn from each others, and grow closer together.  In our relationship with God, this happens through knowing His word, spending time with Him in prayer and worship, and experiencing His faithfulness as we follow and obey Him.  

The study of God's Word is integral to knowing and experiencing God.  Yet many Christians find Bible study challenging.  The Bethel Bible Series is designed to give the follower of Jesus an indispensible foundation of the Bible, allowing them to be blessed through a lifetime of individual and group Bible study.

Major Themes

- The major themes and concepts of scripture

- How it's all about Jesus

- The history of God's people and how each part of the Bible fits into that history

- How to understand the various genres, literary devices, and modes of conveying the Gospel message the different authors of Scripture used.

- How God has done all that He has done for all humanity, and FOR YOU!

There is a cost for the Bethel Bible Series materials.  

 

MOPS

 

 

Information regarding next year's MOPS theme forthcoming...

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 (Currently on Summer break)
September - May   9:00AM - 11:00AM
Loving childcare for children age 0-6

Youth

High School Youth Ministry (6th - 8th Grade)

We realize how important it is to invest in our young people, and that is why we have worked on a plan to better connect with our youth. We have raised up a number of adult mentors to help our youth as they explore life and faith together this year through small groups.

Youth ministry will begin anew starting Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:30pm in the fellowship hall. All high school youth are invited to join us and encouraged to bring friends. For more information contact Tracy ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Ann Marie ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Here is the schedule and the topics we will be covering year:

High School Youth (2014-2015)

September 3-Oct 1:  5 weeks “Life has a Purpose,” which covers the need for community, faith growth, worship, serving, and reaching out to others

Oct 8-Nov 12: 6 weeks “BUILDING WISE HABITS,” which covers building a personal relationship with God, accountability, Bible memorization, being involved, tithing, and studying God’s Word continually

Nov 19: 1 week about God and Science

Nov 26: Thanksgiving Eve Worship @ 7:00pm

Break for Advent

December - Friday 12: Pizza & Movie Night - God’s Not Dead

Jan 7, 2015-Jan 21: 3 weeks “MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR FAMILY LIFE,” which covers communication, listening/understanding, and living out your faith in everyday life

Jan 28-Feb 11: 3 weeks “GOD’S PLAN FOR GREAT SEX,” which covers why God Created Sex, sexual temptations, and God’s forgiveness.

Feb 18: Ash Wednesday Worship @ 7:00pm

Break for Lent

April 8-April 29:  4 weeks “LIVING LIKE JESUS,” which covers Jesus grew up/we do too, Jesus faced opposition/we will too, Jesus loves & seeks out the lost/we should too, and Jesus cried out to God in prayer/we should too

May 6-May 13: 2 weeks "SECRETS TO PRAYING WELL”

May 20: 1 week “Why is There Pain and What Can I Learn From It”

Summer mission trip to Nez Perce Reservation, Idaho (register by Oct 1st 2014)

H2H

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

 

Congratulations to this year's H2H students who confirmed their faith on Sunday June 1st:

Cameron Wagner

Karl Winter

Carli Bentz

Michaella Mariani

Ryan Bonnifield

Alexis Lang

Courtney Vanover

May God continue to bless and keep you as you grow in faith and service to him, living out your identify found in Christ.

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.

 

Children

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 uses small groups to help build relationships between the children and we have wonderful adults who teach and encourage our children as they grow in their faith. 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 sponsor a child from Cambodia. Children are encouraged to bring friends to Sunday school each week. And by the way…it's fun for everyone!

Preschool: Our preschool/kindergarten class is designed for children ages 3-6. 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 1st 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

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.

2014-2015 Faith Stepping Stones Calendar

This year we are adding one additional Stepping Stone called Sticky Faith for families of all ages.  This step talks about practical ways to build faith into your family everyday and how to prepare your kids to take their faith with them even when they go out into the world on their own.

For more information on Faith Stepping Stones click HERE

Stones:

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.

VBS

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

 

VBS 2015

Monday July 13th - Friday July 17th

5:30pm - 8:15pm - Free of charge, includes dinner

Registration opens May 1st 

Contact Tracy with questions or to volunteer to help ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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 a fun afternoon of crafts and activities.

Print a copy of the info HERE.

 

Visitation

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