HERE IS THE CBC LINK:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/tapestry/how-religious-practice-continues-to-transform-through-the-pandemic-1.6281077/why-canada-s-27-000-faith-buildings-are-crucial-for-communities-1.6281233

Our Weekly TOGETHER News Letter

Click **HERE** to view/download the weekly newsletter for Sunday, January 23, 2022.

You may subscribe to this letter by clicking the TOGETHER-Online box at the top of this page and follow the directions.

Online Worship Services Only -at least until Jan. 30, 2022 (incl)

The North Bay-Parry Sound District Health Unit has indicated that the number of active cases of COVID-19 in our area has increased significantly. This information, coupled with the fact that the current COVID variant has greater degree of transmissibility, is a cause for concern.

As a church we remain committed to caring for our neighbours. We do this, in part, by making the safety and well-being of everyone in the community a priority.

The Worship Team at St. Andrew's made the decision to cancel in-person worship for the following Sundays (at least):

  • Sunday, January 9th, 2022
  • Sunday, January 16th, 2022
  • Sunday, January 23rd, 2022
  • Sunday, January 30, 2022

A pre-recorded video of the worship service will be posted on the St. Andrew's YouTube Channel by 9 a.m. on Sunday morning. We remind you that all our service videos remain on the channel for several months and you can watch them as often as you wish - and at anytime of the day or night.

The Worship Team will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will let you know when in-person worship will resume through postings on this website, or through the weekly TOGETHER newsletter. You may subscribe to this newsletter by clicking **here**

Wednesday Worship:
Please Note that there will be NO WEDNESDAY WORSHIP during the month of January, 2022.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING - Sunday, January 16th, 2022

One of the main agenda items for the meeting was the creation of the Living Faith Story-Profile Committee (Phase 1 in the pastoral relations process). The Regional Council has approved that request of St. Andrew’s to begin the pastoral relations process by preparing the foundation work for defining its ministry needs. This work includes preparing the following:

  • a Living Faith Story
  • a demographics profile
  • a financial viability profile;
  • a ministry leadership profile (job description);
  • a property profile.

The Regional Council is also recommending that the Living Faith Story-Profile Committee be a newly elected team, with different people from those who served on the last similar committee in 2019-2020. Nominations and/or volunteers should forward their names to the Nominations Committee through one of its members, Beth Ward, Garth Goodhew, Wanda Wallace, or Bruce Downey. 

The profiles are then presented to the congregation for approval. The committee is generally 5-7 persons who represent the breadth of the congregation. The Regional Council has appointed Karen Brophey as the Liaison to work with the committee. Karen is also currently serving as the Regional Council representative on Transition Team.

Those at the meeting were also presented with some topics to discuss about future directions in the life of the congregation related to use of building and governance.

The following documents serve as background information:

  1. Mandate for Living Faith Story/Profiles Committee (click here)
  2. Governance options (click here)
  3. Options for considering building use (click here)

For more information, contact: Karen Gooch, Secretary of St. Andrew’s United Church Council councilsecretary_standrews@cogeco.net

Inviting Valentine Wishes from Children and Youth
Send a Video Valentine!

On Sunday, February 13, 2022 the worship committee would like to include
Valentine Videos from the children and youth connected with St. Andrew’s.
It could be sharing a Valentine card that you made; a Valentine poem;
a Valentine song or anything else you can think to share!

Watch next week’s newsletter for more information about how to share your video but in the
meantime you can thinking about your Valentine greeting.

ONLINE Worship – January 23, 2022

JANUARY 23, 2022 - Order of Service

Click **HERE** to download/view the order of service for Sunday, January 23, 2022

Mission Statement

St. Andrew’s is an inclusive and affirming Christian community of faith worshiping God and serving others. Inspired by Holy Scripture and guided by tradition, reason, and experience, we share the ministry of Jesus Christ by nurturing spiritual growth, caring for creation, and being with those in need.

 St. Andrew’s United Church is an Affirming congregation within the United Church of Canada. We are committed to creating a safe, inclusive and nurturing community where all are welcome. We delight in the goodness and grace of God as expressed through the diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, family configuration, ability or economic circumstance. We give thanks for the richness of the Spirit among us and in the work we are called to do in the world.

St. Andrew’s YouTube Channel

Click on the YouTube image above to visit the St. Andrew’s YouTube Channel. All current and past recorded Sunday and special services are archived here – and may be viewed anytime.

Transitional Supply Minister – Rev. Lillian Roberts

We are moving forward into a new chapter in the life of St. Andrew’s. Reverend Lillian Roberts has agreed to serve as our Transitional Supply Minister  snd she started on February 15, 2021.

She will be absent for July and August but will be returning to St. Andrew’s (3/4 time) in September.

Lillian has recently retired from her position as the Pastoral Relations Minister with the Canadian Shield Regional Council and has agreed to come out of retirement to help us navigate through the changes that are happening, and to discover our direction forward.

Rev. Roberts offers the following messages of introduction: