OUTREACH… God Around Us… St. Andrew’s in the Community
“Worship, friendship and outreach are central in the life of our faith community as we seek to follow God’s will for us as individuals and as a congregation”
HOSTING A VARIETY OF COMMUNITY GROUPS
Throughout North Bay, St. Andrew’s is known as the “church with the open door“. An important part of our ministry is providing space for many community groups to meet. Groups such as Transition Town, 12-step groups, The Choral Society, Baytones, Gateway Harmony and others regularly use our facilities.
Our sanctuary offers a beautiful setting and outstanding acoustics for local choirs including Near North Voices, Choral Society and Interlink Choir as well as instrumental groups to perform their annual concerts. Visiting choirs from as far away as Czechoslovakia have also performed in the St. Andrew’s Concert Hall.
The best turkey supper in town takes place at St. Andrew’s in November. It is amazing how much fun peeling potatoes or washing dishes can be when working with the hundreds of volunteers who help make this event a successful fund-raiser and a time of camaraderie.
The congregation hosts regular potluck social gatherings for LGBT members of the congregation, the North Bay community – and beyond. Allies are also invited to share in this safe and affirming event. Watch the Together news sheet and the church website for dates and times.
FALL AND SPRING TEAS AND BAZAAR
Many groups and individuals pool their talents and energy to make these annual teas and bazaar a success. Thank you to the UCW for starting this tradition many years ago.
KIDS ONLY BAZAAR
Children aged 4 – 13 years from all across North Bay know that this is the place to do your Christmas shopping all by yourself on a child’s budget, and then relax with some Christmas cookies. Parents are not allowed in the gym, but can enjoy coffee in a separate room. Hundreds of items are donated and dozens of volunteers make this a truly unique event.
ANDREW’S GOES GREEN VEGGIES GARDEN
Meant to be an invitation for others to use public spaces in creative and sustainable ways, St. Andrew’s vegetable garden, tended by our Outreach Committee, provides produce for the Gathering Place Soup Kitchen.
ECO FAIR &SEED EXCHANGE
For several years the Eco Fair & Seed Exchange has been held at St. Andrew’s, featuring community people who promote local products.
LOAVES AND FISHES FOOD SHARING PROGRAM
We are grateful for partnerships with corporate and charitable sponsors that allow us to provide food to over 100 people each Thursday morning. We try to remember the direction Jesus gave to “feed the hungry” and long for the arrival of his kingdom with abundance for all.
MISSION AND SERVICE FUND
By contributing to the United Church Mission and Service Fund, we reach beyond our doors and our local community to support ministries throughout Canada and the world.
Twice a month after worship we have Linger Lunch, a light lunch prepared by various families/groups within the congregation. This is a wonderful time for our church family and our downtown neighbours in need to gather informally, sharing each other’s joys and sorrows.