Adult Ministries

Adult Ministries at St. Andrew offer opportunities to grow in faith, expand your understanding of the Word, and bring you into a closer, more meaningful relationship with God and his son, Jesus Christ. There are a variety of Adult Education class offerings each Sunday at 9:45 am. You can also join a small group to study the Bible or read and discuss other faith-focused books. 

Adult Education

Adult Education at St. Andrew has as its primary focus to help members of our congregation learn and grow as Christian disciples - to be persons who are whole-heartedly and knowledgeably following Jesus Christ.  Below is information about various offerings in 2018. Click here to download a PDF of our winter/spring offerings. 


For more information about educational offerings, contact any member of the Adult Education Team: Pastor Kyle, Jeff Charis-Carlson, Bethany Lagani, and Mark Beerends.



Christian Caregiving - A Way of Life

This semester-long class will focus on answering the question, "What sets Christian caregiving apart?" Led by St. Andrew's Stephen Ministry leaders, the sessions offer a guide in discussion and practice format to improve the quality of care we give people around us - family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, customers, and clients. The facilitators are Ted Potter and Mary Beth Ross. The class will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:45 during the Sunday School hour in Room 103.



Other Sunday Morning Offerings



"Congrats! You're Presbyterian Now! So, What Exactly Does That Mean?" 

Elder Jeff Charis-Carlson will lead this class for five weeks (April 22 - May 13) at 9:45 am in Room 128.


Just Church

Rev. Jan Rippentrop, a friend of St. Andrew, will discuss the new worshiping community she is helping to organize on Saturday nights in downtown Iowa City. "Just Church is not a new church," according to its Facebook page, "rather, it is just a worship service...simple, sleek and modern, yet rooted in ancient Christian tradition. This class will meet on May 6 at 9:45 am in the Youth Room.


Last Sunday of the Month Netflix Documentary Screenings

St. Andrew's Adult Education Team is hosting a monthly series of Last Sunday of the Month Netflix Documentary Screening at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Popcorn and beverages are provided. Click here to see a description of each screening.



Sunday Gospel Gathering

Have you ever wanted to have a better understanding of the Bible? Do you struggle to understand what is in the gospels? Do you fin it challenging to relate to what you read in the gospels to your life as a Christian? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Pastor Kyle invite you to join us at our new Sunday night "Sunday Gospel Gathering." Beginning at 6:30 pm, most Sunday nights, we will gather in the sanctuary, and Pastor Kyle will lead us chapter by chapter through the gospel of Mark. We hope you can come each time we gather, but come when you can!

Small Groups

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. Acts 2:42, 46-47


When Jesus called his disciples he joined them with strong bonds of fellowship as a group of twelve! Since that time, Christians around the world have discovered the power of small group community. Worship at St. Andrew can be a joyous experience, but worship alone does not fill our need for daily encouragement and practical ministry. Within a variety of small groups, St. Andrew members and friends experience growth as they share the ordinary concerns and celebrations of daily life. 


Currently there are a number of small groups at
St. Andrew that meet to share their lives of Christian faith, spur one another onto spiritual growth, and learn together in discipleship. 


Basic Christian Community: Each St. Andrew small group possesses its own distinct personality, but all our groups encourage the practice of core Christian practices. Small group meetings typically last an hour and a half and include Biblical reflection, prayer, and the sharing of daily concerns. 


Small Group Resources: Many of our groups use the readings from the weekly lectionary as the focus of their Biblical reflection. Others use online video-based small group studies from RightNow Media. Recent titles that group shave studied include "The Good Book" with Kyle Idleman and Deron Spoo, "The DNA of Joy: Finding Joy in Everyday Life" with Greg Surratt, "Simplify: Unclutter Your Soul" with Bill Hybels, "The Influential Disciple" by Scott and Karen Hagen, "The Wonder Life" by Mike Foster, and "The Anatomy of a Disciple".



For more information about small groups at
St. Andrew, click here or contact Pastor Kyle.

Fellowship

It is in fellowship that we create a healthy St. Andrew community and provide opportunities for new people to become integrated into the life of the church. When we assemble together for worship, ministry, and social events, we develop meaningful Christ-centered friendships for all generations. Genuine fellowship is demonstrated when we each open our lives and homes to others in the congregation. And through our fellowship and faith in Jesus Christ, our oneness and unity become evident to the community.


Throughout the year the Fellowship Team works hard to plan events for the whole congregation to attend providing these opportunities for friendship and oneness. These events include:

  • The St. Andrew Chili-Cook Off in conjunction with Souper Bowl Sunday
  • St. Andrew Night dinners (hosted in members' homes throughout the year)
  • Maundy Thursday supper
  • Annual hayride and hot dog roast
  • Christmas Caroling Party in December at Oaknoll Retirement Center and throughout the neighborhood

One other way the Fellowship Team provides to the

St. Andrew congregation is through coordination of receptions for memorial services. The team is still in need of more volunteers who occasionally make cookies or bars or help serve at a reception. If you are interested in this type of mission, please contact Ruth Dane at 319/330.8953 or Joellen Roffman at 319/351.3141.

Neighborhood

The Neighborhood Ministry was developed to create personal connections within the congregation. All St. Andrew members and active non-members are assigned a neighborhood number depending upon the location of their residence. The neighborhood coordinator facilitates and hosts activities in their neighborhood, or at the church, in conjunction with a deacon assigned to that neighborhood.  If you are unsure of your neighborhood designation, contact Office and Communications Administrator, Sarah Dyck, in the St. Andrew office.