St. Andrew Faith Network

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit ... (John 15:5)

During these challenging days of social distancing, cancellations, and unanswered questions, St. Andrew is planning to launch a new initiative to encourage, support, and lead all members of the St. Andrew family.

We call it the St. Andrew Faith Network.

Our goal is to connect every member and friend of our congregation with others who will maintain contact, share prayer concerns, create partnership, and offer encouragement. This plan will integrate our many ministries, serving as our model for Sunday School, *spark*, BASIC, ETC, music ministries, adult education and discipleship, and special events.


A Living Network

In very general terms: We invite you to think of the congregation as a network of people and relationships. Within this living network we connect with one another through ties of caring, learning, equipping, and serving. We plan to organize our members and friends in natural groupings of households with special volunteers, leaders, elders, and deacons serving as relational connections between these groupings. We will actively use these people connections to provide each member and friend needed ministry and opportunities to serve: phone calls, notes, delivering meals, Zoom meetings, and perhaps socially-distanced visits if circumstances allow.

In addition, we will provide a number of resources to help people stay connected, learn together, grow in their faith, and lead others. This will include access to online Sunday School lessons, podcasts, “micro groups” (smaller than a small group), small music ensembles, and links to videos and websites. In addition, we will launch a series of storytelling videos, where St. Andrew members share a short story about a specific moment, event, or season of their lives -- much like The Moth Radio Hour

These efforts, we pray, will help us stay in touch and strengthen our ties. The Saint Andrew Faith Network initiative will begin with the worship service on Aug. 23. By then, we will  create a display in the atrium showing our vital network of living connections within our congregation. This display will be shared virtually online and in our email communications until we can all see it in person when we return to gathering together.