St. Andrew's UMC
Sunday, December 08, 2013
A Friendly, Caring Church
We're so glad you've decided to join us for worship. Please know that we've been praying for you even before you set foot in our parking lot. We hope you feel welcomed here and that you will quickly consider us your church family.
Worship Times and Styles
St. Andrew's offers three distinctively different worship experiences every week: a Contemporary service at 8:30 AM and two Traditional services at 9:45 AM and 11:00 AM. All services include a message from Pastor Juliet.
Children in Worship
Babies and children of all ages are welcome in our worship services, and rocking chairs are available for parents with children of rocking age. We also have two professionally staffed nurseries during all worship services; one for babies and one for toddlers. When you leave your child in our nursery you'll get a silent pager (similar to the one you get when waiting for your table at a restaurant). If the nursery staff needs you for any reason they'll be able to let you know immediately.
Children's Message & Children's Church: The 8:30 and 11:00 services include a special time just for children. After that, children from Kindergarten to 2nd grade can go to children's church where they'll be able to experience God in a more hands-on way.
Where We Are
We're located in Shenandoah Subdivision across from St. Michael the Archangel High School. Detailed directions can be found here.
Please look for our special Visitors Parking spaces in both the east and west parking lots.
Coming from the west on Monitor Avenue the church will be on your right. If you're coming from Antioch enter the west parking lot just past the stop sign.
Looking toward the church building you'll see the bell tower over the Sanctuary entrance. All our worship services are held in that building. When you walk into the building you'll be in the Narthex (also known as the Lobby). Immediately to your left (if you've come in the Bell Tower door) is our Welcome Center. Making you feel at home is very important to us; so important that we have someone whose whole job is making sure of it. Her name is Donna Leggett and she can usually be found right at the Welcome Center. Stop by and let her know you're visiting. We promise we won't single you out or make you stand up in church or anything, but we do have a small gift to let you know how glad we are you're here. Donna can help you find your way around and answer any questions you might have about St. Andrew's.
There are three sets of doors that open up from the Narthex into the Sanctuary/Worship Space. You'll see ushers by each set of doors who will give you a Worship Guide if we're using one at that service and will help you find a seat if you need it. There are no saved seats in our Worship Space so don't worry about displacing anyone.
Behind the Sanctuary building and past the Memorial Garden are the Education Building and Administration Building. Children's Learning Groups meet in the Education Building. Adult Learning Groups meet in the Education Building, Administration Building, and the Sanctuary.
On the first Sunday of every month, and on some special days like Easter, we take Communion. United Methodists practice Open Communion. That means you do not have to be United Methodist to take Communion with us, or go through a preparatory class or even be baptized. You just have to be someone who yearns for a closer relationship with Christ. Pastor Juliet will always give you an overview of how Communion will be served for those who are taking Communion with us for the first time.
United Methodists use unfermented grape juice for Communion so that children and those who do not drink alcohol can be full participants. (The inventor of Welch's Grape Juice was a Methodist layman who bottled grape juice just for that reason.)
If you have any questions that aren't answered here, please email our Hospitality Coordinator Donna Leggett at DLeggett@StAndrewsUMC.net or call her at the office: 225-752-2903. We want you to feel at home here.
Joining St. Andrew's
To find out more about joining St. Andrew's, visit our Joining page.