OUTREACH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
The members of the parish wish that our facilities also serve those in need in the community at large. You are invited to use and support these various ministries with your time, talent and gifts.
Lake Chelan Food Bank
This thriving ministry is administered by St. Andrew's and staffed by members of several area churches. Food is distributed to those in need on Tuesday mornings from 8:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m. and is open throughout the year.
St. Andrew's folk have given away thousands of small olive wood crosses in community parades, First Friday events and any time the church is open as a material witness to Christ.
Episcopal Relief and Development
In addition to the regularly budgeted contributions to the mission of the Church around the world, special contributions are made through the "Relief and Development Fund" which provide emergency grants and effective development projects in the most stricken areas of the globe. Offering envelopes for this purpose are circulated once or twice a year.
Christian Presence in Downtown Chelan
St. Andrews keeps the doors to the church open in the summer tourist season as a quiet and cool restful place to meditate or pray. Our desire is to be a visible Episcopal (Christian) presence in the heart of Chelan's commercial center.
A certified yoga instructor provides classes in the Parish Hall every Monday and Friday from 7:30 am until 9:00 am. Community and church members enjoy the benefits of the class by contributing a small donation which goes to community and international Church Outreach activities.
Our facilities are used, on occasion, by a variety of community and local service organizations and on a regular basis by Alcoholics Anonymous. The Courtyard is a setting for Bach Fest concerts in July. A small donation is requested of such groups and they, in turn, provide their activities and support to the whole community regardless of the religious affiliation of their membership.
WORSHIP RELATED PROGRAMS
St. Andrew's provides a number of opportunities for individuals who wish to learn, grow in faith, and serve the needs of others. If you are interested in participating in one or more of these ministries, please contact the office.
- Music is considered an integral part of the worship at St. Andrew's. To enhance congregational participation, church music practice and study are part of the Christian Education program. Small group vocal ensembles and special instrumental soloists are included in special services.
- Acolytes are adults and children trained to assist the priest during the service and to lead the procession into and out of the church.
- Altar Guild is responsible for preparing for the celebration of the Eucharist. Their work includes setting altar hangings and floral arrangements as well as preparing the church for baptisms, weddings, funerals and other services.
- Lay Eucharistic Ministers are appointed by the Worship Committee and licensed by the Bishop. Their function is to administer the chalice at the Eucharist.
- Lay Eucharistic Visitors are appointed by the Worship Committee and licensed by the Bishop. Their function is to administer the chalice at the Eucharist and/or take the sacrament to those shut in at home and in nursing homes or area hospitals.
- Lay Readers are appointed by the Worship Committee and licensed by the Bishop to conduct services in the absence of ordained clergy.
- Lectors are persons appointed by the Worship Committee to read lessons and lead intercessory prayers during the services.
- Ushers help greet and distribute service booklets to people upon arrival, receive the money offerings of the congregation and assist the people during communion.
- Worship Committee is committed to studying liturgical principles and is asked to advise the clergy of St. Andrew's on matters of worship. Duties include the assessment of present services and clarifying worship goals and policies.