Our Liturgy Committee meets every second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the Library.
If you enjoy singing and making great friends this is definitely for you! The Choir meets every week for practice on Wednesday evenings at 8:00pm in the Church Choir Loft. New members are always welcome.
Malachi Praise Band
If you like more contemporary Christian music, well, this is the place for you. If you can sing or play an instrument come along and try us out! We play for the 10:30am service once a month and practice every Thursday night from 8:00pm to 9:00pm. Please contact Rev’d Gary Giles, Bryan Cable or any member of the band if you would like to join us in sharing the gift of music.
Malachi Praise Band offers the scripture writing to you in this way: the word of the Lord to his people through the music and ministry of Malachi.
Malachi Praise Band was formed in 2001 with a goal of offering a modern alternative form of music at the Church of St. Andrew. The name “Malachi” was chosen because of its symbolism. The Book of Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament, making it, in effect, the “bridge” between the Old and the New Testaments. By offering both fresh, contemporary music and traditional well-loved hymns in a praise band style, we too, hope to act as a bridge between the old and new forms of music.
We believe that music can convey messages that words alone cannot express. Experience has shown society how powerful the words of music are in influencing our youth. As a praise band, we hope to offer the power of the Holy Spirit through music to our youth and to all those who embrace music in their lives.
Malachi Praise Band leads music in our church community on the fourth Sunday of each month. The members of the band have a lot of fun learning and introducing new songs to the congregation, as well as planning and rehearsing the music for each service. The band currently consists of drums, piano/keyboard, guitars, bass, and vocals, but there is always room for more talent. If you are an experienced musician or love to sing and are 16 years of age and older, perhaps this is the ministry for you. Please contact the church office for more information.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. – Victor Hugo.
The Eucharistic Ministers at the Church of Saint Andrew are a dedicated group of laypeople who assist with the administration of Holy Communion at services in our Parish.
Each of the Eucharistic Ministers have received a Letter of Permission from the Diocesan Bishop which authorizes the individuals to assist with administration of the Elements (the bread and wine) at the Eucharist. This letter is issued by the Bishop based on the recommendation of Parish Council.
The Eucharistic Ministers are scheduled to serve at the Sunday 10:30 service – three per Sunday except two per Sunday during July and August. They also serve for special services such as Christmas Eve. They normally assist by administering the Chalice although will administer the bread at times.
Assisting with Communion puts the Eucharistic Minister in a place where they are part of an intimate moment of contact between the communicant and God as that communicant receives the wine. I know that the Eucharistic Ministers of this Parish consider it a privilege to fulfill this role!
Our Eucharistic Ministers are a blessing to the liturgical life of our Parish and to our Parish community.
We are aware of our Layreaders on Wednesday evening and Sunday mornings as they participate in the worship, smartly robed and wearing their badge of office, (blue ribbon denotes a lay reader in training and the purple ribbon a trained and licensed lay reader.) This is only part of their commitment to the parish, as they are expected to participate in other areas of parish life, as well as to continue to update their knowledge, attend conferences, Annual meetings and ordinations, and become involved in the lay readers Association.
Our Readers continue to share their unique reading abilities with our parish and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for the great job they do!
Schedules are made up for a four month period. If for some reason a reader is unable to read on their scheduled Sunday, they get in touch with another reader and make appropriate plans for a fill-in and notify the Church Office of the change.
This reading ministry is an integral part of our Church life and is much enjoyed and appreciated.
Thank you to the servers for their time and efforts in performing their duties in the church liturgies. There are seven active servers at this time in our Church. If you are interested in joining the servers you can speak to Stephen MacHardy any time after church service.