Sunday Worship Gathering
Going to a church for the first time can be stressful. You aren’t really sure what to expect. We want you to be comfortable coming to St. Andrew’s so we’ve listed the answers to some of the most common questions visitors have.
What time is the Worship Gathering?
We gather at 10:30 am each Sunday in the sanctuary. We are usually finished before noon.
Where do I park and enter the building?
Our parking lot has recently been redone and we have space for 50 cars. Enter off of Queen Street on the south side of the church building (click here for a map to St. Andrew’s). If you are not comfortable with stairs, park in the church lot because the entrances allow you to take an elevator to the sanctuary level. You can also park in the public parking lot north of the church, which has entrances from Queen Street and from Church Street. If you choose to use street parking on one of the streets on the west side of Queen Street, please be careful crossing the road to get to the church.
You can enter the church using four entrances on Sunday morning. If you have parked in the church parking lot, you can use the entrance up the path from the back parking or use the Courtyard entrance that faces the cemetery. Both of these entrances lead to the foyer where you take the stairs (or the elevator if you prefer due to mobility challenges) up to the sanctuary level. If you parked offsite, you can use the door that faces Queen Street or the side door on the north side of the building close to Queen Street. Come up the stairs once inside the doors to reach the sanctuary. If you arrive after 10:45 am, you can only enter the building using the door on Queen Street as part of our safety protocol.
What should my family wear?
At St. Andrew’s you can wear what you are comfortable in. Most people come in casual clothes appropriate for the season. Our sanctuary is not air conditioned since it dates from 1868. The 2001 addition is air conditioned.
Will I see people who look like me?
It is very likely you will see people that look like you. St. Andrew’s has a very multi-cultural congregation, with approximately 50% of the regular attendees born outside North America. You will see all skin tones and many members speak a variety of languages in addition to English. In 2016-7, we asked a number of the members to share how the Lord’s Prayer sound in their native tongue.
What happens during the gathering for adults?
When you enter the sanctuary one of the Greeters will welcome you and give you a bulletin. Sit wherever you want – there are no reserved or assigned seats. The service contains praise music, scripture reading, preaching, and the collection of the offering (visitors are encouraged to let the offerings plate pass by). Our Sunday Gathering could best be described as a blending of traditional and modern elements and styles. Our Praise Team presents contemporary songs and choruses. Our Choir presents special musicals and traditional hymns. The Scriptures are read in modern English with a Bible-based message presented in a positive, relevant and straight-forward manner designed to help people discover principles for living life to the fullest. You can listen to past sermons to get a feel for the content and style.
What happens during the gathering for kids?
Families start the service together in the sanctuary. There is a children’s time with Pastor Pye during the service where he teaches a short lesson and prays with the children. During the church school year (September to June) the kids then go to their age graded programs in the lower hall. During the summer months they stay with their families in the sanctuary. St. Andrew’s abides by the Presbyterian Church’s Leading with Care program to ensure the safety of our kids. Feel free to ask a teacher or leader for more information.
For infants and toddlers we have a nursery where parents can take their children during the service. There is a speaker in the nursery so you can listen to the service while taking care of your children. You can learn more about our programs for children and youth here.
Can I access free wi-fi?
Yes you can! Our guest wi-fi is available to all. Connect to the St. Andrew’s Guest network. You will have to accept our Terms of usage and we don’t allow access to certain types of sites, such as gambling, dating, and porn.
What happens after the gathering?
We invite you to stay after the service is done. If you want someone to pray for you, speak to our prayer partners who are at the front of the sanctuary after the service. They are more than willing to pray with you about the needs you have. We invite everyone to join us in the fireside room behind the front of the sanctuary for Coffee time (coffee, tea, and cookies; cold drinks only in the summer).
What does the building look like inside?
St. Andrew’s is a historic building with a modern addition. You can learn more about our history and the building here.