The Worship Committee is a Committee of the Session of St. Andrew’s. Our responsibility is to make recommendations to the Session concerning its areas of Worship and to carry out the Session’s instructions regarding those areas.
The mandate of the Committee is to explore and implement ways to enhance Worship at St. Andrew’s. This is accomplished by:
- Involving members of the congregation during Worship.
- Being a creative resource to the minister.
- Planning and/or assisting special services (a delegated responsibility of the session)
- Prayerfully considering the needs of the congregation regarding Worship, prayers and praise, and
- Praying for the Worship at St. Andrew’s
The Worship Committee would like to hear from anyone with ideas regarding our Worship at St. Andrew’s. Comments and/or suggestion can be left at the office or given to any member of the Committee.
Our choir meets every Thursday evening between 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. from September until our Anniversary Service in June. We lead the music portion of the 11:00 a.m. service and sing an anthem every Sunday – more, of course, at Easter and Christmas Eve Services. Our anthems cover a variety of styles from traditional classics through gospel and contemporary. Most are in four-part harmony – S.A.T.B. For several years on Father's Day in June, we have had an expanded men's chorus lead the singing. In the summer and during the year soloists also perform musical offerings. We welcome new members. Although reading music is a great asset, it is not a requirement, only love of music and a good ear.
THE PRAISE TEAM
The Praise Team leads contemporary Christian music at the 9:00 a.m. service (throughout the year, except in the summer). We meet Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 7:20 p.m. The Praise Team has grown to now include singers, mandolin, guitars, piano, and drum. Our song repertoire keeps growing to include new compositions, recently Getty songs, and our own Pat Boyes and Helen Simeonov. If you would like to help lead the singing or contribute with a musical instrument or suggest new songs we'd be happy to meet and talk.
In the spring of 1992, the Kirk Session gave permission to proceed with ordering of a four-octave set of Malmark English Handbells. The bells were purchased with funds raised by the congregation. These 49 bronze bells were manufactured in Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania, and arrived at the church at the end of summer. 38 people were willing to ring the bells, so four different choirs were formed and they all began to ring in September, 1992. A set of Hand chimes was added in 1997, and bells G#7-C8 in 2008. The Bells of St. Andrew’s continue to be a vibrant and growing part of the congregation; both in services, functions and St. Andrew’s spring concert and in outreach (nursing homes, seniors’ residences, schools and other churches.) We have a beginner's choir - please speak up, we'd love to have you join us. Affiliate of the Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers
The Decor Committee keeps the Sanctuary and Christian Education Hall looking delightful. The Decor coincides with the seasons and Holidays. Whether you are remembering a loved one, a special anniversary or just want to express thanksgiving or love, flowers are a nice touch. Decorate our sanctuary with flowers on your day for remembering.