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Our Programs and Educational Opportunities
St. Andrew's offers many and varied opportunities to participate, grow in faith and even lead in church programs and special events.

For more information and details,
please contact the St. Andrew's Church Office.

Opportunities at St. Andrew's
How can I connect? How can I grow in faith?

Check the "Calendar" for specific event details

Women's Drop-In
Weekly on Wednesday
at 10:00 a.m.
This group is for women of all ages and interests.
Breast Cancer Support Group
2nd Monday
at 7:30 p.m.
The Guelph and Wellington Area Breast Cancer Support Group meets at, and is supported by, St. Andrew's. They provide support to women living with breast cancer, either under active treatment, during five-year follow-up, or living symptom free. The social group gathering is in itself renewing and uplifting.
Saturday Night Suppers
as announced
A weekly Saturday Night Supper for those in need in Guelph is served at Chalmers Community Services Centre, 50 Quebec St, Guelph, ON, Canada.
St. Andrew's, along with other churches, is responsible for food, service and cleanup for this event on a quarterly rotation. Watch the bulletin for information on when these dinners are held and how you can become involved.
Saturday Night Supper is still offered from 6pm - 7pm.
http://www.chalmerscentre.ca/
Choir
Weekly on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
The Choir provides musical leadership for the worship services and occasionally participates in community choral events. This choir rehearses weekly and is open to any teen or adult who enjoys singing sacred music.
Children's Ministry
Sunday during Worship Service
Church School is offered during Sunday Morning Worship Service for children ages 4 to grade 9. A package describing our programs and curriculum can be obtained by contacting the church office.
Congregational Care
@ St. Andrew's
The Congregational Care (CC) Team was formed to develop a different way of ensuring that as many members and adherents as possible have a personal link to the church.  This is a shared responsibility between Minister, Session and members of the congregation.
A network of people, known as CONNECTORS, are people who care about strengthening our church community through the ties of faith and friendship, are willing to reach out to more closely connect families and individuals to the church and are responsive to individual need.
Dinner Book Club aka
Good Book, Good Food, and Good Nite
4th Friday at 6:30 p.m.
September through April
Contact Rev. John Borthwick.
St. Andrew's offers this monthly supper and book discussion program, usually held on the last Friday of the month, during which anyone is welcome to join in for a discussion on the book of the month and enjoy supper. There is always a space available for newcomers.
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlour. Dinner is provided at cost. Reading the book is not a requirement and Rev. John Borthwick provides the leadership. Interested participants must reserve their places at the table by calling the Church Office. Seating is limited and reservations are necessary by calling the office or adding your name to the sign-up sheet.
Handbells Choir
Weekly on Wednesday
at 7:00 p.m.
The Handbell Choir rehearses weekly and frequently participates in the worship services as well as regularly performing 'gigs' in Guelph and surrounding community. Participation in the Handbell Choir is open to anyone (subject to opening availability) but does require a moderate music reading ability.
Prayer Network
as required
The Prayer Network is a network of dedicated members of the congregation who give us the gift of prayer. These daily prayers are offered on behalf of those who are troubled, sick, grieving etc. This is accessed by calling the Church Office, and is available to you as well as to your extended circle and it is not necessary to name individuals.
Prayers & Blessings Regular Congregational updates & information sent by e-mail. Contact the church office for more information.
Women's Missionary Society
3rd Wednesday
at 2:00 p.m.
The Women's Missionary Society is a community of Christians whose purpose, in response to the love of God in Jesus Christ, is to encourage one another and all the people of the church to be involved in local and world mission through prayer, study, service and fellowship.

Singers for the Choir and Ringers for the Handbell Choir are Needed!
NEEDED: Voices (especially soprano and altos) are needed for our choir.
Music reading ability is helpful but not necessary.
The choir rehearses weekly (Thursday evening) and sings regularly at Sunday worship services.
If you enjoy music but think you "can't sing", why not try handbells? No singing required! Two-three ringers (men, women, teens or school-age children) are needed. Handbells meet weekly (Wednesday evening) and play occasionally in worship as well as "gigs" in Guelph and area. Again, music reading is helpful, but not necessary.
** Please give these opportunities some serious consideration.
If these choirs are to continue in their present form, your help will be needed. Please talk to Fred (Director of Music) if interested.
Call the church office at 519-822-4772 or email mailbox at standrewsguelph.com to contact Fred.



Education - Children, Youth, Adults

Our events and special activities geared for education and training for individuals and groups.


Church Library: Virginia Gillham, Librarian
View our .pdf files for:
• Church Library New Book Report April 2011

• Donation Policy April 2011

Some Changes in the Library - November 2014
In an effort to make more room for the Children's collection in the Library, a little reorganization has been done. There will be more in the coming months; however for now the changes are these. The two sections previously labelled 'Reference' and 'Bible Study' have been merged under the Bible Study sign. This has been accomplished by removing large sets such as the extra copies of the Book of Praise and the Book of Psalms to the top of the book cases.
It is important to note that several copies of any titles moved are still on the regular shelves within easy reach. Only multiple extra copies have been moved.

May 19, 2013: LIBRARY BOOKS - Many of our most popular, relatively new, church library books have been out for extended periods. Please check your bookshelves and return any that may be hiding there so others can have an opportunity to read them over the summer. Many thanks.

What’s New In the Library?   December 2012

New titles have been added to the Library in the past year. Complete lists on paper of both the new materials and the Library's updated complete holdings are now in the Library.

The Library computer hosts a complete, searchable electronic catalogue. There are instructions for its use taped to the computer desk, and the office staff can put you into the system during the week. One-on-one or small group instruction in using the system is available upon request. 

The present total collection numbers about 2,500 items. Many of these are donated titles, but many others have been purchased new, to support the various activities, interests and needs of the congregation. Session makes a small budget available for this purpose, most of which supports the renewal of the magazine collection and the technology that supports the electronic catalogue. Funding is also accrued in a trust account from identified donations on the third line of your envelopes. Such donations are very welcome, particularly since this is the only significant source of funding for the purchase of books (as opposed to magazines). Just write ‘Library’ on the blank third line.

If you have materials to donate to the Library, we hope you will be agreeable to the following gift policy.


St. Andrew’s Church Library Donation Policy
Because space is limited, duplicates are not generally added. Older editions of materials concerning issues that are time-sensitive or for which research is ongoing, are not generally added. Materials not added to the St. Andrew's Library will be handled in one of the following ways.

  • Appropriate items will be donated to the organization Christian Salvage which sends religious materials to third world countries.
  • Appropriate items will be made available to members of the congregation.
  • Appropriate items will be donated to the Friends of the Guelph Public Library annual book sale.
  • In future the Library will not collect videotapes. New titles will be acquired as DVDs and we are working to convert the existing videotape collections to DVDs.

Library Special Initiatives
  • In the past year, a grief support collection has been established. Some of the materials for this collection are located together immediately below the magazine collection. This shelf also includes a paper list of grief-related materials located elsewhere in the collection.
  • An effort is made to provide one copy of each of the titles selected for the St. Andrew's book discussion groups.
  • There is an ongoing focus on improving the collection of materials for children and young adults. These are the most heavily used resources in the collection.
  • A small collection of 'special' books is being accumulated. These are all materials that were already in the Library that have come to light from time to time. They include such things as a first edition collection of poems by Col. John Macrae, and a hand-created, autographed collection of poetry by Jean Little .  These materials (which presently number only four) will be displayed in the armoire in the Parlour. They will be listed in the Library catalogue, with their location noted, and they will be available for examination upon request.
  • In addition to complete sets of Bibles, the library has a very large number of Bibles that have been donated individually. The plan is to retain and catalogue one copy of each significant separate edition, and to donate duplicates to Christian Salvage. Thank you to Phyllis Mattar who has assisted with the identification of the various editions of the Bibles.
                         

Church School:
Church school are offered for children during the service of worship. Children are signed in upstairs in the Church School room before the beginning of the service. They will rejoin their families in the service after the offering.
Click here to read about a few things that are going on right now with our church school.
Contact the Church Office for information about our Church School program.

Youth Ministry:
Youth classes are offered during the service of worship. Youth meet upstairs in the youth room before the beginning of the service. They will rejoin their families in the service after the offering.
We’d like to invite you to come on out and get involved in Youth Ministry here at St. Andrew’s! This ministry is geared towards all young people in Grade 6 to University — So we know it’s a place for YOU!
Click here to read about a few things that are going on right now with our youth and young adults.
Contact the Church Office for information about our Youth and Young Adults programs.

Bible Study:
Over the years we have had various bible study programs: some scheduled for weekdays, some for Sunday mornings, and some for evenings.

SUNDAY MORNING Adult Bible Study
Sunday Morning Bible Sharing Time with Dr. Bob takes place at 8:50 a.m. each Sunday in the Church Parlour (except for special holidays & the Summer time) for a sharing on the Scripture for that day. Everybody is most welcome to this learning through a discovering of God's Word.

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Thursday Morning Bible Study
has concluded for the season.
It will return on Thursday January 11th, 2018.

The Adult Bible Study resumed September 10, 2017, and meets in the Church Parlour (except for special holidays & the Summer time) every Sunday at 8:55 a.m. for a sharing on the Scripture for that day. Everybody is most welcome to this learning through a discovering of God's Word.
All are welcome!


Workshops and Seminars:
From time to time, St. Andrew's offers workshops and seminars.
Please check back frequently for updates.


Retreats:
Occasionally St. Andrew's hosts retreats for interested members and friends.
Please check back frequently for updates.


Book Clubs: (There are no book clubs in May, June, July and August.)

Good Book, Good Food, and Good Nite aka St. Andrew's Book Club
St. Andrew's offers this monthly supper and book discussion program, usually held on the last Friday of the month, during which anyone is welcome to join in for a discussion on the book of the month and enjoy supper. There is always a space available for newcomers.
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlour. Dinner is provided at cost. Reading the book is not a requirement and Rev. John Borthwick provides the leadership. Interested participants must reserve their places at the table by calling the Church Office. Seating is limited and reservations are necessary by calling the office or adding your name to the sign-up sheet.

Good Food, Good Book, and Good Nite will return this fall on Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 6:30 pm with Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air.
All are welcome to attend. Please make sure to sign up at the Welcome Centre.


Breakfast @ St Andrew's - Discontinued (effective September 2011)
It is with regret that we announce that our Saturday morning Breakfast program will NOT happen this year. We want to thank our committed volunteers over the last 3½ years for coming out in the wee hours of the morning in order that those gathered would have hot coffee and buttered toast. Our thanks to Rev. John for finding such engaging speakers (and to those who suggested many of our guests). A big thanks to Platters Catering for providing our full breakfast and our church staff for setting up the room and confirming bookings. Sometimes one thing needs to end for something new to emerge. Thanks again.

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Congregational Care @ St. Andrew's
Following the introduction of Term Eldership and discontinuation of regular pre-communion visits by elders, the Congregational Care (CC) Team was formed to develop a different way of ensuring that as many members and adherents as possible have a personal link to the church.  This is a shared responsibility between Minister, Session and members of the congregation.
A network of people, known as CONNECTORS was developed.  They are people who care about strengthening our church community through the ties of faith and friendship, are willing to reach out to more closely connect families and individuals to the church and are responsive to individual need.  Contact varies from regular visits to shut-ins to occasional lunch dates, e-mail, phone calls, cards .... whatever works best for those involved.
Our network is still developing, and as yet, not every household is connected.  We look forward to recruiting more Connectors.  Following successful training Workshops in 2007, another is scheduled for November 1st 2008.
Visitor/Newcomer Ministry is a recent initiative led by a subcommittee of the Congregational Care Team.

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Mission and Outreach Coordinating Committee (MOCC)

Link to Refugee Sponsorship webpage (2015)

Recognizing that many members of the St. Andrew's family are actively engaged in mission and outreach activities, the Mission and Outreach Coordinating Committee was created in 2009 to encourage and enable the people of St. Andrew's to stay and/or get involved.
Current: The 2014 MOCC members are: Knolly Toolsie, Natasha Bauer, Monica Fera, Rhonda Wright, Trudy Smit, Rev. John and Rick McRonald. Fred Ferwerda is the liaison person with Two Rivers Church.
If you are interested in joining the MOCC, please see any of the current members.
If you have an idea for a project or activity, we would like to hear that too.
Rick McRonald, Chair

St. Andrew’s Mission and Outreach Coordinating Committee Terms of Reference - Purpose
"God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work."
2 Corinthians 9:8  (NRSV)

The Mission and Outreach Coordinating Committee’s mandate is to respond to the cries of God’s people by engaging our congregation in coming alongside those who are actively addressing God’s call to compassion and service.  This mandate is accomplished through educating our members/adherents about local, national and international outreach and mission, challenging them to respond to opportunities to participate in outreach and mission activities through financial support and/or the giving of their time and talent.  The Committee will actively pursue partnership in new mission projects and continue to provide support for current mission projects according to the strategic directions/foci of the Session. Wherever possible, the Committee will work in concert with other committees and groups in an effort to maximize our call to compassion and service.

View our .pdf file for "Terms of Reference" document
It was revised and approved by the Session in 2017.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada has developed principles for mission that express who we are as a denomination and how we work with others in our world.  The congregation of St. Andrew’s upholds these principles as our approach to discerning our vision for mission as a congregation of God’s people.  We include "outreach" when we speak of mission" and define it as "mission within the City of Guelph".  

View our .pdf file for
"Mission & Outreach @ St. Andrew’s: Principles, Process & Policy" document

It was revised and approved by the Session in 2012.


MIGRANT WORKERS' RIGHTS

Petition for the Ratification of the UN Migrant Workers' Convention
This petition asks the Canadian government to sign the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers.
Many members of our congregation have already signed the petition, but if you have not, we ask you to prayerfully consider supporting this endeavor.
Copies of the petition will be available at the Welcome Centre.

September 29, 2013: Update from the Mission and Outreach Coordinating Committee
The Migrant Workers Petitions signed by members of our congregation and our community are currently being processed in Ottawa.  The MOCC will inform the congregation when Frank Valeriote, MP for Guelph, will address this issue in the House of Commons.  Meanwhile, committee members are continuing to learn more about the needs of migrant workers in our community. Two members attended a meeting on September 9 of the (Im)migrant and Refugee Rights Coalition of Guelph-Wellington, and will use information from this coalition to determine our next steps.

November, 2014: A message from Natasha Bauer and MOCC:
Earlier this year (2014) we asked our MP, Frank Valeriote, several questions concerning migrant workers. Some questions concerned the treatment of migrant workers (working conditions, inspections etc.), and these were forwarded to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Other questions were related to our petition concerning the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. These were sent to the research staff of the parliamentary library.
We have now received answers from both the library and the minister. You can read our original questions (dated April 6, 2014), and the responses we received both below and as downloadable pdf files.

Questions related to the government's response to Petition No: 412-0318 to 412-0320 which requires additional information.
The questions concern the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families in the petition response found on page 2, paragraph 2 and 3.
Canadian Law in the Governments response in the petition states that "More specifically, certain aspects of the Convention are incompatible with Canadian law."
QUESTION: Which aspects of the Convention are incompatible with Canadian law?
RESPONSE: Migrant Workers The Governments response in the petition states that "The Convention does not define "migrant worker" – meaning that there is no distinction between persons who hold status and those who are in Canada without status".
QUESTION: Does the Convention (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cmw/cmw.htm) not define "migrant worker" in Article 2? QUESTION: Would migrant workers that are working in Canada under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) not be defined in Article2, part 2, paragraph "g" of the Convention?
RESPONSE: Migrant Workers vis-à-vis Canadian citizens The Governments response in the petition states that "Besides, the Convention would also provide TFWs with the same rights as permanent residents and Canadian citizens, including unlimited access to the Canadian labour market. As Canada's Temporary Foreign Workers Program is intended to help employers fill temporary labour and skill shortages when Canadians or permanent residents are not available, the Convention seeks to provide TFWs with unlimited access to the Canadian labour market, which is not consistent with the objectives of the TFWP".
QUESTION: Does the Convention require that TFWs be granted the same rights as to the country's citizens? If so, which section?
QUESTION: Does the Convention's exclusions, such as article 52, part 3, contradict the response that "the Convention seeks to provide TFWs with unlimited access to the Canadian labour market"?
Download these Questions and Responses (pdf)

Download the Response Letter
from the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (pdf)

Download the ICMW Document (pdf)

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Chalmers Challenge 2016:
The MOCC has accepted the proposal that the target for 2016 remain at 2,000 pounds of food. We thank God for the way that the congregation has responded in the last 2 years and we look forward to continuing to help feed the hungry in our community this year.

Community Outreach
CORE: Guelph Churches' Outreach Program

In response to the growing need for assistance within the community, some Guelph churches formed the CORE group to address this issue. The result to date has been the formulation of an assistance policy which will, hopefully, address some of the needs, although on an emergency basis only.
View our .pdf files for:
• CORE Program - Map of participating locations
• CORE Program - Brochure


June 2014 Update re: St. Andrew's CORE commitment to supply diapers: As you may recall, a few years ago we decided to distribute diapers via Chalmers Community Services Centre rather than directly from our church office. While it meant that we would lose direct contact with the people using the service, numbers had declined and we felt that delivering the service via Chalmers would be much more convenient for the guests. Each package has a label affixed noting that the diapers are provided by St. Andrew's and Chalmers has reported that they provided diapers to 36 people in May. This was the biggest month since the service began.

Help Us Help Others - Please Save:
Used Postage Stamps – for Leprosy Relief
Aluminum Cans - for Habitat for Humanity Wellington County
All of the above can be placed in the appropriate slots in the wall container at the Welcome Centre, with the Aluminum Cans placed in the appropriate holder in the Church Hall or main floor corridor.

Posted December 21, 2013: A Big Thank you to St. Andrew's for your donation of over $100,000 in Zehrs tapes to the Chalmers Community Services Centre! The Zehrs program is now finished.

"My Neighbour's House"
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church celebrated its 180th Anniversary with an invitation to all faith communities to build "My Neighbour’s House" in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Wellington County.
"My Neighbour’s House" was the first ever Multi-Faith Habitat Build in Wellington County. It was completed in 2009 by members of Guelph’s diverse faith communities working together to fundraise and construct a new home for sale to a local low income family.

Click here to link to our "My Neighbour's House" webpage.

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