Join us every week for Worship!
Sundays at 8 and 10 AM
Tuesdays at 6 PM
Wednesdays at 12:30 PM
About the Book of Common Prayer (BCP)
Episcopalians use the Book of Common Prayer to worship God. It is a collection of prayers used in the liturgy which provides Episcopalians with a worship that is systemic, uplifting, and well written. The American Book of Common Prayer is the latest edition in the American Church which was taken from the British Book of Common Prayer in 1662. That 1662 Prayer Book, was itself, a later edition of the first Book of Common Prayer of 1549 which consolidated numerous Mass books, Prayer books, and other liturgical literature. The 1549 Book of Common Prayer was important because it was the first to use the spoken language and put the prayers of the Church into the hands of the people. The Book of Common Prayer has sacramental services (ordination, confirmation, marriage, baptism, burial rites, and others), morning and evening prayers, and special services for major feast days (Christmas, Palm Sunday, Lent, Easter, and others). It also has all Psalms (the Psalter), Holy Days and the Lectionary. The Lectionary helps readers read the Bible in two years. The Book of Common Prayer also contains the historical documents of the Church.
Weekly Bible Study
Join us every Tuesday night (except the first Tuesday of the month) at 7 PM to study the Bible together in fellowship!
August 8th at 6:45 in the Adult Education Room
This month we are reading “Lamb” by Christopher Moore
On Sunday afternoons we are having a 12-class series for all those who are interested in making St. Andrew’s their home church!
In this series we will review the basics of our Christian faith and the dilemmas we face living these basics in today’s world. We will give a quick walk through the history of the Christian faith, as well as the history of The Episcopal Church and of St. Andrew’s.
Throughout the series we will work on writing our own “profession of faith.” We will work on articulating what we do believe, what we do not believe, and what we might believe – closing the series by describing our own faith journey – the good, bad, and ugly, as much or as little as you would like to share.
The tentative schedule is:
Some time in May, depending on the date of closest Confirmation Service within the diocese.
All classes are from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Please join us at any time. The class is welcome to newcomers and church members alike!
We want to pray for you. Seriously, we WANT to pray for you.
- Morning Prayer is held every Monday at 10:00AM. All are invited in a time of spiritual reflection on Scripture and prayer. Prayer requests are collected in person, in the prayer box, Facebook Messenger, and via email at email@example.com.
- Prayer Net, is our online prayer offering at St. Andrew’s. A collection of dedicated and faithful people have committed themselves to pray for the needs and concerns brought to them. Do you have a request? Email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will forward it to our Prayer Net. The amount of details you wish to share is up to you. You can give as much or as little as you want. God knows your request. Don’t feel comfortable emailing a prayer request? Drop it in our Blessing Box outside the church.
- Prayer Team, is our in-worship prayer offering. Each Sunday, during Holy Communion at the 10:00 AM service we have a Prayer Team stationed in our back chapel to pray for any concerns, thanksgivings or more. Again, you do not need to give them any details unless you want to. God knows your request. Prayer Net requests are prayed for at this time as well.
- Additional Pray-ers. Each Wednesday at our 12:30 service of Holy Eucharist we pray for the needs of the parish and requests which come into our Prayer Net and any concerns our Prayer Team has given us – with the permission of the person requesting prayer.
- Our Sunday Prayer Rotation. Each Sunday at our 8:00 and 10:00 AM services we pray through a “prayer rotation” of needs in the community, including the people of an Episcopal Church in the Diocese, the people of a different (or no) denomination in the community, the people of this parish, those serving in the military, and time is given at all services for people to lift up other concerns whether out loud on their lips or silently in their heart.
- Birthday and Anniversary Prayers. On the first Sunday of each month (sometimes can be moved to the next week if falls on major holiday) we ask people in the congregation to come forward who have birthdays and/or anniversaries that month and we ask God’s blessings on their “new year”.
- Men’s and Women’s Share Groups’ Prayers. We have several men’s and women’s groups who meet weekly to encourage one another in their walk with Christ. They offer up prayers for the parish as well.
- Tuesday Prayers at our Adult Bible Study at 7:00PM. Both groups lift up prayer concerns given to them.
- Men’s Saturday Breakfast Prayers. On the last Saturday of the month at 9:00 AM we offer for eggs, sausage and who knows what else. Each month, a different man of the parish offers a Bible passage for study and discussion and this group lifts up in prayer all requests given to them.
Our Choir is for teens and adults,
men and women,
new comers and … “seasoned” comers,
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass,
not sure but “what the hey..”
Our ages range from 12 to _____
(did you really think we’d put that number in?)
Interested in joining the Choir?
Contact Amy Oblinger
Youth & Family
Nursery is provided each Sunday during the 10:00 AM service. We have lots and lots of Hand Sanitizer bottles because little kids are just so… Inquisitive!
Sunday School is offered during the 10:00 AM service each week for children ages 3-12.
Children are invited to the front for a special children’s message, then follow teachers out of the service to Sunday School. During Sunday School they get a kid-version of the Gospel reading, a kid-version discussion of what that passage means and then its arts & crafts time! turning the message into a take-home project.
Holy Communion. The children return from Sunday School to their parents for the Holy Communion. In the Episcopal Church all who are baptized are welcomed to receive the Lord’s Supper, and that includes children. If your child is baptized in the Christian Faith they are also welcome to receive the Holy Sacrament. Please know that this is completely the decision of the parents’/guardians.
We are blessed. Most of us (unfortunately) don’t think we are, but we are blessed.
If we can walk, talk, eat, digest, hear, sing, carry, pick-up, or bend over; if we have a job or have some money in the bank; if we have insurance or access to it; if we have a roof over our head, clothes on our back, and food in our tummy – WE ARE BLESSED.
Since we are blessed, we are called by God to bless others.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ …Matthew 25:35-40 ESV
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27 ESV
While we cannot save all of the world we can share and suffer and support some in our world, our community. That is what we do here at St. Andrew’s, along with many wonderful churches in our community.
The growing impact that heroin use has had on the people and parish community of Pickerington is one that has become a focus for the Outreach Team of St. Andrew’s. This issue has impacted us not only personally, but also professionally, and spiritually. If you are interested in joining the cause to offer support, love, and hope to God’s children who fight opiate addiction, please contact us at email@example.com.
To learn more click about the heroin and opiate challenges facing Pickerington and the greater Columbus area, click here for a CBS 60 Minutes deeper look.
List of Outreach Ministries and Opportunities
Drink the Common Cup
Mission to Community and World
The Blessing Box is becoming a true Blessing to our community. Remember non-perishable food or canned goods. We have plenty of Cream of Mushroom Soup! For just a couple dollars you can provide a meal to a family in need: can of tuna & tuna helper; can of spaghetti sauce & some pasta, etc. Or ramen noodles, cup of soups are good for an individual who just needs something hot to eat.
AA & NA
Maintaining parish relationship with AA and NA groups
Christmas Presents to families in need
Armed Forces Care Packages
Care and goodies packages for those serving in Armed Forces abroad
Red Cross Blood Drive
Caroling at local nursing homes
Lay volunteers for hospital, sick, and homebound parishoners
Grief support group
Wednesday Dinners at St. John’s, Town St
Home Care Ministry
Property Maintenance, etc care for those sick, hospitalized, homebound
Prayer shawls for sick and homebound
Mitten & Hat Tree
Winter wear for Fairfield residents in need
Visitations, counseling, pastoral emergencies
Pickerington Christian Ministerial events
Pickerington Community worship events, including Thanksgiving, Baccalaureate, etc
Random Acts of Kindness
Encourage kindness in community
Disaster Relief and Development
Episcopal Relief and Development representation and fund raiser for disaster relief
Safe-T-Net Parishioner Assistance
Parish assistance to parish families in need
School Supply Drive
Summer collection for Herbert Mills School
Maintaining parish relationship with Scouts
Young Families Ministry
Discerning needs of families with small children