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Worship Services
Located in the downtown of Guelph, the picturesque stone building has been home to the St. Andrew's congregation since 1858.
• We welcome you to our Weekly Sunday Worship at 10:30 a.m.
• Church School classes for the children and youth are held separately during the worship service.
• Supervised Nursery is available for infants and toddlers.
• We invite you to join us in the Church Hall following the service where coffee and juice will be served by volunteers, each week a different group of church members.

 

Shared ValuesShared Values
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Our Shared Values are the soul of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church reflecting our Christian faith.  These values are the cornerstone of our journey as a church community.  They express that which we wish to become and how we go about becoming them.  All our decisions and collective actions are measured by how such activities embody and bring life to our shared values by God’s grace.
Living Faith
We believe that faith is a journey not a destination. We embrace change and meet its challenges with creativity and playfulness. We expect that the Holy Spirit will change us in the process.
"And Abram journeyed on by stages…" Genesis 12:9
Welcoming
We work hard to make our community feel like a place to call home. We see the image of God in all people, everywhere. Differences are valued and safe and open dialogue is honoured.
"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it." Hebrews 13:2
Joy
Following Jesus is something to celebrate. We believe it is the best way to live. We rejoice that we can express with gratitude and worship our acceptance of God’s invitation to this way of life. We happily affirm that God is making everything new and we are a valued part of it.
"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24
Love
We believe that we were created to live deeply with one another, to carry each other’s burdens, to share our possessions, to pray for and confess our sins to each other, to suffer and to celebrate together. It's in these honest, loving relationships that God transforms us into the people we were meant to be.
"No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us." 1 John 4:12
Hope
We believe that to be a part of God’s work in restoring the world we are to offer hope in whatever way we can. Hope is created when our passion and compassion meets the needs and hurts of those we encounter. We are an oasis of hope in a world that desperately needs to drink deeply of its waters.
"Where then is my hope? Who will see my hope?" Job 17:15
Partnership
Jesus modelled that we are not on this journey alone. We believe that we do our best when we work together. We seek to build lasting relationships of mutual respect and trust throughout God’s creation.
"He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two…" Mark 6:7
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Teams of volunteers assist in various activities "around" the Worship Service.
Are you interested in contributing to St. Andrew's by offering an hour or two of your time on a Sunday morning? Your assistance is most welcome. Contact the church office and you'll be guided to the appropriate staff or committee.
Note that volunteers' personal phone numbers (or other personal contact information) are not listed for confidentiality reasons.
Greeters' and Main Door Greeters' Duties (html)
Greeters' Duties (pdf)
Main Door Greeters' Duties (pdf)
Ushers' Duties (html)
Ushers' Duties (pdf)

Greeters' Duties
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South Door, North Door and Main Door Greeters' Duties

North Transept
      • Arrive at 10:00 am and find your nametag located in your family folder at the Welcome Center.
      • Ensure that there are working hearing devices in the North Transept. 
      • If there are problems with these devices, locate the sound person up in the balcony to assist you. You will also need approximately 20-30 bulletins.
      • Stand in the North Transept area and greet the incoming congregation. Give each person/couple a bulletin as they arrive.
      • Assist members with location of coat rack (remind individuals re security of items and not to leave behind.), location of restrooms, assist with hearing devices, large print Hymnbooks, etc.
      • Stay in this area until after the first hymn is sung and enter the transept and sit in the North Transept area in case latecomers arrive.
      • If latecomers arrive, assist them with locating a pew in the area and ensure that they have a bulletin, informing them the time in the service.
      • After the sermon, exit the Sanctuary quietly and tour the nursery and restroom areas in the basement area; proceed to the upper level and tour all classrooms and restrooms on this level. Sign your name on the list outside the classroom # 9 on the second level. If there are any concerns, contact the person on the South Transept door immediately to assist you in this matter.
      • Return to the Sanctuary after the tour of the building. After the service, assist members of the congregation with returning hearing devices, large print Hymnbooks, exiting Sanctuary, assisting members to the coffee hour etc.
      • Return your nametag to your family folder at the Welcome Center.
    ***Familiarize yourself with the fire escape plan  
    and assist all people to safety in the event of a fire. ***
    South Transept
      • Arrive at 10:00 am and find your nametag located in your family folder at the Welcome Center.
      • Ensure that there are working hearing devices in the South Transept. 
      • If there are problems with these devices, locate the sound person up in the balcony to assist you. You will also need approximately 30-50 bulletins.
      • Stand in the South Transept area and greet the incoming congregation. Give each person/couple a bulletin as people arrive.
      • Assist members with location of coat rack (remind individuals re security of items and not to leave behind.), location of restrooms, assist with hearing devices, large print Hymnbooks, etc.
      • After the first hymn, close the Sanctuary door and stay outside the South Transept area in the main hallway. (If there is an extra hearing device, you can listen to the service while outside the Sanctuary.  If it is hot, leave the door open to improve airflow. Lock the exterior door that leads in from the parking lot. Answer phone to allow people in from this entrance
      • If latecomers arrive, assist them with locating a pew in the area and ensure that they have a bulletin, informing them the time in the service.
      • After the children’s time, ensure that the door to the Sanctuary is closed and that the children are in their classrooms.
      • Remain outside the South Transept area until after the service, opening the door at the end of the service. 
      • Stand near the Welcome Center and assist people with locating sign up sheets, a copy of the ‘Inspire’ and various information posted etc.
      • Receive the microphone from the minister and give the microphone to the sound person up in the balcony.
      • Remain at the Welcome Center until most of the members / visitors have left.
      • Return your nametag to your family folder at the Welcome Center.

    ***Familiarize yourself with the fire escape plan
    and assist all people to safety in the event of a fire. ***

    Main Door Greeter

    Please note that there will be
    two front door greeters and two ushers.

    The greeters will help take up the collection.

    • Arrive at 10:00 am and put on your nametag located in your family folder at the Welcome Center.
    • Ensure that there are working hearing devices at the Main Door Entrance. If there are problems with these devices, ask the sound person in the balcony to assist you.
    • One of the greeters should stand in the Main Door Entrance area and greet the incoming people. The other greeter should be in the vicinity (but not at the front door) to engage in further conversation, especially with newcomers and visitors.
    • Newcomer kits will be on the shelf and please give the kits to newcomers/visitors, if appropriate.
    • The two ushers in this area will give each person/couple a bulletin and assist persons to their pews.
    • Assist people with location of coat rack, location of restrooms, assist with hearing devices, large print Hymnbooks, etc.
    • After the first hymn, one of the greeters should close the exterior door and stay in the Main Door Entrance area. If it is hot, leave the door open to improve airflow.
    • If latecomers arrive, assist them with locating a pew in the area and ensure that they have a bulletin.
    • If Communion is occurring, assist the servers when they enter this area from the Sanctuary.
    • Both main door greeters will assist the two ushers in collect the offering
    • After the sermon and the Hymn that follows have been completed, prepare to collect the offering.
    • After the Minister announces that the ‘Offering will now be received’, proceed down the aisles in pairs - 1 pair down each aisle.
    • Proceed to collect the offering - 1 pair to start in the Transepts, on either side proceeding down the outside pews of the main body of the church. If you feel that the Offering Plates are getting full, prior to proceeding down the outside pews, exchange the offering plate with an empty one, placing the offering plate on the Communion table (or on the pedestals if the offering table is full with other items) The other pair - proceed down the main central body of the church, allowing the offering plate to be passed along the pew to be received by the person on the opposite side.
    • Proceed and meet in the back of the church.
    • The offering from the balcony is usually collected by the sound person or others and should be placed in one of the offering plates that are brought to the back of the Sanctuary.
    • Wait until the music has stopped and the music for receiving of the Offering has started.  Proceed down the aisle, one pair on each side, to the front of the Sanctuary, wait until the music has stopped and the prayer has been said.  Place the offering plates on the Communion table. (If the Communion table is in use, place the plates back onto the pedestals.) 
    • Remain in the Main Door Entrance area after the service, opening the door at the end of the service.
    • Introduce any newcomers/visitors to the minister and invite them and, if possible, take them to the coffee hour. Introduce them to other people.
    • Return your nametag to your family folder at the Welcome Center.

    ***Familiarize yourself with the fire escape plan
    and assist all people to safety in the event of a fire. ***
    Thank you for assisting with our service.

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Ushers' Duties
Download, view or print a pdf file:
Ushers' Information Package

    Please note that there will be only two ushers
    and there will be two front door greeters.
    The greeters will help take up collection.

    • Arrive at 10:00 am and put on your nametag located in your family folder at the Welcome Center.
    • Stand in THE ENTRANCE TO THE AISLES and greet the incoming congregation after the Main Door Greeters have greeted them. Give each person /couple a bulletin and assist them to their pews if appropriate.
    • Assist any person with location of washrooms, coats racks, hearing devices etc.
    • After the first hymn, close the folding doors quietly and sit in the back pews.
    • If it is hot, the doors should remain open to improve airflow.
    • One of the Main Door Greeters will close the Outside Main Door and stay in the entrance area throughout the service.
    • After the sermon and the hymn that follows have been completed, prepare to collect the offering.
    • After the Minister announces that the 'Offering will now be received', proceed down the aisles one behind the other, two in each aisle.
    • Proceed to collect the offering - 1 pair to start in the Transepts, on either side proceeding down the outside pews of the main body of the church. If you feel that the Offering Plates are getting full, prior to proceeding down the outside pews, exchange the offering plate with an empty one, placing the offering plate on the Communion table (or on the pedestals if the offering table is full with other items) The other pair - proceed down the main central body of the church, allowing the offering plate to be passed along the pew to be received by the person on the opposite side.
    • Proceed and meet in the back of the church.
    • The offering from the balcony will be collected by someone and can be placed into one of the offering plates that the ushers bring to the back of the Sanctuary.
    • Wait until the music has stopped and the music for receiving of the Offering has started. Proceed down the aisle – one pair in each aisle. Proceed to the front of the Sanctuary, wait until the music has stopped and the prayer has been said. Place the offering plates on the Communion table. (If the Communion table is in use, place the plates back onto the pedestals.)
    ONE USHER IS TO PICK UP ALL THE OFFERING PLATES AT THE END OF THE SERVICE AND TAKE THEM TO THE OFFICE.
    • Return your nametag to your family folder at the Welcome Center.
***Familiarize yourself with the fire escape plan
and assist all people to safety in the event of a fire. ***
Thank you for assisting with our service.

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Special Services
Throughout the year, St. Andrew's has special services, eg. Maundy Thursday.
Also, we encourage you to check our Calendar webpage and the Special Announcements section for new information, as it becomes available.

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Baptism Guidelines
Considering St. Andrew's for Your Own or Family Member's Baptism?
The Music and Worship Committee has established guidelines to assist you in planning the Baptism Service.
Each Baptism in St. Andrews is given the most careful attention by our ministers and all our church staff to ensure that all your hopes and expectations for your Service are realized.
We also bring certain expectations to each Baptism Service in St. Andrew’s and we trust we are able to answer many of your questions.
View our .pdf file for our guidelines: Baptism @ St. Andrew's
Please feel free to contact the Church Office for more details
or to arrange an appointment.

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Wedding Policy
Considering St. Andrew's for Your Wedding?
The Music and Worship Committee has established a policy to assist you in planning your Wedding Service.
Each Wedding in St. Andrews is given the most careful attention by our ministers, our organist, and our church staff to ensure that all your hopes and expectations for your Service are realized.
We also bring certain expectations to each Wedding Service in St. Andrew’s and we trust we are able to answer many of your questions.

View our .pdf file for our policy and application:
Weddings @ St. Andrew's (PDF)
This is a fillable pdf, which can be completed and emailed to St. Andrew's

View our Word file for our policy and application:
Weddings @ St. Andrew's (Word)

Please feel free to contact the Church Office for more details
or to arrange an appointment.

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