Home Worship – Sunday January 23

This Sunday January 23 our online worship is on YouTube. We will continue our journey with Jesus in the opening chapters of the Gospel of John.

Family Worship & Learning: “Jesus Invites Us To Be Born Again”

Unfortunately, we had some technical issues and weren’t able to record a full family worship video this week. Above you’ll find a shorter video with the Big God Story lesson and a few questions to talk about together. You can find the rest of the Big God Project learning resources HERE.

Home Worship – Live at 10:30am

Order of Service

Call to Worship – Psalm 121

Opening Prayer

Song: “This is Amazing Grace”

New Testament – Romans 8:1-4, 14-17

Gospel – John 3:1-21

Message – “The Challenge of Life”

Hymn: “Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God”

Closing Prayers

Blessing

News:

    • Going Deeper (Study Resources): Each of the Gospels gives us a different perspective on Jesus, but the Gospel of John paints the most distinctive picture of the four books. The Bible Project provides a great introduction to John in two videos. We won’t get to the second part of John until we approach Easter, but you can watch (and study) ahead here: https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/john-13-21/
    • For all other St. Andrew’s news and information check you can sign up for the weekly newsletter from the Office of St. Andrew’s. Just send an email to standrewsancaster@gmail.com.

Family Worship & Learning – January 23, 2022

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday January 23. This week we continue our journey with Jesus through the Gospel of John.

Today’s Question

“What is something you would like to start over again?”

You can just ask the question together as a family or have your kids fill out and colour the Question Sheet.

Question Sheet – Jan 23 2022

Family Worship Video – Available Anytime

Due to some technical issues we weren’t able to record a full family worship video this week. Below you’ll find a shorter video with just the Big God Story lesson and a few questions to talk about together (you can also find the questions in the curriculum sheet).

Big God Journal and Other Activities

Journal Page – Jan 23, 2022

To access the curriculum sheet with an overview of the Big God Theme, craft ideas (including a how-to  video) and discussion questions for older kids, go here:

Home Worship – Sunday January 16, 2022

This Sunday January 16 our online worship is on YouTube. We will continue our journey with Jesus in the opening chapters of the Gospel of John.

Family Worship & Learning: “Jesus Invites Us To Come And See”

You can find all of the Big God Project learning resources HERE

Home Worship – Live at 10:30am

Order of Service

Call to Worship – Psalm 139:1-6

Opening Prayer

Song: “Great Things”

New Testament Reading – Hebrews 3:1-6

Gospel Reading – John 1:35-51

Message – “Seeing Jesus”

Hymn: “Come Christians Join to Sing” #377

We Celebrate Communion

Blessing

News & Announcements

    • Sunday Worship: Just a reminder that in-person worship services are suspended to the end of January. Session will review the public health situation at our February 1 meeting and update the congregation on any changes that week.
    • Going Deeper (Study Resources): Each of the Gospels gives us a different perspective on Jesus, but the Gospel of John paints the most distinctive picture of the four books. The Bible Project provides a great introduction to John in two videos. You can find the first part here: https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/john-1-12/
    • Latest Vaccination Information: Third doses of COVID-19 vaccine (aka booster shots) are available to everyone 18 years of age and over. The required waiting time is 3 months (84) from your second dose. To confirm that you are eligible go to: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/. To book your vaccination or booster shot go to the City of Hamilton vaccination website: https://www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination. Getting your third dose of vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and friends against the Omicron variant.
    • For all other St. Andrew’s news and information sign up for our weekly newsletter from the Office of St. Andrew’s standrewsancaster@gmail.com.

Family Worship & Learning – January 16, 2022

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday January 16. This week we continue our journey with Jesus through the Gospel of John.

Today’s Question

“What is something you wish you could get invited to?”

You can just ask the question together as a family or have your kids fill out and colour the Question Sheet.

Question Sheet – Jan 16, 2022

Family Worship Video – Available at 8:30am Sunday

Big God Journal and Other Activities

Journal Page – Jan 16, 2022

To access the curriculum sheet with an overview of the Big God Theme, craft ideas (including a how-to  video) and discussion questions for older kids, go here:

Home Worship – Sunday January 9, 2022

Sunday January 9 is our first home worship service of the year. We will be starting a new journey with Jesus in the Gospel of John.

Family Worship & Learning: “Jesus Created Everything”

You can find all of the Big God Project learning resources HERE

Home Worship Video

Order of Service

Call to Worship – Psalm 147:12,15-20

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “Love Divine All Loves Excelling #371

New Testament Reading – Hebrews 1:1-4

Gospel Reading – John 1:1-18

Message – “The Word of Life”

Song: “What a Beautiful Name”

We Celebrate Communion

Blessing

News & Announcements

    • Sunday Worship Update: In light of daily case counts remaining above 10,000 (even with fewer people now eligible to take a PCR test), and the concerning rise in hospitalizations for COVID, Session (our leadership team) has decided to extend the suspension of in-person worship services to the end of January. We will review the public health situation at our February 1st meeting and update the congregation on any changes that week. Our prayers continue to be with all of you and your families in this challenging time.
    • Family Worship Video: With worship being online only for next several weeks, Rev. Read will once again be offering a Family Worship video on his YouTube channel. This will premier at 8:30am on Sundays, and will include an interactive game, introduce the Big God theme and memory verse, and present the Big God story lesson for the week. A link to the Family Worship video will be included in Rev. Read’s Saturday email.
    • Latest Vaccination Information: Third doses of COVID-19 vaccine (aka booster shots) are available to everyone 18 years of age and over. The required waiting time for a third dose is 3 months (84 days) from your second dose. To confirm that you are eligible go to: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/. To book your vaccination or booster shot is to use the City of Hamilton vaccination website: https://www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination. Getting your third dose of vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and friends against the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

Family Worship & Learning – January 9, 2022

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday January 9. This week we begin a new journey with Jesus through the Gospel of John.

Today’s Question

“What is your favourite way to be creative?”

You can just ask the question together as a family or have your kids fill out and colour the Question Sheet.

Question Sheet – Jan 9, 2022

Family Worship Video – Available at 8:30am Sunday

Big God Journal and Other Activities

Journal Page – Jan 9, 2022

To access the curriculum sheet with an overview of the Big God Theme, craft ideas (including a how-to  video) and discussion questions for older kids, go here:

 

Zoom Communion – Sunday January 9, 2022

This Sunday January 9, we will be worshiping by Zoom video conference at 10:30am. Our service will include the celebration of communion and conclude with a virtual ‘Coffee Hour’ where you can connect with our St. Andrew’s church family.

If you aren’t on St. Andrew’s email list and would like to join our Zoom service please send an email to revjohnread@gmail.com by 9:00am Sunday morning and you will be sent the login information. If you aren’t able to join us live, there will be a recorded and edited version of the service posted to YouTube and available here on the website around 1:00pm on Sunday afternoon.

The service is also accessible by local telephone call. For information on how to do so please call the church office 905-648-6024.

Home Worship – Sunday Jan 2, 2022

Rev. Read and his family have been quite ill for the past two days, and he will be unable to lead online worship for St. Andrew’s tomorrow.

“This has been an unwelcome New Year’s surprise as we have had very minimal contact with anyone outside our household in the past 2 weeks. We’ve used our rapid tests and are thankful that it’s not COVID.”

For this week you can connect to online services from one of our sister churches.
We pray that you are well and are able to keep safe as we begin this new year.

Home Worship – Sunday December 26, 2021

This Sunday December 26 is the 1st Sunday of Christmas. Worship this week will be online only.

    • In light of the continuing rise in COVID cases and statements from the Chief Medical Officer of Health anticipating several more weeks of very high case numbers, Session (St. Andrew’s leadership team) has decided to extend the suspension of in-person worship to at least January 9. The Session will review the public health situation at our regular meeting on January 4 and provide further updates.

Family Learning Resources

Our Big God theme for the day is “The Lord is Our Salvation.” We don’t have any activity sheets this week, as we’re sure your kids have lots to keep them busy the day after Christmas.

Online Worship Premiers at 10:30am

Order of Service

Call to Worship – Psalm 148:1-5, 13-14

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “Once in Royal David’s City” #166

Family Time: “The Lord is Our Salvation”

Gospel Reading – Matthew 1:18-2:12

Song: “Make Room”

Message: “Fear and Reverence”

Hymn: “O Little Town of Bethlehem #165

We Respond to God’s Generosity

Closing Prayers & Blessing

News & Announcements

    • Latest Vaccination Information: Third doses of COVID-19 vaccine (aka booster shots) are available to everyone 18 years of age and over. The required waiting time for a third dose has dropped from 6 months (168 days) to 3 months (84) from your second dose. To confirm that you are eligible go to: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/. To book your vaccination or booster shot is to use the City of Hamilton vaccination website: https://www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination. Getting your third dose of vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and friends against the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
    • Year End Donations: Be sure to get your year end donations to St. Andrew’s before December 31 so that you can receive the benefit on your 2021 tax return.  You can drop off cheques at the church building, make an e-transfer (email our treasurer at skorosi@cogeco.ca for details) or donate by PayPal at https://standrews.ws/give/.  Thank you to everyone who has given so generously in this challenging time.  Your year end gift will ensure that St. Andrew’s finishes 2021 in a good financial position.

Christmas Eve 2021

It was with a heavy heart that Session (the leadership of St. Andrew’s) had to cancel our in-person Christmas Eve service, due to the continued rise in cases of the highly infectious Omicron variant.  Christmas Eve worship this year will once again be online only. We thank everyone who took the time to register and are sorry that we had to change our plans so late in the week.

Worship on Sunday December 26 will also be online only. Session will be making a decision shortly about worship plans for January and posting the news here on our website.

Online Christmas Eve Service

Our online Christmas Eve service will premier on YouTube at 4:00pm on December 24 and be available any time after that.

Order of Service

Welcome & Opening Prayer

Carol:  O Come All Ye Faithful #159

Lesson:  Isaiah 11:1-9

Band:  “Glory (Let There Be Peace)”

Lesson:  Luke 1:26-38

Carol:  Angels We Have Heard on High #147

Lesson:  Luke 1:39-56

Carol:  Hark the Herald Angels Sing #139

Lesson:  Luke 2:1-7

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Carol:  Away in a Manger #149

Lesson:  Luke 2:8-20

Carol:  While Shepherds Watched #138

Reflection:  “The Long Road To Bethlehem”

Choir:  “And On Earth, Peace”

Closing Prayer & Blessing

Carol: Silent Night #154