Family Worship & Learning – April 3, 2022

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday April 3. This week we spend more time with Jesus and his disciples at the Last Supper in John 14.

Today’s Question

“What is something you might use to find your way?”

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

Question Sheet – Apr 3, 2022

Family Worship Video

Available at 8:30am Sunday

Big God Journal and Other Activities

Journal Page – Apr 3, 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:

Worship In-Person & Online – March 27, 2022

This Sunday March 27 St. Andrew’s continues to worship in-person and online. If you would like to join us in-person you can find our updated worship guidelines HERE.

Family Worship & Learning: “Jesus Serves” Premiers at 8:30am

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

Online Worship – Premiers at 10:30am

4th Sunday in Lent – Order of Service

Call to Worship – Psalm 86:1-7

Opening Prayer

Song: “10,000 Reasons”

New Testament – 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1

Gospel – John 13:1-17

Message – “Freedom to Serve”

Song: “In Christ Alone”

Closing Prayers

Blessing

News & Announcements

    • Responding the Crisis in Ukraine: The invasion of Ukraine has created a humanitarian crisis. Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) working with partners in the region to provide food, shelter and other aid to those displaced by the war. You find out more and donate here: https://presbyterian.ca/pwsd/2022/02/28/ukraine-crisis/
    • Textile Recycling Drive: We will be holding our Spring Textile Drive on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 9am – Noon.  Donations include clothes, towels, curtains, linens, bedding (NO PILLOWS) socks, underwear, shoes, purses, and belts.  For more information please call the church office.
    • Purse Project Network: Our Mission Team is collecting items to fill purses for the Purse Project Network in time for Mother’s Day. The organization is called Home Suite Hope, based in Oakville. Their aim is to break the cycle of poverty for single parents and their children through programs that provide financial and practical support. Suggested items for donation are:
      Hair care products (no larger than 400 mL)

      • Shampoo/conditioner
      • Hairspray
      • Brush

      Personal Hygiene

      • Toothbrush
      • Toothpaste
      • Deodorant
      • Body wash
      • Feminine hygiene products (purse-sized)

      Pampering items

      • Makeup (lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara)
      • Nail polish
      • Gum/candy/chocolate
      • Hand lotion
      • Jewelry (no pierced earrings)
      • Facial cleansing masks
      • Hair accessories

      Please bring your donations to the church building by April 10.

    • For  more 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 – March 27, 2022

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday March 27. This week we continue our journey with Jesus through the Gospel of John to chapter 13.

Today’s Question

“What is the WORST chore in your family?”

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

Question Sheet – Mar 27, 2022

Family Worship Video

Available at 8:30am Sunday

Big God Journal and Other Activities

Journal Page – Mar 27, 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:

Worship In-Person and Online – March 20, 2022

This Sunday March 20 St. Andrew’s continues to worship in-person and online. If you would like to join us in-person you can find our updated worship guidelines HERE.

Family Worship & Learning: “Jesus Deserves Our Worship” Premiers at 8:30am

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

Online Worship – Premiers at 10:30am

3rd Sunday in Lent

Call to Worship – Psalm 27:7-11

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing”

Gospel – John 12:1-8

Old Testament – Nehemiah 13:1-22 (selected verses)

Message – “Rebuilding (Part 6)”

Song: “Lord I Need You”

Closing Prayers

Blessing

News & Announcements

    • Online Bible Study:Rev. Read has concluded the online study that goes along with the “Rebuilding Series.” You can find the fourth and final session HERE.
    • Responding the Crisis in Ukraine: The invasion of Ukraine has created a humanitarian crisis. Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) working with partners in the region to provide food, shelter and other aid to those displaced by the war. You find out more and donate here: https://presbyterian.ca/pwsd/2022/02/28/ukraine-crisis/
    • Textile Recycling Drive: We will be holding our Spring Textile Drive on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 9am – Noon.  Donations include clothes, towels, curtains, linens, bedding (NO PILLOWS) socks, underwear, shoes, purses, and belts.  For more information please call the church office.
    • Purse Project Network: Our Mission Team is collecting items to fill purses for the Purse Project Network in time for Mother’s Day. The organization is called Home Suite Hope, based in Oakville. Their aim is to break the cycle of poverty for single parents and their children through programs that provide financial and practical support. Suggested items for donation are:
      Hair care products (no larger than 400 mL)

      • Shampoo/conditioner
      • Hairspray
      • Brush

      Personal Hygiene

      • Toothbrush
      • Toothpaste
      • Deodorant
      • Body wash
      • Feminine hygiene products (purse-sized)

      Pampering items

      • Makeup (lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara)
      • Nail polish
      • Gum/candy/chocolate
      • Hand lotion
      • Jewelry (no pierced earrings)
      • Facial cleansing masks
      • Hair accessories

      Please bring your donations to the church building by April 10.

    • For  more 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 – March 20, 2022

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday March 20. This week we continue our journey with Jesus through the Gospel of John to chapter 12.

Today’s Question

“How would you show someone you love them?”

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

Question Sheet – Mar 20, 2022

Family Worship Video

Available at 8:30am Sunday

Big God Journal and Other Activities

Journal Page – Mar 20, 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:

Online Bible Study – Week 4

Study Video

This Bible Study goes along with Part 5 of the sermon series we’re working through at St. Andrew’s called “Rebuilding.” If you haven’t listened to these message from March 13, you can find them HERE.

Nehemiah Chapters 7&8

The focus of Part 5 of the series is mainly on chapter 8, but we’re going to take some time in this session to look at chapter 7 as well. In these chapters the focus of Nehemiah moves from rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem to rebuilding the people and community of the city and larger Jewish community in Judah.

 

Chapter 7

Read Nehemiah. This may be a challenge due to fact that most of this chapter is a long list of names, places and numbers. If you’re struggling with the pronunciations, you can find audio Bible selections Nehemiah 7 here: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Neh.7

 Questions:

    • Look at verse 4. What do think is more difficult: a physical or technical task like rebuilding a city (or renovating a building), or the work of rebuilding a community or family?
    • Look at verses 6 and 7, then turn back to Ezra chapters 1 and 2 (remember that Ezra and Nehemiah are really one book). It’s been 90 years, two or three generations, since the 50,000 odd people listed have come back from exile in Babylon. How do you think Nehemiah and the people of his time felt knowing that it had taken so long to rebuild Jerusalem to this point? What might this suggest about the amount of work ahead? Is the work ever really finished?
    • As you look at the list that makes up most of this chapter and remember the importance of names in the Bible. By most measures, this group didn’t accomplish much, yet they are remembered and named not just once, but twice. Why do you think that is? What might be more important than measurable accomplishments?

 

Chapter 8 – Part 1

Read Nehemiah 7:73-8:12. There are again a number of names in this section, and you can listen to it here: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Neh.8

 Questions:

    • Think about how much time the people of Judah and Jerusalem spent listening to and learning from God’s Word in this chapter, and the change this represented in their lives
    • Have you had times in your life where you were disconnected from the Bible, or found it hard to make reading the Bible regularly a priority? Are you in one of those times now?
    • If you’ve reconnected to the Bible, what caused that change? If you haven’t, what might give you the kind of spiritual hunger we find in Nehemiah 8? What might help you turn that hunger into action?
    • There are lots of great Bible reading programs and apps around today. The Bible in One Year is program produced by creators of the Alpha Course. The Bible Project has a new app that takes another approach to leading us through the full story of the Bible. Journaling (ie. keeping track of what you’ve read) and getting together with other Christians are other simple ways of keeping connected to the Bible.

 

Chapter 8 – Part 2

Read Nehemiah 8:13-18, then read Exodus 23:14-19 and Deuteronomy 16:13-17 to learn about the festival of tabernacles (booths or temporary shelters). You can also watch this short video here that talks a bit about how modern Jews celebrate this feast (whose original Hebrew name is Sukkot) https://youtu.be/7okN0nGxAM4

 

Questions:

    • In the first part of chapter 8, we saw the people want to mourn when they heard what was taught by God’s law, and the teachers calling on them to rejoice in spite of all the ways they had fallen short of God’s teaching. In this second part we see them do this spontaneously when they hear about the Festival of Booths/Tabernacles.
    • When you encounter teaching from the Bible that makes you realize that you’re living out of step with God’s teaching, does this cause you to mourn or get stuck in guilt, or can it be a source of celebration or motivation to do something different?
    • Is remembering what God has done in the past something that you do often (whether in your own life, or in the big story of God’s people)? Does this act of remembering give you hope for the present and the future?
    • As Christians we have our own festivals or celebrations of what God has done – Christmas, Easter, Pentecost etc. Do these times of remembering help you live in hope for today? Do we enter into these stories and memories in a significant and embodied way (as the Jewish people do in this story of living in temporary shelters for a week), or do we rush through them? How might we celebrate them differently after two years of COVID disrupting what we have done before.

Worship In-Person & Online – March 13, 2022

This Sunday March 13 St. Andrew’s continues to worship in-person and online. If you would like to join us in-person you can find our updated worship guidelines HERE.

Family Worship & Learning: “Jesus Overcomes Death” Premiers at 8:30am

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

Online Worship – Premiers at 10:30am

2nd Sunday in Lent

Call to Worship – Psalm 30:1-5

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “Blessed Be Your Name”

Gospel – John 11:17-27

Old Testament – Nehemiah 7:73-8:18

Message – “Rebuilding (Part 5)”

Song: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer” #651

Closing Prayers

Blessing

News & Announcements

    • Lent Resources: We are now in the season of Lent that leads to Easter. Lent can be a time when we take special effort to deepen the practice of our faith. You can find resources for prayer and study on our website here: https://standrews.ws/learning/resources/. Another great resource for spiritual practices is the modern classic A Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster. You can find it on Amazon, Indigo and many other book sellers.
    • Online Bible Study: Rev. Read is offering online Bible study resources to go along with the “Rebuilding” sermon series. Each week there is a short study video and some questions you can work through independently, or with others. You can also find the third session HERE.
    • Responding the Crisis in Ukraine: The invasion of Ukraine has created a humanitarian crisis. Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) working with partners in the region to provide food, shelter and other aid to those displaced by the war. You find out more and donate here: https://presbyterian.ca/pwsd/2022/02/28/ukraine-crisis/
    • Textile Recycling Drive: We will be holding our Spring Textile Drive on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 9am – Noon.  Donations include clothes, towels, curtains, linens, bedding (NO PILLOWS) socks, underwear, shoes, purses, and belts.  For more information please call the church office.
    • For  more 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 – March 13, 2022

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday March 13. This week we continue our journey with Jesus through the Gospel of John to chapter 11.

Today’s Question

“What is something that is impossible to do?”

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

Question Sheet – Mar 13, 2022

Family Worship Video

Available at 8:30am Sunday

Big God Journal and Other Activities

Journal Page – Mar 13, 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:

Online Bible Study – Week 3

Study Video

This Bible Study goes along with Parts 3 & 4 of the sermon series we’re working through at St. Andrew’s called “Rebuilding.” If you haven’t listened to these messages from February 27 and March 6 you can find them HERE and HERE.

Nehemiah Chapters 4, 5, 6

As I mention in part 3 of the Rebuilding series, these 3 chapters are all connected. They describe a series of obstacles to the work of rebuilding – some take the form of external opposition, while other obstacles come from within. Take some time to read all three chapters as a unit, then pause and consider what stands out to you in this part of the story. Are the external and internal issues separate or are they connected? You may want to come back to this question after you have looked at each chapter on its own.

Chapter 4

This chapter was the primary focus of the message from February 27. As you read it take note of the different forms of opposition faced by the people of Jerusalem and Judah. Take note of how Nehemiah responds (or doesn’t respond) and the way he’s able to keep the rebuild going forward safely.

 Questions:

    • Think of times in your life when you have faced opposition – in the form of ridicule, threats or direct attempts to control you. How did that make you feel? How did you respond?
    • Where does prayer fit into your response to opposition? Is praying about the situation your first, second or last response? How might giving the situation over to God change how you handle opposition? How might it change the way you relate to people or systems that seem to be opposing you?
    • Have you ever stood guard over someone or some situation in prayer? Have you ever had someone, or some group of people do that for you? What difference did this make for you or for the situation you prayed for? Is this something you could see yourself doing today?

Chapter 5

This chapter was the primary focus of the message from March 6. As you read it take note of the specific issues raised by the ordinary people in Judah, and by Nehemiah. Take note also of how Nehemiah responds to these issues, and how he models a different approach from many of the leaders who came before him.

 Questions:

    • In the message we reflect on how honest the Bible is about the failures, shortcomings and sins of the people of Israel. How honest and open are you about your sins and mistakes? How open and honest are most Christians about these kinds of things? How transparent are we as a church about these kinds of things?
    • The internal issues in Nehemiah 5 are a case of some in Judah falling back into old habits. How easy or difficult do you find it to live in the new patterns and behaviours taught by Jesus and the rest of Scripture? How often do you find yourself going back to old habits, or ways of living that are normal in our society but don’t really line up with what the Bible teaches?
    • In the message we look at Nehemiah as an example of how to approach faith and God’s calling in a selfless way in contrast to the more self-centered or selfish approach of other leaders in Judah. What are some ways that we might be approaching church and faith from the perspective of “what’s in it for me?” What are some things that we can do to check ourselves and make sure that we are practicing our faith with the right motivations?
    • Bonus Question: How familiar are you with what the Bible teaches about lending and charging interest? Read Exodus 2:25-27, Leviticus 25:36-38 and Deuteronomy 23:19-20, and Psalm 15. These teachings come out of a very different time and place from ours, but how might they affect how we handle loans, borrowing, or how we try to help people in need?

Chapter 6

This chapter wasn’t dealt with directly in either of the messages, but in many ways ties the themes of internal and external obstacles together. As you read it look for both kinds of obstacles and see how they interact with each other.

Questions:

    • In verses 1-9 Nehemiah has to deal with an attack on his character, and potential slander. Is this something you have had to deal with? Does Nehemiah offer us a helpful approach for dealing with this kind of thing?
    • Verses 10-19 show that a number of people in Judah opposed to the rebuilding, or causing difficulties, were working with or had connections to the neighbouring people who were opposed to the rebuilding. Why do you think they chose to do this? Are there times when our loyalties to the world around us compromise our loyalty to God and God’s mission?

Worship In-Person & Online – March 6, 2022

This Sunday March 6 St. Andrew’s continues to worship in-person and online. If you would like to join us in-person you can find our updated worship guidelines HERE.

Family Worship & Learning: “Jesus is the Good Shepherd” Premiers at 8:30am

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

Online Worship – Premiers at 10:30am

1st Sunday in Lent

Call to Worship – Psalm 51:1-2, 10-12, 15-17

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “Praise To The Lord the Almighty” #321

Old Testament – Nehemiah 5:1-13

Gospel – John 10:1-11

Message – “Rebuilding (Part 4)”

Song: “Only A Holy God”

Closing Prayers

Blessing

News & Announcements

    • Lent Resources: This Wednesday marked the start of the season of Lent that leads to Easter. For a quick refresher about what the season is about you can watch this video HERE. Lent can be a time when we take special effort to deepen the practice of our faith. You can find resources for prayer and study on our website here: https://standrews.ws/learning/resources/. Another great resource for spiritual practices is the modern classic A Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster. You can find it on Amazon, Indigo and many other book sellers.
    • Online Bible Study: Rev. Read is offering online Bible study resources to go along with the “Rebuilding” sermon series. Each week there is a short study video and some questions you can work through independently, or with others. Check your inbox each Sunday after worship for an email from Rev. Read. You can also find the second session HERE.
    • Textile Recycling Drive: We will be holding our Spring Textile Drive on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 9am – Noon.  Donations include clothes, towels, curtains, linens, bedding (NO PILLOWS) socks, underwear, shoes, purses, and belts.  For more information please call the church office.
    • For  more St. Andrew’s news and information sign up for our weekly newsletter from the Office of St. Andrew’s standrewsancaster@gmail.com.