Christian Education

We, the Christian Education Team at St. Andrew’s UCC, are committed to the ministry of faith formation and the education of children and adults. We use curriculum that is Jesus-centered and shares the global vision of God’s shalom for all creation.

Sunday School

Sunday mornings at 9:00 am – Early September thru Early June

Our Sunday School offers learning experiences for people of all ages. We begin gathering at 8:45 am, for a time of fellowship and a continental breakfast of donuts, fruit, juice, and coffee. At 9:00 am, we gather for our Opening Worship which includes singing, prayer, and a time of reflection on the biblical story and theme for the day.

We then break into several learning groups:

  • The younger and elementary-age children visit interactive Stations that include Bible Story, Art, Music, and even Cooking or Science some weeks.
  • There is an additional class for Junior/Senior High Youth that meets in the Library.
  • Our well-attended Adult Class meets in Fellowship Hall, studying the lectionary lessons for each week, and participating in lively, engaged discussions that apply learning to daily life.

The teaching staff is a seasoned educational team that uses the Bibles, age-appropriate curriculum, weekly lessons, storytelling, visual aids, and music to nurture spiritual growth and to foster faith in all of God’s children.

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The School of Disciples

The St. Andrew’s “School of Disciples” is meant to be an academy for adults committed to following Jesus and exploring what that will mean for their daily lives. Courses, Studies, and Workshops are offered outside the traditional Christian Education framework, at alternative times and in community settings (like a local café).

The School of Disciples:

  • Invites people to spiritual growth in the context of community.
  • Encourages each person to explore God’s deeper purpose for their lives, and prepares them to respond in dedicated, meaningful ways.
  • Nurtures and develops biblical understanding through exciting, substantive scriptural study and reflection. We seek to open opportunities for discernment, sharing, and empowerment, enabling people to experience the liberating power of the gospel.
  • Seeks to equip people for the ministry of Jesus in the world today.
  • Works to develop an expanded experience of “church”.

Coming in Fall 2017: The Transforming Power of Forgiveness

Archive of previous studies

Confirmation Class

At St. Andrew’s Confirmation can be an exciting, revealing, even transforming experience. Participants explore what it means to respond personally to Jesus’ call “Follow me”, deepening our relationship with God and one another, building community, and committing ourselves to an intentional way of living. The process requires us to bring the best of ourselves. The theme of our time together is “Journeying with Jesus”. In this class, we are the disciples. The process is story-centered, participatory, and interactive. If a Confirmand was baptized as a child, their parents, family, and faith community made promises on their behalf. Now they have matured to a place and time where they will claim their own relationship with God and make promises of their own. For those who have not yet been baptized, it can be a rich time of preparation.

Confirmation Class meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm – a total of 23 times from September through May. Also included in the process are service activities, worship leadership, a Confirmation Project, and a Spiritual retreat. During the season of Lent, we do not have class. Instead, Confirmands work with mentors from the congregation on a “Lenten Journey” program of growth and discovery. Each Confirmand is assigned an adult mentor from the congregation who will accompany and encourage them throughout the Confirmation year.

We celebrate the Rite of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday. It is a joyous event in the life of the whole church.

Vacation Bible School

Hero Central
Discover Your Strength in God!

Hero Central:  Discover Your Strength in God!

July 10 to 14
Daily 9:00 am – Noon

Mark your calendars for Vacation Bible School 2017

We have an abundance of talent at St. Andrew’s which becomes apparent during VBS week each year through our volunteers. We end the week with a closing program that takes place during the worship service. Young and old alike look forward to this week. The energy and excitement are felt throughout the church. Everyone has a wonderful time!

Get ready to dive deep to discover God is with us wherever we go! This year’s program is Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God!, published by Concordia Supply. The week will be filled with fun activities that help children to better understand and build a relationship with God. Each day they will interact with stories, games, music, crafts, and mission projects that will help to reinforce and build their ever-growing relationship with God.

Read about what we did in 2016

Our previous Vacation Bible Schools