Children, Youth & Family Ministries Update
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and
in all ways. The Lord be with all of you. - 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NRSV)

Dear St. Andrew's families,

We continue to hold you in prayer during these unusual times. In fact, St. Andrew's pastors and staff are calling 4,000 households (dubbed "Operation Connect") to check in and ask for prayer requests. We're also finding unique ways to "gather":

> Families are gathering in living rooms for online worship and Dock at Home activities.

> Lenten Mentoring continues for our Confirmation youth and mentors. More than 800 people watched the Wednesday evening service last week!

> Youth staff Josh and Per delivered packages of Skittles to five homes during one of their daily 2 p.m. live Instagram episodes . Hilarious!

Scroll down for fun, creative opportunities in the days ahead -- and let us know if you have suggestions for how we best serve your family at this time.

Your St. Andrew's Children, Youth & Family Ministry Team
Stay connected!  
For general updates, visit saintandrews.org or sign up to receive emails .

Online Worship Services  
> Join worship online at saintandrews.churchonline.org !
> Five services are available each week: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. (Contemporary), Saturday 5 p.m. (Contemporary), Sunday 9 a.m. (Traditional), Sunday 10:15 a.m. (Contemporary), and Sunday 4 p.m. (The Depot Church).

Dock Children’s Education
> Prior to each weekend, registered families are emailed “Dock at Home” for children (preschool-5th grade) and families to do together, including a Bible story, activity, and video.
> A link to the lesson is also posted on our Facebook page .

Lenten Worship / Lenten Mentor Program
> The Wednesday evening Lenten Worship Service is livestreamed at 6:30 p.m. at saintandrews.churchonline.org .
> Look for the email early each week with the devotional and video clips.
> Youth and mentors are invited to find creative ways of connecting remotely to continue the one-to-one mentoring experience.

Youth ministry online! 
> High School Game Night is TONIGHT (Monday) at 7 p.m. Join the Google Hangout here.
> Middle and high school youth can join Josh and Per every day at 2 p.m. on Instagram LIVE at @saintandrewsmnyouth .
> Other "Virtual Youth Group" opportunities are planned for Mondays and Fridays. Watch for a text with the link or contact Per or Josh .

First Communion Workshop
We have decided to delay the workshop until a future time to ensure this tradition (both the workshop and celebrating First Communion) is a meaningful experience for our families.

Resources for children and families
> A number of resources related to family faith and how to navigate these unpredictable times are posted on the Children’s and Family Ministry Facebook page.
> Watch for "Family Story Time" videos coming this week!
> Preschoolers: Keep an eye out for something special from "Miss Beth" coming soon!

Pastoral care and support
> Reach a St. Andrew's pastor on call at 651.762.9137
> Crisis text line (free, confidential support): Text HOME to 741741
> Talking to Children about COVID-19 (excellent tips for parents)

Ways to help at St. Andrew's
Many have asked how to support St. Andrew's and especially our elderly members. We will be in touch as opportunities emerge. In the meantime, we encourage your family to reach out to loved ones, neighbors, and others you know who may need help or would appreciate a phone call or handwritten note!

Regarding summer programs
Given the fluid nature of our present situation, we are not accepting summer program registrations or payments at this time. We will update families as decisions are made, based on public health recommendations and St. Andrew's priority to ensure the safety of our children and youth. 
Children, Youth and Family Ministry
900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, MN 55115