ST. ANDREW'S UPDATES
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS

Dear St. Andrews Congregation,
 
We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe!  So school has already started for most students and you may be wondering what's in store for St. Andrews Sunday School. Coming soon St. Andrews will have a virtual Sunday School program on a Facebook page.  
 
Here are some of the items that will be posted on the page:
-links to Youtube videos of parents, students, and members of the congregation reading bible stores and encouraging students to answer questions/draw pictures about the stories.
-resources to help students learn how to pray
-fun arts and crafts projects to do at home
-coloring pages (for all ages)
-invites to a monthly Zoom call to bring students together virtually for fun activities
-students will be encouraged to post pictures of them working on the projects, listening to the stories, or their creations from the projects and stories
 
Students can access the page via their own Facebook profile (if they have one) or through their parents pages. A Facebook account will be required. The page will be open to all of the congregation (all ages are encouraged to check it out!).

As we work towards creating the page and adding content we're looking for volunteers - folks who don't mind reading a story and recording themselves to be uploaded to YouTube, people who might like to create an arts and craft project (you could record a video with instructions or upload step by step instructions using items commonly found around the house), or guest stars for our Zoom calls (to lead us in a fun activity or read a bible story).  Please email Courtney Hill at courtney_l_turner@yahoo.com (Turner was my maiden name) to volunteer. And please stay tuned for a fun, virtual Sunday School year! (please note if the congregation is able to re-gather in a larger capacity and it is deemed safe for our students to return to onsite Sunday School there will be a communication to update the congregation and to share the plans to re-gather). Please let us know if there are any questions.
 
Thanks!  
St. Andrews Sunday School 
IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES

For those who will be joining us in-person, our worship experience will necessarily be very different.
 
  • We will meet outside for as long as the weather permits. Please check the website on Sunday morning to see if we are worshipping outside or inside the church.
  • Due to social distancing and contact-tracing requirements, we will require you to sign up beforehand if you wish to join in the service. Please email the church office at office@standrewshanover.org or give us a call at (781) 826-2062 to get on the Sunday list. Carole will maintain the sign-up list. There are a limited number of spaces allowed both for outside and inside worship.
  • For outside worship we ask that you bring your own chairs and be prepared for unpredictable New England fall weather.
  • Everyone must wear a face covering at all times while on church property and maintain at least a six feet social distance from others. We understand that many of us haven’t seen each other for six months, but social distancing requirements still apply!
  • Our worship services will be shorter and there will be no congregational singing. When worshipping outside we will have a schola, yet our inside space does not allow for a cantor or a small choir.
 
As you know the Covid-19 situation is a fluid one, and we may need to revert back to virtual worship at any time if cases increase in our area, especially as we enter the winter months. The health and safety our church family is paramount.
A pastoral reflection from Bishop Gates

Oct. 15, 2020

September came and went. October is well underway.  Autumn is a time when congregational life – like much of the world around us – is normally marked by renewed energy and fresh beginnings: familiar worship schedules resume; choirs end their summer hiatus; church schools regather; parish events and groups of all sorts reappear on the calendar. 

This year, instead, September found us hitting what’s been termed “The Six-Month Wall.” We are anxious, fatigued, frustrated, plagued by feelings of helplessness. Of course we are. The coronavirus continues to take its toll, passing horrific statistical milestones and dominating our lives with limitations never imagined. 
PRAYERS & PRAISE
PRAYER LIST - Please remember to keep these people in your prayers:

Carroll & Sue, Claire & Don, Bill & Tracey, Zack, Nancy, Bev, Beth, Steven, Susan, Wayne, Winston, Hawk & Matthew, Karen, Erin Kate, the Pedini Family, Leah, Sophia, Pam, James & Judith, Lula Mae, Pam, AJ, Paul, Rich, Florence, Jamie, Janet M., Gayle, Jennifer, Tim, Katrina, Boppy, Delores, Jay, Ben, the Brennan Family, Sarah, Julie, Jackson, Eileen & Larry, Gerry, Michele, Jenn & family, Andrea & Rick, David, Coleman & Phyllis, Ken & Barbie, Gary, Phyllis, Meredith, the Howe family, Fr. Kevin, Frank, Jack, Jessica, Susan, Joan, Christine, Nancy, and Tom.

If you would like someone added to the Prayer List, please contact Carole in the office by email or phone by Wednesday noon. Thank you.