WELCOME TO SAINT ANDREW’S

welcome to Saint Andrews
At St. Andrew’s, we welcome everyone who seeks to experience God (in some way) – and we respect the dignity of every human being. Whether you are a year-round Islander, a summer resident or guest, or a first-time visitor, we very much hope you enjoy your time with us. Come as you are, come be who you are, and see!
tiffany window OVER 100 YEARS OF HISTORY
St. Andrew’s began in 1895 as an Episcopal mission, and by 1910 the church building was consecrated. It features Tiffany stained-glass windows and a pulpit the shape of a dory.
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We are located on the beautiful Island of Martha’s Vineyard. If that’s not reason enough to make it out here, learn more about our endearing Episcopal church.
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St. Andrew’s is an episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, and a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
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contact CONTACT US
Church Office: 1-508-627-5330 Rector’s e-mail: fatherchip@standrewsmv.org Office e-mail: office@standrewsmv.org Office Fax: 1-508-627-4318
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RECTOR’S MESSAGE

Greetings, friend! And welcome to our website…we’re so glad you found us! It’s a little hard to describe all the things that are happening here at St. Andrew’s, but I have to say this: Great things are definitely happening, and it’s exciting. Really.  For those who’ve wondered about church these days, this might be a good church to try. I believe all of us have a hunger and thirst inside that can’t be satisfied by food and water. It’s our spiritual side, and life becomes wonderful when we pay attention to it and explore it. The trick is to find a space that can help us nurture our spiritual lives and grow in a safe and welcoming environment.  Some churches are better than others at providing that sort of environment. Those that succeed work for success. We at St. Andrew’s have joyfully undertaken that work.  If you are seeking a place that is renewing itself, we might be just the right fit for you. And if you have a family, this might be a great fit for them, too. A good church can be a wonderful help and lift in life—and in ways that might surprise us.>> read more
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CHRISTMAS IN EDGARTOWN PLANNINGis underway for our annual St. Andrew’s Open House on Saturday, December 14! We have four willing leaders ready to open our Parish Hall doors for an open house, from 10 am—2pm, and COULD REALLY USE SOME VOUNTEERS TO BRING BAKED GOODS (Christmas cookies could be good), SOME CHEESE AND CRACKERS PLATTERS, and FRUIT PLATES.  Sign up sheets are in the back of the church—and feel free to come on down and be with us!

 

ADVENT MEDITATION BOOKLETS ARE IN!  A Way to the Manger is the title of the booklet of Devotions for Advent AND for Christmas.  Written by a diverse group of Episcopal authors, A Way to the Manger explores Christ’s birth as recounted in the Gospel of Luke through the lens of the Way of Love:  the seven practices of turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go and rest.  With daily devotions of personal stories, modern examples, art, and invitations to prayer and journaling, the authors challenge you to discover and incorporate these practices into your own life.  (If you can spare it, these cost $4.00 each, so please consider leaving us a gift in the collection box…and if not, no worries!)   

 

HOUSES OF GRACE NEEDS YOUR HELP!  St Andrew’s Church, along with The Federated Church and Good Shepherd Parish Center, are once again serving as host sites for our island winter shelter program that runs from January 1 through March 31.  Since we need to fill five adult shifts each night, WE NEED NEW VOLUNTEERS EVERY YEAR!  Please consider whether you’d like to join us in helping our unhoused island neighbors during the coldest winter months—and make sure to attend the MANDATORY (to new volunteers) ORIENTATION SESSION, at 7:00 pm, at the Good Shepherd Parish Center, Oak Bluffs, on Monday, December 9.

 

PLEASE BRING YOUR CANS TO CHURCH!  It’s time to help out our island friends and neighbors who are going through some tough times.  Please try to remember to bring something with you when you come to church—non-perishable items that haven’t expired.  Please place your blessings in the baskets when you enter the church or in the green plastic tub in the Parish House hallway. Questions?  Would like to volunteer?  Please email Liz and Bob Huss at boblizhuss@gmail.com —and thanks for your caring hearts!

 

CENTERING PRAYERis a classic, wise and time-proven way of being drawn into a relationship with God.  Participants learn to develop an appreciation of the present moment, and let go of attachments that tend to encumber us.  Instead of trying to “do it all ourselves,” participants learn to let go and let God guide them.  WHY NOT GIVE IT A TRY?  MEETS TUESDAYS AT GOOD SHEPHERD PARISH CENTER, OAK BLUFFS, FROM 2-3 PM.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

 

HOMELESSNESS ON MV  is the topic of a panel discussion and presentation at the West Tisbury Public Library on Saturday, December 7, at 1:00 pm, featuring Karen Tewhey, Dukes County Associate Commissioner for Homelessness Prevention; Rebecca Jamieson, Director of the Daytime Warming Center in Oak Bluffs; and three leaders of the Houses of Grace Overnight Winter Shelter Program.  Refreshments will be served.

 

THE NEXT NEIGHBORHOOD CONVENTION,will meet Tuesday, December 3, at 11 am, at the United Methodist Church of MV, Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs.  The program is “The Minnesingers”, led by Abigail Chandler, Director.  nd spread the word for others to bring a bag lunch and a friend.  All are welcome!

YOU KNOW ST ANDREW’S HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE? Poli Wilson has offered to help us keep it up to speed with announcements and events, but we NEED YOU TO LIKE US on Facebook, and send us your photos and news of St Andrew’s life…questions?  Please speak with Heather Anne in the office, and email her your pics, at office@standrewsmv.org. (By the way, just a few positive comments about our worship can have a real effect on seeing some new faces—so give it a try!)

THE CHURCH OFFICE has temporarily relocated  across the street into the Parish House Library.  The temporary phone number is 508-627-7843.  (Father Chip is still in the church building; only the secretary’s office has moved).

 

The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.”

Our Vestry:             

Wardens:  Carl Malmquist and Jessica Buckley

Treasurer:  Wesley Brown

Parish Clerk: Christine White

Members at Large:

Bonnie Deitz, Chris Buchholz, Michael Balay, Harrison Kisiel, Mardi Moran and Andrea Bolling