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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SAVE THE DATE:  SUNDAY, JUNE 2ND 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM AT THE HEBREW CENTER: From the Social Action Committee; Gun safety sand the prevention of gun violence.  The Hebrew Center will host an Island wide forum on gun safety and the prevention of gun violence.  Janet Goldenberg of the Mass Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence will speak along with state and local legislators.  There will be representatives from the island speaking on behalf of law enforcement and the education system.  The Rabbi will act as moderator.  Please mark your calendars so you can participate and attend. Please note the following and the web resources: Gun Violence Prevention The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center is now a member organization of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence (https://www.mapreventgunviolence.org/). As an umbrella organization, the Coalition brings together organizations and institutions across Massachusetts to end the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our communities and takes the lives of so many of our citizens. The Coalition recently pushed for passage of the Extreme-Risk Protect Order (click ERPO for more information) https://www.mvtimes.com/2018/07/05/gov-baker-signs-red-flag-law/.  

 

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).

 

OUR NEXT BOOK CLUB BOOK IS AN ALTAR IN THE WORLD, BY BARBARA BROWN TAYLOR,  popular Episcopal author, preacher and professor.  Rich with stories and wisdom, Taylor outlines a number of useful and practical ways we might engage with God in the familiar and commonplace things we do each day.  GREAT READ!  Please sign up on the sheets in the Church and Parish Hall.  Optional group discussion will be scheduled later.           

 

CARE ABOUT OUR EARTH?THE  FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH AND ST ANDREW’S CHURCH ARE TEAMING UP to offer a GREAT film documentary, Taking Root, on Saturday, May 25, at 2:30 pm at the Edgartown Public Library, which will feature a conversation with the directors, Alan Dater and Lisa Merton, and Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Episcopal priest and climate activist, following the showing.  Taking Root tells the dramatic story of the Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy.   After the screening, Directors/Producers Alan Dater and Lisa Merton will speak about the Green Belt Movement started by Wangari Maathai. Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas will share the faith community’s response to the climate crisis and how to cultivate wisdom, compassion and courage in an age of climate change.   Alan Dater and Lisa Merton have been working together on the production of documentary films since 1989. Alan Dater has produced many award-winning documentaries.   Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, an Episcopal priest, author, retreat leader, and climate activist, serves as Missioner for Creation Care for both  the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and Mass. Conference, United Church of Christ.  She seeks to inspire and support a wave of religious activism to address the climate crisis, deepen reverence for God’s creation, and create a more just and sustainable society.   “It is the people who must save the environment. It is the people who must make their leaders change.  And we cannot be intimidated.  So we must stand up for what we believe in.” – Wangari Maathai

 

DID YOU KNOW ST ANDREW’S HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE?  Poli Wilson hasoffered 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.  

 

CENTERING PRAYER will return to  St. Andrew’s in the fall.and meet between services at 9:15 in the Parish House.  For the summer, the Centering Prayer group will meet on Tuesdays at The Good Shepherd Parish Center in Oak Bluffs (near the Library).  Questions?  Please call Susan Kelly at 1-774-563-0634.

 

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