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 IS THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 AND ST. ANDREW’S OPEN HOUSE IS 12 NOON – 2PM!   Come join us right after the parade for free hot chocolate, Christmas cookies and refreshments, Christmas carols, and a FREE holiday photo shoot by a professional photographer with the antique Vineyard Gazette truck!    We could use some friendly faces to join us that day, and to bake some cookies for us! PLEASE sign up in the Parish House today!    

 

ADVENT CHORAL EVENSONG AT ST. ANDREW’S:  THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 AT 4:00 PM.  The traditional Anglican choral Evensong is a sublimely beautiful and prayerful way to “get in the swing” of the season—bring your friends and family!

 

YOUTH TRIP TO CITYREACH BOSTON:    This is an overnight trip that begins after school on Friday, December 14, 2018 to help shelter, feed and clothe our Boston neighbors—and gives our students a real learning experience! WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH DONATIONS OF NEW AND USED CLOTHING—PLEASE CONSULT THE LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED (in the back of the church), AND BRING YOUR OFFERINGS TO ST ANDREW’S BY DECEMBER 9.

 

THREE SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Monday December 24, and Tuesday, December 25.  Enjoy the great music and deeply moving worship with your friends and family!  On Christmas Eve, our “family” service is at 4:00 pm and our “choral” service begins promptly at 9:45 pm—with full choir, organ and guest musicians.  AND—we have a sweet and quiet Christmas Day worship at 9:00 am—a perfect way to celebrate Christmas!

 

WE NEED LAY MINISTERS TO HELP WITH OUR CHRISTMAS SERVICES!  We need lay leaders, lectors, ushers and chalicists to help with our two services on Christmas Eve—PLEASE sign up on the sign up sheet in the Parish House!

 

REMEMBER YOUR LOVED ONES AT CHRISTMAS by leaving their names with us on the Memorial Flower cards in the pews and Parish House, or email Heather Anne Slayton at office@standrewsmv.org.  Your contributions and support are very much appreciated by the Altar Guild and the Flower Committee (and in turn by all of us who admire our shining Altar and the weekly flower arrangements)!

 

“BUILDING OUR FUTURE”is the theme for our campaign of stewardship this year.  Pledge cards have been mailed out, so please take a moment to read the accompanying letter, and pray before you fill them out and return them.  Your gift to St Andrew’s Church is a gift to us all—as you are—and for our generations to come.  Please be generous.  “The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock…”   (Mt 7:25)

 

HOUSES OF GRACE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  The Houses of Grace Island Winter Shelter Program is gearing up for our fourth winter of providing overnight shelter to anyone on the island who needs it, and WE NEED YOU!  For those who have served as volunteers in the past, please stay tuned for information about how the program has changed this year, and PLEASE SIGN UP AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN AGAIN!  And for those of you who may have heard about the rewarding experience of serving in the shelter, here’s your chance to try it out!  Everyone needs to attend an orientation session prior to our start date of January 1.  Our last scheduled one is Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 pm at Good Shepherd Parish Center, Oak Bluffs.  If you have any questions, or would like to contribute to the Island Homeless Shelter fund (checks must be made payable to The Permanent Endowment for MV) please call Father Chip Seadale at 508-627-5330 and leave a message if you don’t get us on the line.

 

THE ISLAND FOOD PANTRY is loading up again for the off-season months and is asking us to bring in our donations of non-perishable food items, buying some extra items when shopping and placing them in the purple ISLAND PANTRY BOXES at checkout, or writing a check to the Island Food Pantry, and placing it in the envelopes in our pews, and leaving it in the offering plate. Although all non-perishable, unopened and unexpired food is appreciated, a list of items can be found on the yellow cards at the back of the church.

 

CENTERING PRAYER can be a real-life changer – TRY IT OUT!  Our Centering Prayer group meets between worship services Sundays at 9:15 am across the street in the Parish House. For the present time, we are meeting upstairs in the front room of that building.  Please look for the sign on the exterior door.  (Looking for a way to introduce balance, health, wholeness and meaning to your life?  This could just be your ticket…) Questions?  Please call Susan Kelly at 1-774-563-0634.

 

 

 

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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: Pam Monterosso

Members at Large: Hans von Steiger, Sandra Mott, Leon Brathwaite, Chris Buchholz, Michael Balay and Harrison Kisiel