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!
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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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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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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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THE BALL IS ROLLING—AND BIG ENOUGH FOR YOU TO HOP ON!  In 2017, many of us at St Andrew’s Church began to take up a conversation about where we are as a faith community, and what our hopes and vision for the future might look like.  IN 2018, WE WILL TAKE CONCRETE STEPS TO RENEW—REVITALIZE—AND REDEVELOP.  Please stick with us and look for ways you might engage in this process!  For starters, please make sure to read the “Thoughts to Grow On” that we’ll email each week, and the points we make each week in the bulletin.  BUT MOST OF ALL: HAVE FUN WITH THIS, AND LET YOUR HEARTS SING!


LIFE-CHANGER!  SAVE THE DATE! This five-hour retreat will change your life…it’s called MINDFULNESS AND CHRISTIAN CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE:  A Respite for Busy, Responsible People, and we’ve got a RINGER leading it—Ethel Fraga, who has studied with Bede Griffiths, Thomas Keating, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Sharon Salzburg.  It’ll be here at St Andrew’s Church on Saturday, February 17, from 10 am to 3 pm(bring a bag lunch; dessert and beverages provided).  Cost, $30 (see Father Chip if you’d like help with that).  SPOTS ARE LIMITED, SO SIGN UP TODAY!


CENTERING PRAYER  is an easy and wonderful way to connect with God and find inner peace.   Our dedicated minister, Susan Kelly, who has practiced this ancient tradition a long time, and is now teaching the practice on the island, invites you to try it out.  9:15 am every Sunday over in the Parish House library. 


WE’RE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS during the day to help staff the Warming Centers for our unhoused brothers and sisters, which is hosted over at Good Shepherd Parish Center in Oak Bluffs.  The center is open weekdays from 11—2.  Anyone interested should call Lester Holcomb directly at 774-563-8557.


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A Thought to Grow On:


“The Church is emerging in ways that are shaking the very foundations of the church, leaving it forever changed…. [It is] offering not only a new style of worship and organizational configuration, but also a new generation of imaginative leaders who are expanding the conversation about the future of the church.  One of the exciting conversations in the United States is the emerging church movement.  The emerging church movement overlaps a number of theological boundaries, creating conversations between evangelical, Protestant, Roman Catholic, post-evangelical, Anabaptist, Adventist, liberal, post-liberal, reformed, charismatic, neo-charismatic, post-charismatic, conservative, and post-conservative people.  [One such movement in England, called “fresh expressions of the church”], “assumes that the church is shaped both by the Gospel and the culture it is trying to reach.  It is not meant to be conformed to culture; rather, it is meant to be appropriate for reaching and transforming a culture.

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“While we always experience pain and loss as we transition through changes, the coming change in Christianity is its resurrection, not its death.  Many lament the death of the church, but it is not dying.  In fact, we predict that the church is poised for significant growth.  After every significant historical shift in the church, we saw exponential growth in participation and conversions…. Already we are seeing the “appearance of new visions” in the renewed interest in Christian mysticism and spirituality in movements like the emergent church.  We have every reason to be hopeful about the future.”     (from M. Piazza and C. Trimble, Liberating Hope!  Daring to Renew the Mainline Church)

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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  & Chris White

Treasurer:       Wesley Brown

Parish Clerk:   Pam Monterosso

Members at Large:  

Caroline Evans,  Hans von Steiger, Sandra Mott,Jessica Buckley, Leon Brathwaite, and Chris Buchholz