Welcome

WELCOME! TAKE A CLOSER LOOK

We extend a warm welcome to all. You are invited to participate in all activities of St. Andrew’s, to join in the celebration of communion and to become a part of the total life of the church.

 

Worship Service You are invited to join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 10 am for a worship service with combined contemporary and traditional worship elements.

 

Please contact our church office for more information about our programs and ministries.

CHOIR & MUSIC PROGRAMS

All of our music programs are open to newcomers to participate. We are blessed with both voice and bell choirs.

  • Our Chancel Choir and instrumentalists, an ensemble of singers and musicians, lead the congregation in singing praise songs, hymns, anthems and other special music at our 10am worship service.
  • Our bell choir presents music in worship frequently throughout the year.
Helping Hands Ministry
PROVIDING CARE

Pastoral Care: In times of crisis, loneliness, grief, difficulty with relationships, unemployment, stress of a new baby, etc., all you need to do is call Pastor Bill McGuinness at (408) 242-9338. He will be delighted to provide prayer and support.

 

He may also refer you to or involve our Helping Hands Ministry volunteers, who provide peer-to-peer care and support throughout the church for a variety of practical helps including:

 

  • Memorials – Help with decorating and organizing our Celebration Center for a memorial.
  • Meals – Provide a meal for a person or family in need
  • Transportation – Give a ride to church, store or an appointment
  • Visiting – Visit and encourage people, pray with them, visit with family members if present
  • Keeping in Touch – Send cards of encouragement, get-well, sympathy. Reach out to homebound members.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP
  • Prayer Group: If you would like an opportunity to pray in a group setting, please join our small group of kindred, caring spirits on Wednesday mornings. We bring our own joys and concerns to the group, and also pray for our church family.
  • Monthly Saturday Morning Breakfasts are popular to bring in speakers on a wide variety of topics including recent speakers on International and Local Trafficking Awareness, Estate Planning, Hospice & Palliative Care, Local Authors
70 Volunteers
OPPORTUNITIES TO BLESS BIG

In fewer than three hours, these 70 volunteers from the church and community put together for shipment to Ukraine nearly 10,000 high nutrition meals bagged in 5 meals per well sealed packet.

Wednesday Work Crew
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE
  • Our Wednesday Crew handles lots of smaller, and some bigger, church campus care & maintenance tasks and makes recommendations for larger projects as needed. They also operate as a source of information about prayer needs among our members. They meet Wednesday mornings from 9 am to noon, with the all-important doughnut and coffee break at 10:30 am.
  • Habitat for Humanity is supported by St. Andrew’s through our hands-on work building homes and financial giving.
Winter Nights
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SHELTER

St. Andrew’s, First Congregational Church, Lafayette Christian, First Presbyterian Church and Hamonah Presbyterian again co-hosted the Winter Nights Shelter in 2023 in the St. Andrew’s Celebration Center. With much volunteer help, we provided a warm, safe haven for homeless families with children during their two-week stay.

The Need: On any given night there are almost 7,000 homeless men, women and children in Contra Costa County. 68% are part of a homeless family with children. Unfortunately, there is not enough shelter space in Contra Costa County.

What is Winter Nights Shelter? Operated by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, the Winter Nights Shelter program is a rotating homeless shelter that uses the facilities and helping hands of over 30 faith organizations to provide shelter for homeless families from October through May. Those served by the program move every two weeks from one congregation to the next during this period. The program serves those most at risk in the cold weather: families with children and seniors.

OTHER PROJECTS SUPPORTED BY OUR CHURCH
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Shelter Inc.
  • STAND! For Families Free of Violence
  • Contra Costa Food Bank
  • Hillcrest Food Pantry
  • And many more!

 

Please contact us with any questions!

Earth Care Congregation
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES THAT SUPPORT WORSHIP, EDUCATION, FACILITIES AND OUTREACH

St Andrew’s is a certified Earth Care Congregation having taken the “Earth Care Pledge” and completed relevant activities and projects across the fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach.

 

We believe that care for the earth is an expression of love and gratitude toward our Creator. We manifest that expression through our efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Throughout our Celebration Center, you will find bins clearly labeled for landfill, recycling, and composting items. We also have reduced consumption of disposable cups by urging attendees to bring their own reusable coffee mugs for fellowship hour after the Sunday service. When we do need to use disposable products, we try to purchase only compostable cups and plates. And our second-Sunday Green Swap has become a huge hit, with members and friends bringing items they no longer want or need for others to peruse and take home free of charge. At the end of the day, items not taken are donated to the Hall Closet Thrift Store, which is run by the Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall Auxiliary.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

 

“Our sense of family is warm and open. Even individuals who don’t know each other very well have a sense of connectedness here.”

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