MINISTRIES: Tell me about your outreach programs
Check out the ministries that FSA offers to the community and decide which one is right for you.
"Are you among the sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord."
- James 5: 14
Healing has always been a part of the ministry here at First-St. Andrew's. In worship, in home and hospital visits, prayer for healing is a regular occurrence. Over the past few years we have been broadening our ministry of healing through the prayer chain and healing prayer stations during communion services.
Healing Prayer is offered at each Communion. When you come forward to receive Communion you will have the option of also going to the kneeler to request a prayer for healing . . . for yourself or for someone else. Once at the kneeler you may kneel or stand if you prefer. You may request specific prayers or the prayer can simply be "for healing."
Members of the Healing Prayer Team will pray for you, and if you wish, lay hands on you, and anoint you with oil. Anointing is done by making the sign of the cross with oil on your forehead or your hand.
You may also call the church office with the name and a general description of the need and the prayer chain will be activated. First names only are requested unless consent has been given to use the full name of the person you are wish to be prayed for.
On the fourth Monday evening of each month from 7 - 9 pm in the parlour, this group meets to share and care among those called to give care to others in their personal and professional lives.
For more information, contact Jo Ann Silcox by email or at 519-642-2152
The Comfort Quilts Group makes quilts for children "in need of a hug." These are then dedicated in church and distributed through "Project Linus." We are able to make a difference in the lives of others. See proof
We have varying quilting skills. Some of us are beginners, and some have been quilting for a while. We are very happy to have new members join us on the first non-holiday Monday of the month from about 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Bring a lunch and sewing equipment.
Contact Jane Westmorland 519-473-1273 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our congregational visiting team is comprised of those in the church who want to offer ongoing support to our shut-ins. We have a visiting team of 10 who maintain contact with these members on a regular basis, and especially at birthdays and holiday times.
If you are interested in becoming involved in this very rewarding experience contact Audrey Coulthard (519-686-5996).
This friendly group of beginning/experienced knitters meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 1:30–3:00 pm in the parlour. Projects include knitting warm articles of clothing for adults and children in the London community, and prayer shawls for those in emotional or physical crisis. We welcome all who enjoy knitting or anyone who would like to learn. Contact Ann Mackenzie (519-659-5055) or Pat Sole.
"Labyrinths are divine imprints. they are universal patterns most likely created in the realm of the collective unconscious, birthed through the human psyche and passed down through the ages. Labyrinths are mysterious because we do not know the origin of their design or exactly how they provide a space that allows clarity."
- Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress,
Walking a Sacred Path
A labyrinth walk is a prayer path, a walking meditation and a centring experience. It invites calmness, balance, insight and psycho-spiritual healing.
The FSA labyrinth is a large eleven-circuit, circular Chartres-style medieval labyrinth on canvas which is unrolled and spread out on the floor of Proudfoot Hall when in use. It covers most of the floor area of the hall and cannot be set up in any other area of the church.
Walking it takes participants through a spiritual exercise that will deepen and strength their faith.
- FSA offers the labyrinth to the wider church up to 5 times a year at a cost of $100.00 per use. (room included)
- The labyrinth and Proudfoot Hall can be booked through the church office 519-679-8182 and the non-refundable fee should be paid at the time of booking.
- Renters of the labyrinth must not use this experience as a fund-raiser for their community.
- When Proudfoot Hall is being used for the labyrinth this space should be viewed as a sanctuary rather than just another room in the building.
- Users will be responsible for supplying their own facilitator.
ELUCO (East London United Church Outreach) has been assisting low-income families for 25 years, offering counselling, emergency services and support for families in need. FSA is a partner church of ELUCO. As such, our responsibilities are to:
- provice two members for the ELUCO Board
- fund-raise for ELUCO projects: the September Walkathon, Notalgic Theatre, Annual Cinnamon Bun Sale
- provide financial support. (In the past FSA has donated approximately $4,000 per year to this cause. The UCW has suppled additional funds over this amount.)
For more information, contact Linda Badke (519-432-5420) or the Church office (519-679-8182).
LIFT stands for London Interfaith Team. Eleven downtown churches, including FSA, are involved in various projects to aid downtown residents. The current three LIFT houses provide affordable housing for some Londoners. LIFT also supports the Youth Action Center with snack food at their location on Dundas Contact Bill Knowles (519-657-9156) for more information.
St. Paul's Daily BreadThe Daily Bread Project provides food to over 300 families a week and feeds approximately 200 people every day at the Fellowship Centre. Watch The FSA Times and the weekly Church Bulletin to find out how you can contribute.
For more information contact Bill or Jean Knowles (519-657-9156).
In cooperation with the St. Marys Church and the Canadian Food Grains Bank, FSA manages to raise around $10,000 a year during its summer campaign. This culminates in our annual Corn Roast in September. The funds are matched by the feds on a 4 to 1 ratio so that we, in effect, provide close to $50,000 a year to feed the world's hungry.
For more information contact Bill Knowles (519-657-9156).