"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.
Healing Prayer Stations: Healing Prayer is offered at each Communion at special stations. 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.
Prayer Chain: 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.
Care for the Caregiver: On the fourth Monday evening of each month from 7 - 9pm in the Parlour, this group meets to share with 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
Comfort Quilters: This 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 the church office for more information.
Congregational Visiting Team: 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 the church office.
Knit Wits: This friendly group of beginning/experienced knitters meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 1:30–3:00pm 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 are also busy each fall knitting red scarves for the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection. We welcome all who enjoy knitting or anyone who would like to learn. Contact the church office for more information.
ELUCO: (East London United Church Outreach) has been assisting low-income families for over 25 years, offering counseling, emergency services and support for families in need. FSA is a partner church of ELUCO. As such, our responsibilities are to:
provide two members for the ELUCO Board
fund-raise for ELUCO projects: the September Walkathon, Annual Cinnamon Bun Sale and other special musical events.
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 Ann MacPhail (519-661-8867) or Janice Elliott (519-859-7183) or the church office.
St. Paul's Social Services Food Bank: This program provides food to over 300 families a week and feeds approximately 200 people every day at the Fellowship Centre. Watch our weekly eblast and the weekly Church Bulletin insert to find out how you can contribute. For more information contact Bill Knowles (519-657-9156).
Grow-a-Row: 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 Cynthia Simpson (519-680-1985) or Linda Badke (519-432-5420)