It’s the beginning of a new academic year. It is also the beginning of a new congregational year!

If you are looking for a church home, away from home, you would be welcome at St. Andrew’s. This year, St. Andrew’s is celebrating 200 years of witness at the centre of the city that became Kingston. Two ‘Fathers of Confederation’, John A. Macdonald and Oliver Mowatt, were raised in and were active as members of this congregation. It was this church that began Queen’s University. On one of the back pews you can still see where cadets from RMC engraved their signatures, including that of World War One ace, Billy Bishop.

Our worship is what could be described as simple and ‘classic’. The hour begins with the Bible being brought in and placed before us. The focus of our worship is listening for God’s Word in scripture, sermon and, on the first Sunday of each month, Holy Communion. We sing our souls from a hymn book that brings forward 2000 years of Christian praise, and we are accompanied by an organ of over 3000 pipes. We are part of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, a branch of the Church of Christ that traces its heritage back to the ‘reformation’ of the Church in the 15th and 16th centuries, particularly under Jean Calvin in Geneva, Switzerland.

We are excited to be in partnership with Queen’s InterVarsity Fellowship, with eight students living in the historic residence next to the sanctuary, forming an intentional Christian community on the downtown block. With IV you will find lots of study and prayer opportunities with fellow students! http://queenschristianfellowship.weebly.com

And there are lots of opportunities to serve with the love of Christ through initiatives that have their home within St. Andrew’s. The Kingston Street Mission offers a safe place 8 p.m. to midnight for all struggling with accommodation issues and loneliness https://www.facebook.com/Kingston-Street-Mission-218081651859148/. The Mess builds community amongst individuals from across the social spectrum through the creative arts (Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) https://www.facebook.com/themesskingston/ And Special Meals offers a free home-cooked meal to all every Sunday evening, 5 p.m.

You are invited to join us on Sunday mornings. And if you have any questions, please contact our Minister, Andrew Johnston, at a.johnston@standrewskingston.org

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At the corner of Princess and Clergy Streets – our doors are now blue!

The sanctuary, with the great ‘St. Andrew’ window on the Princess Street side.

The manse, and now home of the Queen’s InterVarsity Fellowship community.

 

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St. Andrew’s will be opening its doors from mid-June until the end of August as part of The Doors Open Ontario initiative to welcome and engage visitors to St Andrew’s Church during the summer tourist season. The doors will be open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m to 4 p.m

Five years of violence in Syria continues. Millions of Syrians have had to flee their homes for other parts of the country and into other countries. All are suffering, Christians and Muslims alike. We continue to pray for peace and new beginning. And to accompany our prayers, the Session of St. Andrew’s has asked each household to consider a special offering in June to support the provision of food and temporary shelter to these refugees in the Middle East. Our support will be channelled through PWS&D and ActionByChurchesTogether (ACT – working with the Middle East Council of Churches, the International Orthodox Aid Association and World Lutheran Federation).

A member of the congregation, Martha van Allen, is offering to assist with a giant pie sale to accompany this appeal. We will be offering the pies to the community beyond the congregation, so lots of pie bakers are needed (contact Donna Delacretaz for information – all that is needed is that you can bring a certain number of pies to the church by Saturday, June 13). You can also assist by ordering a pie or two by Sunday, June 7, for pick up on Saturday June 13 – $10 for your choice of lemon meringue, cherry, blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, raspberry, and apple. Sign up on the bulletin board at the church or leave a message with the Church Office 613-546-6316 or email info@standrewskingston.org.

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This is a six part DVD series that invites us to explore the foundations of Christian faith. Filmed on location in the U.K., it takes us on a journey through the Gospel of Mark. Topics include Identity, Sin, the Cross, Resurrection, Grace. Led by the Minister, Tuesday evenings until November 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Each evening is independent of the others, so don’t worry if you have to miss one. We have a good sized group signed up. All welcome and free – enter St. Andrew’s Hall by the side door off Clergy Street.

Saturday June 28, 2 p.m.

Our special guest will be Ottawa Valley’s best selling author, journalist and storyteller, Mary Cook. The afternoon will include a set by fiddler Lloyd Wilson of Barriefield and friends. Tickets are at cost, $5, with an envelope for donations to Home Base Housing. Call the Church Office for information, 613-546-6316.

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