While online participation will continue to be offered, the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s has been opened for Sunday morning worship. The service will not be as we knew it before the pandemic began, but the Elders are now able to offer an opportunity to all for whom this is appropriate.

Great care has been taken to ensure guidelines of public health authorities are followed. Please see below a letter that was distributed to the congregation providing full details. In summary, these include …

– three doors only will be open for entrance to the church: along Clergy Street, the door at the top of the stairs by the canon and the door in the tower; and along Princess Street, the door at the top of the ramp for those with accessibility challenges
– keeping physical distance from those in front, once in the door you will be asked to provide your name (and contact information, if visiting)
– the wearing of face masks at all times in the building is mandatory
– you will be ushered to a seat, filling the front pews first
– there will be no congregational singing or choir: to ensure no sharing of materials, the lyrics to hymns and scripture passages are included in the bulletin
– you will be asked to leave from the same door in which you entered, beginning from the back pews
– we are asked to leave the sanctuary directly to avoid close proximity to others in the narrow aisles at the back or in the foyers, and we will have no opportunity for fellowship within the church facilities

For all the limitations and constraints involved, the Elders are thankful that God has brought us thus far, and we are able to offer this opportunity of praise and worship. 

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Road with Cypress and Star – Vincent Van Gogh, 1890

This morning we conclude our consideration of the Christian faith through the art & life of Vincent van Gogh. Scripture reading, sermon and hymns all invite us to consider life as a ‘journey’, a theme also evoked in Van Gogh’s painting ‘Road with Cypress and Star’.

We will also celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, so you are invited to prepare with some bread, a cup, and perhaps a candle.

We warmly invite you to join us on Sunday morning 
with Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
and with Podcast at
https://anchor.fm/st-andrews-presbyterian-church-kingston

Advance notice
Next Sunday it is our hope that the sanctuary will be opened for worship but online participation will continue to be offered, available live at 10:30 a.m. (and anytime after) on the same Youtube channel used now.
For those interested in returning to worship in the sanctuary, a letter of preparation will be posted next week. In the meantime, please be aware that this will be just an initial step towards worship as we have known it – masks and physical distancing will be necessary throughout the service, and no congregational singing will be possible.

The Sower, 1888. Vincent van Gogh

We continue to explore dimensions of the Christian faith through the Bible, and the art & life of Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. We will read one of the ‘songs of ascent’, Psalm 126, and hear a parable of Jesus about a sower and the promise of God bringing a harvest (Luke 8:4-8, 11-15). We will hear some inspiring organ music by the Dutch composer Sweelinck and sing some wonderful hymns, concluding a classic one from the Netherlands, ‘We praise you O God, our Creator, Redeemer’. 

We warmly invite you to join us on Sunday morning 
with Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
and with Podcast at
https://anchor.fm/st-andrews-presbyterian-church-kingston

Vincent van Gogh, Iris, 1889 – National Gallery of Art, Ottawa

Celebrating the Sacred.

This is the theme we will be exploring over these last three weeks of summer. And we will be doing so through the work of the artist Vincent Van Gogh, whose paintings were infused with the Christian spirituality of his life and faith.

This sermon will look at one of the last and one of the first paintings of this artist – Iris and The Potato Eaters – that pick up dimensions of the presence of God both in creation and amongst the humble ones of humanity.

Our worship will include hymns ‘Praise my soul, the king of heaven’ and ‘Joyful, joyful, we adore thee’.

We warmly invite you to join us this Sunday morning 
with Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
and with Podcast at
https://anchor.fm/st-andrews-presbyterian-church-kingston

NOTE: the Government of Canada is matching donations until end of day Monday August 24 to support the people of Beirut after the terrible harbour explosion they have suffered. If you are able to support this outreach, I encourage you to contribute through Presbyterian World Service and Development … https://presbyterian.ca/pwsd/2020/08/05/beirut/

We begin this new week of grace considering another of the parables of Jesus, that of the Talents as found in Matthew 25:14-30. Are you living a life of extravagant faithfulness? Make your life count!

The Rev. Nancy Hancock will lead us in praise, prayer and sermon this morning. We warmly invite you to join us
with Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
and with Podcast at
https://anchor.fm/st-andrews-presbyterian-church-kingston

Sower at Sunset, 1888 by Vincent Van Gogh

During this season of planting and harvest, we’ll be exploring Jesus’ Parable of the Wheat and Tares.  (Matt. 13). Which one might you be?

The Rev. Nancy Hancock will lead us in praise, prayer and sermon this morning. We warmly invite you to join us and begin this week of grace in the worship of God
with Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
and with Podcast at
https://anchor.fm/st-andrews-presbyterian-church-kingston

Among the members of St. Andrew’s who have been sewing face masks for family and neighbours, Kathleen, Lori-Kim and Susanne saved some scraps of material and have crafted a memorable pulpit fall for our sanctuary. Can you see the image of the fish emerge, that most ancient symbol of Jesus Christ and of Christians? As one mentioned – As I was sewing all our individual strips together, I was praying for each of the people wearing the masks sewn from these fabrics … I LOVE how the fish takes a bit to focus onto – plays right into the image of Jesus always being there, even in the midst of “chaos”, but that sometimes we have to step back to see him – to focus on him.

We warmly invite you to join us this Sunday morning and begin this week of grace in the worship of God with Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
and with Podcast at
https://anchor.fm/st-andrews-presbyterian-church-kingston

We will continue exploring our Christian faith through the words of the hymns we sing – this Sunday Isaac Watts’ ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’. We will also celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion – be sure to prepare a sacred place, with bread and wine, and perhaps even a candle.