Modern Community. Ancient Faith. St Andrew's Church.
"Rooted in Christ’s love, St. Andrew’s is a worshiping community seeking to G R O W our relationships with God, one another and the world."
Where we are
828 Commercial Street
Emporia, Kansas 66801
620-342-1537 [contact us]
When we worship
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Fall/ Winter/ Spring Schedule
8:30am | Holy Eucharist, Chapel
10:30 am | Sung Holy Eucharist
6:00 pm ESU Canterbury
(Dinner/ Worship/ Bible Study/
Follows ESU Academic Calendar)
(Follows 10:30 Liturgy)
Sundays at St. Andrews
[what to expect]
7 p.m. Small Group Bible Study
(Call Church Office for location)
9 a.m. | Morning Prayer, Chapel
9 a.m. | Morning Prayer, Chapel
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Come to meet Jesus Christ with a Christian community that is ancient, yet modern; rooted in the mystery of God, yet connected to the reality of our lives. Whether you're a life-long Christian searching for a new church to call home, or you're feeling lost or curious about your spiritual life, we'd love to meet you.
May 21, 2020
Beloved in Christ,
Grace and peace to you on this Feast Day of the Ascension!
In Philippians 2:1-5a, Paul writes to a church struggling to agree about important matters. “If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.”
Here we see Paul encouraging the church in Philippi to be of one mind. It was in this spirit that Vestry met on Wednesday evening, May 20th with a primary agenda to discern how we could safely reopen ‘in-person’ worship while coronavirus (COVID-19) is still a huge factor in all our lives. We recognize there are a lot of opinions on this issue. So, in preparation, we considered the “Plan to Reopen Kansas” from Governor Kelly, the “Lyon County Health Department Recommendations and Statistics,” and the “Many dwelling places” document from Bishop Bascom. We also looked at what several our sister churches are doing within the Heartland Minster and the Northwest Convocation of our Diocese. After about over an hour of discussion, we determined to not reopen ‘in-person’ worship at this time and to reconsider the issue at our June 17th Vestry Meeting. We will continually monitor the situation, and if it seems judicious to return sooner than that, rest assured we will carefully consider that option.
Our decision was based upon the following:
Having these conversations and coming to these conclusions was not easy or simple. We miss each other deeply, long for the Eucharist, and want to experience worship together in our beautiful building. We believe we absolutely will return; but we also believe that when that happens, it will have to be safe and fair. Having earned your trust through your vote to place us on Vestry, we pray that you will support us, and that we can all work to maintain one another’s health by observing distancing policies for another span of time.
In the meantime, remember that “church is changed, not cancelled.” We will continue to meet in online worship on Sundays and for Morning Prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is critical that we stay connected to one another and seek to know others’ pain amid this crisis. We want to encourage you to read your weekly E-Newletter for updates, to join in the conversations on Zoom, to stay in touch with each other through calls, emails, texts and ‘snail mail’ notes of encouragement and to let the Office know of any struggles you may be having. We will continue to offer online formation, worship, and fellowship. We don’t know exactly what the future holds; but we do know that God is faithful. As Fr. Marc tells us each week, “Remember…God loves you…and you are not alone.”
Yours in Christ,
The Rector and the Vestry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Emporia
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