The Pauline Brown Group is the longest standing group in Presbyterian Women.
We are named for Pauline Brown, a nurse missionary who has served the Church in India for over 50 years, and we still keep in touch with her. The members of the group, in fact, had been organized even before 1965 when Presbyterian Women was formed and we adopted this name. Our current president is Elma Bertollo.
We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in members' homes and have an average attendance of 12-14 members. Our meetings consist of worship, study and fellowship. Our regular meetings are from September to June, with a pot luck lunch and gift exchange at Christmas. We have another pot luck lunch we hold at the church in March, at which time we invite the ladies of the congregation to join us. In June we go out for dinner and in recent years we have met again for lunch in August, just to keep in touch over the summer.
Members of our group have been, and indeed are still very active in the congregation, having served on Kirk Session, Session Committees, Board of Managers, Senior Choir, Sunday School, Stephen Ministry,help with the Thursday Night Supper, Bible Study and the Ladies' Auxiliary at Saint Luke's Place.
After discontinuing the popular "Spring Luncheon" our fund raising efforts consist of setting aside one dollar per week, and contributing this sum once a year in May. We support the work of Presbyterian Women, local and mission funds, the general fund of the church and other special funds such as the recent Roof Fund Campaign, and the church library. We also support the national church through P.W.S. & D.
We would welcome new members to join this group of friendly ladies. Watch the bulletin for details, or call the church office.
The Athalie Read Group is named after a member of the Order of Diaconal Ministries. Miss Read worked as a missionary in areas of Canada and British Guyana. She died in August, 2005.
Our group has 12 members who meet in our homes the first Monday of every month from September to June at 8 p.m. Our meetings consist of a study, business and fellowship. At Christmas we have a pot luck turkey dinner. In June we go out to eat.
Fund raising activities have included Dream Auctions, Garage Sales, the sale of homemade butter tarts, as well as Christmas cards and gifts . As well as supporting the work of Presbyterian Women and various projects in our Church, we contribute to community charities, such as the Food Bank, on a regular basis. Our most recent project for the church has been the purchase of new tables to be used for dinners and other functions.
We would welcome new members to our group. Please call 658-9574 for information and a ride to your first meeting.
For grades 4, 5, 6
Here we use the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum. This program follows the Revised Common Lectionary and as such will cover most of the Bible in a 3 year time frame. It uses a variety of learning styles and media and extends the learning experience into congregational life and worship, the home setting, and daily life. There is also a website for this program that may be accessed at home to learn more. We encourage children to bring their own Bibles because we use them regularly. The grade 4, 5, 6 class meets in Room 204.
Friends are always welcome!
The website is www.spiritseasons.com
Our Children's Library is located on the second floor so that it is more accessible for our young readers. In this Library we offer a wonderful collection of books and DVD's for children up to grade 8. There is also a section of "Parental Resources" to help parents guide their children through some of life's difficulties. Our goal is to continually update and add to our existing collection. Everyone is encouraged to drop in on a regular basis to see what's new. You may sign out any of the books or DVD's and take them home to enjoy for a short period of time. Come in to sit and read for a while!
For age 4 - grade 3
We use the Children & Worship curriculum which is a worship program based on the premise that all children experience God. They are able to worship God in an age appropriate way. It includes the main stories of the Old & New Testaments. Worship is the main emphasis of this program. This group meets in Room 206.
Overview of Sunday School
"Then Jesus took a small child. Jesus stood the child before the followers. Jesus held the child in his arms and said, "If a person accepts children like these in my name, then that person is also accepting me. And if a person accepts me, then that person is also accepting the God that sent me."
How we treat those from whom we can receive no status determines our heart. In Jesus' day, children were not held to be overly important in the social pecking order. In many ways, that is still true today -- notice how day-care workers and teachers are still among the lowest paid professional workers in many modern countries. So Jesus reminds his followers that the way they welcome, treat, and value children reveals a great deal about their hearts. What does it say about our own?
St. Andrew's is pleased to offer the following Sunday morning programs for our children:
- Little Explorers: a beautiful nursery & preschool for babies and toddlers up to age 3
- Divine Detectives for ages 4 - grade 3
- The Holy Sherlocks for grades 4, 5, 6
All of our leaders & assistants have been screened through our Leading With Care policy.
On Communion Sundays students from grade 4 and up are invited to return to the worship service to participate in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. If parents wish their children may remain with the Divine Detectives class until the end of the service. The children who remain on the 2nd floor will participate in their own "feast".
for babies under 3 years of age
St. Andrew's Hespeler has a wonderfully appointed Nursery/preschool room; cribs, toys and activities appropriate for our littlest members. We regularly assess the needs of the babies and families so that we can provide the safest, cleanest, most welcoming environment possible. We use a pager system so that parents can be assured that they will be called, quietly & quickly, if needed.
Nursery & Preschool care is provided from the beginning of the worship service until coffee time. We kindly ask parents to pick up their children at the beginning of coffee time so that our Nursery Staff can participate in coffee time, too.
Family Night is taking a break now until January 8, 2020. Everyone is welcome to come for dinner (most) Wednesday evenings. Tea is on at 5:30 pm, while we all get together to set up and get our potluck items together. This is a time for catching up on the week's happenings and for the younger members to play. We have all kinds of families attend: single people, couples with children, couples without children with an age range from 1 to 85 years old. We have lots of time to visit with each other during dinner and clean up. By 7:30 pm we are heading home.
And just think, you don't have to clean up a supper mess when you get home! Everyone is welcome to join us for one week or every week. This program generally runs from late September to the end of April. If you would like any information or have questions, please do not hesitate to speak with Joni Smith.