St. Andrew Methodist Youth Fellowship

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity (1 Tim 4:12)

You are young; set an example.

(1 Tim 4:12 adapted)

JOIN US!!!

You do not need to be a member of St. Andrew UMC... you don't need to be a member of any church. If you are searching for a safe and positive place to be yourself and explore the meaning and purpose of your life... come by for one of our regular meetings. We meet 6pm-8pm on Sunday evenings throughout the year. Or call/email the church and make other arrangements to meet us.

It is  the VISION of the Methodist Youth Fellowship of St. Andrew UMC to guide youth towards a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ, encouraging them to follow the way of faith, love, and service as disciples so that they may reach the world with God's Good News and powerful Holy Spirit of reconciliation and new life.

It is the MISSION of St. Andrew MYF to:

  • Love our Lord with all of our heart, with all of our soul, and with all of our mind. (Mt. 22:37)
  • Proclaim the gospel of God's love to others by word, deed, and exampling a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Practice all that the Bible teaches about living as Christians.
  • Connect with people who will encourage and support our Christian faith and life.
  • Serve others in love.

The MYF, consisting of youth in grades 7 through 12, is advised by Youth Leader Scott Clifton and Assistant Youth Leaders Glenn Morgan and Nancy Sigurdson. This group meets Sunday from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. We meet together and positively influence each other with our friendship, games, humor, and creativity. We discuss the Bible and issues of faith that are relevant for our lives. We put our hands to work through a variety of projects. Average attendance in the MYF is approximately 30 youth.

Each year the St. Andrew MYF works to bring God's healing love to the world through mission. The MYF participates in World Vision's "30 Hour Famine" fasting to raise money for those who are really starving. We sponsor two World VisIon Kids one in India and one in Ghana. The MYF travels regularly to serve at the Neighborhood Center Inc. (an urban mission in Camden NJ), and travels yearly to serve in Appalachia (Thousandsticks Kentucky). 

Highlight MYF events of the year include the Keswick Mid-Winter Advance and the Ocean City Youth Retreat. These weekend getaways are a great time to grow spiritually, build stronger relationships with God and each other, and experience the power and wonder of God.

Young Adults

Our Young Adults will be gathering on Wednesdays throughout the summer! Join us at 7pm in the Memorial Hall for some fun, friendship and spiritual "stretching" as we open God's Word together.

Meeting place is Memorial Hall mostly, though sometimes relocated because of other church activities. Our next meeting will be at he Fieger's house June 19th at 7pm due to interfaith using Memorial Hall. The Fieger's house is located to the left of the church in the front parking lot!

Currently, we are exploring a Deepening Life Together study of Fruit of the Spirit. No Bible study experience required for interested participants!

Call the office 732-349-5367 with any questions or just show up!

United Methodist Women

The St. Andrew unit of UMW of is one among the many worldwide units of United Methodist Women, the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members.  The mission of UMW is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice.  St. Andrew’s unit sponsors gatherings of women and teens for worship, mission education, and fellowship.  All women of our area are invited to participate in this mission effort.   The women of our unit support local, national and world missions through prayer, personal commitment and financial support.  Worldwide, members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.

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For more info about these events please contact the Church Office

732-349-5367

 

Missions

St. Andrew UMW is selling Prayer Cubes to be used at mealtime.  It is a fun way to remind your family to thank God for the blessings He has given you.  There are 6 different blessings on the sides of the cube.  Profits will be given to the House of Hope on Chestnut St. in Toms River which houses the day center for Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County and the offices of Caregivers of Ocean County.  Donation for the cube is $10.  If you are interested in purchasing a cube, please call the Church Office 732-349-5367

 

UMW Reading Program

The books for the 2013 UMW Reading Program are in the church library.  There are 5 categories this year: Spiritual Growth, Nurturing for Community, Social Action, Leadership Development, and Social Action.  This year Plan 1 requires reading 5 books, one from each category.  You may also read books from the 2008-2012 Reading Programs.  Bonus books will count as 2 books, as one book in each of 2 categories.  There are also Plans for 10, 15 and 20 books.  If you have any questions, please speak to the Church librarian on Sunday morning.  As reminder, there are many other books and audio-visuals for children, youth, men and women in St. Andrew’s Library that many be borrowed and enjoyed.  The library is open Sunday mornings during Sunday School and between services.  Please take advantage of this wonderful resource.  No late fees!!!!

 

Sandy Cove Women’s Retreat

The first weekend in February 2013, fourteen women from St. Andrew traveled to North East, MD, to take part in the “Women Digging Deeper” weekend at Sandy Cove, a Christian retreat center.  The topic for the weekend was “Christ in Genesis” led by Glenna Salsbury.  We listened to her speak about the many references to Jesus in the Old Testament and shared our thoughts in small group discussion.  Music was led by Christian recording artist Allison Speer and Michael Faircloth, an excellent pianist and devotion leader.  Other activities or a chance to relax and unwind during the weekend were offered.  Sandy Cove is an excellent facility with beautiful views and delicious meals.  We look forward to returning next February to this annual weekend.  Next year’s program will be led by Cynthia Heald, a well-known women’s Bible teacher and speaker.

 

Women’s Study Groups at St. Andrew

Come join one of our women’s studies; we have 3 groups which meet regularly September through June: Tuesday morning at 10:00; Thursday evening at 6:30; and Sunday evening at 6:00.  Call the church office 732-539-5367 for more information.  In the summer a book club is offered.   

 

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To know God more!  

To fellowship with other women!         

To support missions!

2013 Pledge to Missions

If you would like to make a Pledge to Mission and did not do so at February’s General Meeting or at your circle meeting. Mission pledge cards are available through the circles or from the UMW treasurer.  Every women is given an opportunity to make a Pledge to Missions each year toward the work of United Methodist Women and the programs of the Women’s Division of the GBGM.  Making a pledge to missions is not paying “dues” or a requirement of the UMW; it is simply a continuation of the efforts of our UM foremothers who felt called to raise funds which would allow missionaries to serve the unmet needs of the women and children of our world, bringing the Gospel to them.  Your UMW Pledge to Mission becomes a part of the money pledged each year by over 800,000 UM Women across the globe to support the continuation of the those fledgling efforts which have expanded over the years.  You may return the pledge card to your circle leader or to our treasurer.  Pledges may be paid in installments or in anyway you wish. Your pledge will be part of our unit’s pledge.

United Methodist Men

umm“Extraordinary ministries by United Methodist Men around the world are among the best kept secrets in the denomination.  Men are known for doing it, not talking about it.  When men see a need, they respond.  They get the job done without publicizing their accomplishments.  As a result, few lay or clergy leaders know what men are doing even within their own churches.”

John McDowell, NACP President, UMM

A United Methodist Man is any man in the United Methodist Church, including male teens which have been confirmed.  You do not need to attend the monthly UMM breakfast to be part of the group. 

UMM Mission Statement:  To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

UMM Purpose:  To declare the centrality of Christ in every man’s life.  This is expressed as all men engage in daily Bible Study, witness to Christ in daily work and relationships, and intentional Christian service to others.  We want men to know Christ so others may know Christ.

Our primary concerns are getting men involved in a closer walk with the Lord, support of youth through Scouting and other youth organizations and short-term mission projects.

Are you one of those men who “does” but doesn’t talk about it?  The Bible says we should not boast about what we do.  That said, we encourage you to share what you do that benefits others with us – to inspire us.  We’re not looking to pull you in to put more on your “plate” but to learn what our brothers are doing.  This might develop new ideas for mission work or offer you additional help in your endeavor.

Do you have an mission idea or a calling that you just haven’t been able to bring to fruition?  Maybe our local UMM unit can help!

Contact Jeff Canter, Doug Clayton, Dennis Poane or Alan Hartman if you’d like to share quietly or if you want to know when the next breakfast meeting is so you can share with the membership.

Blessings,

Jeff Canter, UMM President

Health Ministry

St. Andrew Health Ministry is composed of members of the congregation who practice in various settings related to health.

Activities include but are not limited to:

·         Performing blood pressure screenings and health education to members of the congregation the first Sunday of each month after services

·         Schedule and coordinate blood drives twice a year

·         Coordinate/participate in health fairs

·         Provide information about new issues in health care

·         Educate and support people of all ages through a variety of educational activities and literature

·         Provide illness prevention and education through assuring presence of hand sanitizers in many areas of the church; education on prevention of the spread of communicable diseases which may arise within the congregation and community

Welcome to Little Blessings

“Little Blessings,” St. Andrew’s ministry to families with children five years and younger will meet at the church on the dates listed below.  All times are 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. unless noted.  Here’s the schedule, typically the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, though we’re increasing the frequency for the early fall season.  Families may begin any time during the year. Invite a family you know to join in the Christian faith-building fun!

 

 

 

February 26— Play date while Mommies are in “Moments for Moms”

 

 

March 12— “Little Blessing” child and parent program

March 26— Play date while Mommies are in “Moments for Moms”

 

April 9— “Little Blessing” child and parent program

April 23— Play date while Mommies are in “Moments for Moms”

 

May 14— “Little Blessing” child and parent program

May 28— Play date while Mommies are in “Moments for Moms”



June 4— “Little Blessings” child and parent program “end of the year” celebration!!

June 25— An evening of family fun for “Little Blessings” and their parents

“Fireflies and S’mores” @ the parsonage, 7:15pm – 9:00pm (weather permitting).