MISSION AND OUTREACH
The Mission and Outreach Commission seeks to be responsible for leading the parish in making the reconciling love of Christ known to those beyond the walls of St. Andrew’s in our community, the diocese, and the world through the gifts of our time, talents, and resources. Its work includes providing for the regular delivery of groceries to the Deanery food pantry, fund-raising projects for Church World Service, and the creative distribution of St. Andrew’s missions’ monies, including to Episcopal Relief and Development, to the Bishop’s Fund for Children (Diocese of Connecticut), to Greenwoods Counseling Services, and to many other regional agencies. Bill Dillon is the Chair.
On the fifth Sundays of the months that have them, volunteers from the parish travel to the soup kitchen at Trinity Church in Torrington in order to serve the midday meal and to spend time with those who rely on the soup kitchen. Jane Hanley coordinates this ministry.
The Education Commission seeks to direct both the Church School and the adult classes and discussion groups in order to provide a deeper understanding of God’s saving acts. As Christians, we recognize that it is God’s intention for us always to be open to God’s grace and to grow spiritually throughout our lives through prayer, worship, and study. As Anglican Christians, we also recognize that it is our duty to bring ourselves and our children to a fuller awareness and appreciation of our Anglican heritage and how it informs our spiritual development. The Rector is the Chair.
The Pastoral Care Commission seeks to express the care and concern of the parish by extending the fellowship of St Andrew’s to those with specific needs. Its work includes providing transportation and meals for parishioners who need such assistance, the administration of the Sacrament by lay Eucharistic Ministers to the house-bound, and the development of the ministry of visitation by the laity. The Rector coordinates this ministry.
The Property Commission seeks to provide for the careful stewardship of the buildings and grounds that we at St. Andrew’s hold in trust. It makes certain that the various ministries exercised by our parishioners have appropriate facilities for their needs. This includes the operation, maintenance, and repair of our physical plant and its furnishings. Charmian Place is the Chair.
The Fellowship Commission seeks to sustain a warm, welcoming environment for those who worship with us, and to help to make the life of the parish both inviting and accessible. Among its responsibilities are the supervision of coffee hours, parish suppers, and other social activities. Bernadette Ellegard is the Chair.
MUSIC COMMISSION and the CONCERT SERIES
The mission of the Music Commission is to support and enhance a vigorous music ministry at St Andrew’s. The exceptional Children’s and Adult Choirs of the parish are highly regarded as an essential, integral part of our worship. Our choir and organ support enthusiastic congregational singing, thus making a joyful noise to the Lord, and visiting musicians enhance our experience of music as a form of delight and of praise. Margie O’Brien is the Chair.
The concert series, Music in the Nave, brings musicians of all sorts to the parish for concerts that range from student recitals, to cabarets, and to sing-ins of Handel’s oratorio, The Messiah. The Sherman Chamber Ensemble is frequently featured. For more information, see our Music in the Nave page.
The Stewardship Commission, with the leadership of Ned Reade, seeks to encourage the responsible giving of our time, talents, and treasures, and to oversee the faithful administration of God’s gifts to us. Its purpose is to make the members of the parish aware of the needs both within and outside of St. Andrew’s in order to stimulate careful and informed sharing of our resources. Ned Reade is the Chair.