St. Andrew’s embodies the larger Church we are part of and personifies the open arms of Christ Jesus. No one is turned away. It is this unending gift of love and support that makes St. Andrew’s not only my parish, for St. Andrew’s is our parish. Through our St. Andrew’s community I receive the sustenance to continue growing and evolving as a follower of Christ. I am grateful to have been led to St. Andrew’s.
When I walk in to St. Andrew’s, the building, I feel the vibrancy of the Holy Spirit. Even the atmosphere gives an impression that “something is happening here” and my heart is drawn to it. Over the last few years, this community of openness and love has made an impact on my spiritual life. I am so happy that my family is a part of this beautiful community.
I first came to St. Andrew’s in May of 2014 right after we moved to Chambersburg from Sewanee, Tennessee. As all southerners do, I went to the church where I already had a “connection,” and that connection was between a Sewanee friend who knew Mother Betsy from their time together at General Seminary. Even on our first Sunday, my family instantly felt at home at St. Andrew’s. On the way home that first Sunday, we all talked about how comforting our experience was there and…
I look forward to our weekly 8:00 a.m. service, with its quiet, meditative tone. The prayerful setting and Mother Barbara’s thought-provoking words are uplifting. We have also gotten to know many parishioners who are not only delightful, but represent wonderful models for living a Christ-filled life. We are most thankful to call St. Andrew’s our parish family!
I like the community, the service, and my family and friends are there. I also like the outreach and mission opportunities.
What makes St. Andrews my church or spiritual home? A few things, first I believe St. Andrews is a place of healing for those wounded by churches or church members in their past. Second, you only have to walk into St. Andrew’s to feel God’s presence whether there are people there or not, although the people at St. Andrew’s continue to live out the love already steeped into the very fiber of the church. Third, the fact is St. Andrew’s lives out…
The answer as to why St. Andrew’s is my church comes down to one word: community. When searching for a church years ago, we were greeted and engaged warmly here and ended our search that day, embracing St. Andrew’s as our spiritual home. Through the years, the missions of the parish, from programs for the youth to serving those in need in our area, have strengthened my ties to this community within and beyond the walls of the church.
In 1986, I attended a wedding at the Episcopal Church in Doyelstown, PA. The couple was not allowed to get married in the Catholic Church for one reason or another. The ceremony was very small with just a few friends. The families refused to attend. It was a beautiful night ceremony and the couple was so much in love and so happy that they could be married in a church. When I moved to Shippensburg and was “shopping ” for…
I have chosen to make St. Andrew’s my spiritual home because it is a warm, positive community willing to explore many different facets of the Christian tradition with care and intentionality. Also, St. Andrew’s continually welcomes children with an eye to creating a safe and enriching space for them to grow in their faith .
Saint Andrew’s is my spiritual home because it lives its generous mission statement.