CONNECTED TO EACH OTHER
We help those who don’t get enough to eat by donating or cooking food. We also partner with many organizations – at the community, regional and national levels – to put our faith into action … improve life for God’s people everywhere… care for his creation – amazing planet and all the living things on it… and bring the Good News of our Jesus Christ to more of our friends and neighbors. Here are just a few of our service activities and non-profit groups, churchwide resources, government agencies and fellow congregations that we work with.
St. Andrew's is a Stephen Ministries congregation. We have trained lay minsters available to help you through difficult times in your lfe – a serious illness, loss of a loved one, or any crisis.
ELCA God's Work Our Hands Sunday in September. Each September we participate in a dedicated day of service. We have collected food, made sandwiches and helped Habitat for Humanity build housing in the local area.
Give a Ride To someone who needs a lift to church or to the doctor or to the store.
Meals on Wheels Make a meal for our own “Meals on Wheels” program which provides meals to our families following a death in the family, illness or the birth of a new baby.
Blue Tub Bring in food items to the “Blue Tub” which monthly goes to different local food pantries including Ridgefield Social Services, Association of Religious Communities or ARC, Interfaith Aids, the Women’s Center, and the Salvation Army.
Greeting Card Send a card to someone who has experienced a death in the family or who is celebrating a new birth or who is healing from surgery or an illness.
Grace Lutheran Church, Hartford, our Mission Partner congregation.
School Kits and Health Kits Make a School Kit, or a Health Kit for Lutheran World Relief - the need has never been greater! Buy notebooks, pencils, soup, wash cloths, baby clothes and bring the items in placing them in the special bin in the narthex. The kits are assembled and shipped around the world where they help school children have what they need to go to school and to help with personal hygiene. For more information go to www.lwr.org and click on “be involved.”
Travel on a Mission Trip. In the past St. Andrew’s has sent adult members to Camp Coast Cares/Mission on the Bay, which served in relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers tiled bathrooms, laid floors, put up sheet-rock, painted and did whatever job was needed as these organizations worked to help those still homeless following Katrina.
Christmas Gifts Give a special Christmas Gift. Each year we give gifts to the “Star Tree Program” for the Children’s Holiday Gift Fund of Ridgefield which provides gifts of clothing and toys for local children in need.
CONNECTED TO COMMUNITY
We give life-changing tools to those less fortunate, and raise awareness of economic hardships — locally, nationally & around the world. We connect to our local community with special events throughout the year.
Hosting CT Mobile Food Bank, 2nd Friday of each month.
Home to abilis in the greater Danbury area which is a non-profit organization that provides services and supports for over 700 individuals with special needs and their families from birth through the life span.
Music Concerts are held two times a year in our sanctuary.
Community Thanksgiving Service rotates around the community and here at St. Andrew's we have hosted on the Sunday after or the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
Ridgefield Clergy Association- Clergy of every faith are represented. The RCA meets monthly and sponsors the Community Thanksgiving Service and other community interfaith events.
Alcoholics Anonymous - Women’s AA meetings take place at St. Andrew’s every Monday and Tuesday night at 7 p.m in our Fellowship Hall.
Helping Hearts grief support group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month at 11:30 a.m. off the Great Hall.
Community Events and Organizations use our facility as home for meetings, performances and rehearsals.