Parish Profile

How we help others

The Food Pantry at St. Andrew is a major ministry of the parish. Together, in partnership with Advent Lutheran, volunteers gather to distribute groceries.  At St. James Episcopal in Painesville, our parishioners provide hot meals to the hungry on holidays falling on Mondays. The fall season is especially a busy time.  We kick off the school year by providing school supplies to local children. Our well attended fall festival is very popular. In November, we give out fifty Thanksgiving Day dinner baskets for neighbors in need; and in December, our annual Jesse Tree provides children with winter hats, gloves, and socks. The parish also makes its building available for community meetings such as the Alcoholics Anonymous, Yoga, Zumba, and Boy and Girl Scouts. St. Andrew is also a distribution point for Community Supported Agriculture. Other activities include Bocce, United Thank Offering, and Heifer International.

There are several distinct expressions of pastoral care at St. Andrew offered to parishioners and the outside community. Pastoral care is not only centered in our clergy and church staff; the opportunity to serve is shared among many people, which fosters a sense of community.

Eucharistic Visitors bring the grace of the Holy Eucharist to parishioners who are ill or otherwise unable to attend church services. The team ministers to those in hospitals, assisted living and nursing facilities, and in the parishioners’ own homes.

Intercessory Prayer Ministry (the quiet ministry) responds to all who seek prayer in their time of need, or who request prayers for family, friends and neighbors. Their intentions are made known to a group of parishioners who have committed to pray regularly for those who have reached out to us so that they may experience the healing power of Jesus Christ. Participants pledge to hold the content of prayer requests confidential.

Faith in Action Ministry is a program that provides volunteer companionship and assistance to help seniors with a variety of free, non-medical services. Volunteers help those in need by providing assistance with tasks such as:

  • Picking up a few groceries or running errands
  • Providing a ride to the doctor
  • Friendly visiting (talking and listening)
  • Reading or helping to pay bills

With this volunteer assistance, members of the community who have long-term health needs can maintain their independence for as long as possible.

St. Andrew initiated two new ministries in the past five years.  The first was the 9:00 am Contemporary service.  This service especially appeals to families with younger children. The music is lively and children have the freedom to participate in many ways.  It is a comfortable service that the whole family can enjoy together.  By having our Church School now after this service, there are classes for the children and adults as well to participate in and Church School has been strengthened.

The second ministry is the expansion of our Food Pantry.  The parish gives full support of the pantry, both in fund raising, ongoing monetary donations and volunteering.   The expansion includes both space and our capacity to help more of our neighbors.  We joined the Cleveland Food Bank and quickly found that our collected funds went much further.  Our food now costs four cents a pound which is much more affordable than purchasing from local stores.  We partner with Advent Lutheran Church; and, with their help, we now have four weekly distributions each month.  St. Andrew supports the first two weeks, and Advent Lutheran Church supports the third and fourth weeks.  Families can come each week and be supplied with food and sundries. This ministry is led by lay members of the parish along with the help and advice of the Rector.