WHAT IS MISSION AND WHAT IS MINISTRY?
“Mission” is an organized effort to share Christ’s love broadly, often requiring us to go out into the world, crossing boundaries, and forming partnerships. “Ministry” refers to the ways we serve and care for one another in community. At St. Andrew’s, we organize to advocate for better education across the state of Maryland, and we organize to create and distribute Winter Warm-up Kits to those living on the street. Ministry takes place where ever God’s people go, and includes the ways we operate as church community, such as preparing the buildings for worship and visiting the sick. At St. Andrew’s, we use the words “mission” and “ministry” interchangeably.
Guardian Angel Thanksgiving – Every year, turkeys and all the fixings are collected and taken to Church of the Guardian Angels in Remington in Baltimore. Once there, the food is served and enjoyed by all.
Super Bowl Party – On the Saturday before the Super Bowl, the youth throw a Super Bowl party for the members of Church of the Guardian Angels in Remington in Baltimore. They prepare soup and sandwiches, share in fellowship and lead games and a thrilling raffle.
Reading Camp – Since 2014, we have participated in Reading Camp. This is a camp set up for elementary age students who are below grade level reading and considered “at-risk” by school social workers. Youth and adults volunteer a week in the summer at Reading Camp at Guardian Angel, growing a love of learning and promoting educational success.
Chili Cook Off – Each March, 15 -40 congregations come together for a chili cook off to benefit Bridges to Housing Stability. St Andrew’s even brought home the “Silver Ladle” in 2017!
Guardian Angel Food Pantry – There is an ongoing collection for gently used or new items for the Thrift Store and Food Pantry at Church of the Guardian Angel in Baltimore. Drop off is in the front lobby of the Parish House. For a list of items needed please click here.
Honduras – Each year, a team of 15 youth and adults partner with El Hogar Ministries in Honduras. Several families in the congregations sponsor students in grades K-12. Learn more about El Hogar here.
Appalachia – For one week in July, we send 30 adult and youth volunteers to help make homes more safe, warm and dry. In addition to construction projects, volunteers operate a day camp, host a Back-to-School Backpack party and share in fellowship and faith formation.
Kobagho, our Sponsor Child in Uganda – Kabugho is a 12 year old student at the Bishop Masereka Christian Foundation school in Uganda that St. Andrew’s is sponsoring.