St. Andrew’s is a very active and vibrant congregation within the community of Hanover. We feel strongly that God has called us to reach out and show love and compassion to all people, therefore, our outreach goes well beyond Sunday mornings.
Children are encouraged to come to St. Andrew’s with their families. During the school year, from September through the end of May, the children come to the church service at 10 a.m. and enjoy a special hymn and story selected just for them by the minister. For the rest of the hour, they meet in the church hall for a Sunday School program that is filled with Bible stories, crafts and devotion. There is also a nursery located within the Sunday school so that all children can be involved. The Sunday school children are also active in various fundraisers for local and global organizations. St. Andrew’s has always seen the importance of reaching out to our young people, and making them aware that they are a very important part of the church’s life.
St Andrew’s has a “small but mighty” choir which practices once a week and sings a special selection during the Sunday worship service. They are under the excellent leadership of organist Linda Finlay and sing every Sunday except in the summer months, when we are often treated to musical guest soloists. Special music is an important aspect of Sunday worship and new members are always welcome to join our choir.
St. Andrew’s Women
The Women of St. Andrew’s meet once a month and fundraise throughout the year. Each meeting focuses on a special religious theme and often includes a guest speaker. The devotions and fellowship enjoyed by the group all help to provide spiritual growth for the ladies. There is an average of 20–25 enthusiastic women who meet to plan various activities within the congregation and support many worthwhile causes in the community and around the world. Part of their outreach is the good cheer committee, which diligently sends out cards with a caring message and arranges visits, as a way to show the love and support that connects us as a Church family. They are a vital part of St. Andrew’s.
Meals on Wheels
St. Andrew’s has an average of 12 volunteers who are involved in Meals on Wheels program.
A member of St. Andrew’s takes pictures of special events and records the information in order to keep an up to date history of our church. He is also responsible for displaying pictures of baptisms, organizational leaders and current events.
The Session meets once a month with the exception of July and August. Session members are responsible for the direction, Christian education and pastoral care of the congregation.
Board of Managers
The board meets once a month with the exception of July and August. Managers are responsible for the everyday structural needs of the church and oversee the financial and budgetary needs of the church and its employees. Their traditional fundraiser is on Canada Day with a pie sale in Heritage Square that accompanies other town festivities.