New to St. Andrew’s?
We all were new at one time, and we remember what it was like! so we’ve provided the information below, knowing that it’s easier to venture into a new place when you know what to expect.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is a vibrant, exciting congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana which is comprised of congregations in the northern half of the state of Indiana. Our diocese is a part of a confederation of other dioceses which make up the Episcopal Church in the United States.
The Episcopal Church, in turn, is a part of an international fellowship of faith known as the Anglican Communion made up of independent national Churches related historically to the Church of England. We are a community of faith dedicated to living out our mission “worshipping Christ, growing together, and serving others.” We have a long history of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Valparaiso, Indiana and the surrounding communities.
.Approximately 130 people attend St. Andrew’s worship services every weekend, and we have lots of volunteers working hard to make sure all visitors are welcomed and feel comfortable when you arrive.St. Andrew’s offers three opportunities for worship each weekend:
•The 5:30p.m. service on Saturday is a Rite II Eucharist, with a time of fellowship after the service on the first Saturday of the month;
•At 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, the service is a Rite I service. This service is quiet and contemplative. Following this service is a brief time of fellowship in the Gathering Space.
•The 10:00am service on Sunday is a Rite II Eucharist, with a choir and traditional hymns sung throughout the service. A time of fellowship follows this service.
•Solemn High Mass with Incense and Anglican Chant is normally held when there is a the 5th Sunday of the month at the 8am & 10:00am services.
Don’t worry if you’ve never been to an Episcopal worship service. Printed worship bulletins include the entire service and the words and music for any hymns. This makes it easy for anyone to follow along with our worship. Also, don’t worry about what to wear. God looks at the interior of our heart, not the exterior of our clothing!
Our congregation spans a range of ages and backgrounds. The priest and lay ministers wear vestments (robes), but the people in the pews dress in all styles—from jeans to business suits. St. Andrew’s offers liturgical worship that features quiet reflection and traditional hymns.
Each service lasts for approximately one hour. During each worship service, there is an opportunity to greet the people sitting around you, but no one will single you out as a visitor. Also, we don’t expect our visitors to give, so feel free to let the offering plate pass by when it comes down your row.
Getting connected at St. Andrew’s is about relationships that get beneath the surface. Those kinds of relationships won’t come simply by attending worship services. They take time.
One way to get connected is to join a fellowship group or Bible study. Christian formation programs for children, youth, and adults are normally available for all ages every Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m or on Saturdays at 4:15pm. We also have small group ministry for men and women.
Serving others also deepens your relationship with God and people. We offer a variety of service opportunities that will connect you with a team of staff and volunteers who work together in serving others and God.
Finally, you can engage with others through growth and recovery programs. From managing money to building a stronger marriage, these programs will help you know God and build relationships with His people.
We are so glad that you have decided to be a guest at St. Andrew’s. If, after your initial experiences with us, you would like to know more about us, please visit our membership page on our website to get more information about growing deeper in your relationship with us.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
505 Bullseye Lake Road
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Tuesday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
219-462-4946 If you have an urgent need for pastoral care on a night, weekend, or holiday, please contact the Pastor at 219-477-0629.