ABOUT ST ANDREW’S
St Andrew’s is a progressive Christian Community found in the heart of Epsom. We are committed to growing God’s people, through worship, education for children and adults, and loving service in our community. We worship and pray together, we enjoy each other’s company, and sometimes we disagree. There is room for many points of view at St Andrew’s!
Since what we believe emerges from an ever-deepening understanding of God, ourselves, and our tradition, we prefer to think of ourselves on a journey rather than having arrived at any universal set of beliefs. Following Jesus Christ and led by the Holy Spirit, we believe we are being drawn into “all truth.” Therefore, our belief is continually informed by: our experience; a deep respect of the Bible; respect for the experience and tradition of the Church; and the need to use our minds with creative imagination. As Anglicans, we draw on centuries-old traditions in liturgical and sacramental worship, and also hope to be relevant and contemporary in our engagement with current social issues and our involvement in our local community. We are an Anglican church in the Diocese of Auckland, and thus a part of the Anglican Communion, a world-wide fellowship of self-governing churches in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury.
OUR REGULAR SERVICES
8:00am – Traditional Eucharistic worship, with hymns; a quieter service. On the first Sunday of the month this service follows the 1928 Book of Common Prayer liturgy.
9:30am – Eucharistic worship, with a robed choir. Kid’s Church (Sunday School) is held during this service during term time. Children return to church in time for communion, which they are welcome to receive.
7.00pm – Once a month we hold an evening service. These vary in style but include Alternative and Contemplative Worship, Evensong and Taize services.
10:00am – A quiet midweek Eucharistic service, with no sermon.
In addition to regular weekly worship, we come together at various times in the year for special services. These include services such as Evensong, Nine Lessons and Carols and Midnight Mass for Christmas, services for Holy Week and Easter, and our Patronal Festival.
WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS
Our historic Anglican church is a popular venue for many weddings and funerals. We are very happy to assist people with these important occasions. As a community in the Anglican tradition we believe that these services should be conducted with particular care. To ensure that guests in our sacred space always receive the best experience of St Andrew’s, all weddings and funerals are conducted by one of our staff members or another appropriate ordained Anglican minister.
Baptism in the Anglican tradition is how we welcome new members into the Christian community. For this reason we conduct baptisms during a 9.30am Sunday Service so that our community is present to witness this important occasion.
If you wish to talk further about a Wedding, Funeral or Baptism please use the contact details below.