|History - The Present|
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St Andrew's Parish Church continues to thrive as a congregation. It is not a numerically large congregation, but it continues to be a committed group of fellow travellers with Christ.
Under the leadership of Rev Peter Johnston a full review of the working of the church and its vision for the future was participated in by elders and members of the Congregational Board. This resulted in the adoption of the Purpose Statement:
In the years that followed the structures of the church were changed with the adoption of the Unitary Constitution and the formation of seven new Action Groups (and the removal of the Congregational Board). The Action Groups made up of elders and church members cover all the main areas of St Andrew's work and cover all the key areas of the Purpose Statement.
In the 2007 quinquennial visitation these Action Groups were highly commended by the Presbytery of Hamilton for the opportunity they give for more members to be involved in both decision-making and active participation in St Andrew's.
This continued movement towards more team working took a further step in 2008 with the adoption of Pastoral Teams in place of single elder districts. These teams have a joint responsibility for the pastoral care of church members in their Pastoral Areas. In addition to the Bereavement Care Group and GriefShare Support Groups run in St Andrew's we continue to offer excellent pastoral support and care to church members and the bereaved within our community.
It is encouraging to see more church members become involved in both the leadership of the church through the Action Groups, and also the many different ministries that operate in St Andrew's from pastoral care to puppets!
Of great benefit to this congregation, but also to neighbouring congregations has been the opportunities for working together that have flourished in recent times. Rather than being enforced from outside, this has developed naturally through joint Magnify evening praise services, through shared discussion evenings such as Living the Questions, and through sharing in ventures like the Easter Holiday Club for primary-aged children.
You can learn more about what is going on today in St Andrew's through the other pages of this website.
Without a doubt there are many challenges that lie ahead for St Andrew's as a congregation as we continue to live out our commitment to Jesus Christ and to follow in his way.