We go out into the world to do the work of Christ. As a small community, we are intentional in our outreach efforts. Many of our efforts support CHUM, where partner congregations work to meet the basic needs of homeless and marginalized members of our community and effect changes that will eliminate the need for its services. CHUM manages a homeless shelter, food shelf, drop-in center, and the Steve O’Neil Apartments. We support CHUM financially as well as collecting food items, volunteering at CHUM Church and the Rhubarb Festival, and assisting CHUM in other ways when needed. Uniquely, on the second Sunday each month we prepare bag lunches for the CHUM drop-in center.
Other ongoing efforts include knitting prayer shawls for those in need, hats and scarves for the crews of foreign ships that call on our port, and leading worship at care facilities.
Given our unique and sacred location on the shores of Lake Superior, we are involved in preserving the fragile environment of the sandbar on which the church is located. From beach cleanups and buckthorn removal to replanting grasses on the sand dunes, St. Andrew’s works with the Park Point community on environmental outreach efforts.
Our youth support community youth organizations such as Life House, the Center for Changing Lives, and Loaves and Fishes. Youth gain a spirit of service through their outreach efforts.
Other outreach efforts are initiated by the passion and ideas of individual members. Some are small, such as neighborhood clean-ups; and some are larger in scope, such as building a habitat house and raising funds in the aftermath of disasters.