Did you know that St. Andrew’s sanctuary was built in 1869? As we approach the 150th birthday of that part of our building, I can’t help but marvel at how God has blessed the ministry of St Andrew’s United Church, and I am simply grateful to be part of it. But let me ask you a question - what if, at the ripe old age of 150, we are just getting started? I believe we are.
For the past several months, leaders and supporters of St. Andrew’s United Church have been working, praying, and collaborating to explore a comprehensive vision of restoration: restoring our building for generations to come, restoring our place of service in the community, restoring relationships with other churches and organizations, restoring ourselves spiritually.
Our vision will take us all to a place that is bigger than you or I and bigger than St. Andrew’s ever has been. I believe that with God, all things are possible. With God, we have the extraordinary ability to heal and help, to boldly change lives in meaningful ways. And I believe that is precisely what God created us to do.
I invite you to join the journey of spirit-lead sharing of God’s love in Chatham-Kent has gone on for nearly 200 years already. The journey of people discovering, learning and living Jesus’ call to justice and peacemaking. The journey of outreach in Chatham and around the world that has fed the hungry, brought water to the thirsty, supported the downtrodden and fought oppression. The journey of God’s relationship with people throughout the ages that we tell through scripture and through our own life stories.
It is because of the faithful dedication of people like you since 1834 that the community and building of St. Andrew’s United Church in Chatham exists today. They could never have guessed how their gifts and legacy has impacted our lives. We are called to be good stewards of the resources and gifts that have been given to us by God and left for us by those who have gone before. Join us in committing to the next 200 years of generations that there will be a place in Chatham where people are loved, supported and affirmed, where music is played and enjoyed, where God is worshiped and proclaimed
I invite you to join the journey with your hearts, with your time, with your talents and with your financial and other resources. We will never know all the good we will do by getting involved. Let your story be woven into the tapestry of the St. Andrew’s history and future.
Greg Simpson, DLM
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The Updated building report outlines the restoration work necessary over the next 5 years. Take a look at these projects and see if there are any ways that you would like to get involved.