Community Ministries

St. Andrew’s is a founding partner with some of these organizations and has been long-committed to supporting these local agencies – and our neighbors. We can always use someone to teach English and American culture to the stranger among us, to shop for or prepare a meal for hungry neighbors, or provide shelter. Might you consider giving your time – and yourself – to one of these outreach efforts? 
Hypothermia Prevention Response

St. Andrew’s will join with FACETS and other faith community members in hosting homeless women and men for a week, from February 4-11, 2018. We hosted approximately 35 guests each night during last year’s week, providing a meal, access to social and medical services through our FACETS partnership, and a safe and welcoming place to spend the night away from the cold streets. There will be opportunities to help make dinner meals or to prepare lunch bags, to greet guests, to mend their clothes, to simply sit and talk with them, and let them know they are cared for and safe for the evening.

Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO)

ECHO operates with an all-volunteer staff to help those in our Burke-Springfield community who are struggling in long-term poverty or who have an overwhelming emergency that they cannot handle alone.  Supported by 25 religious congregations, various community organizations and individuals, ECHO is committed to making our neighbors’ hardships more manageable. Trained counselors provide family guidance and counseling to help the individual or family overcome their difficulties in the longer term.

We collect clothing and household items, donate school supplies, conduct an annual food drive, and prepare and deliver Thanksgiving Baskets to needy families.  The children at St. Andrew’s Preschool hold their own special Christmas collection for ECHO’s Holiday Shop. In addition, several parish members generously share their time and talents on an on-going basis by volunteering at the ECHO facility.

Parishioners who wish to donate non-perishable food; housewares; clean, gently-used seasonal clothing; or school supplies may do so either by dropping off items at the ECHO facility in Springfield or by leaving items in our ECHO donations box located in the hallway across from the Multi-purpose Room.

Visit ECHO’s website at www.echo-inc.org to explore volunteer opportunities as well as view a current list of needs and hours of operation.  

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

On Tuesday Mornings from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. We follow the calendar of Fairfax County Public Schools. We observe their holidays and closings due to weather.

Experienced teachers conduct English classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Beginning classes work on English vocabulary and grammar. Intermediate classes include reading and conversation. Advanced classes emphasize conversational English and understanding American culture. There is a $15 charge for materials. Students may obtain application forms in the church office from August to May.

Clases inglesas (ESOL)

Mañanas 9:30 – 11:00 de martes
Las clases comienzan en septiembre

Los profesores experimentados conducen a las clases inglesas para comenzar, al intermedio, y a estudiantes avanzados. Las clases que comienzan trabajan en vocabulario y la gramática ingleses. El intermedio clasifica la lectura y la conversación incluidas. Las clases avanzadas acentúan la cultura americana inglesa y que entiende conversacional. Hay una carga $15 para los materiales. Los estudiantes pueden obtener formularios de inscripción en la oficina de la iglesia a partir de agosto a mayo.

영어 수업 (ESOL)

화요일 오전 9:30 – 11:00
우리는 페어펙스 타운티 공립학교 일정표를 따릅니다. 우리는 날씨에 따른 휴강과 공휴일을 준수합니다.

영어수업에 경험이 풍부한 선생님들이 초급, 중급, 그리고 고급반을 가르칩니다. 초급반은 어휘와 문법에 초점을 맞춥니다. 중급반은 읽기와 대화를 포함합니다. 고급반은 영어회화와 미국 문화에 중점을 둡니다. 수업재료를 위해 $15이 필요합니다. 수업에 관심있는 학생들은, 교회사무실에서 8월에서 5월 사이에 지원서를 얻을 수 있습니다.

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يوم الثلاثاء صباح 9:30 – 11:00
أصناف يبدأون في سبتمبر – أيلول

يمهر يوصل معلمات [إنغليش كلسّ] ل يبدأ, متوسطة, وطالبات متقدّمة. يعمل يبدأ أصناف على إنجليزيّة مفردة والنحو. متوسطة يصنّف مدرجة قراءة ومحادثة. يؤكّد أصناف متقدّمة حواريّة إنجليزيّة ويفهم ثقافة أمريكيّة. هناك $15 حشوة ل [متريلس].

طالبات يمكن نلت طلب اكتتاب في الكنيسة مكتب من أغسطس – آب إلى شهر ماي.

Fairfax Area Community Emergency and Transitional Services (FACETS)

FACETS was founded in 1988 to respond to the diverse and multiple needs of homeless and low-income people living in Fairfax, Virginia.  Today, more than 95 local faith communities, as well as numerous businesses, schools and organizations, actively serve as FACETS’ partners.

FACETS strives to build strong families and safe communities by improving the quality of life for impoverished men, women and children who are homeless, precariously housed or living in low-income government subsidized housing communities in Fairfax County.  Programs and services include basic needs assistance, financial assistance, counseling and outreach, educational enrichment programs, and permanent supportive housing and transitional supportive housing.

FACETS’ Hot Meals program provides nutritious meals to homeless individuals living in motels or on the streets.  Volunteers, mostly from FACETS’ faith partner communities, prepare and deliver meals every day of the year.  St. Andrew’s has teams of volunteers – about 68 individuals in all – who share the work of shopping, setting up, cooking and delivering 100-125 meals on the first and fourth Saturdays of each month.

Our “Giving Tree” is another way in which St. Andrew’s ministers to FACETS.  Each December, FACETS’ clients provide a “wish list” of specific holiday gifts, perhaps needed items of clothing or special toys for their children.  Our parish families fill these “wishes”, leaving their wrapped gifts under the Giving Tree for delivery to FACETS families.

Additional information about FACETS and other volunteer opportunities can be found at www.facetscares.org.

Samaritan Ministry

St. Andrew’s is one of 12 founding partners of Samaritan Ministry, an organization that provides community services to homeless persons or those in need in the Greater Washington area since 1986.  This ministry assists people whose lives are in transition by working with them to set life improvement goals – Next Steps – to end their homelessness and/or unemployment.  Services such as housing, employment counseling, coaching and motivation are offered by the program.  Samaritan Ministry offers free help to anyone who wants to make a change in his or her life.  There is no religious requirement for program participants.

St. Andrew’s supports Samaritan Ministry through designated Outreach funds.  In addition, our Women’s Fellowship group conducts a Mother’s Day drive each year to collect donations of food and toiletries for distribution to clients participating in Samaritan’s Next Step program.

To learn more about this organization or to explore volunteer opportunities, visit www.samaritanministry.org.  

 

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