Who We Are
Founded in 1972 as a mission church that initially met in a local elementary school, St. Andrew’s has grown through the years to be an active and thriving parish. We are a diverse congregation of folks who have lived around the United States and abroad.
We are part of a larger community of Christians – a communion if you will – in which we are spiritually rooted locally and around the world:
- We belong to the Diocese of Virginia, a community of over 80,000 baptized members and 425 clergy in 38 counties and several cities of central, northern and northwestern Virginia, serving the world through 182 congregations, 6 schools, 2 diocesan centers and 6 diocesan homes, and home to the largest Anglican seminary in the world – Virginia Theological Seminary.
- We are part of The Episcopal Church in the United States, in 109 dioceses and three regional areas in 17 nations. The mission of the church is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” (Book of Common Prayer, page 855)
- We are members of the Anglican Communion, a church of nearly 80 million in over 165 countries; we look to The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for unity and spiritual direction in our church.
St. Andrew’s is a community:
- Where all are welcome, no matter who you are or your thoughts about God, Jesus, or the Church.
- Where the worship of God is central to our common life. Every aspect of a church’s life begins – and is rooted – in prayer and worship.
- Where serving others is important and not just polite church talk.
- Where formation (Christian education) of all parishioners – no matter the age – is a priority.
- Where we engage each other with questions, even the really tough ones about the Bible and faith in the midst of the reality of life and world events.
- Where we have fun and enjoy each other’s company, especially inter-generational opportunities for fellowship.