At St. Andrews, we always support each other, whether it’s a death in the family, an illness or any emergency.
One of the main ways we accomplish our care is through our Deacons. We elect Deacons for three-year terms, and each Deacon is assigned a group to be their “people.” A Deacon tries to stay in contact with their people and make a connection individually. If one of their people has a problem, the Deacon can contact the church or the Care Committee, which organizes meals and rides.
Our Emergency Response Committee has provided long-term planning and care for the congregation:
In an emergency, preparation is the key. To this end, the Emergency Preparedness Team has encouraged the Session to maintain important documents off site, to make plans for protecting personnel and property during emergency situations, to establish an Emergency Response Plan and to educate the congregation on ways to prepare for an emergency. AEDs (automated external defibrillator) have been installed throughout the campus; maps and instructions have been posted to facilitate emergency assistance. Congregants have been encouraged to prepare “go kits”, complete and post “Emergency Information Forms” and prepare home shelters.
We support our Youth by raising money for their mission efforts. The youth of St. Andrews take an active role in serving our community and world. Together we serve at Journey Shelter several times a year. We also take part in food drives for NETWorks and the NET Food Panty, walk in the Atlanta Hunger Walk (which benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank), pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, pack meals with Stop Hunger Now, pack disaster buckets for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and go on mission trips. The Youth have a mission trip each summer, rotating through a local mission, a regional mission, and an international mission. in 2013 we went to Honduras with HOI and built latrines in the village of La Juaga in the Agalta Valley