Church Ministries


The purpose of Our Children’s Ministry is to:

  • provide a safe and happy Christian environment for all children when they are at church.
  • Encourage the spiritual, emotional, mental, physical and social growth of each child.

  • Enlist the cooperation of the entire church to better meet the needs of our children.
  • Promote better communication and understanding between parents and church staff.


To volunteer for any of these programs, please contact James Dettmer.


                                                           Saint Andrew's

                                                 United Methodist Church

                                                       9801 Fort King Road

                                                      Richmond, VA  23229

                                                            (804) 270-2869



Youth Crossfire Ministries:  

Our Crossfire youth, grades 6 - 12,  attend meetings on Sunday evening from 5 - 7pm in the Fellowship Hall.   Through Crossfire, their christian education continues to help them on their path as disciples.  They are given opportunities to grow and expand the gifts given to them by God and more importantly, they give unto others in many loving ways.  They are involved in many activities which include recreation, missions, service, fund-raisers, retreats, and much more.  This is a great opportunity for your youth to build life long friendships in the church and have some wonderful experiences too.


Adult Ministries:  


  • Adult Sunday School Classes:  Agape  -  This is a discussion style class for mixed ages from "30-something" to "60-something".  This class uses a variety of study series from a study of Bible Book to topical studies that are Bible base.   Fyock  -  This class studies the Cokesbury International Lesson Series.  The curriculum provides a focal passage of scripture with lesson commentary and questions for discussion and supplementary background and historical information.  Glenn Fellowship  -  This class ranges from ages 30 - 95.  They are studying the Adult Bible studies  -  The International Lesson Series.  They have a wonderful time and are "never promoted".  Pittman Bible Class  -  Weekly lessons based on scripture.  The class reviews a piece of scripture in detail and follows with a class discussion.  Scripture as it applied to the time it was written, and its application to our current world/life today.  This is a men's class.
  • Bible Study is offered throughout the year on Wednesday mornings at 10:00am and evenings at 7:00pm. Pastor Erin Reibel leads both sessions.  (Studies completed include:  A Study of ACTS, Adventy & Lent seasonal studies, and A Study about our United Methodist Heritage.  This small-group opportunity is an open forum for learning, discussion, and spiritual growth.
  • Tuesday Morning Prayer Group meet every Tuesday at 10:00am at Jean Duke's Home.
  • Chancel Choir (Jean Edwards, director) is a group of adults who sing at the 11:00am service on Sundays. They also perform at Christmas Cantata and Easter Cantata each year. No experience is necessary, and new members are always welcome! Rehearsals: Thursday evenings 7:30-9:00pm
  • The Remnant (Jean Edwards, director) is a group of women from the Chancel Choir who are interested in singing contemporary Christian music in three-part harmony. Music is typically memorized and performed about once a month. Rehearsals: Thursday evenings 9:00-9:45pm
  • United Methodist Men (UMM) help men grow in Christ, so others may know Christ.  Our UMM values their support role with Heart Havens.  They meet once a month on Wednesday for Breakfast.  Bus leaves church parking lot at 8:30am.
  • Busy Bees are a gifted group of crafters who work towards helping the church through our annual bazaar and other activities.  They meet on Monday nights at 7:15pm in the craft room.
  • Church Mice are creators of beautiful quilts, tree skirts, mats, and so much more.  They meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm
  • Saint Andrew's Bells perform during church services, special cantatas and other special events.  They meet on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM.
  • Saint Andrew's special events include our annual Yard Sale and Bazaar which help us fund numerous activities for our church and our community.  The funds collected during these events help support our Kidz Kupboard community project, complete special projects around the church, and help members of our congregation and community by sharing as Jesus has taught us to do. 
  • Seniors Ministry has been created and is going full speed ahead.  They adopted the name "Happy Wanderers".  They enjoy various outings and will provide community services as the needs arise.
  • Small Dinner Groups, Church Picnic, and  Church Cleanup Projects allow our church family to come together and show our appreciation for what the Lord has done for us and through us. 

Community Ministries

Saint Andrew's is a loving and giving church and will continue to provide support for our church family, our community, and our world.  We share through feeding hungry children, giving people a place to sell their gently used children's items AND giving families a place to find affordable, quality items for their children twice a year, food drives, support of familes during difficult times, provide warmth and joy during the Christmas season for families in need, support Heart Havens and their mission to empower adults with intellectual disabilities to live and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment, and as individuals our members share the grace of GOD through many personal ways


CARITAS (Congregations Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter)

Do you really know what CARITAS does for the homeless people in Richmond?  It does not just provide a bed to sleep in or meals to help these human beings to survive. CARITAS is more than that and we should all take a few minutes to look at the video on the CARITAS web site  All it takes is an extended hand to help a person feel whole again.

The week of August 20-27, 2016, Saint Andrew's will host CARITAS.  Please take the time to add these important dates to our calendar, so we can participate in an opportunity to Love Your Neighbor.  More information will be coming after the first of the year.  


Children's Consignment Sales

Saint Andrew's hosts a spring (March) and fall (September) Children's Consignment Sale.  We use this opportunity to provide people with a place to sell their gently used children's items AND provide families a place to find affordable, quality items for their children.  All proceeds from the sales go to our Kidz Kupboard mission to provide food to hungry children on the weekends during the school year.  Learn more about the next scheduled sale or register to be a consignor at the consignment sale website.


Congregational and Community Assistance (CCA)

What is CCA?  Our Mission Statement is "To show the love of Jesus by providing assistance to individuals of our Congregation and our Community who need transportation so they can be able to attend church activities, medical appointments, and other activities as deemed appropriate and needed."


When does the CCA start?  We will begin this ministry in February 2017 for medical appointments, etc.  We will announce availability of Sunday Church Transportation when it is available.


Who does this ministry serve?  Members and Friends of Saint Andrew's and community residents surrounding Saint Andrew's United Methodist Church.  These include zip codes 23233 East of Lauderdale, 23238 East and North of Patterson, and all of 23229.


How does someone request assistance?  All requests go through Diana Hood, Church Secretary for Saint Andrew's.  She will forward the request to the Volunteer dispatcher.  Members should not call for a neighbor or friend in the community.  Please have the neighbor or friend call Diana directly.


Who will be providing the transportation?  We are very fortunate that we have 13 volunteers in our congregation who have answered this call to serve.  If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the CCA Volunteer signup sheet on the bulletin board.  If you would like more information before volunteering, please email or call Tony or Jean at or 804-347-7462.  We are having a volunteer training on February 12th after our 11:00 service.  We will be providing a light lunch.  This is a very important meeting.  Committed volunteers please plan to attend. 


Cup of Cold Water


This month the Cup of Cold Water will be donated to the Samaritan's Purse.  The Samaritan's Purse is a relief organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.  "Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ." Please save your change throughout the week, and the children will collect it during the Children's Time in worship to benefit this organization. 


Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.


Heart Havens

Heart Havens encourages community integration through participation. Their guiding values include integrity, respect, empowerment, empathy and accountability. Heart Havens offers intensive residential support and training to individuals with intellectual disabilities in twelve group homes across Virginia.  They work in partnership with the local Community Service Boards, the United Methodist Church, and other community stakeholders to promote a seamless service delivery for all the individuals they support.


Kidz Kupboard

This is a special program supported by Saint Andrew's church family to provide food to students in two of our local schools that would otherwise do without on weekends.  Our church believes in helping those in need in our local community and will continue to look for ways we can help practice the teachings of Christ.


Shalom Farm

Shalom Farms is a regional food access and community development project started in 2008 by United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond (UMUMR). The concept grew out of conversations with Camp Westview on the James and other community partners, who recognized the need for broader food justice work and a desire to use Westview’s rural resources to better serve urban Richmond. 

Shalom Farms has grown over 300,000 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables for families across Richmond, provided through their community-base programs and partnerships.


The Samaritan Program

The Samaritan program of Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc. (VUMH) is a benevolent fund which provides financial assistance to residents who have outlived their monetary resources and through no fault of their own, can no longer afford the full cost of their care.


The Samaritan's Purse

This month the Cup of Cold Water will be donated to the Samaritan's Purse.  The Samaritan's Purse is a relief organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.  "Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ." Please save your change throughout the week, and the children will collect it during the Children's Time in worship to benefit this organization. 


United Methodist Family Services

UMFS is an unwavering champion for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential.  Their goal is to create a world where caring, opportunity and generosity are passed on from generation to generation — empowering all children to contribute to society as engaged citizens.


United Methodist Volunteers in Mission

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, SEJ is the short-term mission sending agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. UMVIM exists to promote, encourage, and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love in Action” through short-term mission service at home and abroad.


Upward Basketball

Saint Andrew's will be partnering with Trinity United Methodist Church again this year with the Upward Program.  The program provides both basketball and cheerleading for grades K through 5.  But it is more than just basketball and cheerleading.  Kids make new friends, learn more about teamwork, and learn more about Jesus Christ.  So if you have kids, grandkids, or neighborhood kids that may want to participate, look for information/brochures very soon.  Sign up will take place in the fall, evaluations in late October/early November, practices start in December, and games take place on Saturdays in January and February.


There are also plenty of opportunities to volunteer.  This could include coaching, either as a head coach or assistant coach, which is the most amount of time.  But there are plenty of opportunities that take far less time, such as helping with weekly devotions; helping with concessions; or help unlocking and locking the church before and after practice.  There will also be a need on evaluation days for volunteers to help with check in, sizing of uniforms, and the basketball drills.  We look forward to another great Upward season and the impact that we can have on the lives of the kids that participate.  If there are any questions, please see Art Bykonen or Darcy Mays.  You can also check the following web site:


Vacation Bible School

This is a summer week long adventure for your child(ren) between the ages of 3 to the 5th grade.  Each year the theme changes as it centers around teaching God's Word.  Filled with songs, skits, games, crafts & snacks, each activity directly relates to God's Word.  

VBS will be held this year during the week of July 31 through August 4.  Don't Let yiour kids miss this fun time.


Virginia Conference Disaster Response

This organization is asking for your gifts to help with the cost of providing the needed personnel, required equipment and a desired Christian witness not only for the past current disaster (storms and multiple tornadoes that swept across Virginia causing loss of life, injuries and severe property damage in communities on February 24th), but also for disasters that may occur in the future.  You can make a donation through Saint Andrew's, or send a check payable to "Virginia United Methodist Conference" to the Virginia Conference Treasurer, P. O. Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA 23058.  Please desinate "Conference Advance #5037  -  Disaster Response" on your check in the memo section.  (Tony & Jean Barnette of Missions are exploring  the opportunity for a work team in the affected areas.)


Welborne Food Pantry

Saint Andrew's has partnered with Welborne United Methodist Church in stocking and staffing their Food Pantry.  The number of individuals needing assistance in our communities continue to grow each week.  Volunteers and donations are needed to support this mission.  Please keep this mission in your hearts, since those in need are our neighbors.