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					St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church



Congregational Profile
February 2008

Information for those interested in becoming part of the team
ministry as a



Minister of Word and Sacraments,
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Please direct inquiries to:
Rev. Sandy Scott, Interim Moderator
     60 – 12th Street East
     Prince Albert, Sk., S6V 1B2
     phone: 306-764-4771
     email: sandy.scott@sasktel.net




                               Church address:
                               436 Spadina Crescent East
                               Saskatoon, SK. S7K 3G6
                               Email: office@standrews-saskatoon.net
                               www: standrews-saskatoon.net
St. Andrew’s Congregational Profile



Table of Contents
Table of Contents .................................................................... 2
1) Who are we? ...................................................................... 3
  Other Full & Part-time staff.................................................... 4
2) Whom do we seek? ............................................................. 4
  Some Background ................................................................ 4
  Responsibilities and Working Relationships .............................. 5
  Special Qualifications ............................................................ 5
  Past Ministers ...................................................................... 5
  Compensation ..................................................................... 6
  Pastoral Skills and Interests .................................................. 6
3) What are the numbers? ....................................................... 6
  Congregational Demographics................................................ 6
     Active Members ................................................................ 6
     Age Demographics ............................................................ 7
     Living Patterns .................................................................. 7
     Housing Patterns ............................................................... 7
     Occupations Within the Congregation ................................... 8
  Financial Statement for 2006 ................................................. 8
4) What do we do and how do we do it? ..................................... 9
  Worship .............................................................................. 9
  Pastoral Care ...................................................................... 10
  Mission, Outreach, and Evangelism ........................................ 11
  Christian Education ............................................................. 13
  Administration and Stewardship of Financial Resources ............ 14
5) What is the role of St. Andrew’s in the Presbytery and the Synod?
........................................................................................... 14
6) What is it like to live in Saskatoon, SK?................................. 15


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1) Who are we?

   “St. Andrew’s exists to share the love of God in the church
    and in the community” (Mission Statement – 1995)
   congregation was organized in 1925
   a leading Presbyterian church in Saskatoon and in the Synod
    of Saskatchewan


St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Saskatoon is located in the
downtown core of the City of Saskatoon on Spadina Crescent, a
main thoroughfare along the South Saskatchewan River.


Our address information is as follows:


St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
436 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7K 3G6


Phone:     306.242.0525
Fax:       306.242.0814
Email:     office@standrews-saskatoon.net
www:       standrews-saskatoon.net


At present, we have average weekly attendance of 140, and the
total for active members and adherents is 275. Since 1990, St.
Andrew’s has employed the team ministry concept. As well, St.
Andrew’s has accepted a student minister every two years or so.
A number of student ministers have received practical training
and experience from St. Andrew's, and some of our own
members have heard the call to ordained ministry and gone on to
serve the church as Ministers of Word and Sacraments.



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In addition to the current Minister, Rev. Amanda Currie, the staff
at St. Andrew’s includes a Secretary/Bookkeeper, Church
Caretaker, Choir Director and Organist. As well, there are several
dozen wonderful volunteers that bring their time, talents and gifts
to St. Andrew’s and on behalf of St. Andrew’s to the broader
Presbyterian community and the City of Saskatoon as a whole.
Amanda has been a Minister of Word and Sacraments since
December 2003. She loves to preach and teach, to celebrate the
Sacraments, and to provide pastoral care. Her role at St.
Andrew’s has included an emphasis on ministry with children and
youth, which she enjoys very much. Amanda is a musician who
loves to use her voice to praise God. She enjoys creative and
thoughtful worship, and looks forward to working in a team
ministry again.
Other Full & Part-time staff
Karen Neufeld          Secretary/Bookkeeper   4 days/week
Gillian Lyons          Organist/Pianist       Contract
Adam Brulotte          Choir Director         Contract
Loren Bastian          Caretaker              Part time

2) Whom do we seek?

We are looking for a Minister of Word and Sacraments to join the
team ministry at St. Andrew’s with the Rev. Amanda Currie.
Some Background
The team ministry at St. Andrew’s for 13 years consisted of the
Rev. Jim McKay and the Rev. Annabelle Wallace. When Jim
retired in 2003, we called the Rev. Amanda Currie to join the
team. In the fall of 2006, Annabelle was called to a new ministry
in Edmonton, and we decided to take some time to consider how
to move forward in ministry together.




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A visioning session in January 2007 led to some new goals for the
outreach and worship committees. These centered around finding
new ways to invite people into the community at St. Andrew’s
and continuing to work on worship development. The visioning
session did not lead to a clear decision regarding ministry staff.
The Session continued to discuss the question of which ministry
model we should choose to carry out our mission in Saskatoon. In
June 2007, the Session recommended to the congregation that
we call a Minister of Word and Sacraments and continue with
team ministry. The congregation voted in favour of this
recommendation, and with Presbytery’s approval, began the
search for another minister.
Responsibilities and Working Relationships
The Session and congregation have decided to continue with a
team ministry model as opposed to a hierarchical model.
Both ministers are responsible for all aspects of ministry. Both
are involved in leading worship; and working out a preaching and
leading schedule together. The same applies to moderating the
Session, participating in committee meeting, in groups and in
other programs at St. Andrew’s.
The two ministers will meet regularly to prayerfully plan the
ministry, share experiences and ideas, and keep each other
informed of needs and concerns. Study leave and holiday are
arranged so that at any time at least one minister is available.
Special Qualifications
We are searching for a minister who is a good communicator and
who is excited about working in a team with our current minister,
the Rev. Amanda Currie. A minister who has skills and/or interest
in evangelism and church growth would also be an asset to the
team.
Past Ministers
     Rev. Annabelle Wallace           16 years 1990-2006
     Rev. Jim McKay                   15 years 1988-2003
     Rev. Dr. Ron Davidson            23 years 1964-1987


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Compensation
The incoming minister will be paid a stipend commensurate with
training and experience, as well as receive the following:
      a housing allowance (in accordance with the needs of
       minister)
      utilities
      car allowance
      $600 per year study leave.
There will be 5 weeks of holiday and 2 weeks of study leave.


Pastoral Skills and Interests
Rev. Amanda Currie                                 Team Minister
1.   Leading worship and preaching      1.   Leading worship and preaching
2.   Crisis visiting                    2.   Crisis visiting
3.   Work with children & youth         3.   Mission, outreach and evangelism
4.   Christian education                4.   Leadership development
5.   Inter-church co-operation          5.   Personal and spiritual development



3) What are the numbers?

Congregational Demographics
Type of Congregation:                 Self-supporting
Type of Community:                    Urban

Active Members
                              Congregation              Congregation
                                  Now                    5 years ago
Active Members                    181                       203




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Age Demographics
                    Age Congregation (Now)                                Age Congregation (5 years ago)
                                          15%                                                        20.0%
                               8%                                                     6.5%


                                                                               8.0%
 0-5 years          10%                                   0-5 years
 6-14 years                                        24%    6-14 years
                                                                            5.5%
 15-24 years       2%                                     15-24 years
 25-44 years                                              25-44 years                                          24.0%
 45 - 64 years                                            45 - 64 years
 65+ years                                                65+ years



                                                                                      36.0%
                                    41%




Living Patterns
                        Living Patterns (Now)                               Living Patterns (5 years ago)



                          21.8%                                                    21.2%
                                                                                                               41.1%
                                                  43.6%
 Adult(s) with a                                          Adult(s) with a
 least one child                                          least one child
 Singe persons                                            Singe persons

 Two or more                                              Two or more
 adults                                                   adults



                                34.5%                                                      37.7%




Housing Patterns
                    Housing Patterns (Now)                                Housing Patterns (5 years ago)

  Apartments                                                                                 40.7%
                                34.2%




  Private
  Homes                                                    Apartments


                        7.0%
                                                           Private
  Other                                                    Homes
  (nursing,
  retirement,                                   58.8%
  group
  homes)                                                                                               59.3%




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Occupations Within the Congregation



      Clerical/Secretarial                            13.2%    3.7%

      College/University
      Students                              5.1%
      Elementary/Secondary                                               17.4%
      Students
      Homemakers                     9.8%

      Professional/Business
                              0.6%
                                     1.0%
      Retired
                                      10.6%
      Technicians

      Unemployed

                                                                 38.6%
      Other



Financial Statement for 2006
Income                                             Expenses
 Offerings/Gifts              $244,491              Operating Budget         $202,960
 Investments                     $6,814             Debt Repayment                 $0
 Rentals                             $366           Benevolences              $64,615
                                                     (Presbyterians Sharing,
                                                     Presbytery, Synod, Camp,
                                                     PWS&D, Elders institute, etc.)
 Other                          $22,745             Other                          $0
TOTAL INCOME                  $274,684             TOTAL EXPENSES            $267,575


Approved Budget for 2007                            $245,075
Presbyterians Sharing Allocation                    Requested          $36,113
                                                    Accepted           $36,113




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4) What do we do and how do we do it?

The ministry of St. Andrew’s is carried out by the ministers and
members through five committees of Session (composed of
elders and other members), a Board of Managers, and several
other groups.
Worship
We gather each Sunday for worship at 11 a.m. The sign outside
our building says “Come and worship with friendly Presbyterians”
and we try to live up to the invitation, welcoming everyone into
the worshipping community. We have a fairly traditional
Presbyterian worship service that is inclusive of children, youth,
and adults. We use inclusive language and try to find a balance of
newer and older hymns and songs of praise.
Our organist and choir director are talented musicians who seek
to choose appropriate music for the readings and themes of the
particular worship service. Our choir is growing in numbers and in
skill as they lead the congregational singing and provide special
music each Sunday.




We celebrate the liturgical year in our worship and generally
follow the lectionary. The congregation takes part in leading
worship by proclaiming the scriptures every Sunday. Occasionally
members lead by providing special music, drama, readings, or
prayers. We encourage our youth and church school students to
share special music or drama during worship. At Christmas each
year, we have a special service that usually includes choral music
and a Christmas Play by the children and youth.




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The Worship Committee studies worship, sponsors workshops
and explores other forms of worship. Recently, this committee did
an in-depth study around children participating in communion,
and which led to the Session to inviting children to the table for
the first time. In co-operation with the Church School, this
committee planned an educational program for the children on
the sacrament, and children now participate in Holy Communion
at St. Andrew’s each time we celebrate the sacrament. This
committee also plans mid-week worship during the special
seasons of Advent and Lent.
Pastoral Care
Though the ministers and elders have a special responsibility for
pastoral whether care in crisis situations or on a regular basis,
they are supported by a Pastoral Care Committee at St.
Andrew’s. This committee has done an excellent job of arranging
many programs to provide ongoing pastoral care for our
members. These include:
   Lay hospital visitors at all three hospitals
   A transportation co-ordinator who arranges rides to church
   Visitors to those “shut in” at home
   An information centre on community programs and services
   A prayer chain
   The Thursday Group – a Thursday afternoon group for
    seniors that meets twice each month for fellowship and
    education on various topics of interest


The committee also hosts an annual worship service and
luncheon for those who are unable to get to church on a regular
basis due to health problems. Approximately every 4 or 5 years,
the committee produces a photo directory of the congregation.
The committee has also sponsored workshops on various topics.




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The Women’s League also provides pastoral care for members
of our congregation. The group meets monthly for worship, work,
and fellowship. By providing funeral teas, a card ministry, and
care packages to those who are “shut in” the women of this group
contribute a great deal to the congregation’s pastoral care
ministry. The Women’s League raises funds for the congregation’s
budget through Christmas and Spring Tea and Bake Sales and
through donations made for funeral teas. They also look after the
church kitchen and keep it stocked with supplies.
Mission, Outreach, and Evangelism
The ministry of mission, outreach, and evangelism at St.
Andrew’s is carried out under the leadership of the Stewardship
Committee, the Outreach Committee, and the Hildur Hermanson
Women’s Missionary Society group.


The Stewardship Committee encourages members to be
stewards of God’s resources by sharing what they have with our
national church and our church’s mission through PWS&D. St.
Andrew’s has a history of consistently meeting its Presbyterians
Sharing allocation, and we plan to continue to make it a priority.
The committee encourages the congregation to give towards our
ministry through St. Andrew’s, and this year it has chosen to
focus on our stewardship of God’s creation – a call to care for our
natural environment. The committee also plans and leads worship
for Presbyterians Sharing Sunday and PWS&D Sunday each year.




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The Outreach Committee provides education about poverty and
the local missions and agencies that are working to make
people’s lives better in our community. Through the annual
Advent Appeal and other initiatives, the committee encourages
members of all ages to give gifts that make a difference, and has
created a St. Andrew’s bursary for post-secondary education. The
bursary will provide financial support for inner-city students.




The Outreach Committee also has an emphasis on evangelism.
The committee tries to find ways to encourage members to invite
friends into faith conversations and to attend church. This year
the committee is working on ways to make St. Andrew’s more
visible in the community through a new website, a pamphlet, and
a new sign outside the church.


The Women’s Missionary Society group actively promotes
mission education within the congregation. The group leads a
Mission Awareness Sunday each year, provides “mission
moments” on Sundays, and plans special mission education
events occasionally. They do the mission study of the PCC each
year, and invite members of the congregation to participate.




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Christian Education
The Christian Education Committee ensures that there are
quality Christian education programs for all ages in our
congregation. These programs include church school for ages 3 –
grade 9, kids’ club for grades 4-8 on Friday evenings, youth
group for grades 9-12 on Sunday evenings, bible study on
Sunday mornings, and adult education session on various topics
throughout the year. The average attendance at church school is
15. We hold a Vacation Bible Adventure program for grades 1-8
during the February school break each year.

Age Group             Enrollment      Curriculum              No. of Teachers
0 -3 years                10          None                        Rotation
Age 4 – Grade 6           29          Bible Quest             9 (3 teams of 3)
Grade 7-9                  6          Bible Quest                     2
Kids’ Club                16          Variety Resources               6
Youth Group               17          Variety Resources               3
Adult Bible Study         15          Covenant Bible Series           1
Other Adult Ed.         Varies        Variety Resources




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St. Andrew’s has a library, first established in 1977, that
continues to be added to and utilized by the congregation,
ministers and others. In 2006, we had a reading challenge in
which the two sides of the congregation (pulpit side vs. lectern
side) competed to read bible books and theological books from
our church library. The competition ended with a Bible Jeopardy
evening of fun for all ages.
As well the committee hosts regular movie and discussion
evenings. The committee also works on ways to encourage 20
and 30 somethings to get to know one another and get involved
at the church.


Administration and Stewardship of Financial Resources
We have a competent Board of Managers who diligently look
after the finances and the property of the congregation. In recent
years, the Board has been working on reducing our energy
consumption by replacing light fixtures and bulbs, and exploring
possibilities for energy efficient heating systems for the building.
The Stewardship Committee works closely with the Board to keep
the financial needs before the congregation. The committee also
provides Stewardship education, as was mentioned earlier under
the “Mission” section.

5) What is the role of St. Andrew’s in the
Presbytery and the Synod?

St. Andrew’s is one of the larger congregations in a small
Presbytery and a small Synod. Denominational service has
typically been a significant part of the work of our ministers,
serving as interim moderators, moderators or clerks of Presbytery
and Synod, and doing their share of committee work.
The focus of the Synod’s ministry is on education, youth, and
camp work. Synod meetings each year include a speaker on a
relevant theme, and the Synod oversees the work of the Regional
Staff Person and Camp Christopher, our Synod Camp.


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Synod Youth conferences are held several times a year and our
youth participate in Canada Youth events as well. Camp
Christopher, located north of Prince Albert on Christopher Lake, is
an important part of our ministry. Our children and youth attend
this camp year after year, and many go on to work as counsellors
and staff at the camp. It is an important part of their Christian
education. St. Andrew’s supports the camp financially and
through the participation of volunteers and staff. The Women’s
Camp in September (organized by the WMS) is a highlight for
many of our women.

6) What is it like to live in Saskatoon, SK?

Positives:
   Saskatoon offers all the amenities of a big city but with the
    conveniences of a small community
   One of the fastest growing communities and economies in
    western Canada in 2007
   Saskatoon experiences four distinct seasons and the most
    sunshine of any major city in Canada with an average of
    2,381 hours annually
   Saskatoon had the lowest overall costs of living of any
    western Canadian city in 2006-2007
Challenges:
   Poverty and despair amongst many of the Aboriginal peoples
    that live in the downtown area near St. Andrew’s




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   With growth, it is now a challenge at times for the
    underprivileged or ‘working poor’ in Saskatoon to find
    affordable housing
   There are still far too many in Saskatoon that require the
    services of the food bank, and many other social agencies
    that St. Andrew’s supports fiscally and materially are over-
    taxed
   Like most downtown churches, St. Andrew’s is engaged in
    alleviating the issues that affect all big cities: the
    homelessness, drugs, crime, and prostitution


Saskatoon is centrally located in the province of Saskatchewan,
Canada. The city lies 780 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, a
little over 520 kilometres southeast of Edmonton, and just over
300 kilometres north of the U.S. border.
Saskatoon is situated on the banks of the south Saskatchewan
river which is crossed by seven bridges within the city limits
hence the name “city of bridges”. The altitude of Saskatoon is
481.5 meters above sea level. The city covers an area of 176 sq.
kilometres which includes over 120 hectares of riverbank
parklands.




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Saskatchewan grows half of the entire quantity of Canada’s major
export crops: wheat, oats, barley, rye, flaxseed and canola.
Saskatoon is at the heart of this market, providing a variety of
services and products to the farm sector. Mining is also an
important part of the economy. The Saskatoon region is the
world's largest exporter of uranium, and nearly two-thirds of the
world's recoverable potash reserves are located in the Saskatoon
region.
Value added food processing is one of the fastest growing
industries in Saskatoon, which is considered the agriculture
biotechnology capital of Canada. Saskatoon was named "one of
the best cities in Canada for knowledge based businesses" by the
Globe and Mail in 1995.
Saskatoon is Saskatchewan’s largest city with an estimated
population of 208,000 and growing.




The Saskatoon area has been inhabited for some 6,000 years;
however, it was not until the summer of 1883 that the first
settlers began to arrive and subsequently in 1903 that the town
charter was obtained. "Saskatoon" is derived from 'mis-sask-
quah-toomina', the Cree Indian name for a local indigenous
berry. Saskatoon was incorporated as a city on May 26, 1906,
and celebrated its 100th birthday in 2006.




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With access to excellent K-12 schools, technical schools and the
University of Saskatchewan, many educational opportunities are
available. The University of Saskatchewan is the only university in
Canada to house all five health science colleges and a major
teaching hospital on the same campus. Some of the first
experiments undertaken aboard the space shuttle were a result of
research conducted at the University of Saskatchewan.
Innovation Place, located on the university grounds, is one of the
most successful university-related research parks in North
America. The University of Saskatchewan is also home to the
Canadian Light Source Synchrotron which is used by scientists to
study the microscopic nature of matter, right down to the level of
the atom.
Saskatoon has much to offer residents and visitors. History
comes alive at many exceptional museums such as the Western
Development Museum and its popular Mainstreet Boomtown
1910. Six thousand years of habitation can be explored at
Wanuskewin Heritage Park. Many festivals and special events are
celebrated annually. From the ethnic celebrations of Folkfest and
Vesna, to the renowned Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, to the
innovative Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival and the
popular Saskatoon Exhibition, the good times are guaranteed.




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