First Time Visitors

Welcome!

We’re glad you’re here! We are pleased that you are interested in exploring our faith community. From this page we hope to give you an idea about:
  • who we are,
  • what we are doing in the community and the world and
  • what to expect when you visit or attend a service, meeting or event at St. Andrew's.

 What We Believe - Our Mission Statement

We the people of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church believe God's love and embrace are unconditional and that all people are worthy of respect and honor. All are created in the image of God and we strive to welcome and include all religious seekers without regard to age, culture, difference in ability, economic circumstances, ethnic background, family configuration, gender, gender identity and expression, nationality, political philosophy, race, or sexual orientation. We are called by Christ to be in unity with God and one another. Learn more about our beliefs.

Our History - About St. Andrew's

Since its 1894 founding St. Andrew's has been a welcoming community, bringing together people from all walks of life. We are proud to be a part of the Episcopal Church, located in the Diocese of Albany. Learn more about our history.

Generally Speaking

The parish of St. Andrew's is part of the 80-million strong worldwide Anglican Communion. Specifically, we are a parish in the Diocese of Albany and part of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA). St. Andrew's stands in the mainstream of the Episcopal tradition. We seek to follow the age-old call of Jesus – “Come, follow me” – in a way that makes sense in the modern world. We are an inclusive community.We welcome all whom God calls through our doors and seek to help them grow in their discipleship of Jesus Christ. We are a Biblical church. We are a sacramental church. We are a church that takes seriously the insights of modern science and learning. We seek to follow the age-old call of Jesus–”Come, follow me”–in a way that makes sense in the modern world.

What to Expect at a Service

The congregation participates in the services using The Book of Common Prayer [BCP] (the red book), The Hymnal 1982 (the blue book) and Wonder, Love, and Praise (the green book)  at the Sunday services. The numbers for hymns and songs are listed in the Sunday bulletin and posted at the front of the nave on the hymn boards. Service Music is the term used for musical settings from the BCP and other liturgical sources. The numbers which refer to items in this portion of the The Hymnal 1982 are preceded by the letter “S”. We offer a Nursery during our Sunday 10 a.m. service and there is no dress code for those entering our building. Learn more about what to expect at a service or see our Frequently Asked Questions.

What is an Episcopalian? - Some Specific Beliefs

  • As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
  • The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
  • Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages throughout the world.
  • We welcome men and women to be ordained as bishops, priests, and deacons.
  • We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
  • Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our Church.
  • Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not just members of the Episcopal Church.
  • We are informed by the witness and words of the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
  • Episcopalians recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.
  • We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal, informed conscience.
  • We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.
  • All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.
Text adapted from “I Am Episcopalian,” The Episcopal Church.