The parish office is always a good initial point of contact to learn more about our various church ministries and how you can get involved. Below are brief descriptions of ministries within our parish, along with contact information.
ACCESS AIDS CARE COOK-IN
On the third Sunday of the month, six months of the year, parishioners and others from the community gather at St. Andrews to prepare meals for families affected by HIV/AIDS. Contact Llew Roberts at 423-6310.
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
St. Andrew's participates with other Ghent-area churches in hosting a bi-monthly blood drive on a rotating schedule. Contact Deane Sobol at 623-0796. Click on these links for information on How to Prepare for Donating Blood and Foods Rich in Iron.
CATHOLIC WORKER SANDWICH MINISTRY
On the Friday before the fourth Saturday of each month, parishioners make and drop off sandwiches for distribution to those who receive food from the Norfolk Catholic Worker. Contact Robin Kruger at 470-9882.
FOODBANK OF SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA
St. Andrew’s hosts three food and fund drives for our local Foodbank and provide volunteer support. We also sponsor the backpack program that sends food home on weekends to families in need at our neighborhood elementary school, W.H. Taylor Elementary.
In partnership with other area churches, we host a monthly ministry to launder the clothes of those in need and build relationships one load at a time.
MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Each year we devote 0.7% of our church budget to international projects in line with the Millennium Development Goals. Over the last several years we have supported school children in Sudanese refugee camp in Kenya. Robin Kruger 470-9882.
MISSION AND MINISTRY COMMITTEE
This committee oversees our outreach ministry in the community and also determines grant support for local organizations such as Ghent Area Ministries, ForKIDS, the Lost Boys Foundation, Camp Wakonda, and more. Contact Robin Kruger 470-9882.
NORFOLK EMERGENCY SHELTER TEAM (N.E.S.T.)
N.E.S.T. is a collaboration of local churches that take turns providing a week of overnight shelter to 50 - 60 homeless men and women. St. Andrew's typically hosts two weeks each year. Contact Jim Rhodes at 627-5980.
ODU EPISCOPAL CAMPUS MINISTRY
We support the Episcopal student fellowship at the Canterbury Center at Old Dominion University by providing meals, advising, and financial support throughout the school year.
At noon on the first Wednesday of each month, we celebrate a Recovery Eucharist in our chapel as an outreach to people and families affected by addiction.
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND ADVOCACY
Parishioners participate in nonpartisan advocacy efforts through the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public policy, Bread for the World, and other organizations. Contact Pat Hodge at 622-1429.
STOP HUNGER NOW
In the winter/spring of each year, we partner with Stop Hunger Now to host a fun event at which we pack 10,000 dry meals to ship to hungry persons around the world. Contact Robin Kruger 470-9882.
SUDANESE REFUGEE MINISTRY
In partnership with Outreach Africa: The Lost Boys Foundation, we provide support each year toward the education and health of Sudanese refugees.