A worshiping community in the Anglican tradition located in Endicott, NY
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Anglican? An Anglican is a member of an Anglican church. Anglican churches are part of a worldwide family of churches that together comprise the Anglican Communion. The word Anglican in this context means connected to the Church of England.
What should I expect at St. Andrew’s, Endicott? On Sunday mornings and other times that we meet you can expect to be greeted by smiling and friendly people. We want you to feel at home and to experience the riches of Anglican worship. Anglican worship is generally characterized by reverence and dignity. In our modern service on Saturdays you can expect lively and spirited worship. On Sunday mornings our service is traditional.
The Book of Common Prayer (see explanation below), candles, vestments, and other means are used on Sunday mornings to convey an environment that is set apart for God and contributes to the reverence and dignity of our worship. Also, on Sunday mornings we blend traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs to reach a variety of people in different ages and stages of life.
How should I dress? St. Andrew’s is a come-as-you-are church. Comfortable and modest works well at St. Andrew’s.
What is the Book of Common Prayer? It is a book used in Anglican churches for public worship and private devotion. The prayer book contains a number of worship services including Holy Communion, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer.
What is liturgy? Liturgy is the order and form for a community’s worship. Every church has a liturgy – some are simple and some are more elaborate.
Is there anything else that you do on Sunday mornings? Absolutely! We offer Children’s Ministry for our younger attenders. Our adults gather after worship for Coffee Hour (not necessarily an hour, mind you – stay as briefly or as long as you like!) and often we have special educational opportunities for adults.
What about church government? Anglican churches utilize the ancient four orders of the church for ministry and governance. The four orders are laity (all regular church members), deacons (set apart for special ministries in the church and the world), priests (generally given charge over individual churches), and bishops (overseers for a group of churches). Individual Anglican churches are governed by a church board called a vestry.