St. Andrews Baptist Church Ministries
Sometimes it seems churches become mostly focused on meeting their own needs. Here at St. Andrews Baptist Church, we believe God has called us to help meet the needs of our community. Each year, we invest more than a quarter of our ministry budget in meeting needs that exist beyond the walls of our church. We do more than give money. We also invest thousands of hours in serving people in our community. What are we doing? Here are a few examples:
What are some of the things that matter most to you? We think that regardless of your age, educational background, or stage of life, relationships are important to you. At St. Andrews Baptist Church we also think that relationships are important – with your spouse, children, parents, siblings, co-workers or God. Because we value relationships, we have various adult ministries designed to strengthen your relationships with one another and with God. Here are a few of our adult ministry opportunities.
Bible Study Groups
At 9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings, adults come together to study the Bible and talk about how to apply its teachings to their lives. It is in this small group environment we believe people develop real and lasting relationships – with each other, and with God. While you meet with adults of your same age group or in your same life situation, your children and youth will be in classes designated for them.
You can view a complete list of adult Bible study options Bible Study Class Discriptions for Adults.
Women’s Small Group Bible Studies
Because we believe that women can often best share their hearts and lives with other women, St. Andrews offers an opportunity for women to come together to study the Bible and share life experiences. These groups are offered during the school year and generally take place on Sunday afternoons and again on Wednesday evenings. For more information visit the Women's Bible Study page.
Men’s Small Group Bible Studies
Men need time with other men to learn and grow. St. Andrews offers small group Bible studies, or other specific book studies, at various times throughout the year. Information on these, when available, will be shared through this website.
Young Families Bible Study
Our Young Families are a group of young adults sharing the experiences of raising families. This group uses a variety of curriculum including book studies, dated curriculum and DVD driven bible series. The goal for this group is to learn about God and then to put that into practice through ministry and missions projects. Some of the things done by this group include participating in the church's School Ministry, helping with church work days to do odd jobs, adopting a family at Christmas, as well as sorting clothes and counting pills for our Honduras Mission team. Our group also gets together for fellowship times and special events. This is a great group and we hope you'll come join us! For more information contact Sharon King.
This group is composed of individuals and couples who are exploring life relationships. They are dating, engaged or recently married and engage in dialogue and study on the foundations of building a healthy Christian relationship. This high energy, fun-loving class meets on Sunday mornings during the Bible Study Group time.
Saints Alive/Other Ministry Opportunities for Senior Adults
Saints Alive is a chance for adults, age 55 and older, to gather for a meal and get to know each other. At each Saints Alive meeting the group will be challenged or entertained through a program especially designed for seniors. Meetings always include good food and lots of laughs. Plan to join us on the fourth Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
For the musically inclined, or for those who simply love to sing as a ministry, there is the senior adult choir, Joy Singers. This choir meets Mondays, September-May, and emphasizes ministry concerts during the holidays and toward the end of the school year for local elder-care facilities. Call the music office for more information.
Retirees also involve themselves in annual trips to the South American country of Honduras, and others stay here and assist throughout the year in collecting, organizing, packing and shipping supplies needed for that mission event. A group of mostly retired men and women also use their carpentry skills to assist Habitat for Humanity in the midlands area. Call the church office for more information on how to become involved.
SABC began an exciting new GED ministry in 2012. A staff of certified teachers, as well as trained and experienced volunteers, assist GED students in succeeding and reaching their goals. The only requirement for participating in the class is an open mind and willingness to study hard. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30-12:30. Registration, TABE testing, pre-/post-testing, and prep course for the GED are FREE.
We are conveniently located next to two schools. Believing that God has placed us here for a reason, we have developed a strong partnership with H.B. Rhame Elementary. Each week, dozens of our St. Andrews Baptist family members volunteer there, doing everything from reading, to mentoring, to serving as room parents. Nearly 100 members of SABC serve as volunteers at H.B. Rhame. Each fall, we gather school supplies to help the families and faculty of H.B. Rhame.
Since 2001, SABC has helped meet the needs of families in our area through a ministry called Kids Cafe. Three afternoons a week, a group of students from Rhame Elementary come to our campus after school. We play great games, do homework, have a nutritious home-style meal—and lots of fun! Again, dozens of volunteers are involved in this ministry, including students from University of South Carolina, Columbia College, and Columbia International University.
Habitat for Humanity
For more than a decade, our church has partnered with Habitat for Humanity. A group of SABC members have built the porches and steps for nearly every Habitat House in the Midlands for years.
Each summer, SABC invites neighborhood children to our campus for a great week of learning and fun. Vacation Bible School helps children develop a spiritual foundation for life, while Basketball Camp focuses on teaching the fundamentals of the game.