Feb 192012

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord!” ~ Psalm 122:1

“If we walk in the light, we have fellowship one with another.” 1 John 1:7

If you’re interested in serving as an acolyte, please contact Ms. Sonja Mullens.

The meaning of acolytes:  The word acolyte is taken from an ancient Greek word meaning companion, attendant, or helper.  Acolytes work closely with the pastors and take part in church services to help people worship God.  The acolytes light and extinguish the candles on the altar and the Paschal candle when it is used. They also assist during the communion service.
The acolyte ministry originated during Old Testament times.  Since ancient times, light and fire have reminded people that God is here with us.  Remember your Old Testament verses referencing God in the burning bush.  When the acolytes bring the light (fire) into the sanctuary, they are reminding people that God is with us in our worship service.
When the acolytes extinguish the candles and leave the sanctuary with their candle lighters aflame and exit the building to bring the light outside, they are reminding people that we take the light and scatter it out into the world remembering that God is with us.
The Acolytes ministry provides children with a meaningful opportunity to be involved and serve in the Lord’s House as helpers and attendants in the worship service.  Remember we said:  Acolyte means helper or attendant, but does not designate an age that is usually church specific.   The acolytes duties also include assisting with the offering and other duties during the services.  The acolyte youth develops responsibility to be on time and fulfill his/her obligations.  It takes a little courage initially to stand up before the congregation and perform the duties.

St. Andrews’ Acolytes:  Our acolytes serve by lighting altar candles and assist in the sacrament of communion.  Acolytes serve from 3rd grade to about 8th grade.


Feb 182012

This mission provides hot food and fellowship for the Women’s Residential Counseling Center (WRCC). Members from St. Andrews help cook and serve food at the center. This mission occurs every third Friday of the month. See the Events section for directions and time. For further information contact Susan Mitchell.

For more information about the WRCC please visit their web site at    http://www.centralfloridahomeless.org/services_WRCC.html

Feb 182012

Our church pantry always accepts your donations to help local residents in need. Non-perishables requested.

Copy paper, cleaning and office supplies can be used by the church. When you purchase some for your use, please remember the church and buy some for the work we do in the name of God. Elbow grease is also needed in regards to keeping the church looking its best. If you can volunteer to help clean please see Susan Mitchell. 

Who we are

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Nov 222011

Rev Kay & Pastor Harold Custer


St. Andrews United Methodist Church of Winter Park, Florida, is a close, welcoming congregation dedicated to outreach through faith and worship.

Our Sunday service is an uplifting experience combining music, scripture, hymns and prayer.  We believe this can be the best hour of your week.

To deepen our connection with God we also offer Sunday School classes, ministries, youth instruction and missions. These opportunites  allow us to build our relationship with God and our community.

St. Andrews is looking for others to share in the grace of God and join us on our journey as we enrich our lives and the lives of others. Come visit The Church By The Park and spend the best part of  your week with us.

The Church By The Park

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Nov 222011

For over 50 years St. Andrews United Methodist Church has been a spiritual light in Winter Park.

From it’s inception in 1958, St. Andrews  has focused on being a diverse and welcoming church. Through outreach, ministries and missions we have dedicated  ourselves to benefit our global community and it’s local charities.

If you are looking for a close and caring church then look no further than The Church by the Park.  St. Andrews United Methodist Church, the small church with the big heart, join us Sundays at 11 am for the best hour of your week.

Our History

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Nov 132011


Private Elvis


1958 was a year of change. Elvis went from the King of Rock & Roll to Private Presley. President Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act paving the way for  our 49th state and 14-year-old Bobby Fischer was on his way to becoming the greatest  chess player of all time.

President Eisenhower signing Alaska Statehood Act in 1958

In Winter Park, Florida, a small group of people, with names like Considder, Hartsaw and Evans, were making some changes of their own. This devout and visionary group had been meeting in homes, halls and borrowed churches for nearly five years forming the spiritual nucleus of the First Evangelical United Brethren Church of  Winter Park, Florida. After careful planning and research, the group purchased land in Winter Park, Florida, and  broke ground on the construction of their church in 1959.

Construction of St. Andrews in 1959

The dedication of the main building was  held on February 28, 1960. More than 50 years later the hopes and dreams of those founding members are still alive and well and contained within St. Andrews United Methodist Church.  The foundation that was laid more than five decades  ago still stands strong today. As a spiritual center and haven for those in need, St. Andrews still serves the community now.

St. Andrews today

With locally based missions and outreach , St. Andrews impacts the lives of those closest to us, our neighbors. Making a difference in the lives of those around us and the community that we share  St. Andrews remains  a beacon of spirit and hope for many.