WORSHIP WITH US!

Sunday Celebration   10:30 AM

All are welcome!

Are you looking for a progressive contemporary-style worship service?
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OUR CORE VALUES

We are a Just Peace and Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

YOU’RE WELCOME HERE!

We are radically inclusive and extravagantly welcoming. We are a church of Love In Action.
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Welcome to St. Andrew United Church of Christ!
We are a progressive and inclusive expression of the Christian faith.

Our Sunday Celebrations offer worship rich in modern and traditional music and customs, with a challenging message, supportive prayer, and a children’s time. Communion, which is open to all, is on the first Sunday of every month. Celebrate with us in a relaxed, inclusive, inviting, and inspiring time to focus on our relationships with God and our growing church family.

We are proud to be an extravagantly welcoming church that fully includes all people, regardless of race, sex, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, physical ability, mental ability, economic status, or faith journey.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here. 

We celebrate the diversity God created us to be!  Together, we are:
• Young and old

• LGBT and straight
• Multiracial and multicultural
• Snowbirds and year-round Florida residents
• Folks who grew up in the UCC and folks who are new to the UCC

Our open-minded and welcoming environment attracts members from Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Lakewood Ranch, Osprey, University Place, Nokomis, Ellenton, The Meadows, Gulf Gate Estates, Southgate, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Myakka City, and from many other places in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

We are easily accessible from USF Sarasota-Manatee, New College of Florida, State College of Florida, the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Suncoast Technical College. We can be conveniently reached via Tamiami Trail, Beneva Road, and Clark Road.

We are a member of Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity (SURE) and the Gulfcoast Affirming Interfaith Network (GAIN). 


 


STUDY AND DISCUSSION GROUP

Join us on Thursdays at 10:00 AM
(January-May 2019)

 Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today

Bible scholar and Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong contends that there is mounting pressure among Christians for a radically new kind of Christianity–a faith deeply connected to the human experience instead of outdated dogma. To keep Christianity vital, he urges modern Christians to update their faith in light of these advances in our knowledge, and to challenge the rigid and problematic Church teachings that emerged with the Reformation. There is a disconnect, he argues, between the language of traditional worship and the language of the twenty-first century. Bridging this divide requires us to rethink and reformulate our basic understanding of God.


OPEN AND AFFIRMING SUNDAY
June 30, 2019

The last Sunday of June is Open and Affirming Sunday in the United Church of Christ. On Sunday, June 30, we will emphasize our being an Open and Affirming congregation during our Sunday Celebration. What exactly does it “mean”? What is the history behind the Open and Affirming movement in the UCC? How has it evolved? Feel free to wear rainbow colors to church on this special Sunday!

We will also celebrate Just Peace Sunday in September, which will highlight the Just Peace movement in the UCC and our being a Just Peace congregation.