Our Ministries

Worship & Music

At St. Andrew’s we enjoy a diversity of worship experiences and music. We share communion several times a year. We carefully plan many meaningful services for special occasions throughout the year and often thematic services when appropriate. The congregation enjoys playful children’s stories and also dramatic readings. There is considerable openness to try new things and all ages are welcome to take part in our worship. Throughout the year we also offer evening services for Presbytery, for those who are grieving, Taize and prayer and more.

Music Opportunities: Contact Marshall Martin (Organist) 705.325.5183 Ext 4

  • Sanctuary Choir
  • Handbell Choir
  • Praise Team
  • Higher Ground

Opportunities For Children & Youth

St. Andrew's, Orillia offers a number of wonderful opportunities for children and youth of various ages.

These opportunities include:

  • Sunday School (K -12)
  • Nursery Program (Babies - 4 yrs)
  • Youth Group
  • After School Drop-In (Grades 4 & Up)
  • PA Days ( JK - Grade 8)
  • Vacation Bible Camps
  • G.I.R.L. (Tweens &Teen Girls) - Age 9 & up)

Visit our Facebook page. for more information.

Vacation Bible Camp Registration Form:Download

Adult Bible Study Group

Studying the bible in a small group, of 6 -12 people, is a more intimate setting to develop a sense of community, build relationships, and to deepen our walk with God. Interested participants are asked to sign up at the Welcome Centre. For information regarding each group call the Church Office at 705-325-5183 EXT 1.

  • Weekly Bible Study is available Thursday mornings at the Seniors’ Centre, as listed in our Calendar. Monthly study only takes place in July & August, as listed.
  • The 'Agape' Home Bible Study meets for a Spring or Fall series. Check the Calendar for the weekly study dates.
  • ‘Bible & Brew’ meet at a local restaurant on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm. This unique opportunity to ponder God & the world with others is set in a casual atmosphere for adults. Visit our Facebook page for more information. This group meets for Bible study during the year and breaks for the summer months.

Seasonal Studies and Series

In addition to Bible Studies that run each week, we often offer 6 week studies each Winter and Fall. Often the series is thematic or about a particular book in the Bible. Recently, we ran a study on the Book of Job, for example. Other studies might be based on how to find meaning in life or how to handle crises or on what the Bible has to say about Family. If you watch our home page and our church calendar, the series is often advertised there.

  • Social Groups

St. Andrew's Orillia has a number of wonderful social groups for all kinds of people. These groups include:

  • Ladies' Auxiliary
  • Martha Group (Knitting and Crocheting)
  • Annual Ladies' Dinner
  • Men's Coffee Hour
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Annual Men's Dinner
  • In-Betweeners
  • Bridge Club
  • Motorcycle Group
  • Special One-Time Events
  • Picnics and Lunches
  • The Weekly Lunch Bunch
  • Congregational Dinnners

For more information on becoming a part of any of our wonderful social groups, please contact us today.

Community Participation

St. Andrew’s is actively involved in the local community. We provide our Seniors' Centre, Social Service support, in house support of AA, NA & Al Anon, Friendship Ministry (special needs), encouragement of refugee sponsorship and support for Jubilee House (transitional housing project). As well, we are actively involved in on-going funding for the Lighthouse "Building Hope" Campaign. We provide assistance to local food banks. We also offer meals to people who are struggling and we have an active Prayer Shawl Ministry. Each Tuesday, the Prayer Group meet at 1 pm to offer prayers of praise, petition & thanksgiving to God.

Pastoral Visitation is provided by many volunteers to nursing homes and private homes for shut-ins and the bereaved.

For information about becoming a part of our Community Outreach Programs, call the Church Office at 705-325-5183 EXT 1.

International Outreach

We extend our assistance to a number of international participants in need of help, Including wells in Malawi, medical supplies for Nicaragua, Syrian Refugee support, Nepal relief, Paso Por Paso (PASO) support for Mayan families in Guatemala and more. For information call the Church Office at 705-325-5183 EXT 1.

Seniors' Centre/Lunch Bunch

For information, call Cynthia Lafayette (Seniors' Centre/Lunch Bunch & Youth Director) at 705-325-5183 Ext 3

Purpose Of St. Andrew's Seniors' Centre/Lunch Bunch

a. To provide an outlet for social, physical and spiritual fellowship for Seniors and any age interested in participating in our weekly programme or just lunch in the Orillia area and beyond.
b. To provide a setting for learning new skills and an opportunity to work together to help hurting people in the community and the world.

Come join us in a variety of activities from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm every Thursday at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Orillia at 99 Peter Street North.

Each month we will be having entertainment or a speaker and discussion groups.

Lunch is $8.00.

Seniors' and Lunch Bunch Weekly Schedule:

  • 10:30 am - Coffee Time
  • 10:45 am - Welcome, Announcements and Jokes
  • 11:00 am - Current Affairs or Bible Study
  • 11:45 am - Lunch
  • 12:30 pm - Programme (Note programme rotates weekly, as listed)
  • 1st Thursday - Sing-a-long with Marshall Martin
  • 2nd Thursday - Speaker
  • 3rd Thursday - Entertainment
  • 4th Thursday - Speaker
  • 5th Thursday - Special events, such as a mini Olympics, movie & popcorn, table games etc