St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Who is St. Andrew?

St. Andrew's History

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Who is St. Andrew?

Andrew was a fisherman who lived in the early part of the first century B.C.E. Andrew’s special gift was his willingness to invite other people to come to meet Jesus. The Gospel according to John tells us that Andrew was a disciple of Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist. When Jesus came to be baptized, John the Baptist pointed Jesus out and said, “Here is the Lamb of God.” (John 1:29) Andrew and another disciple went with Jesus to spend the day with him and to hear him teach. Andrew’s first act after his initial encounter with Jesus was to find his brother, Simon Peter, and bring him to Jesus. Andrew very well may have been the first missionary. Andrew wasn’t part of Jesus’ inner circle of disciples, but he is always mentioned in the lists of disciples. When a crowd of people listening to Jesus became hungry, Andrew was the disciple who brought a boy with loaves and fishes to Jesus. A crowd of over 5,000 people was fed. Tradition tells us that Andrew suffered a martyr’s death. We celebrate St. Andrew’s feast day on November 30th. People of Scottish descent celebrate Andrew as the patron saint of Scotland.

St. Andrew's History

In 1865, a missionary minded group of parishioners of Christ Episcopal Church started a Sunday School in what we now know as South Park. It was the first outreach effort of the downtown church and that effort was destined to become the parish now known as St. Andrew's. The original meetings were held in a rented house of the present grounds of Miami Valley Hospital. The promising start blossomed and in 1868, a small brick church was built and given the name of Ascension Chapel. By 1889 the mission chapel was successful enough that the Bishop was petitioned for a change of status from mission to parish and for a change of name to St. Andrew's. More change came as the city condemned half the church property for a widening of the street and membership growth made possible the construction of a new and large church at the corner of Buckeye and Pulaski Streets.

This building was dedicated in 1910 and enjoyed for a brief few years before the 1913 flood inflicted considerable damage on the church and the neighborhood. Extensive discussions finally concluded that a move to the higher ground of Dayton View would be wise and in 1923 the present St. Andrew's was built on Salem Ave. in what was then the edge of the city. "Few houses in the vicinity and beautiful hiking trails just a short distance away." Obviously the city grew as did St. Andrew's necessitating an expansion in the 1950's. Today, shaded by the now large trees on its grounds, the "little church on the hill" as St. Andrew's became known, looks forward to being part of the vitality and change of the community as it has for the past 140+ years.

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Stewardship

The people of St. Andrew’s continually give of their time and their wide variety of gifts. Our members sing in the choir, serve breakfast in our local soup kitchen, prepare the church for worship, teach our children, clean the church, even design this website! It is these gifts of time and talent that make St. Andrew’s the unique and loving place that it is. We also support the church through a financial pledge. This pledge is important, it not only pays salaries and bills but helps fund the ministry of this church.

Your stewardship, your gift to the church, is a way of giving back to God. By making an intentional pledge you acknowledge that as a Christian community, all we have comes as a gift from God and we give back a small part of that in thanksgiving. I invite you to make an intentional commitment or a renewed commitment to St. Andrew’s as we continue to grow and give thanks to God for all we have.

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Episcopal Links

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Contact

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1060 Salem Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45406
Phone: 937.278.7345
Email: standrewsdayton@att.net

Church Hours: The parish office is open from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Monday-Thursday.

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