Family Ministry

Family life is hectic in northern Virginia in the 21st century. At St. Andrews, we offer a way for families to grow together in the Christian faith by worshipping God, learning our stories, making a difference in our community and the world by being part of a joyful and caring community.

Worship is how we make God important in our lives and experience the mystery of God’s love and power. The Family Service is for anyone, any age, and especially for those who are unfamiliar with Episcopal worship or who might not enjoy the adult sermon. Together, we sing, pray and hear a story to prepare for the mystery of the Holy Communion. The family service begins in the Choral Eucharist at 10:00 on Sundays, exits to the Chapel and returns for Communion.

Education is how we learn the stories of our faith tradition. This is a lifelong process, and beginners of any age are welcome. Our Christian Education program is called FISH: Families Integrating Sunday and Home. Families follow this link each week to:

  • Read together the Gospel story from the previous week;
  • Find the prayer starter and discussion question for each week; and
  • Post a comment, reflection or question.

We gather as families once every four to six weeks for Sunday FISHing during the school year for a potluck lunch and group teaching that supports our work at home. To learn more, click here.


IMG_1473Service to our community and to the world is how we put our faith to work.  From working in our community garden to grow fresh vegetables for the hungry in Arlington, to raising money for our mission to Haiti, to gathering school supplies for our neighbors in need, families at St. Andrew’s are always involved with helping others.

Community is how we celebrate the life that God has given us, and we have a blast together at St. Andrew’s.  Cookouts, pool parties, movie nights and just playing outside after church in our wonderful playground – always with great food! – is what we do.  The only thing missing is you.

Anyone with questions about Family Ministry at St. Andrew’s should contact St. Andrew’s at or call (703) 522-1600.
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