St. Andrew’s Anglican Church began to meet for weekly services in mid August of 2009 but the story of the formation of our church began well before that.
During the summer of 2004, a handful of families from Asheboro, Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem began to gather together to pray, study the Scriptures, and seek to discern if God was leading them to plant new Anglican churches.
We began to meet as a Community Group in the fall of 2008, started occasional services early in 2009, and launched weekly services in August 2009. In late 2015 we secured our own location near downtown Asheboro where we meet weekly for Worship and Community Group. God has been very gracious to us, most especially in providing us with wonderful lay leadership and extraordinarily gifted musicians.
During our weekly gatherings in the time leading up to the start of weekly Eucharist services, all of us participated in the naming of the new mission. We settled upon Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church.
Saint Andrew is remembered as the “first called” disciple because before any of the other apostles followed after Jesus, Andrew left his nets as a fisherman and became a “fisher of men.”
"The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, 'Behold, the Lamb of God!' The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, 'What are you seeking?' And they said to him, 'Rabbi' (which means Teacher), 'where are you staying?' He said to them, 'Come and you will see.' So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, 'We have found the Messiah' (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, 'So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas' (which means Peter)." - John 1:35-42
We esteem Andrew’s faith and his willingness to strike out and follow Jesus, even when he did not know all that that would entail (we seldom do!). We also admire Andrew’s missionary zeal. Whenever we read of him in the gospels, Andrew is introducing other people to Jesus.
As a new mission church, we desire to be like Andrew in both of these ways – following Jesus boldly even though we do not know precisely where He will lead us and being people who are always looking for opportunities to introduce others to Him. Please pray for us as we seek to remain faithful to this calling.