Formation

Adult Programs

Answer God’s call to learn and grow in our faith. These learning opportunities for adults at St. Andrew’s open doors into what it means to live in relationship with God.

  • Bible Study

    Bible Study will meet every other Wednesday at 10:30 for a study of the Book of Ruth This study will use the same series and reading + discussion format we have used in previous studies. Anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of these readings is welcome. (For location and a book, contact Cheryl Cementina at (816)-523-1602).

     
     
  • Brown Baggin’ & Books

    Bring your sack lunch and get ready for great conversation. Brown Baggin’ & Books meets at noon in the church library on the second Wednesday of the month. Here are the upcoming books we will be discussing: 
     
    November 8, 2017
    The Swan of Fifth Avenue, by M. Benjamin was published in January 2016. Available in paperback and kindle.
     
    The author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.
     
    Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends—the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. But, beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman—a woman desperately longing for true love and connection.
     
    Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babe’s powerful circle. Sure of the loyalty of the man she calls “True Heart,” Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake. But once a storyteller, always a storyteller—even when the stories aren’t his to tell.
     
    Truman’s fame is at its peak when such notable celebrities as Frank and Mia Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, and Rose Kennedy converge on his glittering Black and White Ball. But all too soon, he’ll ignite a literary scandal whose repercussions echo through the years. The Swans of Fifth Avenue will seduce and startle readers as it opens the door onto one of America’s most sumptuous eras.
     
    December 13, 2017
    The Christmas Train by David Baldacci published in 2004 and by Grand Central Publishing in 2014.
     
    Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington, D.C., to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures, and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. David Baldacci's The Christmas Train is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief... and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.
     
    January 10, 2018
    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J. D. Vance, Harper Collins Publishers 2016
     
    From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class through the author’s own story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town in Kentucky’s Appalachia. 
     
    “Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis-that of poor, white Americans. . . .  J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.”
    “A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels.  And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.”
     
    If you have questions or would like to recommend a title, please contact Jackie Gilpin at 913.491.4554 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
     


     

  • Café 9:15

    Café 9:15 is a weekly, between-the-services discussion group—a  place where parishioners  gather over coffee and pastries to discuss the morning’s lessons.  We try to look at the scripture in its historical context, search for its message for our day-to-day lives, and ask where it is leading us as we grow in faithfulness to the Gospel’s message.  We are a diverse group, with different perspectives—the more the merrier--so anyone is welcome, any time.  This is a good way to prepare yourself to hear the sermon at 10:15, or to reflect on what you heard at the 8:00 service.  It is also a great way to get to know some of the people of St. Andrew’s. 
     

    Scripture Focus: 
     
    Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
     
    Matthew 21:23:32
     
    This Sunday’s readings encourage us to a more committed obedience.  In Ezekiel, the prophet describes the Lord’s justice.  Paul invites the Philippians to imitate Christ in being a humble servant of God.  And the parable in the Gospel illustrates a change of heart and corresponding faithful action.
     
    Some questions to consider:
     
    How does God’s way of evaluating a person differ from the way we often use?
    How would you describe each son in the parable’s relationship to the father?
    What do you think the readings from Ezekiel and Matthew teach us about how God interacts with us?
    In what ways is obedience inextricably linked to love for God?
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Fabric of Life

    Fabric of Life - St. Andrew’s quilting guild - is a ministry comprised of quilters, sewers, and crafters — male and female. The group gathers in the Auxiliary Room on Wednesdays, from noon to 2:30 p.m. to construct quilts that will be given to people in need. Participants need not have sewing skills to help, and are invited to bring their own cutting tools (rotary cutters, mats, and rulers), machines, and "gizmos and gotta-haves" to do the work of cutting, piecing, sewing, and tying the quilts. The "comfort quilts" made through this ministry are donated to those in need in our parish as well as those affected by natural disasters. Questions? Want to get involved? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • A Christian Journey

    A Christian Journey is a book-study and discussion group which meets Sundays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the library. 
     
    We explore the work of contemporary theologians, and scholars as well as sharing personal beliefs and ideas. 
     
    With Open Hands, by Henri J.M. Nouwen, is a book on prayer. Nouwen was a Dutch Catholic Priest who studied at Menninger and taught at the University of Notre Dame and the Divinity Schools of Yale and Harvard. His interests were rooted in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice, and community.
     
    Join us on our journey, reading and discussing. Visitors are always welcome to attend!
     
    Conveners: Drs. Vin Clark and Sean Kim.
    Contact Dorothy Curry 816.365.4583 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Living with Spirit

    Join us on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. as we discuss and explore the story of God’s people.
     
  • Loaves & Fishes

    The gift of love and food to our parishioners is so appreciated in times of illness and loss. If you enjoy cooking and would be willing to make a dish to be taken to a St Andrew's parishioner or family, please call or email Ann Renne or Julie Johnson.

  • Sacred Spaces

    Sacred Spaces meets on Thursdays at 6:00 PM, to introduce and practice Centering prayer.  This is a method of prayer which encompasses silence and contemplation - prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us.  No previous experience necessary.  For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Trinity Guild

    The Trinity Guild, a women's group at St. Andrews Church, meets at 10 a.m. in the Undercroft on the fourth Thursday of the month during September, October, January, February and March for a brief business meeting followed by a lunch prepared by our members and a program. Our April meeting is a field trip, chosen each year. The December Christmas Luncheon and May Spring Luncheon locations will be determined yearly. We do not meet during the summer. Trinity Guild collects donations of cash and items throughout the year for several charitable programs.

  • Young Adult Bible Study

    Join us for Young Adult Bible Study which will meet the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.  This new formation opportunity provides young adults (20- and 30-somethings) with the opportunity to build lasting friendships and explore how the Bible is relevant to everyday life. Topics for young adult studies include marriage, parenting, work, relationships, and much more!