St Andrews is what some would call an Evangelical Anglican Church and is located in the suburb of South Brisbane. Basically it is one of those churches that if you consider yourself an evangelical protestant you can pretty much be guaranteed that you will get a sermon preached that is faithful to the teachings of Christ Jesus. Okay, like many evangelical churches they teach things that can be hard to swallow at times, and speak against a number of issues that is contrary to our society’s beliefs, but then if that is not the type of church that you are looking for then I’m sure there are plenty of others out there that will give you one of those happy, feel good sermons and are little more than giving you a pat on the back and telling you that you are doing fine. As for me, if I wanted something like that I would go to a motivational talk, but then again you generally have to pay for such talks. However St Andrew’s will stick to the teachings of Jesus, even if some of those teachings are hard to swallow.
I probably should give you an idea of where the church is located, so here is a map:
St Andrews has two main services, one at 10:30 am and another at 7 pm. The 10:30 am one is a family orientated one, while the 7pm tends to be for a younger audience. Actually, a quick glance over their website indicates that they have a number of other services as well, though the leaflet that they handed me at the door indicated that the 10:30 am and the 7pm are the two major ones. They also have Bible studies during the week, as well a regular events throughout the year. Oh, I should also mention that they also support a number of missionaries in various places around the world (but then that is generally a given with most churches).
Anyway, I want to finish off with a lovely anecdote that I found in the leaflet (in fact you can find quite a lot about a church from their leaflet, though in the age of the internet you can also find out about a lot of these things by going to their website – in fact one of the churches I regularly attend no longer hand out leaflets at the gate):
- If you never experience pain, how would you know I am a healer?
- If you never had to pray, how would know know I am a provider?
- If you never had any challenges, how would you overcome and grow?
- If you never felt sadness, how would you know I am Comforter?
- If you never made a mistake, how would you know I forgive?
- If you had no questions, how would you know that you will find the answers in me?
- If you never needed saving, how would you know I am your saviour?
- If you were never broken, how would you experience my healing?
- If you never had to walk through the fire, how would you become refined in my image?
- If I gave you everything your wanted, would you appreciate it?
- If you never felt alone and unloved, how would you know that I love?
- If you were strong, how would you have learned to trust me?
- If your life was perfect, why would you need me?