Originally there were 2 groups: Ladies Aid came first and the second group was St. Andrew’s Guild which was added later.
Ladies Aid started in the early 1900’s. St. Andrew’s Guild started around 1942.
The Ladies Aid was involved in fellowship around the church and the Ladies Guild hosted meals for the congregation and the community. The two groups worked together preparing meals and sponsoring needed work in and around the church and manse. During World War II, the Ladies Aid made quilts for the Red Cross and ditty bags for the Navy League. The newly formed Guild also helped with the war efforts. The ladies Aid looked after the interest on the mortgages on our present church each year until 1909 and they helped complete the new manse. In 1917, the Ladies Aid took over performing or assigning the Caretakers duties. In 1956, the Ladies Guild gave a donation towards rewiring the church.
In the early 1970’s, the Ladies Aid folded, but the Guild carried on. In 2002, the name changed to Women of St. Andrew’s. All of the women in the congregation were divided into four groups, each group being responsible for the meetings and all other function for a two month period.
Currently, in 2013 we have 15 active members, with many ladies from the congregation assisting , bringing squares, desserts etc. We host and /or cater funeral lunches, small gatherings, and dinners for the congregation and the community. Our fundraisers are our annual turkey supper and Christmas bazaar. We sponsor a child through Dr. Graham’s home in India. We also give donations to various charities as well as supporting our local Sportz Camp and Youth for Christ. At Christmas time, we take treats to our shut-ins at Caressant Care nursing home. We plant flowers to beautify our church. In 2011 our ladies put in a multitude of hours before our present minister and his family moved in. Each year we give money to the Board of Managers for needed work in and around the church and manse.
We meet the first Monday each month at 7:30pm, except in July and August but we are always available if needed. Our meetings consist of a devotion time with scriptures, prayers, songs and usually a story or poem depicting the season or special time of year followed by business. It is ended with a light lunch and female fellowship. All women in the congregation are welcome to join us. In December, we have a dinner meeting.
The persons to contact if anyone is interested in helping or being part of the group are Faye Craig or Bea Little 519-848-2839.