3315 South Bryan Rd., Brandon, FL 33511
St. Andrew's is located at the corner of Bloomingdale and Bryan. The main entrance is off of Bryan Rd. but there is also an entrance off of Bloomingdale Ave.
As a United Methodist Church we believe that God is a God of grace. God's grace is evident in the Bible, throughout the history of God's people, in the experience of Christian community, and the way we seek to live out our faith as members of The United Methodist Church. We believe that all people are persons of sacred worth and we embrace Jesus' call to love God and love our neighbor. We believe that the mark of all followers of Jesus Christ is the love we have for each other. There is not greater expression of that love than helping someone else experience the love of God personally.
MISSION & VISION
Engage. Connect. Grow. Serve.
Our mission is to lead people to know God and experience His grace through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Our vision is to reach people where they are, create safe spaces for community, and serve others as followers of Jesus.
Sundays at 8:15, 9:45, 11:15 a.m.
Our traditional services feature organ and piano music, robed clergy, acolytes, traditional hymns, chancel and handbell choirs, and orchestra. Our contemporary worship services feature a more informal worship style and a praise band that plays contemporary praise songs.
We want everyone to feel comfortable when they join us for worship. Come as you are. All are welcome. For our families with young children we offer a nursery and kids programming.
Our nursery (6 months-2 years) and preschool (3-4 years) drop-off is located in the Children's Center. Our elementary school (K-5) drop-off is located in Powell Hall. There is also a cry room available in the Sanctuary.
Baptism is one of the two sacraments we celebrate in The United Methodist Church. Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere. We believe that baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins, and that people of any age can be baptized. We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring. A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.
Confirmation is viewed as the sealing of the covenant made in Holy Baptism. In many United Methodist congregations, preparation for confirmation begins when children enter their middle school years. We believe this is a time when young people begin to move from concrete thinking to abstract thinking and is when many people begin to make lifelong faith decisions. During these middle school years youth are seeking a sense of belonging. Belonging to the community of faith is an appropriate response to that developmental task.
Communion is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ. We have an open table for Communion welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another. The Lord's Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God's family. By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ's sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.
BECOMING A MEMBER
Becoming a member means that you are ready to commit to helping St. Andrew’s accomplish the mission of leading people to experience God’s grace through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. A membership class is offered quarterly where people interested in membership can learn more about the mission, vision, and values of the church. At the end of the class we ask people to consider taking the step of commitment to membership. Members promise to support the church through their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.