|February 5, 2024
Virginia (Shirley Smith-Graham)
|Diocesan Compensation Info
|Is there a rectory?
|If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory?
|If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms?
|5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
|Communicants in Good Standing
|Average Sunday Attendance
|Child Population in Church School
|Adult Population in Church School
Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.
Cash compensation without rectory value is a range of $65,000 to $70,000 based on experience. St. Andrew’s has a spacious and green 3.8-acre campus, which is unique given its location near a major metropolitan city. The campus includes a 5-bedroom and 3.5-bath rectory, with recent updates to its insulation, heating and cooling, kitchen appliances, roofing, and backyard fencing.
Liturgical style and practice
Our parish worships through two multigenerational and stylistically varied models. We offer a contemplative service at 8 a.m. and a traditional Choral Eucharist service at 10 a.m. in conjunction with a Family Service of the Word. For the family service, families join the congregation at the beginning of the 10 a.m. service, move to the chapel for the remainder of the Liturgy of the Word, and then return for the Eucharist. During the summer months, the services combine into a single service. Several other times in the year, St. Andrew’s worships together in an intergenerational service where elements of the 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and family services are incorporated into a Choral Eucharist, and youth actively help lead the service.
St. Andrew’s traces its history back to 1914, officially becoming St. Andrew’s when two mission churches in Arlington, Epiphany and Grace, merged in 1951. Construction of the parish began that May, and on Thanksgiving Day that same year, the first service in the new building (now the chapel) was held. Over time, the church’s physical spaces have been expanded and upgraded, with the most recent updates being the renovation of the undercroft and the installation of a new elevator to improve accessibility. Our worship space includes a beautiful pipe organ that supports our focus on music as central to our 10 a.m. and significant annual services.
St. Andrew’s has a rich history in the community, including a legacy of being a welcoming and inclusive parish that addressed race relations in the 1960s and championed women’s leadership in the church, starting in the late 1960s and 1970s.
The St. Andrew’s community is defined by a focus on volunteerism and service in the local area and beyond. Locally, this includes our Garden of Hope, which generates more than 3,000 pounds of fresh produce per season. The oversight of the Plot Against Hunger program was taken over in 2021 by Friends of Urban Agriculture after a long, successful partnership with Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington continues supporting the program, serving as the central collection, sorting, and packing hub for garden produce, providing fresh vegetables and fruits for local area food banks. We also maintain an apple/pear orchard with 24 trees, which produced a bushel of apples and a peck of pears last season. This ministry attracts volunteers from the parish and many local organizations, including Marymount University, two local high schools, sports teams, and Scout troops. From a community gardening perspective, this intergenerational outreach ministry has promoted awareness of wholesome, sustainable organic gardening among our children and their families and has served as a way of reaching and teaching the community. St. Andrew’s also supports AFAC with periodic food donations and hosts AFAC’s Empty Bowls fundraiser in the church undercroft.
We also work with several other nonprofits. At the beginning of each school year, we collect backpacks in connection with the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing. Over the holidays, we gather gifts for the Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree program. Each month, a group of volunteers comes together in the St. Andrew’s kitchen to assemble 50 bagged meals for Path Forward, an organization supporting those in need throughout our county.
St. Andrew’s sits on a busy corner in Arlington, providing a central place for the community to meet. We have a history of opening our doors to neighbors, including hosting musical concerts by visiting professionals or traveling choral groups. We regularly welcome outside organizations, such as Girl Scout troops, the Arlington Duplicate Bridge Club, and various support groups, as we believe we should use our space in the service of all, not just for our parishioners.
We are an active, artistic community that provides outlets such as the St. Andrew’s Players, a theater group involving all generations entertaining the community for over 50 years. We also partner with our fellow Episcopal churches one to three times a year to bring greater musical strength to holy days such as All Saints’ Day. And we have our poetry group at St. Andrew’s to share that medium.
St. Andrew’s also believes in reaching beyond the local area and helping those in need throughout the world. Our primary outreach is our Haiti partnership. Launched in 2013, it includes efforts to support St. Peter’s School in Berault to share God’s word with fellow Episcopalians and, through donations and collections, assist its mission to bring education to young Haitians.
Reflecting the parish’s commitment to environmental stewardship, St. Andrew’s developed a new cross-ministry community of interest in 2023 dedicated to Creation Care. This initiative seeks to identify how St. Andrew’s parish and campus can address climate change and protect the natural resources that sustain all life on Earth. Our first effort was an Adopt-A-Street project to support litter control and stormwater management in our immediate neighborhood.
Finally, we just entered a two-year partnership with Arlington Neighborhood Village (ANV), a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to helping older residents in Arlington continue living in their own homes—safely, independently, and with an enhanced quality of life. ANV rents out a number of offices in what used to be the church’s Sunday school, known as the Renahan Center, bringing new life and energy to those spaces and aligning with our values of service to those around us.
St. Andrew’s focus on service stems from a strong core group of volunteers who lead and support the church ministries. It is also a reflection of the character of our congregation, which is simultaneously tight-knit and welcoming to others. Our parishioners are dedicated to making St. Andrew’s a joyous, growing, inviting, and caring Episcopal church. Nearly every parishioner volunteers time, talents, and resources to St. Andrew’s events, community outreach, and church administration.
While St. Andrew’s is blessed with parishioners whose talents allow it to fulfill the needs of its congregation and community, the small size means that the same individuals carry much of the workload. The parish must address volunteer burnout coherently and purposefully before too long. If St. Andrew’s is to remain vibrant and nurturing to all, we need to choose between a concerted effort to grow our congregation, which will help increase the volunteer pool, or realigning the volunteer needs to the reality of the church size. As a parish community, we learn to adapt as the needs evolve, and our flexibility strengthens us as a congregation.
St. Andrew’s is also going through a period of significant transition. In addition to the opening for a new priest-in-charge, we are actively seeking a new director of Christian formation and director of music. In fact, all four staff positions changed within the last six to nine months. With the family minister’s departure in June of last year, we are nearing nine months without a formation or family ministry lead, which requires creative means to meet the needs of our youngest members and their parents. These positions became open concurrently through coincidence and individual circumstances and do not reflect specific issues at St. Andrew’s. But the simultaneous openings create challenges and opportunities: the challenge of finding new leaders and the opportunity to define our future church through new leadership.
We are seeking a priest-in-charge who brings a robust combination of skills and is
- a dynamic preacher, one who can connect the teachings of Jesus and the Bible to the daily life of the community in an accessible way
- someone who demonstrates leadership and business acumen in the operations of the church, recognizing that as a smaller parish having easy-to-use processes in place can help energize the parish staff and alleviate volunteer burnout
- focused on outreach and local community engagement, with an eye on how St. Andrew’s can offer a faith home to new families and those seeking a deeper connection with God and one another
- has a passion for adult education and youth ministry and is willing to contemplate how we might build programs for those in the middle and high school years as our youth transition out of the family service
- energized by leading a single-priest parish with various ministries, demonstrating a commitment to the church’s staff, volunteers, and membership
Perhaps most importantly, we seek a leader who will help guide St. Andrew’s in developing a strategy for “good growth” as we collectively look to St. Andrew’s future with optimism and excitement.
The Rev’d Shirley Smith Graham (she/her)
The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia