St Andrew's Community
St Andrew's Church is set in the middle of the town centre in Rugby but we serve our whole parish. We work in partnership with different organisations and are an active member of Revive, Rugby Churches Working Together. As a group we co-ordinate and support an impressive number of projects: Rugby Foodbank, Hope 4, Gift of Years, the Winter Night-shelter and many other social action projects. Members of our congregation are involved in these projects at all levels, as well as many other Christians from other Rugby churches. Read more here: Rugby Revive. If you are interested in volunteering in any of these contact the charities directly.
St Andrew Benn Primary School - a voluntary aided Primary School. Our Rector is the co- Vice Chair of the Governing Body and the Parochial Church Council is responsible for nominating Foundation Governors to the Governing Body. We are very proud of our school and the way it serves the local community. Rev'd Shelia Bridge is the Chaplain at the school and services are often held at St Peter John Church on Clifton Road.
The Harris Church of England Academy sits just outside our parish, but as the Church of England Secondary School in Rugby and with historic links to our parish is part of the wider St Andrew's Community. The Chair of Governors is a member of the St Andrew's Community and the Rector visits to help with seasonal services.
Refugees Welcome in Rugby. St Andrew's has set up a Support Fund for refugees in Rugby and are able to give moving in grants to newly arrived families. We also house a Syrian family as part of the Home Office Re-settlement Programme. We are active members of rwinr.org.uk
Civic Church - St Andrew's is the civic church of Rugby and is proud to pray for and support the civic life of the town. Every year on Civic Sunday the new Mayor is welcomed and prayed for, along with all the Councillors and the wider civic community, at a special service in church. Our Rector is also not just the Rector of St Andrew's, but is historically known as the Rector of Rugby. They take part in civic services, most notably the annual Remembrance Day Service at the Memorial Gates. Historically St Andrew's has hosted Hustings prior to General Elections as well as being a venue for public mourning and grief, for example, after the Manchester bombing. As a central venue, we see our role as being, 'a sacred place for Rugby' and ensure we are open and respond to any events of national importance, providing space for people to mourn or celebrate as necessary.