We believe that true missions work begins at home. St. Andrew's is committed to serving our local community through various church programs listed below and through the dedicated work of partnering missionaries and organizations to help spread the good news of the Gospel throughout the South Bay.
YOUTH WITH A MISSION
April De Pretis is a missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), traveling and ministering in 23 nations since 1989; she also serves with the International Reconciliation Coalition (IRC), since January of 2000.
Youth With A Mission is a multi-cultural interdenominational missions organization with over 20,000 full-time missionaries working in more than 1000 locations in over 190 countries. The International Reconciliation Coalition is a worldwide network of individuals and organizations working towards healing the wounds of society in places of turmoil and broken relationships between people groups. April serves in one of YWAM’s Global Eldership Team’s international offices, which is also the office of YWAM’s Medical Ships Ambassador, and the International Founder’s Office of the IRC.
April is also a founding partner of the Ventura County Coalition Against Human Trafficking (VCCAHT), which was formed in January of 2015 to combat human trafficking in Ventura County by partnering with other agencies and individuals to prevent, prosecute, properly identify victims of human trafficking, and provide victim services.
She is also involved with outreach to women in the sex industry. April’s desire is to share God’s heart of love and justice with those who need to be rescued in restored.
GALS STARTING OVER
SPRING & FALL WORKSHOPS | FAMILY LIFE CENTER
Gals Starting Over is a community and program specifically designed to help women restart their careers by rekindling dreams, repackaging talents, and regaining footing in today’s modern workplace.
Check back for spring 2018 dates!
GRACE ELLIOtT CENTER
Grace Elliott Center is a faith-based pregnancy counseling agency that provides emotional support and practical resources to women facing unplanned pregnancies. By offering free services, including counseling, pregnancy testing, and baby supplies, Grace Elliott Center creates a safe environment where women can find hope and confidence in their pregnancies and future decisions.
Through the generosity of their donors, Grace Elliot Center provides baby clothing, formula, furniture, toys, blankets, and more to help mothers and families. On-site support groups and abstinence education are also available.
HIS NESTING PLACE
His Nesting Place in Long Beach, CA is a non-profit service for families in need. Whether you are a women of an unexpected pregnancy or someone who is homeless and needs the safety and security of God’s love, our arms are open to receive you into our worship community.
It has become one of the largest extended pregnancy care facilities in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. His Nesting Place has the capacity to accommodate up to 40 women and children. Since 1983 His Nesting Place has housed over 4,000 women and children. It is one of the only homes of its kind that will accept a woman who already has children.
In conjunction with the maternity home His Nesting Place operates a Crisis Pregnancy Center, located in Long Beach, CA. They offer free pregnancy tests, food, baby items, counseling and most importantly the Gospel of Jesus Christ to needy women who come to them. Many women are led to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through these centers.
YOUTH WITH A MISSION LA
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is a multi-cultural interdenominational missions organization with over 20,000 full-time missionaries working in more than 1000 locations in over 190 countries.
Conrad has been in full-time ministry for over 17 years. He works with the Training Ministry at the base at YWAM LA, raising up and mentoring young school leaders and helping their programs run with excellence while helping to pioneer new schools. In the past 12 months, they launched 3 new training schools at YWAM LA.
This Fall, he will be teaching a few of the Training Schools, as well as traveling up to San Francisco to teach for a week at a DTS (Discipleship Training School) up there.
Love in the Name of Christ South Bay connects people in need with church ministries, caring Christians and community agencies to help meet their needs. By connecting people with the right resources for their unique situation and circumstance, Love INC provides hundreds of different types of services. Our goal is transformed lives, so our focus is not only providing needed services but also building relationships. Not only are physical needs met, but emotional and spiritual needs are met as well. People receive God’s love through caring Christians who serve in His name.
Woven into the fabric of Love INC are God’s kingdom principles. Volunteers use their unique gifts and talents to serve people in need. As they experience the transforming power of God’s love in the lives of those they help, they too are transformed. As churches unite across denominational lines to become the Church – the Body of Christ – the community is transformed.
Bringing churches together to transform lives in the Name of Christ.
MOTHERS OF PRE-SCHOOLERS (MOPS)
MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, exists to meet the needs of every mother with children from birth through Kindergarten. Women from all backgrounds find support in MOPS as they focus on nurturing themselves through fellowship. Each MOPS meeting offers guest speakers on informative topics relating to women’s needs, family issues and spirituality.
Moms are encouraged to enjoy discussion time with peers, profit from wisdom and life experience from Mentor Moms and Table Moms, and take time to recharge through connections with other moms, while their children are nurtured by loving caregivers.
The St. Andrew’s MOPS group meets every other Wednesday morning and offers a Fall session and a Spring session.
PREGNANCY HELP CENTER
Pregnancy Help Center is a non-profit association located in Torrance, California, that is committed to providing women and men with accurate and up-to-date information so they can make informed decisions about pregnancy and sexual health. They have a small staff, and their client advocates and nurses are all volunteers. They treat everyone who comes in to the clinic with the same level of attention, caring and compassion, with no pressure or judgment. All of their services are free and confidential.
We’re a licensed medical clinic and pregnancy helpline, offering confidential, free, accurate, early pregnancy testing, options consultations, ultrasound, STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing, and other free services that will help you make the best decision for your future. At the Center you’ll find evidence-based education, abortion options and alternatives, a trustworthy person to talk to, compassion, respect, and most of all, hope.
They are located at 1311 Crenshaw Blvd. Suite A in Torrance, CA 90501. Office: 310-320-8976 | 24-hour helpline: 310-787-4357
Project Joy is a ministry of St. Andrew’s that provides canned goods, clothing and toiletry items to the needy in our community.
Your donations to Project Joy are always appreciated! The canned goods especially needed are 8- to 20-ounce cans of meat/meals (Spam, ravioli, etc.), soups, and canned fruit.
St. Andrew’s provides a donation bin on the church grounds to make it easy for you to give. Just ask someone in the church office if you need help finding it. You can also get a receipt for your donation from the church office.
sack lunch program
St. Andrew’s Sack Lunch Program provides a sack lunch for the homeless in our community each Tuesday and Thursday at noon. The program is led by Norma Carmichael and supported in part by Beach Cities Health District.
Volunteers are always welcome! Please contact the church office if you would like to help at (310) 540-5252.
WATTS POWERHOUSE CHURCH
In 2005 Todd and Jennifer Grant felt God calling them to plant a church in the Watts community of Los Angeles, near Imperial Courts, a government housing project. That church is now Watts Powerhouse Church, a growing body reaching out and changing lives through needed ministries with the love of Jesus.
Everything done at Watts Powerhouse Church is built around creating relationships with hurting people so that they might experience the love of God and be drawn into relationship with Him and His people—the Church. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church has partnered with Watt’s Powerhouse Food (WPF) which works to fight hunger in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts. Through cash and in-kind donations from both individuals and companies, WPF provides food to be served by Pastor Todd. Every Sunday morning, WPF’s food is used to prepare a complete breakfast for all local children who wish to attend.
After the noon service, volunteers serve a family style lunch to all in attendance. In addition, parents and grandparents receive an end of the month food box which is filled with food staples designed to last several days. This popular service is now administered by some who once depended on the meals and food boxes to survive.
Watts Powerhouse Church
2003 E. Imperial Highway
Los Angeles, CA 90059
young life south bay
Young Life Campus ministry is an organization that brings the gospel to where teenagers need it most, their schools. Young Life has many different programs that are all created with the desire to give teens the tools to share Christ with their peers.
Young Life organizes on-campus clubs, after school events, and small groups. They have a team of highly dedicated individuals that are motivated to see young people make their faith their own. Young Life wants to see junior high and senior high students become secure in their faith and reach out to their peers.
Young Life brings the good news of Jesus Christ into the lives of adolescents with an approach that is respectful of who kids are and hopeful about who they can be.