St. Andrew’s College is part of a larger community, including parishioners of St. Andrew’s Church, students at St. Andrew’s Academy, and many friends and supporters in the area, not to mention the local residents of the Chester, Lake Almanor area.
The College continues in the tradition of the St. Andrew’s Service Club, which exists to help any locals that just need a few strong arms! This is a way to be a Christian neighbor. St. Andrew’s helps out in the community when needed, participating in the local chamber of commerce and other community events.
Being a member of St. Andrew’s means true community—both the comfort and enjoyment, but also the hard work and forgiveness that comes, of necessity, in true community. The St. Andrew’s choir has sung for weddings and baptisms as well as funerals.
At St. Andrew’s, you have a place you belong, a group of people you serve, and a rule of life to follow, all while reading, learning, and discussing, as Matthew Arnold put it, “the best that has been thought and said,” in the history of the world!
This is the good life!
St. Andrew’s College provides living arrangements in houses within walking distance of the campus—school buildings and the chapel, the collegiate Church of St. Andrew’s. Meals are generally taken together for breakfast and for a sit down, home cooked meal at dinner, at least five nights a week. Rooms and bathrooms are shared, which allows the college to keep the cost of an education low. This also helps to form one to be a true Christ follower. In light of costs, there is no janitorial service at the college. The Campus is cleaned by the students formally every Friday. Of course, many cleaning tasks need to be done much more regularly.
In true English school tradition, St. Andrew’s has a House System that promotes friendly competition and provides structure for many of the activities of the school.
In order to keep the cost of the St. Andrew’s College education as inexpensive as possible, students are required to put in at least ten, often fifteen hours a week working for the college. This includes our coffee and tea bar, our wax-work shop (mostly building and shipping 100% beeswax candles), and a number of other fundraising activities. St. Andrew’s sells high quality incense (blended in-house), fresh roasted coffee, and the St. Andrew’s publishing imprint, Whithorn Press, is publishing more and more books. All St. Andrew’s College students are seen by the school as staff members of St. Andrew’s as well as college students.
Anglicanism Spirituality –
Established, arguably in the first century, Anglicanism is the Christian tradition coming from the British Isles. It developed rather isolated at first, coming into more direct contact with the Christianity of the European continent in the 600s, and then more directly with the conquest of England by William of Normandy in 1066. The British did not particularly like their Church being under the influence of the Papacy in Rome, as seen in the first sentence of the Magna Carta (1215), which states “that the English Church is to be free and to have all its rights fully and its liberties entirely.” The English Reformation was a time in which, whatever else may be said of it (which is plenty), the English Church removed that influence of Rome and established herself again as an independent, national Church. Since that time of the 16th and 17th centuries, the English Church has travelled the world with the growth of the British Empire and founded daughter Churches all over the world. Today, around the world, there are almost 100 million Anglican Christians, making it the third largest body of Christians in the world.
The Anglican identity of St. Andrew’s Church, Academy, and College is an important part of every day, as the St. Andrew’s community begins and ends each day in traditional prayer, as the Church has been doing since her inception. The Church calendar also plays a key role in the community life of St. Andrew’s, marking the seasons and festivals of the Church. The social fabric of the college and community is contextualized by the bookends of daily prayer and the singing of the services throughout the Christian calendar.
All St. Andrew’s College students are challenged to grow spiritually as well as intellectually, emotionally, and physically. This is done mostly through the Lindisfarne House program, which is the practical side of the spiritual life of the St. Andrew’s College. All students are a part of Lindisfarne, though some students may choose to take a deep dive and take yearlong vows as a monk or a nun.