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St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

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    The building was designed in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright by architect Professor Wayland Bowser of The Ohio State University. Its appointments are typical Wright’s style: narrow halls opening into a large square sanctuary (reminiscent of Quaker meeting rooms), high privacy walls with light streaming from the top, a feeling of spaciousness and oneness with natural beauty out of doors, the flat roof, and oak slats across the front.

    Natural materials were used to keep costs down, to remind worshipers of their connection with the natural world, and to provide hard surfaces for the brilliant acoustics you find here. The four corners of the world are represented by the doors on all four compass points and the diagonal aisles leading to them. Worshipers enter to worship and leave to serve.

    (A note of interest: In 1963 the founding members of St. Andrew paid approximately $95,000 for the first unit of the building—the sanctuary, west hall offices, and Blue Room—and $34,000 for five acres of land.)

    The building is constructed so that entrance is as simple as possible and is handicapped accessible, a bold move in 1963. All who enter the church must pass the sanctuary, regardless of where they wish to go. The baptismal font in the narthex stands as a symbol of the sacrament by which we enter the church. Another main feature of the narthex is the logo of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): the wood used for the great disk is the oak from the top of the original Communion table; the symbol itself was carved from the legs of that same table. A scar in the wood on the left-hand side is part of its 40-year history.

    Constructed in the round with the six-foot square Communion table at the center, the sanctuary is designed so we may gather around the table as the family of God. There is no chancel. With everything on one level, no one is elevated above another, thus all are equal in Jesus Christ. The central pulpit/lectern signals the centrality of the Word in the Reformed tradition. The choir pews are part of the congregation and the singers do not wear robes; they are worship leaders and participants, not performers.

    The sanctuary with its full glass walls on east and west sides  reminds worshipers that the church lives in the world. The glass walls and the skylight allow for natural light which is also refracted through the hanging glass cross, the literal and symbolic center of the sanctuary. There are 602 windows of various sizes in the building, so no matter where you go, there is light and a window on the world. On top of the spire is a St. Andrew cross, shaped like an X.

    The Communionware is hand-thrown pottery designed and crafted by local artist Jenny Floch and was commissioned to commemorate St. Andrew’s 25th anniversary (1988).

    The large silk banner was installed on Pentecost 2001, a commissioned piece created by Melissa Richeson-O’Neil of Westerville.

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