Counseling Resources

Parent Education Series 2018-2019

St. Andrew’s presents a series of learning opportunities for adults that address topics important in the lives of today’s families. Sessions are open to all parents, grandparents, and other caring adults committed to strengthening families and caring for children and youth. Hosted as a partnership of the Children, Youth & Family Ministry and Congregational Care Teams.

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety and Its Impact on Today’s Youth

A Community Screening of the New Documentary Film

St. Andrew’s has secured a unique screening of Angst, a new documentary addressing root causes of anxiety in children and youth and how parents and adults can respond in healthy, helpful ways.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 –  7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Audience: 10 years old and up (with adult), parents, and caring adults




“Angst is the most important, eye-opening documentary you will see this year. Through first-hand accounts and expert commentary, the film leads you with great care through the many facets of teen anxiety, a massive, misunderstood and rapidly growing cultural epidemic. The teenagers in the film describe their suffering with stunning openness, grace and courage. I found myself reacting on two fronts. As a clinician, I was relieved that the filmmakers were able to capture what so many of my young clients are suffering in these complicated days: the bullying, perfectionism, panic, obsession, and too often, hopelessness.” – Dr. John Duffy, Clinical psychologist, best-selling author of “The Available Parent”, parenting and relationship media expert


Facilitated by Heidi Lender, Resource Counselor, and Kelly Olson, High School & Young Adult Minister, and in partnership with Youth Service Bureau and a panel of local mental health professionals.


Future Events
Watch the St. Andrew’s Bulletin Insert for information about upcoming events for parents and families:

  • Technology Taking Over: When Is It An Addiction and What Can We Do? — Monday, Nov. 5, 7-8:30 p.m., Sanctuary Rm 204
  • Making Tough Decisions About College — Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, 7-8:15 p.m., Great Hall Room 2
  • Little Steps, Big Faith: Nurturing Faith in Our Littlest Ones  – Thursday, Jan. 31, 6-7:30 p.m., Sanctuary Rm 204
  • Substance Use: Family Impact and What Parents and Loved Ones Can Do – Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7-8:30 p.m., Sanctuary Rm 204
  • Making Room For Faith in Busy Times –– Monday, April 8, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary Rm 203



Meet Resource Counselor Heidi Lender

Heidi Lender serves as a half-time Resource Counselor. The resource counselor is an outgrowth of the strategic initiative that the Church Council set forth  that states: “We will provide resources for those broken by life’s circumstances.”

This half-time position helps members of St. Andrew’s and the community find appropriate counseling resources. Heidi also provides periodic educational opportunities about mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and coping with stress. Contact Heidi at or 651.762.9155.

Support Groups

St. Andrew’s also hosts many support groups on our campus (AA, GriefShare, NA, Divorce Support and more) that provide support and hope for anyone in the community. Details