St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church grew up with the young city of Irvine, a community whose neighborhoods were developing in the 1970s. At its founding, members established four goals that continue to guide us today: providing opportunities to worship and feel God; offering a cradle-to-grave education program; extending bonds of mutual fellowship and care; bearing witness to Christ by faith and by love for one another.
Building Our Church
- September 8, 1974: First worship service. Services in the early years were held at Vista Verde School at 5144 Michelson Road.
- January 1975: St. Andrew’s Mission was accepted into union with the Diocese of Los Angeles at its General Convention.
- September 12, 1976: The members and friends of St. Andrew’s celebrated the purchase of the current three-acre site for its church building.
- March 23, 1980: Groundbreaking for the current church building began.
- December 21, 1980: St. Andrew’s housed its first worship service in the 5,400-foot sanctuary (the sixth completed church in the city of Irvine and the first in Woodbridge Village).
- February 1, 1981: The building was dedicated and consecrated.
- June 1987: St. Andrew’s celebrated the arrival of its new organ, an Allen Classic II Digital Pipe Organ, with a series of three concerts.
Founding of Our Children’s Center
- November 1983: Two portable modular units were moved to the church grounds to serve as a parish hall and learning center, and to house the first day care center for infants and toddlers in the city of Irvine. The center was soon to open, with a start-up grant from the Cathedral Corporation.
- December 3, 1995: Groundbreaking for the Children’s Center and Administration Building.
- November 24, 1996: The Children’s Center/Administration Building was dedicated.
Projects to Revive and Restore our Church Home
Originally, our church was designed for services in the round with the altar in the center. In the mid-1990s, the church was converted to a more traditional layout with the altar at the front. By this time, the carpeting was worn and the pews, designed for church in the round, did not fit the new arrangement.
A series of annual fundraising events to Revive and Restore our sanctuary began. Many of these were envisioned, designed, and managed by the late Dave Sharbaugh, who donated time and expertise to provide renderings and plans.
- 2008 The pews were replaced with beautiful cherry wood chairs designed for flexible arrangements.
- 2009 The carpeting was replaced with tile flooring.
- 2010 Our dated light fixtures were replaced.
- 2011-2013 Fellowship Court was created. This project involved removing a raised garden at the north east corner of the church and opening the wall of the “North Room” with a moving glass wall system to create a larger indoor-outdoor fellowship space.
- 2014-2015 A major redesign of the area behind the altar and the sacristy was undertaken. Organ speakers were repositioned to provide better sound. Needed storage, a new sink, and cabinetry were added in the sacristy. A proscenium and mosaic reredos were created behind the altar.
- 2016-2018 A portico was constructed over the entrance to the church to provide shade and protection in inclement weather and to clearly mark the entrance to the church.
- 2019 New glass and cherry wood doors were installed.