We are very pleased that you are choosing to spend this time exploring our church and our ministry within our neighborhood. The webiste if filled with information about our church and our worship possibilities, our many programs, outreach activities and fellowship opportunities. What follows is just a brief outline of our church and our various activities this fall.
We would be so pleased if you could join us in worship Sunday morning. Helping each of us live to the glory of God is the very best thing we can do as a Church.
Our Worship Services
We attempt to meet the wide variety of needs of our congregation as they worship our Lord and Saviour.
At 9:00AM we have a traditional Holy Communion Service, using the Book of Common Prayer. At 10:30 AM we have a Family Oriented Service of Holy Communion from the Book of Alternate Services.
For the Children, we have a library with all sorts of books and Biblical Comics for them to look at located at the back of the Church. In this area you will also find many other activities to help our children in their worship of our Lord. We have Children’s Church in the Hall (down the stairs).
Washrooms are also located at the far end of the hall (stairs are located at the back & front of Church) – women’s on the left and men on the right.
We have a library towards the front right of the church for your reading pleasure. We offer a wide assortment of books to aid in your spiritual growth.
Pastoral Care is essential in any church. Should you wish to see a Priest, please feel free to contact them – they will respond quickly to any request.
At the Lord’s Table, all who seek are fed. Whatever denomination you are part of – you are welcome to join us in Communion.
The Pallium is the name of our weekly Church Bulletin.The Pallium, a garment worn by early church leaders as a symbol of authority, is in the shape of a “Y”. It is meant to mark the wounds of Christ – head, hands, side, and feet. It is still given to a senior Bishop in the Church. The Pallium was given to Augustine of Canterbury, for whom our Church is named, by Pope Gregory the Great. It continues to be the symbol of the Archbishop of Canterbury since the earliest formations of our denomination. It was given as a reminder to Augustine of what his ministry should focus on – that of evangelism and reconciliation.
Getting Involved within the Parish
We have numerous ministries that we do encourage you to join, including:
1. Choir Members (leading in the praise of our Lord) 2. Eucharistic Assistant (administering the chalice) 3. Reader (proclaiming scripture in worship) 4. Prayer – leading in prayers in worship 5. Sides Person (helping to greet, pass out bulletins, assist in giving out information, taking up collections) 6. Children’s Church leader (assisting our children in their Sunday School worship) 7. Children’s Church helper (assisting the Sunday School teachers) 8. Serving (carrying the cross & assisting the Priest prepare the Altar for Communion) 9. CLB Officers (leading in our youth group) 10. Altar Guild Members (preparing the front of the church for worship) 11. St. Luke’s Tea Servers (assisting at our Senior’s Complex to serve tea) 12. Outreach Committee (oversees and directs the church’s outreach & assists in our outreach activities) 13. Worship Committee (advise the Rector regarding worship) 14. Money Counters (counts and deposits the Sunday Collection immediately following our worship services) See one of the Priests, and we will be glad to help direct you in becoming involved in the ministry of the Church
We are uniquely located in the province and do enjoy a vibrant outreach to our neighborhood. We are proud to host the Anglican Chaplaincy on Campus. Rev’d Roger Whalen, our MUN Chaplain can be reached at 864-2550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This ministry includes:
· BBQ’s throughout September on Sunday mornings. · Welcome back to MUN Supper, Sept 21stat 6 pm · International Thanksgiving on Oct 13th at 6 PM · International Pot Luck Meal · Candlelight Carol Service on December 21st at 7 pm.
We are proud supporters of Rabbittown Community Center, the largest Community Centre in the Province. Our support is seen through:
· Hosting a Community Kitchen · Hosting major community meals
For further information please contact our representative on their board, Wayne Andrews at email@example.com
We are very pleased to support Vibrant Communities and jointly host a Community Kitchen where students and seniors work together and students learn the art of preparing a meal and budgeting for a menu.
Through our PWRDF Envelopes we actively aid in crisis’ throughout the World. This year we have supported: Aids work in South Africa, Sahel relief from famine, Agriculture work in Burundi , Diocese of Masasi (Tanzania) drinking water program, Food for families (Solomon Islands)
We also have a unique sign ministry. Sometimes topical, sometimes humorous, and even sometimes controversial, our signs are a constant witness to our Lord. They are one of our attempts to engage the population in conversation. Some of these signs have included: “Give Satan and inch, and he’ll become a ruler,” “sign broken, message inside”, “Where do you intent to spend eternity? Smoking or Non Smoking?” “God, His last name is not Damn!”
We operate a small Food Bank that is available for the needs of those in need. In addition to this, we provide Christmas Hampers. Food donations are always welcome and appreciated.
Through prayers, sermons and first hand experiences, we seek to understand more of the suffering of our brother and sister Christians throughout the world, helping to inform our own prayers and understanding of the witness that other Christians offer despite great personal hardships.
Our Church Groups
All of our groups are open to anyone who wishes to join. Partaking the ministry of Christ, living in the Glory of God, is our common focus.
Our CLB makes a positive impact on many a person. Its goals, centered on living in the world as a witness to Christ, are part of the essence of this group. It is open to all ages 5 – 19. They meet every Monday night at 6:45 pm. They have a wonderfully exciting program and are an excellent youth ministry. For further info contact Captain David Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Anglican Church Women group has a profoundly positive effect on the fellowship of the parish. Open to all women, it meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Its meetings include worship, education, fellowship, & fun! For further info contact Wendy Pilling @ 757-3063
One of the ACW’s strongest ministries has been the formation of the Craft Group. Meeting weekly for about 4 hours, they enjoy laughs, fellowship, working on a wide variety of crafts, and have launched a Prayer Shawl/Blanket ministry. To date, over 150 prayer Shawls have been given to those who are sick, dying, recovering from surgery, mourning the loss of a spouse or no longer able to get out. It is our ways of helping the church reach out beyond the walls of the building.
The Men’s Service Club has an active ministry within the parish. Meeting monthly, on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, they enjoy an active ministry of facilitating worship, fellowship, educational events for the men of the congregation, visitation, and assisting in the worship at Kelly’s Brook Apts. .For further info please contact Willis at email@example.com
Our Altar Guild, look after the care and cleaning of the Sanctuary of our Church. Working in teams on 4, the teams take their turn about once every three months. For further info please contact Marion Baggs at 576-4499
Our Music Ministry includes our Choir and our Band.. The choir is a close knit group of talented and enthusiastic singers who offer a joyful song unto our Lord. Our Choir is actively looking for people who love to sing to join its ranks. Jacob’s Passage, our Band brings an enthusiasm to our worship. Our band and our choir have been introducing contemporary music into our services. For further info contact Rev’d Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne Andrews (Envelope Sec/Rabbittown Rep) email@example.com 364-3376
Willis Martin (MSC President) firstname.lastname@example.org 579-2073
Wendy Pilling (ACW President) 757-3063
David Morgan (CLB Commanding Officer) email@example.com
Christina Pilling (Children’s Church) 765-2061
Supporting St. Augustine's
We encourage people to support of Christ’s Church in three ways:
1. Through your treasure: Making a regular financial contribution to the work and ministry of the church. Church envelopes are available upon request or direct deposit forms can be found at the back of the Church. Ask one of the sides people for assistance.
2. Through your talents: Getting involved in the ministry of your church – seeking to make it active, vibrant and relevant within our community.
3. Through our time: Offering to God from what He has so richly given to you – taking time to help through the many gifts God has granted you to contribute to the outreach of Christ’s Church.
St. Augustine's Anglican Church, 1 Westerland Rd., St. John's, NL, A1B 4J9