St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Hamilton

Diocese of South East Queensland

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Sunday Services

Sunday services are held at 8:30am, replacing the 7:30am and 9:30am services during COVID-19 restrictions.

Our style of worship is friendly, in the Anglican style.

During the year we have had different presentations at services including the Gospel, Kids participation, Blessing of the Pets and so on.

Music involvements have varied over the years.

We have an historic relationship with parishioners for this area, which is always in change.

Wednesday Services and Healing Ministry

Our Wednesday Eucharist Service is in the traditional service format, held each week at 10:00 am. This is a smaller congregation with a slightly shorter service and no music. People from all backgrounds are welcome. The service includes healing ministry on the 3rd service of the month through use of anointing with oil. Refer to James 5:13-15

Thursday 7:00am Morning Prayer

The Thursday 7:00am morning service is a prayer service. This is helpful for people who enjoy early mornings or who are unable to attend other service times. This is a friendly, smaller gathering with a shorter Eucharist service without music.

Please keep in touch with us for changes to services during Covid-19 restrictions. At time of writing, we do not hold the Tuesday 7:00am morning service.

Columbarium Service

A Columbarium Requiem Eucharist 7:30am Service is held on the 1st Saturday of the month. This is usually in the Columbarium but may be in the main church. If someone wishes to visit the Columbarium, to pray or remember loved ones, please see our office during office hours who will open the chapel. We pray for the souls of all those interred in the Columbarium whose anniversary of death occurs during that month. The Columbarium is a highly valuable and finite resource which will not be duplicated by Anglican Churches in the future. Please see us if you wish to have registration. In conjunction with the Columbarium is our adjoining Memorial Garden, which includes plaques and interred ashes.

Sunday School and Kids’ Church

Sunday School meets during the main Sunday morning service. Children may participate in the service, such as helping with the collection. All are welcome to come and participate.

For Kid’s Church, we recognise in today’s busy world, people may find it difficult to commit to weekly church attendance. Kid’s Church provides a way for families to connect with St Augustine’s in a variety of ways. Please talk to us for more information. Our Easter Children’s celebration is great fun as is our Christmas Eve family service. These get togethers are very rewarding.

Bible Study

If you would like to join us to explore the Bible, please contact us. No prior knowledge is required – we learn from each other and often discover that our insights open up the passage for the others in the group. There are two groups- one that meets in the afternoon on the first and third Thursdays in the month – 2:30-3:30pm – and the other meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays – 7:30-8:30pm. Please contact us for any changes to these times.

Topics for the study groups are chosen by the groups themselves. In the past we have worked our way through the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Revelation, we have studied the life of St Claire of Assisi, tackling the Trinity and looked at the difficult issues such as human trafficking. The focus of this ministry is to inspire and challenge us in all areas of Christian discipleship, to explore the Christian faith and the meaning of life through the basis of the Word of God in the Bible. This is an informal gathering with open discussion to explore the Christian life.

Choir

Every church loves a choir. At St Augustine’s, the demands on choristers are minimal. Rehearsal is on your own time and for a short period before the main service. It is always optional to join in on special services such as baptisms or weddings. For more information please contact us. Singing for us is a good contribution.

Your Contributions

Please contact us to discuss various avenues of service and development or involvement with our Church.

Personal Development

We encourage everyone to develop their faith in whatever way suits them – personal prayer and bible study or through the various activities offered by the church.

The Anglican Church has an array of discipleship roadmaps with supporting growth in responsibilities within the church life. Our gifts in the Lord vary in support of who we are, and the needs within the Church and community.

If you would like to know more and feel you are being led that way, please talk with us and see what ensues for you. There is always something we can assist in, and some area for our development in the Body of Christ.

Baptism & Confirmation

Baptism represents a recognition that there is more to life than the physical and material and introduces an infant to the possibilities that lie beyond this world and to a relationship with the spiritual – specifically with the Trinitarian expression of the divine.

As most people are baptised as infants, we offer an opportunity for people to make the baptism promises for themselves. We do this through Confirmation. At present we try to offer this opportunity annually to coincide with the Bishop’s visit. Preparation for Confirmation takes the form of two three hour classes on a Saturday or a Sunday. Please speak with us if you would like to be confirmed.

Confirmation is a part of your journey of faith in Christ. Speak with your rector for information on confirmation, and how to attend a confirmation class. This is a good way to explore your faith with others, and is a safe place to ask any questions you have about God, Jesus and the journey of faith.

Confirmation marks a point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptised and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.

When you were baptised as a child, your parents and godparents were asked to declare publicly on your behalf that they believed in God and that they would bring you up to follow Jesus. They were asked to answer, on your behalf, that you had decided to turn away from everything which is evil or sinful and instead to turn towards Christ. At confirmation, you will renew these decisions and promises.

The declarations made by you will be made in front of the church congregation. The local Christian community will promise to support you and pray for you.

It is normal for confirmation to be followed by Holy Communion, although where confirmation has not taken place in a candidate’s parish church you may wish to take Communion for the first time in your church on the following Sunday.

Our Learning

Seeking Christian teaching, mentors, and resources is an important part of our learning and journey.

Canon Jim Glennon once said, “When I first went to Moore Theological College – I’m sorry to have to admit this.. I said to myself: ‘I only need the finishing touches’. After four years of isolated parish work, Canon Glennon said, “I came to realise that, up until then, all I had been doing was perpetuating my ignorance!.. Until we are taught, until we are instructed, until we have the Word of God opened to us and see it worked out in other people’s lives, it may be that all we are doing is perpetuating our own ignorance.”

A common problem is when we hear folks say, all they have to do is read the bible, and have no other source of input. If anything, we would encourage you to explore your faith. We all need encouragement, and surely will benefit as the Holy Spirit impresses important things upon us as we share in fellowship with others, and consider the truthful experiences of others.

Please talk to us as well for student options. You may be interested in curriculum at St Francis College, Milton.

Prayers

It is good to thank God for His plans regarding these matters, regardless of how difficult, once we give our petition for prayer in sincere faith…

Heavenly Father, we praise you along with the heavenly angels and hosts in heaven who magnify your name. We thank you for receiving our prayers and give you praise.

Glory be to GOD on high, and in earth peace, good will towards men.
We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee: we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory,
O LORD GOD, heavenly King: GOD the FATHER Almighty.

Gloria In Excelsis – The Book of Common Praise

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Apostles’ Creed – A Prayer Book for Australia, 1995

We pray you may find fellowship and resources to explore your Christian faith and Church life. It may take time to discover, but discovery is there for us, like the unexpected talk with someone who understands your concerns, asking God to help in circumstances, or that moment when your prayer of faith is strengthened in unexpected ways.

Jesus said, “come to me all who are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

It is our prayer that with us and through the finished work of Jesus, you will find rest and refreshment. It is our privilege to be involved in God’s work of prayer for your needs – whether they be illness, relationship, financial, or other. Your prayers are kept confidential and are prayed for by Rev’d Marian Free.

If you would like to be on our Sunday service prayer list, we have paper forms at the entry area of the church on one of the counters near where we serve tea and coffee.

For those who are sick, you are welcome to come along to our healing service.

“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” Psalm 50:15

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer – A Prayer Book for Australia, 1995

Eternal Life

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” NIV – John 17:1-3

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” NKJV – John 11:25-26

Prayers from the AAPB – An Australian Prayer Book

A Prayer for Parliament

Most gracious God, ruler of all the nations, we pray for the parliament of this State/Commonwealth (now assembled); direct and prosper all its work to the advancement of your glory, and the safety and welfare of this country; so that peace and happiness, truth and justice, may be established among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for the Members of the Armed Forces

Eternal God, the only source of peace; we pray for all who serve us in the defense forces of this land. Give them courage and comfort in all dangers, and help us, we pray, to seek for all people the freedom to serve you and each other in peace and justice. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Peace

God of the nations, whose kingdom rules over all, have mercy on our broken and divided world. Shed abroad your peace in the hearts of all men and banish from them the spirit that makes for war; that all races and people may learn to live as members of one family and in obedience to your laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Synod

God our Father, you judge your people with wisdom and rule us with love. Give a spirit of understanding to the synod of this diocese/to the General Synod of our Church that it may make wise decisions that will give glory to you and be a blessing to your people. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Prayer for Ordinands for use in the Ember seasons and at other times

Almighty God, giver of all that is good, you have appointed various orders of ministry in your Church; bless those who are to be called to the sacred ministry. So fill them with your truth and clothe them with holiness, that they may faithfully minister to the glory of your name and to the benefit of your people. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for the Increase of the Sacred Ministry

Almighty God, look with compassion on the world you have redeemed by the death of your Son Jesus Christ. Move the hearts of many to offer themselves for the sacred ministry of your Church, so that by their lives and labours your light may shine in the darkness and the coming of your kingdom be advanced; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Families

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, whose Son Jesus Christ shared at Nazareth the life of an earthly home: bless our homes, we pray. Help parents to impart the knowledge of you and your love; and children to respond with love and obedience. May our homes be blessed with peace and joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Unity

God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace; give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord: that, as there is but one body, and one Spirit, and one hope of our calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may be all of one heart, and of one mind, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Travelers

Lord, hear our prayer for (these) your servants on their journey; watch over them, be their companion on the way, protect them in every danger, and grant them a greater knowledge of you in all that they undertake; we ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen.

It is good to thank God for His plans regarding these matters, regardless of how difficult, once we give our petition for prayer in sincere faith:

Heavenly Father, we praise you along with the heavenly angels and hosts in heaven who magnify your name. We thank you for receiving our prayers for help and healing, and give you praise.

We commend to your mercy all who are awake tonight – doctors and nurses tending the sick, Police, ambulance and fire services guarding us, those who toss and turn in pain, anxiousness and restlessness, and those who only watch and wait. Let them know and welcome your sustaining love, and use them in your great design for all of our good. Amen.

O most merciful God, who according to the multitude of thy mercies, does put away the sins of those who repent, and remembers them no more, open your eye of mercy upon your servant ___. Look graciously upon ___ O Lord. We beseech you to have mercy upon this your servant and to grant patience and recovery of their health and to live a godly life.

We pray all of this knowing that you are the God who is eager to save, and grant our requests. We ask them in the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and King.

There are those, Lord, who enter this day with anxiety, fear, doubt or despair; those whose hearts are full of bitterness and resentment; those to whom this day brings only a renewal of unhappiness. Open their eyes to see Thee and know Thee. Open their hearts to believe that Thou art greater than their hearts, and Master of all their troubles, and help them thus to enter into peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As Jesus taught us, we are confident to say: (THE LORD’S PRAYER)
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time or trial and deliver us from evil.
For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with us and remain with us always. Amen

St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Hamilton

Diocese of South East Queensland

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Church Brochure

St Augustine’s Brochure (2019)