St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Hamilton
Diocese of South East Queensland
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‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’ NIV Ephesians 3:20-21
Welcome to our Pastoral Ministries
Here at St Augustine’s Anglican Church we welcome all people, from all walks of life and circumstances. We would love to have you. You may find out more about our pastoral ministries here or contact us for more information. There are various ways to be involved with our church and community groups.
The Anglican Church guidelines for ministry is a focus on its nature and priority. Within these guidelines we have accountability and responsibility to the Church recognising our 21st Century needs. Ministry relates to many people and types of activities, such as education or missionary work, as well as pastoral care. If you would like to read more, please see below.
The most important services of the Church are presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ and the exaltation of Jesus Christ. This is what the local church does.
Along with this, our faith, beliefs, values and works are our testimony and ministry.
Our doctrines explain our beliefs and are guided by three cords: scripture, creeds (from 300AD on) and hymns.
Our day-to-day faith and works are carried out in ministry and public projects. Ministry can also be pastoral in nature.
The model for ordination is an example of a high priority in the Anglican Church and includes mentorship, regular accountability and leadership for clergy and lay ministers.
Pastoral care is another example, which could include prayer for needs, prayer for the sick, visitations to hospitals and homes, or difficult issues such as family abuse. You may not be used to the idea of prayer. It is something the church teaches.
Pastoral work and ministry may involve several other areas such as our Anglican schools, Indigenous ministry, refugees and migrants, charities, assistance for elderly, teaching and more. We therefore have cross overs between ministry and pastoral care.
People express different interests within the Church life such as administration or theology. But it is equally important for other work such as people connecting with one another who develop relationships over time, who pray for one another, or well appreciated labors such as presentation of the most beautiful floral arrangements that take our breath away!
Our ministry also relates to the scriptural context of the work of the Holy Spirit. Refer to Ephesians 4:11-13 and 1 Corinthians 12.
Some ministries are immediately identifiable and quite public with the Church – weddings, baptisms and funerals. The local bell tower was built in the 1960’s. The bell is traditionally used, (as throughout the world) for special occasions and Sunday services. We link in with other service providers such as photography and catering.
As you may see in our local church, there are some structured avenues of involvement such as choir and music, bible study, morning services, or community engagements such as the Jumble Sale or indoor bowls. People may develop their own initiatives in this busy world of ours for fellowship and support. There is no pressure with our activities, and some are infrequent such as yearly boating trips.
Throughout history, all churches develop a distinct character, even though we share the same beliefs and faith. St Augustine’s has served the Hamilton and Ascot community since 1920, and has played an important role in War Memorial services. We welcome our new residents from Hamilton Harbour through to Northshore, overseas and interstate visitors. We are one of the last churches in Australia to provide a Columbarium which is open for the public to use for rest and prayer each day. We offer lovely grounds and lawns for the community to enjoy each day which are right beside popular cafés. You may even see a soccer ball go past your way! We are a “kid friendly” church. We would love to see you rest, explore, and discover our church life.
In terms of accountability, we also have governance and training for safety on our site, and protection of all children. Whilst we are accountable to others in the Church, many times we seek no public acknowledgement. There are various activities day-to-day that we may become aware of. For example, one of our congregation is a street evangelist in the toughest area of Brisbane! And of course, some congregation members have family histories going back generations with the church. Our church community offers large scope for people to consider and be supported in directions with their journey in God, and to find a healthy balance between traditional and modern environments.
Please feel welcome to explore our commonly accessed ministries and to discuss with us your needs.
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.
Baptism is the means by which a person affirms their faith in Jesus Christ and becomes a member of the church. It represents a movement from a materialistic world view to a view that has Christ at its centre. Those who are baptised state that: they turn to Christ, they repent of their sins, they reject all that is false and unjust and renounce Satan and all evil. They also affirm their commitment to the tenets of belief expressed in the Apostle’s Creed stating that they believe in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Children are unable to make such commitments, so when a child is baptised, Godparents make this commitment on behalf of the child. (For this reason it is essential that the Godparents be baptised.) Ideally, a person is baptised during the Sunday morning service, however at St Augustine’s we have found it more practical to hold most baptism services at 11:00 am.
If you would like to be baptised or to bring your child to be baptised, please telephone the Office to check whether your preferred date is available and to make a time to meet with Marian.
A Christian marriage reflects the relationship between Christ and the Church. When a couple marry in the Church they ask for and receive God’s blessing on their union.
St Augustine’s is a beautiful church with stunning stained glass windows. If you would like to be married at St Augustine’s, one member of the couple must be baptised, (not necessarily Anglican). Once you have made a decision to be married here, the first step is to ensure that the date you are looking at is available. You can do this by telephoning or e-mailing the Office.
If this is a second wedding for either party, please let us know as there is a requirement to receive the Bishop’s permission, and Rev'd Marian Free will meet with you as soon as possible to facilitate this.
The wedding pack, which contains all that you need to know about weddings at St Augustine’s, is available through the office, or as a download – see our post below.
A Christian funeral celebrates our belief in eternal life. Jesus’ resurrection provides the assurance of our own resurrection. In this sense death is not the end but a new beginning. For this reason we use the funeral service set down in the prayer book.
Sadly, you may need to contact us regarding a funeral. In the first instance you would contact the Rev'd Marian Free to arrange a time. (Monday is Marian‘s day off). If that time suits, the Funeral Directors and Marian will meet with you to discuss details of the service and any specific requests. An organist can be arranged to play before and after the service and to accompany hymns.
A copy of the funeral service is available from the Office.
Should you wish to plan your own funeral, please ask the office for a copy of ‘Planning your Funeral’ at St Augustine’s or download from our Post below.
Jesus says in the Gospel of John:
‘Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’
Our hope for you at this time is that through Jesus you will indeed be comforted and your hearts will not be troubled.
We hope that there is some way we may be able to assist you at this time.
The Rev'd Marian Free is available to visit those who are unable to attend church and is very happy to provide communion in homes, hospitals and for those who are in residential care. If you would like a visit, or would like to speak with Marian, please make contact directly via e-mail, (see our Office page) or see Pastoral Care in our Crisis information section for Marian‘s mobile phone.
Jesus and the disciples were known for their healing ministry. We continue this ministry in the church through the laying on of hands and the use of holy oil. See James 5:13-15
During the mid-monthly Wednesday service Marian will offer anointing with holy oil and will say the words, ‘I anoint you in the name of God who created you, Jesus who redeemed you and the Holy Spirit who enlivens you. In the name of God I ask for healing.’
Image: Courtesy of Holy Trinity Church, F.V.
Clergy are not trained counsellors, but the Rev'd Marian Free is happy to speak with anyone who is troubled by something personal or theological.
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 and looked at the difficult issue of human trafficking. As another example, the daytime group was studying the Gospel of Matthew while the evening group was tackling the Trinity.
Meditation is both a form of prayer and a means of relaxation. Whether you are of our faith or no, you are very welcome to join us.
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 the Rev'd Marian Free if you would like to be confirmed.
Should you wish to develop your Christian walk and leadership with various roles within the church, we will advise, nurture and assist you in these endeavours in any way we can.
“Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
From NIV John 13:12-17