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.
For some more formal details of the Anglican Church, perhaps review information from the Anglican Church of Australia or the Diocese of South East Queensland.