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.

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.

Our Ministries

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