Groups & Pastoral Activities

BIBLE STUDY, PRAYER and MEDITATION GROUPS

Be Still and Know Meditation Group:
Meets for one hour from 11:00 a.m. every Tuesday during school term in the Seminar Room (which is located in the Church Office Complex) (contact: Michelle Blondel)

The hour includes some instructive input on prayer, short addresses (about 15 minutes) from the Christian Meditation Network, meditative music and times of silence.

Tuesday Bible Study:
Bible and Discussion Group. This group meets every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday in the Seminar Room from 2pm for approx one hour. All very welcome.


 

EDUCATION:

Parish Library & Book Stall:
The Parish Library operates from the Parish Office (Contact: 9876 3362).

The Book Stall operates from a display table in the Main Hall after Sunday morning services (Contact: 9876 3362).

 


 

FELLOWSHIP GROUPS:

Extended Family Group:
Our Family Group is for all members of the parish….single, married, large families or small families – all configurations… simply to offer friendship and community. For more details contact the Parish Office on 9876 3362.

The two aims of the Extended Family Group is:
• pastoral care, through individuals supporting each other within the group.
• outreach, in particularly welcoming and incorporating newcomers.

Brunch Plus:
Brunch Plus is an occasional event for women, held four times a year on a Saturday morning from 10.00 to 11.30am.  Over a light, informal breakfast, women of all ages have the opportunity for stimulating conversation with one another, prior to hearing a thought-provoking speaker, often with rich discussion during the time for questions afterwards. Recent speakers have included lawyers, bishops, parliamentarians and women in prominent roles in society.

Men’s Breakfast:
Men’s Breakfast is for a group of men from the parish and their guests, who meet three or four times a year on a Saturday morning for breakfast with a variety of guest speakers. For more details contact the Parish Office on 9876 3362.

Men’s BBQ:
An informal get-together held monthly on the first Thursday of the month. It is held in the St Aidan’s church hall. For further information contact the Parish Office on 9876 3362.

Mothers’ Union:
Open to all parents – regardless of gender or marital status.

Meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Seminar Room at St Alban’s.

Varied programme at meetings including guest speakers and social visits. For more details contact the Parish Office on 9876 3362.

St Alban’s English Conversation Group:
This group began in 1993 and provides basic and conversational English skills, with many participants going on to study at TAFE and elsewhere.

The group meets in the main hall of St Alban’s from 10 am until noon each Tuesday during school term. It includes social outings, morning teas and attempts to provide snapshots of Australian culture.

For more details contact the Parish Office on 9876 3362.

 


 

CATERING GROUPS:

The Breakfast Group:
Provides a light breakfast after the 8 am Sunday service at St Alban’s.

The Morning Tea Group:
Provides a morning tea after the 10 am Sunday service at St Alban’s.

 


 

PASTORAL CARE GROUPS:

Pastoral Care Network:
Provides confidential pastoral support within the community, including hospitals.

Welcomer’s Team:
This group is the face of the church to newcomers to our parish and ensures that visitors and new and/or potential parishioners are made to feel at home and are invited into the community.

Keeping in Touch / Sick List:
The purpose of this role is to keep in touch with those who are ill or incapacitated so that they know that they are not forgotten and do not feel neglected.

Missing Persons:
People can opt out of parish life for a variety of reasons and, without invading their space, we try to ascertain if they require any assistance. Confidentiality is the keynote of this activity.

St Aidan’s, West Epping:
This role oversees the pastoral care needs in our sister church and ensures that both communities are aware of the needs and issues of the other.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP.
All of these activities need more people involved….and it takes less hours out of every one’s week – and becomes even more effective – if we have a larger team to call on.

Take time out to talk to one or more of the Pastoral Care Team to see how you can contribute.
Think about people who are in need – and let the one of the clergy or the Pastoral Care Team know.
For more information or to offer assistance, please contact the Parish Office on 9876 3362.

 


 

GROUPS ASSISTING at SERVICES:

Welcomers’ Team:
Welcomes newcomers and visitors to the parish, providing contact and information. See under “Pastoral Care Groups” above.

Duty Parishioners:
Welcomes parishioners and visitors to services, distributing and collecting hymnals and service sheets, assisting with seating.

Lesson Readers:
Lay readers leading the congregation in the psalms, reading the Epistles and prayers.

Servers’ Guild:
The Servers provide invaluable assistance to Liturgical matters during our services.

 


 

WORKING BEES:

St Alban’s Flower Guild:
Create floral arrangements for regular and festive church services, including wedding and memorial arrangements. Also provide flowers for special functions in the church’s halls (Contact the Parish Office on 9876 3362).