At St Paul's our varied parish ministries are our witness to Christ Incarnate and an extension of our worship. Our parish ministries are inclusive and welcoming, as we seek to share God's love with others. As a parish we have committed 10% of our annual income to the support of the following activities, for as God has blessed us so we seek to be a blessing to others.



Social Cohesion Hubs

When: Bimonthly    /   Where: St Paul's Parish Hall

A number of differrent services come together for people to access and gain in help from groups such as FACS, NDIS, Legal Aid, the Ombudsman, Housing NSW and many others.
Tea and coffee is avaible throughout the morning and a sausage sizzle finishes off the morning.




Playgroup

When: Mondays 9.30am-11am   /   Where: Parish Small Hall can be found at the back of the main hall.

A free playgroup is run every Monday during School Terms from 9.30 – 11 am in the Small Hall. Activities are for babies to pre-schoolers. Parents, grandparents and carers are encouraged to participate. Play clothes suitable for painting and pasting should be worn. Please bring a piece of fruit to share at morning tea and a drink for your child.

All playgroup leaders are Safe Ministry accredited in accordance with the state laws of NSW and the requirements of the Sydney Anglican Diocese.




Children's Ministry

When: Sundays 9.30am   /   Where: At the back of the Church near the Font

Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me’. In faithfulness to our Lord’s invitation the parish has Children's activities available at the back of the church near the font at 8.00am. Materials are also available for children whose parents attend the 9.30am service.Resources used include Workbook for Kid's Church written and distributed by The Anglican Parish of Mossman/Port Douglas, Qld. All leaders are Safe Ministry are accredited in accordance with the state laws of NSW and the requirements of the Sydney Anglican Diocese.Materials are placed on the children's table for their use during the service. Parents are welcome to engage their children in these activities which are directly related to the days lectionary readings.




Parish Pantry

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30am and 11.30am   /   Where: Parish Office

The parish pantry gives away items of non-perishable foods. These are made available for those in need. Items such packaged meals and soups, packets of cereals and fruit drinks. Long life milk, liquid breakfasts and deserts such as rice cream and fruit and jelly in a cup are most suitable. Small tins/jars of coffee are always gratefully received. Bread is supplied every Monday night from Gift of Bread and each person is given a piece of fresh fruit.
Personal Hygene items such as tissues, deodorants, safety razors and shampoo and conditioner are also available
Donations are always appreciated.




Bus Trips

When: Week Days   /   Where: Different locations each time

Visits to various churches in the greater Sydney area allows parishioners to learn something about other churches and their histories and to enjoy a good day out. Occassionally other places of worship are also visited.
Lunch is provided.




Nepal Project - Children born HIV+ at the New Life Centre

The parish supports the New Life Centre in Nepal by helping to provide food for children born HIV positive. The clinic provides medical and dietary care for these children so as to improve their health and quality of life. Cash donations are sought for this project.




Rising Nepal

For the victums of the earthquakes April 2015




Anglican Board of Mission

The parish supports the mission of the wider church in Australia and overseas through the Anglican Board of Mission. We are fortunate to have Robert McLean, ABM's Church to Partnerships Coordinator worshipping with us at St Paul's. If you would like to learn more about the work of ABM please seek Robert out and talk with him. Parishioners are asked to save their used stamps and place them in the box at the back of the church. This is a practical way that we can help raise funds for ABM. Envelopes for donations are available during Lent and before Christmas.




Jerusalem - St Matthew's

St Paul's was introduced to St Matthew's, Zababdeh through ABM. Later Robert McLean and the Rector, Fr James Collins visited their parish and were very impressed with all that they witnessed. There is a blog about the church in section for "Other Newsletters"




Chalmers Road Special School

Chalmers Rd, Special School, located in Strathfield, is a government run K–12 school for children with profound intellectual and behavioural problems. Most of these children and their families live in and around our local area. They require very specialised training and education with specialist equipment, most of which is very expensive. Eg a specialist walking frame for one child can start at $8000 and is often much dearer, wheel chairs commonly start at $15,000. Few families can afford such equipment. Many of the students are autistic. There is continual need for weighted blankets and items of clothing. These are a simple calming measure for children who can often become very agitated. We can make these at a very low cost. If you would like to know more about Chalmers Road you might like to speak to Rosemary King




Life Jacket

When: Seasonal   /   Where: Wolloomooloo

This is primarily a winter project and as its name suggests is founded on the concept of protecting street people from the cold.
We accompany the Exodus food van to Wolloomooloo where free meals are distributed to those in need.
Jackets / blankets / socks / jocks / torches are collected over the summer to distribute to these people at the conclusion of dinner.
We usually visit 4 times each winter and at each visit we target a specific need.
This coming winter we will be taking a vet with us and some street people have a pet and veterinary care is not always available for their best friend.