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.



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. 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 items of food, perishable and non-perishable to those in need of assistance. Bread is supplied every Tuesday from Gift of Bread and again on Thursday from Bakers Delight in Burwood. Fresh fruit and vegetable are available seasonally alongside refrigerated items from time to time.
Personal Hygene products such as tissues, deodorants, safety razors and shampoo and conditioner are also available
Donations of non-perishable items are always appreciated.
The Pantry is staffed by volunteers.




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.A jacket can save a life. 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.
We usually visit 4 times each winter and at each visit we target a specific need.
We now take vets from Concord Veterinary Hospital with us as for some street people their pet us their closest friend.




Community 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 available throughout the morning.




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

The parish supports the New Life Centre in Nepal (MSPN) 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 / SMD School

When: All year round   /   Where: Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal

Since the earthquakes April 2015 St Paul's has been helping support a teacher mentorship program in SMD School.




Anglican Board of Mission

The parish supports the mission of the wider church in Australia and overseas through the Anglican Board of Mission. 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




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.