"'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink?......And the King will answer them’. ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of these least my brothers, you did it to me.'"
As a church we are obligated to abound in good works, partly by helping our local community. And in this way, not only are we getting the satisfaction of helping those in need but we are also bringing glory to God. These are the various ministries that St John’s Parish are engaged in throughout the year.
Ricky’s Place is a social café where people can come to enjoy a meal, socialise and feel part of the community in a comfortable atmosphere. Meals are cost free. For those who can afford it there is a donation box available. The church hall is set up for this with a full commercial kitchen and large dining room. Meals are served currently on Monday evenings at 5:30pm and Friday, lunchtime at 12pm. Ricky’s Place is run completely by volunteers, who do an excellent job and for this reason we are always looking for extra volunteers, especially those who are interested in cooking. Jesus said “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35). Those who wish to volunteer can contact the church on 02 6492 5555 or come and pay us a visit during Ricky’s lunch on Fridays and see how it operates and have a chat to Steve the supervisor.
Young children and their parents/caregivers join together for a fun, 30 minute music session, then afterwards enjoy playtime with snacks and refreshments in a relaxing setting.
Mainly Music is an activity you and your child can participate in, from birth to school age.
Weekly visits are made by lay-people trained for this ministry to those in hospital, in addition to clergy visits when time permits and as needed.
Friends at Court is about "being there" fortnightly for those called to attend Court, often with a long waiting period. Tea, coffee, magazines, child -minding etc. is provided to assist in relieving stress and tension.
Christian Education in Primary Schools
Anglican lay people form part of the team of Scripture teachers under the auspices of the Anglican Diocese, that are teaching a chosen syllabus.
School Breakfast, Bega Primary
Breakfast consisting of cereal, juice, toast etc. is served to children who require it, many of whom are bus travellers who leave home very early and must go immediately the bus is there. The breakfasts have dietician's approval. The program is run in conjunction with the school P & C.
The Men's Breakfast
The Men's Breakfast is an ecumenical monthly Saturday "get-together" in the Parish Hall for a cooked breakfast and a guest speaker, introducing many and varied topics of interest. The group is welcoming to all men, held 1st Saturday at 8am each month.
Anglican Women meet monthly to plan activities for the parish, catering for events, making lamingtons as a fund-raiser to support the parish and to take on two overseas mission projects each year.
The Cattle Committee is comprised of local farmers willing to rear or donate an animal for sale to augment Parish funds, as well as "townies" forming syndicates to buy young animals to be agisted.
"Heartsong" Choir, which was formed in 2000, is an ecumenical group under the direction of Geoffrey Badger, calling St John's "home", and committed to singing sacred music. Recital proceeds are divided between Church and Oxfam.
Ministry to External University Students
For twenty years at least, St John's has offered a venue and supervision for External students sitting Exams well away from their campus - Southern Cross mainly, but also interstate campuses.
Honouring the Farming Community
The Farming Community is vital to the continuance of the town and the area. The Parish invites all to join in a yearly "Blessing of the Herd" in acknowledgement of our community's dependence and reliance on the farmers in this valley.
Christian Meditation Groups
As part of the world wide Christian Meditation Community, contact us to inquire.
Bible Studies/Lenten Studies
Weekly Bible Studies are held in the Parish, widening understanding of the Scriptures and encompassing a faith for living in the here and now. The special studies for Lent each year are often of an ecumenical nature.
Anglicare is the social welfare organisation of the Anglican Church, now with a branch next to St John's.
Sapphire Coast Anglican College
The Sapphire Coast Anglican College is part of the Parish Family. Link below.