Working under our rector’s direction are a number of ministries that our parish has taken on.
Pastoral Care: If you have a need for pastoral care (from pastoral counselling and Confession to house blessings and the birth of a child), please contact Fr Andrew directly.
Worship and Sacramental Life: We have an active liturgical calendar with many opportunities to encounter Christ through worship and prayer. The life of faith is made active through the Holy Spirit and the mysteries/sacraments of the Faith. Saturday prayer is at 6pm, Sunday Liturgies are at 8:30am; please see our schedule for more details and the times of other Liturgies and prayer services. All welcome!
Liturgical Ministries: We have three main groups who assist our clergy during liturgical services:
Choir: Our Choir is present at each service, representing the whole congregation in singing hymns to God. Greg has been our choirmaster since 2009, and has led the choir in learning and singing hymns of both prayer and beauty, from a range of composers and in a variety of liturgical styles. Being as singing is a vital component of our services, the choir forms a vital role in our worship of God. They are also able to sing at special services (e.g. baptisms, weddings, etc), and to give exhibitions of church music. Situated in the body of the church during services, our choir welcomes people to join it. Please speak to our choirmaster, Greg, at church for more information.
Readers: Each week, during services, there are certain parts (e.g. services of the Hours or during the Vigil) that are read by especially designated members of our congregation. These have the responsibility to proclaim the word of God in such a way that it penetrates through the noise and is received by the listener. Please see Fr Andrew at church for more details.
Altar: Our Altar Servers are tasked with the responsibility of assisting the priest at divine services. If your son would like to join them, please speak to Fr Andrew at church.
Parish Council: Our parish council is elected at the parish’s AGM in September of each year, and is responsible for co-ordinating parish activites and the upkeep of the parish. Please remember to keep our parish councillors in your prayers as they tend to the welfare and good administration of this parish: Fr Alexander, our rector; Fr Andrew, our assistant priest; Andrew, our warden; Fr Matthew, our secretary; Rita, our treasurer; and Nicholas, Olga, Alexandra, Anne, Janet and Martin, our parish councillors. Please contact us for more information.
Church Beautification: A small group of dedicated parishioners ensure the cleanliness and adornment of our church, in addition to baking liturgical bread. If you would like more information or wish to offer your talents, please see Fr Andrew or someone at the candle desk at church.
Coffee Hour: After Liturgy each week, we have Coffee Hour, and often people will bring food for parishioners to share and to speak with each other. This is a good time to meet other Orthodox Christians of our parish, as well as speaking informally to our priest. All welcome!
Bookstore: Our Book Exchange is available after Sunday Divine Liturgy, with an array of books, CDs and prayer-related jewellery for the benefit of parishioners and visitors of the parish. Please see Ryan or Janet at church for more information.
Charity: Periodically, our parish runs special collections for those who are needy and for those who are sick – in 2016, we had collections for Movember, while in Great Lent of 2017, we took up collections for the homeless. Please see Matushka Sarah or Fr Andrew at church for more information.
Parish Education: The Parish Education ministry at our parish has the responsibility to teach all who are interested about our faith. For newcomers to the Faith, Fr Andrew runs catechism classes for people who are inquiring into Orthodoxy and wish to be baptised. He also runs educational series’ on liturgics and a Bible study. For more details, please speak to him at church or contact him electronically.
Stewardship: This is the spiritual discipline of returning to God a portion of His gifts, and includes our time, our talent and our treasure. Please prayerfully consider God’s blessings in your life and then determine to offer a portion of them back in thanksgiving to Him for ministry in His Name. Please see the Stewardship page for more details.
In gratitude to those who have served a number of terms on the Parish Council and in leading in Parish Ministries (since our 2009 reopening), we have compiled an Honour Roll, which is viewable online.