HAOC Parish Ministries
Our parish is structured so that our parishioners can best offer their time and abilities in the service of God.
— Liturgics — Liturgical Auxiliary —
— Education — Educational Resources —
— Operations — Governance — Finance —
— Community Facilitation — External Relations —
Each of these ministries is under the guidance of our parish priest, Fr Andrew.
At each service, our clergy are assisted in their work by those who serve at the Altar, under the care of Subdeacon John.
Our choir, headed by Alecia, has the crucial role of leading the congregation's worship during liturgical services.
Flowers and Liturgical Decorations.
Our Great Feasts find our church beautified by flower arrangements. This ministry of beautification is led by Vera.
The bread that we use in our services is produced by our parishioners, which in turn is co-ordinated by Kristin.
Part of beautifying our church for services includes vestments for each of the liturgical colours of the year.
In addition to the generosity of our parishioners, we also have several fundraising initiatives throughout the year, with proceeds going towards the work of our parish.
Fr Andrew and Fr Stephen teach our parish's weekly Bible Study - working through the Bible, one chapter at a time.
For further information, please see the Bible Study section of our website.
Using an innovative pedagogical framework to support a thorough grounding in living as an Orthodox Christian in 21st Century Brisbane, Fr Andrew teaches the Orthodox Faith to inquirers, catechumens, and all those who are interested in learning more about the Church that Jesus founded.
For further information, please see the Catechism section of our website.
Fr Andrew and Fr Stephen work together to deliver talks, as needed, that are designed for the needs of the faithful.
Our Sunday School, named for Daniel and the Three Youths, runs weekly during the school year, and is led by Fr Stephen.
For further information, please see the Sunday School section of our website.
Our Bookstore is managed by Subdeacon John & Mat. Sarah, and is available to browse and purchase around services and by appointment.
Our Library is currently in abeyance. We look forward to its restoration, under the supervision of Subdeacon John.
A group of people serve to welcome people to our parish, ensuring that all is in order when welcoming parishioners.
Each week, a handful of teams clean the church on a rotational basis, co-ordinated by Dana.
Maintenance and Gardens.
Repairs and maintenance of our parish facilities, and the external beautification of our church, is under the care of Andrew, our Warden.
Our effort as a parish to welcome guests, visitors and newcomers in our midst is led by Carol.
Any WHS concerns can be raised with Chris, our WHS Officer, or with Andrew, our Warden.
Our Archives ministry is led by Nicholas, who has compiled the archival records of our parish.
In honour of our parish's 50th Anniversary in 2022, we published a official Parish History of Holy Annunciation, including the years 1988 to 2008.
To view an introduction to our History, please see the Parish History page.
Our Child Safety Officers, led by Lucy, ensure that our parish is safe, friendly, and formative.
Our Secretary serves as our Privacy Officer, ensuring that confidential and sensitive data is kept that way.
Many of our parishioners give generously to our parish, and we are grateful for each. For more, please see our Stewardship page.
Coffee Hour and Morning Tea.
After our Sunday Divine Liturgy, and after the Divine Liturgy for many of our Great Feasts, we have Coffee Hour and Morning Tea, providing the context for our community to grow closer together. These ministries are led by Iain and Katherine, respectively.
Men's Prayer Group and Women's Prayer Group.
Men of our parish gather together each month for prayer, food, teaching and community, led by Franz and Steven.
Likewise, women of our parish gather together each month for prayer, food, teaching and community, led by Lucinda.
Moreton Bay Pastoral Group.
Holy Annunciation has parishioners who live at a distance from our church. Each month, Fr Andrew visits our parishioners who live in the Moreton Bay region, for an evening that features prayer, a shared meal, a time of teaching, and building local community together. For more, please see the Moreton Bay Pastoral Group page.
The Audiovisual team is responsible for any photos or videos that are taken in the church building.
Steven leads this ministry, seeking to give back to the broader community.
We have an active presence online, through our website, Facebook page, Instagram page, YouTube channel, Telegram channel, Discord server, and weekly e-mail newsletter. This ministry is headed by Matushka Sarah.