HAOC Parish Ministries
Our parish is structured so that our parishioners can best offer their time and abilities in the service of God.
Each of these ministries is under the guidance of the parish priest, Fr Andrew.
In addition to these ministries: other clerical roles are taken by our assistant priest, Fr Stephen, and our Reader John.
In Orthodox services, choirs are a critical component. Alecia heads this ministry, with the choir leading the congregation in worship at our 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.
At each service, our clergy are assisted in their work by those who serve at the Altar, under the care of Rdr John.
In addition to these ministries: other administrative roles are taken by the Secretary & Treasurer of our Parish Council, and by our Parish Administrator.
Our Archives ministry is led by Nicholas, who has compiled the past history of our parish. In honour of our parish's 50th Anniversary, we are intending on releasing an official parish history in 2022.
The Audiovisual team is responsible for any photos or videos that are taken in the church building.
Many of our parishioners give generously to our parish, and we are grateful for each. For more, please see our Stewardship page.
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.
Elected each year and serving as our Management Committee, our Parish Council assist Fr Andrew in the good operation of our parish according to state and ecclesiastical law.
Our Bookstore is managed by Rdr John & Mat. Sarah, and is available to browse and purchase around services and by appointment.
Catechism, and Faith Education, and Bible Study.
Fr Andrew and Fr Stephen work together to teach the Orthodox Faith to inquirers, catechumens, parishioners, and all those who are interested.
Our Library is currently in abeyance, and we look forward to its restoration, under the supervision of Rdr John.
Our Sunday School, named for Daniel and the Three Youths, runs weekly during the school year, and is led by Fr Stephen.
In addition to these ministries: other infrastructure roles are taken by the Warden of our Parish Council, and by the Project Manager of our Building Project.
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.
Steven leads this ministry, seeking to give back to the broader community.
After our Sunday Divine Liturgy, and after the Divine Liturgy for many of our Great Feasts, we have Coffee Hour, providing the context for our community to grow closer together. Iain leads this ministry.
In addition to the generosity of our parishioners, we also have several fundraising initiatives throughout the year, which are co-ordinated by Kristin.
Northern Gold Coast.
Fr Andrew visits a number of our parishioners who live in the Northern Gold Coast - praying together, hearing Confessions, and enjoying fellowship together.
Men's Prayer Group and Women's Prayer Group.
Men of our parish gather together regularly for prayer and community, led by Franz.
Likewise, women of our parish gather together regularly for prayer and community, led by Emma.