Opportunities in Your Church

Belonging at St Nic’s

At St Nic’s we love and follow Jesus and so love and serve one another in kindness. Kindness originally links to the notion of kindred, a family relationship. This is expressed practically as the church body lives out its life together.

We are the Body of Christ 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, serving in our homes, at work and at play. This calling is more than just gathering on a Sunday. We express being kind to one another by offering lifts, sharing meals, praying for one another, shopping for those in need, and alerting our pastoral care team to more specific needs. It can also mean serving in a more formal role within the Church community.

Sunday Services

  • Welcomers: Welcoming guests and regular members on arrival with distribution of newsletter and assistance as required.
  • Children’s Ministry: Godly Play has roles for Storytellers and Doorpersons (see Karen D.)
  • Eucharist Assistants: help prepare for Eucharist and assist in serving during the service and cleaning utensils afterwards.
  • Sound: setting up and running appropriate sound for the various services we offer (see Alf H.)
  • Overheads: running the visuals on the overheads for the service (see Dannielle B.)
  • Worship: vocals, keyboard, guitar, drums, or possibly another musical talent not listed?
  • Readers: for reading the various readings during the service
  • Intercessions: leading our public prayers
  • Preaching and teaching: this requires training towards Licensed Lay Minister status.
  • Hospitality: Ensuring the availability of beverages and biscuits, assisting with cleaning up afterwards.

Blessing & Outreach

  • Op Shop volunteer (see Judy B.)
  • Little Lambs volunteer (see Barbara G.)
  • Lending Library (see Jan C.)
  • Wednesdays Dinners (see Verity M. or Kate H.)
  • Nourish Kids (see Carli K.): providing childcare for the Nourish Women’s group is an incredible blessing to the mums who attend and study God’s word together.
  • Parish Council: nominations will open in October for our 2019 Parish Council.
  • Mission Secretary: we are still in need of someone who is called to this position.
  • Alpha and other courses such as Boundaries: prayer for those who attend, and for Holy Spirit led invitations to people beyond our church community. Provision of hospitality or as a small group leader.

Small Groups Ministry

  • involvement in small groups
  • leading small groups: this requires discussion and oversight from the parish priest.
  • youth ministry: soon we will have a real need for a youth ministry to nurture and grow the faith of our older children.

General Operations

  • administration/ volunteering in the office (see Sophie P. or Ian C.)
  • assist our Site Management Team with maintenance and repairs of the church buildings and grounds, including the Historic Church (see Tony W.)

As a community we want to celebrate and acknowledge those who serve in these roles. By listing them here we can pray specifically for those areas in our church. If there is an area that interests you or you feel called into serving please speak to Rev Jamie or a team member.

Adapted from Opportunities in Your Church by St Nicholas Minster.


Forming friendships with the Diocese of Kapsabet

Welcome to +Paul and Seline – a visit from Kapsabet

This week we welcome +Paul of Kapsabet and Seline.

As I explained briefly last week at our service we are exploring a partnership with the diocese of Kapsabet which is in the West of Kenya near the equator. We are considering how we might support one another in prayer and in pooling our experiences and insights in mission. It is very early days. How this will work out will involve all of us carefully following the lead of the Lord as our gospel notes today.

It was my pleasure to meet with +Paul, his wife Seline and two archdeacons Sammy and Elijah on Tuesday. We shared communion together at the cathedral, a tour of the cathedral and then a bible study followed by a trip to the Bunbury Wildlife park. We then returned for lunch , a meeting with + Allan and then Seline addressed the Bunbury Mother’s Union.

As I write this I  know that Cathie and David Broome are kindly hosting the group on Saturday. After the 10 am service on Sunday we are sharing a light lunch together. Please do consider joining us if you are with us at 8 am. We should be starting to prepare lunch around 11:45 am.

In meeting we noted that we share many similar challenges as disciples of Jesus despite our different cultural contexts. We share similar social changes with a move from rural to urban living, the disenfranchisement of youth and a real desire to reach all people with the Good News of Jesus.

For me it is always a joy to meet brothers and sisters who know my heavenly Father as I do and who love the Lord Jesus as I do, and yet we come from such differing backgrounds.

It builds my faith and encourages me that Jesus continues to lead His church and that the increase of His government and peace will know no end. (Isaiah 9:7)

We welcome you +Paul and Seline, and any other guests joining us this week. May the Lord richly bless you all in your time with us.



Will you join us? Our monthly meal together

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What a blessing it was to be part of the joyous buzz of laughter and conversation at the monthly lunch at St Nick’s last week. The food was great, but the company even better! Thank you to the 8am and 10am congregations for your fantastic response and for all those who brought along the most delicious soups.

The mantra for the lunches has been; simple, easy, no burden. I realise that I’ve pretty much said the same thing three times, but that’s how important I think it is to stick to that idea. So I am looking at ways of making it even easier. Thank you to those who have let me pick their brains. I’m also looking for people who would like to be part of a roster for preparation and clean up each month. Remember it’ll be simple, plus you get to use that nice shiny dishwasher! If you’re keen, I’d love to chat to you.

Even the simplest food can bring people together. After all, we all have to eat. Jesus did some of his most important ministry on earth over a meal, imagine what we could do! Let’s get to know each other better and bring blessing to each other as we journey in Christ together. I encourage everyone from the 8am and 10am to come along to the next lunch on the 21st August where we will build each other up over a toasted sandwich. It won’t be a feast, but it will be food. After all, it’s not about the food but the fellowship!