Inter-Church Council & Schools’ Ministry
Our Parish belongs to the Central Mitcham Inter-Church Council State Schools
Ministry Group Incorporated chaired by Gordon Hervey. This body provides an
ecumenical forum for local churches and is responsible for the employment
and support of Christian Pastoral Support (CPS ) Workers, formerly known as
Chaplains. Currently the group supports part-time CPS workers in Urrbrae, Mitcham Primary School,
Mitcham Girls’ High, and Westbourne Park Primary. Finances are contributed by
member churches and interested individual parishioners.
One current project is assisting new arrivals, many of them from Africa, with
English language. Greater involvement by parishioners is an aim.
Lower Mitcham Ministers’ Association
Clergy from local churches meet regularly at St Michael’s for fellowship, prayer
and to discuss matters of mutual concern.
We have two Residential Aged Care places in our parish at Resthaven,
Kingswood, and Sunset Lodge, Kingswood. A Ministry team takes a Communion
Service at each on the secondThursday of the month.
Volunteers pick up residents from Nursing Homes, and other elderly parishioners,
on the third Thursday of the month for a friendship Communion Service at St
Michael’s, followed by morning tea. New drivers and helpers are always needed.
This meets on Monday mornings, at 9.30 am in the Parish Hall, during school
terms. The group is informal and MU members
are rostered to offer welcome and a cup of tea for the group.
Our parish supports the work of Anglicare in the diocese, particularly with food for
the Magdalene Centre distribution, and clothes and items for the shop.
Christmas cards are also sold each year, with our parish raising the highest
amount in the diocese in 2006.
The parish is affiliated with ABM and is represented on the auxiliary. Support is
given through the Lenten envelope and Fast Food Fast, sale of Calendars, and
support of auxiliary fundraisers.
Collection Boxes are handed in twice a year are used to support BCA.
We have a special link with Andy & Jenny Bennett in Tanzania and at St Andrew’s
Hall. They are supported by annual fundraisers, usually a dinner and a card day.
The parish uses the Christmas Bowl envelopes and has volunteers who coordinate
Badge Day both in the city and at Mitcham Square. Parishioners roster
to sell badges.
Important and valuable contributions are made by many parishioners in the wider
community, both informally and through numerous other organisations. Our
Baptism calls us to mission, and every conversation, every situation, whether at
home, work, school or play is an opportunity for mission and witness.
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