In a recent initiative, fully under way, and headed very well by Deacon Barbara.Parishioners are requested to fill food buckets with a combination of staple foods that will be distributed to families in need. Some buckets will be purchased by the social responsibility group for filling with the required items, or parishioners are asked to provide a bucket and the food items. The food items are:
In a recent initiative, fully under way, and headed very well by Deacon Barbara.Parishioners are requested to fill food packets with a combination of staple foods that will be distributed to families in need. Some packets will be purchased by the social responsibility group for filling with the required items, or parishioners are asked to provide a packets and the food items. The food items are:
There is a group of people who will pray for anyone who is in immediate need. The number to contact for the prayer chain is 082-673-2193 (Joyce Frederiksen). This telephone chain operates 24 hours around the clock and your confidentially can be maintained if desired. Otherwise those in need will be included on the broadsheet to be prayed for at services.
Another group of people (the care group) care for the sick and other needy in various ways, by visiting them, cooking meals for them, and doing shopping for them. The number to contact for the care group is 082-950-1500.
The members of the Guild of St Luke undertake to pray regularly for those who are frail, suffering from cancer, the after effects of a stroke or any other such chronic illness. They meet on the second Sunday of each month at Evensong and on the second Thursday of each month at the 9am service where all those on the guild list are mentioned in the intentions. The ministry of prayer and the laying on of hands is also offered at these services.
The laying on of hands with prayer for the sick is available at any time by arrangement with the priests.
The ministry of prayer and listening is available at the 9am Mass at St Michael's (during communion) from a team of counsellors.
In the midst of life is death. There are no requirements about whose funeral may take place in church.
There is no charge for the service but see items 3, 4, 6 and 7 below.
For a service you (the family) will need to consider:
The rubric (instruction originally printed in red type, hence the name) states “This service is not to be used instead of the Funeral Service”. In other words there must be a funeral service where the body is present. A memorial service may be held when the funeral takes place elsewhere, when a separate (more intimate) funeral service is held, or where the body is not available e.g missing without trace or committed to science or for organ donation.
As we offer the collection at the Eucharist we proclaim that everything in heaven and on earth is God’s. Our bodies belong to God. We cannot dispose of them without Him. So the body is brought into church where God is thanked for the life that filled it and the body is them committed to its burial or cremation.
It is also far better in terms of the process of grieving and closure for the body to be present. In a very real sense this enables those who loved the person to make their farewell, and remember the person's life and love.
We currently have a columbarium under the church where ashes in caskets are placed. There is a small fee for this.
This is not linked to the columbarium and anyone may be commemorated with a plaque on the wall.
We have close relationships with our sisters and brethren in the Roman Catholic, (St Dominic's), Central Methodist and St John's Uniting Presbyterian congregations.
We share services in Holy Week and have a combined service on Pentecost Day.
In addition we share in a GriefShare course that St John's runs from time to time for bereaved, and they share in our Alpha, Life worth living and Network courses.
Currently we are running a créche for children of local families near St. Michael's. This is run as a free service, as part of the parish's social responsibility outreach.
The children gather three mornings a week, and are supervised in the parish grounds and buildings.