Engage With God
Engage With God
» Sunday Services
In our 9.30 a.m. Sunday service you will find a relaxed yet compelling liturgy with a range of the best contemporary songs and traditional hymns. Through the Bible readings, music, liturgy, prayers, sermon and fellowship the aim is to facilitate all present to do nothing less than engage with the living God – then and there!
We love having children being part of St. Nic’s! So there are focused kids activities each Sunday, with children starting in church with their parents and leaving for their own activities after about 15 minutes. Everyone meets up at the end of the service for a noisy but fun morning tea on the lawn.
Visitors & Parents of young children!
We understand that young children can be a bit noisy. Don’t worry! There are soft toys and some colouring materials in the foyer which may help. We find that after a few visits, children are happy enough to go to the Sunday kids program, even if parents choose to stay with them for the first couple of visits.
Music is an important part of worshipping God. We aim to use piano, guitars, flutes, drums and our ‘Romantic’ organ as well as whatever other instruments can be played among the congregation.
» Spiritual Growth
Jesus challenges people to grow in their faith and trust in Him. If this is your desire here are some steps that will propel you along the way when you make them priorities in your life -
a) Starting point – being sure of our right standing before God through our faith in Jesus Christ! Check out the link to Knowing God Personally
b) Prioritising Sunday church – ‘going to church’ is not only ‘to receive from God’ but also as important, ‘to give to others’. The friendly remark you make or the time you spend chatting with someone may change their perspective and give them a needed lift! Yet a weekly time of focused worship and listening to God is an indispensable part of the growing Christian’s life. Read what Vanessa has to say about this here
c) Daily Bible reading and prayer – we encourage our members to read “Every Day With Jesus” or “Cover to Cover”. In fact there are many other daily Bible notes and aids. The most important thing however is a daily, systematic reading of the very word of God accompanied by prayer.
d) Joining a mid-week group – we also encourage those who wish to grow in faith to join a mid-week small group. That’s where the action happens in terms of growing in faith. They are called SALT groups (Sharing And Learning Together about God from the Bible). They are usually great fun!
e) Prayer – this is our life-line to the heart and mind of God. We encourage prayer at home, in our church services, and at our regular church prayer gatherings. We are very mindful that God wants us so much to speak with Him in prayer but that generally Christians are very reluctant to do so. Hence we aim to encourage this wonderful Christian discipline.
Loving service to others is an indispensable part of the Christian life, just look at Jesus! And so we encourage all members to service the body of Christ in some capacity. Additionally we promote individuals discovering and using their spiritual gifts in this service, and so to serve the people of God in the power of God.
There are many opportunities to serve at St. Nic’s. Here are just a few:
Sunday related service ministries:
Before Sunday services
- Flowers – arranging and setting them in the church.
- Cleaning – dusting, tidying up and vacuuming the carpet.
- Photocopying – Sunday service sheets.
- Communion wine – preparation of the Communion Table.
On Sunday morning
- Welcoming – greeting people with a smile, giving ‘Welcome Packs’ to visitors, following up after the service.
- Reading the Bible and leading public prayers – training available for this rewarding role.
- Music team – help enhance the congregational experience of worshipping God through leading the singing or playing an instrument.
- Morning tea – setting up before the service, and cleaning up after morning tea.
- Sound equipment – training available to help acoustic system run well.
- Service leading – would you like to learn how to lead a service in the Anglican tradition?
- Tidying up church after service – closing doors, collecting service sheets etc.
Other service Ministries:
As a helper or leader (training and accreditation necessary for both roles) in:
- SNACKS (Sunday morning kids activities),
- St. Nic’s Playroom (playgroup, Monday & Thursday mornings),
- School scripture teaching (Wednesday mornings, Kindergarten to Primary ages),
- Crèche (looking after 0-2 year olds on Sunday mornings).
- Hosting or leading a SALT Group (Bible Study) – training available.
- St. Nicolas’ Women’s Guild – monthly meetings planning fund raising activities.
- St. Nic’s Playroom – yes this is a children’s ministry but adult helpers and ‘Playgroup Ambassadors’ are essential for it to bear Kingdom fruit. Also help is needed in setting up and packing away.
- Prayer Chain – intercessory prayers for emergencies within the church community.
- Meals Ministry – on a roster to supply meals for those in need through sickness for example.
- Visiting – according to need for people who are in hospital or house-bound.
- Garden maintenance – as the name suggests…!
- Handyman – without one we have to pay for even the simple jobs!
- Wardens – with special financial and property responsibilities. Both above positions have responsibilities defined by the Anglican Church.
- Treasurer – computer based bookkeeping.
As a church – one of our Core Values is that we give at least 10% of our income to Christian charitable organisations. In 2010 we will support the prison chaplains employed by Anglicare, those marvellous volunteers who help churches with building projects from MMM International, and the outstanding invention of MegaVoice which has the potential of taking the word of God to those billions who are illiterate or blind!
As individuals – we encourage individuals to similarly give to the work of the local church. We are completely self-funded and rely on regular giving by members and visitors for our day to day ministry expenses. The Bible teaches that such giving should be generous, according to one’s ability, regular and sacrificial.
Here’s how you can give to the work of St. Nicolas’ Anglican Church, Coogee:
- through the weekly envelope system (ask for a packet of envelopes)
- by setting up electronic transfers directly through your bank Bank details – BSB: 704-998 Acc: 100007712
- donating to any of the following church funds:
a.) St. Nicolas’ Scripture in Government Schools Foundation (TAX DEDUCTIBLE) Bank details - BSB: 704-998. Acc: 100009557
b.) St. Nicolas’ National Trust Building Fund (TAX DEDUCTIBLE) Bank details - BSB: 704-998. Acc: 100009307
c.) St. Nicolas’ Building Fund (Non tax deductible) Bank details -
d.) St. Nicolas’ Organ Fund (TAX DEDUCTIBLE) Bank details - BSB: 704-998. Acc: 100009307