St Jude’s invites you to join one or more of these groups involved in Church and community activities. You are all welcome and are encouraged to contact anyone listed below for more information to either give your support or to become a member.
The Bellringers ring the bells from 9am to 9.25am each Sunday morning, and for weddings, funerals and other special occasions. They practice the art of English change-ringing, which is an interesting hobby that helps develop concentration and coordination. Each time they ring, a team of up to eight people are involved. The heaviest bell at St. Jude’s weighs about three-quarters of a tonne. If you would like to find more about bell ringing or interested in joining the bell ringers for an hour each week on Tuesday evenings. Ross Langford – Brown.
A Woman’s “Know Your Bible” (KYB) Bible Study meets every second week on a Monday evening. Contact Jacqui Guy (Tel: 0414362406; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
‘Focus on Faith’ a reflection/discussion group for women – meets Tuesday fortnights 12.30 – 1.30pm. Contact Amanda Wharton
A Lenten Study group is held on Wednesdays of Lent before Easter at 7:30pm.
The Carers and those being cared for, meet together monthly on a Friday morning for tea in the Parish Room. The Group functions as a practical support group to Parish members and an outreach group to others in the surrounding community and also a personal strengthening group to its members.
Holy Communion is held on the third Friday of each month at 11:15 am.
Child Care Centre
St Jude’s has a Long Day Care Centre for 59 children Monday to Friday – 2-5 year olds. Phone 9326 6234. Director Farah Messina.
Playgroup (mums, dads, grandparents, carers with children 0-3 years)
All are welcome to meet every Tuesday in the Parish Room. 9.30am – 11.30am during school term. Morning Tea provided.
Choir and Music
St. Jude’s Church has maintained a very fine musical tradition and to this day music plays an important part in the weekly Sung Eucharist. The Choir became a member of the world wide RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) in 1952. The Choir sings each Sunday at the 9.30am Sung Eucharist and is also asked to sing at weddings, funerals, choir festivals and occasional social functions. Choir practice is at 7.30pm each Thursday. If you’re interested in joining the choir, and can read music, please call office – Organist and Choirmaster – Angus Gilchrist
- Held annually – Confirmation Classes held for 8 weeks beforehand.
- Commencing 5 pm – Sunday 2nd March 2014
- CONFIRMATION SERVICE 6:30pm 11th May 2014
- Ages from Years 6 or 7 Upwards.
- Adults are welcome for Baptism and/or Confirmation.
- Any person desiring Confirmation please contact the Rector Greg or Rev John.
The Craft Group
The Craft Group meets each Wednesday morning from 10.30am. The Group functions as an interest and support group and is active in providing craft for sale at the Annual Fair, and other stalls are held throughout the year. Contact – Dorothy Cohen
English Classes (ESL)
The English classes meet on Thursday mornings, 9.30am to 11:30am in the Parish Room during the term. The course is held three times a year and each course is for ten weeks. For information see separate Web page or please call Church Office. Terry O’Brien.
For any wishing to participate an ESL Bible study is held on Thursday 11:30 am. Rev John Bowen
St Jude’s has a long history of flower arranging in the Church for all Services and for special occasions. A dedicated roster of people work usually on Saturday mornings.
Friends of St Jude’s
The “Friends” have a few hundred on its mailing list. The Committee organizes functions during the year including the Annual Friend’s Dinner, entertainment nights and picnics outside the local area. St Jude’s Gazette is distributed three times a year.
The Men’s Group meets on the 1st Thursday of each month for lunch. Contact – David Cohen via the Church office.
A “Men’s Breakfast” is held a few Saturday mornings a year. Contact Church office.
Nursing Home and Hospital Visitors
Volunteers from St Jude’s visit The Chesalon Nursing Home and provide Morning Teas for the Residents.
There is an also an opportunity to train and provide regular visits to Prince of Wales Hospital patients under the guidance of Hospital Chaplains. For further information please call the Chaplains at the Prince of Wales Hospital on 9382 2222.
The Parish Council meet on the third Tuesday every two months to discuss with the Rector matters dealing with the Church and grounds. Members are elected every March at the Annual Vestry Meeting.
This year, the following parishioners were elected: Alan Clark (Rector’s Warden & Treasurer), Diane Hill (Warden and Secretary), Vjera Arnall, Ed Davies, Jacqui Guy, Rob Koczkar, Robert Kaziro, Karyn Lai, Fred Orr and Philippa Skuja (Warden).
Regularly conducted on various aspects of Parenting in conjunction with Child Care Centre. Contact Amanda Wharton.
Some 4 Lay Readers are licensed within the Parish to assist at Services. Other Bible Readers work on a roster basis for the 8am, 9.30am and 6.30pm Sunday Services. For further information contact the Rector.
Many Scripture teachers and helpers take Anglican classes at Randwick Primary School each week. For further information please contact Amanda Wharton.
Servers assist in Church services assisting the Clergy with Holy Communion and leading processions. Young people when Confirmed often enjoy this participation in the Services.
Head Server – Toby Funston (contact via Church office)
These people assist at the church services by distributing the books and service sheets to the congregation and by collecting the offertories during the Service. Please contact Doug George (via Church office).
The Social Auxiliary organizes the Annual Fair in November. The Fair raises funds and is also a great community time for the Parish and Community.
Sunday School commences at 9.30am each Sunday in the Child Care Centre adjacent to the Parish – except in school holidays. Children aged from 3 years to Year 6 are welcome to join the St Jude’s Sunday School.
Women’s Fellowship meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 2pm in the Parish Room. A short business meeting is then usually followed by a speaker on a topic of interest. The Fellowship functions as a support and friendship group.
The Working Bee is held on the first Saturday of each month. Parishioners are encouraged to participate in maintaining the Church and Cemetery grounds, mowing, weeding and general tidying up. Your support is gladly welcomed from 8.30am.
St Jude’s youth group meets on Sundays at 9.30 am. Contact Amanda Wharton or the Church office.