Welcome to the Parish of Manuka, South Canberra.
We gather together to worship God who we know as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and to celebrate the love of God for all people, revealed to us in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Some of us have been worshipping our whole lives and have a deep sense of God’s presence and love in our lives.
Others among us are very new to the faith or even just exploring. Together we are all making a journey as pilgrims on earth, gathering together to share the journey, to ask questions, to pray, to worship God, to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist, to serve and to grow in our knowledge and love of God. Wherever you are along the journey of life and faith, you are welcome among us.
Attracting people from across Canberra, our forms of worship celebrate the richness of our Anglican worship – both historic and contemporary.
Honouring our Anglican heritage, we continue to use the Book of Common Prayer (1662) in public worship with 1662 Holy Communion on Sundays at 7am at St Paul’s, and once a month Choral Evensong (1662) is sung (3rd Sunday of the month at St Paul’s).
Our other services of worship use the contemporary rites of the Church. The 8am (St Paul’s) and 9am (St David’s Red Hill) services are Eucharists with hymns. Our 10am Eucharist at St Paul’s is a choral service.
For those seeking a less formal form of worship, our Sunday Spirit service at St David’s Red Hill (5pm) offers a more reflective style service that draws on contemporary spirituality and influences such as Taizé and Celtic spirituality.
Worship continues in the Parish beyond Sundays. People gather Monday – Friday at St Paul’s for prayer at midday. This is a reflective time, setting aside about 15 minutes in the middle of the day to spiritually recharge ourselves. The Eucharist is also celebrated at St Paul’s on Wednesdays at 10am and St David’s on Thursdays at 10am.
The parish ministry team is led by our Rector, the Reverend Dr Benjamin Edwards. The associate clergy licensed to the parish are the Reverend Alipate Tuineau (associate at St Paul’s), the Reverend Kay Pendlebury (deacon at St Paul’s) and the Reverend Canon John Campbell and the Reverend Peter Malone (at St David’s, Red Hill). The ministry of the parish is also shared in by lay women and men who exercise their gifts of ministry in diverse and important ways.
We are an active parish. From our regular activities such as theological study and prayer groups, to pastoral care and visiting the sick, nursing home residents and house-bound, bell-ringing, music-making, walking, seminars, refugee support, mission support, floral arranging, gardening, social groups and altar guild, there are many ways to become involved in the life of the Parish.
The global Anglican Communion has identified 5 Marks of Mission. These are:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Some of the ways our parish pursues these marks of mission include: ministry to the bereaved; care and support for the sick and infirm; pastoral care; ministry in nursing homes; Christian education programs; and support for welfare services and agencies locally and internationally as well as advocacy in social justice causes and environmental stewardship.
We look forward to welcoming you among us and pray that you will find that the worship and ministry of our Parish supports you in your spiritual life.
The links below provide access to general information (in PDF) about our two locations:
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Full details of services at St Paul’s and St David’s are available here.