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Donations to the Parish of Manuka Arts Foundation and the National Trust of Australia (ACT) St Paul’s Church, Manuka Heritage Conservation Appeal are tax deductible.

The Arts Foundation supports music and the arts in the parish and the Heritage Foundation supports St Paul’s church building.

Donations received by Friday 28th June will be deductible in the 2018-19 financial year. Speak to the Rector if you are would like to donate to either of these foundations.

Parish Finances Update from the Rector

Parishioners will be aware that at our AGM we adopted a deficit budget for 2019. Despite some increase in the direct giving scheme in recent months, running costs continue to outpace income. Our ability to grow the Parish’s ministries and outreach is currently constrained due to inadequate financial resources. The Parish’s weekly running costs are $9100, just to maintain existing operating costs, functions and personnel.

In the first quarter of 2019 we were falling behind this budgeted need in the range of $5000/month. I commend to us all prayerful consideration of the Biblical principles of giving in support of the Church: that it should be generous, sacrificial, regular, proportional to our means and done cheerfully.

Last week’s giving and other income: $7221, 79% of our budgeted need.

Giving Envelopes or Direct Debits

Sets of giving envelopes are available at the rear of the church.

Alternatively, have you considered switching to e-giving? Just set up a scheduled payment via internet banking. The account is: St Paul’s Manuka, BSB 702389 Account 05200454

Giving in this way allows us to better plan our budget. This account is only for regular giving. For special appeals please contact the office.

Donations to St John’s Care

Parishioners generously donate food and other goods for distribution by St. John’s Care, which has an active ministry of caring for those who do not have enough food.

We always need:

  • tinned soup
  • tinned meat and vegetable stews
  • tinned fish especially tuna
  • long life milk
  • baked beans
  • pasta sauce
  • cereal
  • pasta
  • noodles
  • coffee
  • tea bags
  • milo

Donated items can be left in the box at the back of St Paul’s.

Cash donations are also appreciated and may be placed in an envelope marked ‘St. John’s Care’ and put in the collection plate or given to the St. John’s Care volunteer coordinator, Keith Skamp (email or 0419122503).

If you need a tax receipt, please include your name and address.


The Rector is seeking contributions for a gift for The Reverends Alipate and Erin Tuineau who are expecting a baby in early July.

If you would like to make a contribution, please place it in an envelope marked “Baby Tuineau” and place it in the collection plates.

Garden team

Volunteers to form a garden team are required to develop the gardens and grounds of St Paul’s.

The Rector and Mary Pollard would love to hear from you.

Can you speak another language?

The Rector is seeking people who can read in another language to read simultaneously Acts 2:1-21 during the liturgy on Sunday 9th June (Pentecost).

Please let him know if you can participate at 8am or 10am.

Parishioners please wear red on this day.

Choral Evensong

Igitur Nos Chamber Choir will lead Choral Evensong at St Paul’s for us this month, accompanied by David Drury, at the new time of 5pm on Trinity Sunday, 16th June. Canticles will be Stanford in A and the anthem will be Stainer’s I saw the Lord.

Mr Drury is the Director of Music at St Paul’s College within the University of Sydney, and regularly appears with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.