Our mission statement

To lead our communities into a relationship with Jesus

Welcome! We are a friendly parish that stretches from the mountains to the sea. We'd love to have you join us in worship at one of our services, you'll find a warm welcome at all of our centres.  

Who we are....

       Rector - Reverend Lou Oakes

Rural Chaplain (Anglicare) and Chaplain for Mission to Seafarers (Eden) - ReverendMichael Palmer


  Assistant Priest - Reverend Anthony Frost


What's on ...

Thursday 23 November

  • Please note the midday service and 1pm Bible study are no longer being held at St Lukes, Wolumla
  • 2.00 pm: Holy Communion, Bimbimbie Park, Merimbula
  • 2.30 pm - 4pm: Knit and Natter, St Lukes, Wolumla (bring along your knitting or craft project and join in the fellowship)

Sunday 26 November

  • 8.00 am: Holy Communion, Christ Church, Pambula
  • 9.30 am: Holy Communion and Sunday School, St Clements, Merimbula
  • 10.00 am: Holy Communion, St Johns, Eden
  • 11.15 am: Holy Communion, Imlay House, Pambula

Monday 27 November

  • 11.00 am: Coffee Corner, The Original Fix Coffee Shop, Merimbula
  • 2.30 pm: Holy Communion, Roy Wotton Gardens, Eden

Tuesday 28 November

  • 12.30 pm: KYB Study Group, Suite 1, St James House (behind St Clements), Merimbula (Lorna Ph: 6495 0907)
  • 2.00 pm: Holy Communion, Sanananda Park, Tura Beach

Wednesday 29 November

  • 9.00 am: Bible Study, General Store Cafe, Candelo
  • 9.00 am: Anglicare College First Aid Training Day, St Clements, Merimbula (To register or for further information, please contact the Parish Office on Ph: 6495 4353)
  • 12 noon: Pearl’s Place Lunch, The Masonic Centre, Pambula
  • 1.00 pm - 1.30 pm: Mid-Week Meditation, Christ Church, Pambula (see below for details)
  • 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm: Eden Bible Study. The group meets at various homes throughout Eden, and newcomers or visitors are always welcome. Please contact Ray Flint on Ph: 0413 583092 or Email: ray.flint06728@bigpond.com if you would like to know more about the group, or find out the venue for the next meeting.

Thursday 30 November

  • Please note the midday service and 1pm Bible study are no longer being held at St Lukes, Wolumla
  • 2.00 pm: Holy Communion, Bimbimbie Park, Merimbula
  • 2.30 pm - 4pm: Knit and Natter, St Lukes, Wolumla (bring along your knitting or craft project and join in the fellowship)

Sunday 3 December

  • Advent commences. See below for information about this year's #AdventWord social media event on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • 9.30 am: Holy Communion and Sunday School, St Clements, Merimbula. Please note that this will be the only service in the Parish today due to the visit of Bishop Trevor. During his visit to the Parish, Bishop Trevor will be de-consecrating St John’s Church at Tantawanglo.  This will be a private service and comes as the conclusion to a long process of consultation and preparation to close the church.  Please do hold Bishop Trevor and all the Tantawanglo community in your prayers as we approach this very final step.
  • 2.00 pm: Spirit Allegro Concert, Christ Church, Pambula

Monday 4 December

  • 11.00 am: Coffee Corner, The Original Fix Coffee Shop, Merimbula
  • 2.30 pm: Holy Communion, Roy Wotton Gardens, Eden
  • Jamberoo Retreat commences (concludes 7 December)

Tuesday 5 December

  • 12.30 pm: KYB Study Group, Suite 1, St James House (behind St Clements), Merimbula (Lorna Ph: 6495 0907)
  • 2.00 pm: Holy Communion, Sanananda Park, Tura Beach

Wednesday 6 December

  • 9.00 am: Bible Study, General Store Cafe, Candelo
  • 12 noon: Pearl’s Place Lunch, The Masonic Centre, Pambula
  • 12 noon: Parish Friendship Lunch, RSL Club, Merimbula
  • 1.00 pm - 1.30 pm: Mid-Week Meditation, Christ Church, Pambula (see below for details)
  • 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm: Eden Bible Study. The group meets at various homes throughout Eden, and newcomers or visitors are always welcome. Please contact Ray Flint on Ph: 0413 583092 or Email: ray.flint06728@bigpond.com if you would like to know more about the group, or find out the venue for the next meeting.

Thursday 7 December

  • 2.00 pm: Holy Communion, Bimbimbie Park, Merimbula
  • 2.30 pm - 4pm: Knit and Natter, St Lukes, Wolumla (bring along your knitting or craft project and join in the fellowship)

Sunday 10 December

  • 8.00 am: Holy Communion, Christ Church, Pambula
  • 9.30 am: Holy Communion and Sunday School, St Clements, Merimbula
  • 10.00 am: Holy Communion, St Johns, Eden
  • 5.00 pm: Prayer for Healing Service, St Clements, Merimbula (This will be the final Prayer for Healing Service until February 2018)

Monday 11 December

  • 11.00 am: Coffee Corner, The Original Fix Coffee Shop, Merimbula
  • 2.30 pm: Holy Communion, Roy Wotton Gardens, Eden
  • 6.30 pm: 'The Star' film presented by Pambula Baptist Church at The Picture Show man, Merimbula. This film tells the story of the first Christmas through the eyes of the animals. See below for further details or Ph: 0418 298470

Tuesday 12 December

  • 12.30 pm: KYB Study Group, Suite 1, St James House (behind St Clements), Merimbula (Lorna Ph: 6495 0907)
  • 2.00 pm: Holy Communion, Sanananda Park, Tura Beach

Wednesday 13 December

  • 9.00 am: Bible Study, General Store Cafe, Candelo
  • 12 noon: Pearl’s Place Lunch, The Masonic Centre, Pambula
  • 1.00 pm - 1.30 pm: Mid-Week Meditation, Christ Church, Pambula (see below for details)
  • 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm: Eden Bible Study. The group meets at various homes throughout Eden, and newcomers or visitors are always welcome. Please contact Ray Flint on Ph: 0413 583092 or Email: ray.flint06728@bigpond.com if you would like to know more about the group, or find out the venue for the next meeting.

Thursday 14 December

  • 2.00 pm: Holy Communion, Bimbimbie Park, Merimbula
  • 2.30 pm - 4pm: Knit and Natter, St Lukes, Wolumla (bring along your knitting or craft project and join in the fellowship)

Sunday 17 December

  • 8.00 am: Holy Communion, Christ Church, Pambula
  • 9.30 am: Holy Communion and Sunday School, St Clements, Merimbula
  • 10.00 am: Holy Communion, St Johns, Eden followed by Christmas lunch in St Johns Hall. All welcome!
  • 11.00 am: Holy Communion, St Lukes, Wolumla

Monday 18 December

  • 11.00 am: Coffee Corner, The Original Fix Coffee Shop, Merimbula
  • 2.30 pm: Holy Communion, Roy Wotton Gardens, Eden

Tuesday 19 December

  • 12.30 pm: KYB Study Group, Suite 1, St James House (behind St Clements), Merimbula (Lorna Ph: 6495 0907)
  • 2.00 pm: Holy Communion, Sanananda Park, Tura Beach

Wednesday 20 December

  • 9.00 am: Bible Study, General Store Cafe, Candelo
  • 12 noon: Pearl’s Place Lunch, The Masonic Centre, Pambula
  • 1.00 pm - 1.30 pm: Mid-Week Meditation, Christ Church, Pambula (Please note: This will be the final Mid Week Meditation until 24 January 2018. See below for details)
  • 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm: Eden Bible Study. The group meets at various homes throughout Eden, and newcomers or visitors are always welcome. Please contact Ray Flint on Ph: 0413 583092 or Email: ray.flint06728@bigpond.com if you would like to know more about the group, or find out the venue for the next meeting.

Thursday 21 December

  • 2.00 pm: Holy Communion, Bimbimbie Park, Merimbula
  • 2.30 pm - 4pm: Knit and Natter, St Lukes, Wolumla (bring along your knitting or craft project and join in the fellowship)


coming events

3 December 2017: Advent commences. #AdventWord social media challenge: Be part of the Anglican Communion’s Global Advent Calendar. It’s an innovative way to engage in the season of Advent with people all over the world. Simply respond to the daily meditation emailed to you with images and prayers that speak to your heart. Your images and prayers will appear in the Advent Calendar with others from around the world. Join us as we anticipate the coming of Christ, the fulfillment of our deepest longings.

#AdventWord is the world’s first crowd-sourced global Advent Calendar that asks Christians to pray over a word and meditation and respond with an image on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. #AdventWord encourages younger people to pray through their smartphones every day of Advent. #AdventWord was established by the Society of Saint the Evangelist (SSJE) in 2014 in partnership with the Office of the Anglican Communion.  In 2017, Virginia Theological Seminary joined as a production partner. 

#AdventWord works by asking people each day of Advent via email and social media in multiple languages to meditate on a word and post a picture in response on their personal social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and tag with picture with two hashtags: #AdventWord and the hashtag of the day. The responses, over 10,000 images on Instagram and over 5,000 images on Twitter and Facebook. Images are pulled into website to create a crowd-sourced Advent Calendar. The result is visual evidence of the joy of people praying together around the world. Somewhere is the region of 100,000 social media users have participated.

Sign up to participate in #Advent Word by clicking the button below.

Monday 4 December - Thursday 7 December: Jamberoo Abbey Retreat. Rev Lou will be taking a group to Jamberoo Abbey for three nights for a silent retreat from 4-7 December. We will be joining the nuns in the Chapel for worship services and then spending days in communal silence, resting with God. The accommodation options are single rooms with shared facilities and a communal lounge space for $60/night or self-contained cabins for $110/night. Both options include catering. Car-pooling will be available for those without transport. Please contact Rev Lou as soon as possible if you would like to join the retreat, so accommodation can be reserved. Ph: 6495 7203 or Email: lou@get-smart.com.au

6.30pm (Doors open at 6pm), Monday 11 December: Pambula Baptist Church Presents “The Star”. One show only Monday 11th December at The Picture Show Man, Merimbula. Please join us as we enjoy the Story of the first Christmas throught the eyes of the animals. This is a community family friendly event. Tickets can be pre-purchased @ The Picture Show Man box office or on the night. Adult $12, Concession $11 Child/Senior $10. Any donations  made on the evening will be donated to Pearls Place in support of the wonderful work they do feeding those in need within our community. We will have donation buckets & collection baskets on the night where we’d kindly ask you to bring a $$ gift, and/or a non-perishable food item to be used by Pearls Place over this Christmas period. Please come prepared to give generously, we look forward your support. For enquiries please phone: 0418298470

rohingya challenge


Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast (SJASC)Challenge our community to give to the desperate situation of the 600,000 plus Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh
The SJASC will dollar match all donations made up to the total of $5000
Donations to special SJASC account with Bendigo Bank.
Pambula and Bega BSB 633 000 account 157357567
or post cheque to SJASC PO Box 352, Pambula, NSW 2549
Australian Red Cross have assured that donations will reach their destination. Red Cross is part of a world-wide humanitarian effort in the region.
the fastest-growing humanitarian crisis in the world

prayer for healing service

The Parish is pleased to advise that at 5pm on every second Sunday of the month, a Prayer for Healing service will be held at St Clements, Merimbula. The Prayer for Healing service is a relaxed “come as you are” service that goes for no more than one hour. All are welcome - especially those who may not have been to a Prayer for Healing Service before. During our service we pray for the world, for the healing of God's creation, for yourself, and/or for someone on your heart who may be unable to be there in person. Each service includes songs, a scripture reading, reflection, reporting back, prayer and/or anointing for healing. All are most welcome!

Please contact Anthony if you have any questions on Ph: 6495 3307 or Email: antfrost@me.com. Please note: The final Prayer for Healing Service for 2017 will be held on 10 December. The monthly Prayer for Healing Service will not be held in January 2018, but will resume in February 2018.


mid-week meditation

Mid-week Meditation commences in October and will be held from 1.00–1.30pm each Wednesday at Christ Church, Pambula (32 Quondola St, Pambula). We begin with quiet music and welcome, a short spiritual reflection, 20 minutes meditation, and music to conclude. For people new to meditation, more guidelines will be given and there will be time for questions/sharing afterwards if desired. All are welcome. For further information please contact Rev Anthony Frost: 02 6495 3307 - antfrost@me.com

Please note: Mid-week Meditation will be on break from 20 December and will recommence on 24 January 2018.

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results of parish agm and congregational elections

Results of Annual General Meeting                       held 05 March 2017

Rector’s Wardens (appointed by Rev. Lou Oakes):

  • Parish Warden: Raymond Daly
  • Merimbula: Vickie Charlton
  • Pambula/Wyndham: Malcolm Brandon
  • Eden/Towamba: Ken Traise
  • Candelo/Tantawanglo: Erica Morrison
  • Wolumla: Raymond Daly

Parish Council (elected unopposed):

  • Parish Council Chairman: Ken Traise
  • Parish Treasurer: Gavin Bell
  • Parish Council Secretary: Jenny Crawford
  • Pastoral Care: Cathie Haynes
  • Kameruka/Cattle Fund: Sandy Macqueen
  • Anglicare: Flo Young
  • Missions & Evangelism: Carol Bartlett
  • Aged Care: Ursula Viebcke
  • Properties & Maintenance:Peter Charlton
  • Communications: Ava Petersen
  • Young Families: Vacant

Synod Representatives (one representative elected from each of the three major centres):

  • St Clements, Merimbula: Vickie Charlton
  • Christ Church, Pambula: Malcolm Brandon
  • St Johns, Eden: Flo Young
  • (Pambula alternate: Ursula Viebcke)

Clergy Appointment Board (one representative elected from each of the three major centres):

  • St Clements, Merimbula: Vickie Charlton
  • Christ Church, Pambula: Janet Brandon
  • St Johns, Eden: Ken Traise

 

Congregational Elections

St Clements, Merimbula

Rector’s Warden: Vickie Charlton

People's Wardens: Alan Gale & Jenny Crawford 

Vestry:

  • Peter Charlton
  • Judy Ridgway
  • Joan Devitt
  • Marie Carter
  • Erica Morrison

Christ Church, Pambula

Rector’s Warden: Malcolm Brandon

People's Wardens: Marj Roche & Ursula Viebcke.

Vestry:

  • Janet Brandon
  • Cathie Haynes
  • Brigitte Kestermann
  • Bruce Munchenberg
  • Laurel Powell

St Johns, Eden

Rector’s Warden: Ken Traise

People's Wardens: Robert Allen & Pam Inwood

Vestry:

  • John Ironmonger
  • Shirley McCamish
  • Ed Chenery
  • Peter Rice.

A message from Bishop stuart

Bishop Stuart commends the following YouTube video to all parishioners. The video was released by Archbishop Justin (Archbishop of Canterbury) and is titled 'Thy Kingdom Come 2017 - Pledge to Pray for More People to Know Jesus'.


thy kingdom come

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby described this year’s Thy Kingdom Come as “an extraordinary joining together of Christians all around the world."

Watch his reflection and challenge for the year ahead:

anglican news

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weekly pew sheet

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Residential aged care

RSL LifeCare provide aged care in our Parish at three locations:

  1. Albert Moore Gardens, Bimbimbie Park, Merimbula
  2. Sanananda Park, Tura Beach
  3. Roy Wotton Gardens, Eden.

Chaplaincy is provided by the Parish at all three locations

pearl's place

Located at the Masonic Centre, Pambula, Pearl's Place provides a meal at noon every Wednesday [free of charge or for whatever contribution you can afford] and friendship to anyone who is lonely, homeless, or on a low income. ALL WELCOME.

A free bus service is available between Merimbula and Pambula:

  • 11.00 - Merimbula RSL in Alice Street at the seat closest to the RSL carpark
  • 11.05 - Berrambool Drive near Garden Circuit
  • 11.10 - Merimbula bus shelter in Kalinda St, off Sapphire Coast Drive
  • 11.15 - Merimbula Boller Park, Merimbula Drive, (towards the water tank)
  • 11.20 - Merimbula bus shelter, Caltex Service Station on Merimbula Drive
  • 11.25 - Pearls Place Masonic Centre Pambula

The bus leaves Pearls at 1.30 to return to Merimbula arriving approx. 2pm. For more information, a link to the Pearl's Place Facebook page is provided below. 

Want to know more about the Anglican Church?  Find out about our Bishops and our Parishes at the Canberra and Goulburn Anglican Community website.

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