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 ...

Saturday 16 December

  • 8.00 am: Working bee at Christ Church, Pambula. Please bring gardening tools. Contact Malcolm Brandon for further information Ph: 6495 9838

Sunday 17 December - Third Sunday in Advent

  • 8.00 am: Holy Communion, Christ Church, Pambula
  • 9.30 am: Holy Communion , 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
  • 2.30 pm: Ecumenical Christmas Carol Service, Sapphire Coast Uniting Church, Wyndham (contact

    Rev David Russell - 0411 717311)

Wednesday 20 December

  • 12 noon: Pearl’s Place Christmas Lunch Party, Pambula Town Hall, Pambula. All welcome!
  • 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)

Sunday 24 December - Christmas Eve and Fourth Sunday in Advent

  • Please note the regular 8.00 am service will not be held at Christ Church, Pambula today.
  • 9.30 am: Holy Communion, St Clements, Merimbula
  • 10.00 am: Holy Communion, St Johns, Eden
  • 5.00 pm: Family Nativity Service, St Clements, Merimbula. Children may dress as a shepherd or angel - come along and join in our 'No Rehearsal Nativity' service!
  • 9.00 pm: Carols by the Boardwalk, behind 12 Emblen St, Eden. Contact Brian Ph: 6496 3367 or Ray Ph: 0413 583 092
  • 11.30 pm: Holy Communion, Christ Church, Pambula

Monday 25 December - Christmas Day

  • 8.00 am: Christmas Service, Christ Church, Pambula
  • 9.30 am: Christmas Service, St Clements, Merimbula
  • 10.00 am: Christmas Service, St Johns, Eden
  • 12 noon - 3.00 pm: Sapphire Coast Community Christmas Lunch, Twyford Hall, Merimbula (Ph: Janita 0427 298432 for bookings or enquiries)
  • 12 noon - 3.00 pm: Sapphire Coast Community Christmas Lunch, Uniting Church Hall, Eden (Ph: Janita 0427 298432 for bookings or enquiries)
  • 12 noon - 3.00 pm: Sapphire Coast Community Christmas Lunch, Bega Showgrounds, Bega (Ph: Janita 0427 298432 for bookings or enquiries)

Wednesday 27 December

  • 12 noon: Pearl’s Place Lunch, Pambula Town Hall, Pambula

Sunday 31 December

  • 8.00 am: Holy Communion, Christ Church, Pambula
  • 9.30 am: Holy Communion, St Clements, Merimbula
  • 10.00 am: Holy Communion, St Johns, Eden

Wednesday 3 January

  • 12 noon: Pearl’s Place Lunch, Pambula Town Hall, Pambula

Sunday 7 January

  • 8.00 am: Holy Communion, Christ Church, Pambula
  • 9.30 am: Holy Communion, St Clements, Merimbula
  • 10.00 am: Holy Communion, St Johns, Eden

Wednesday 10 January

  • 12 noon: Pearl’s Place Lunch, Pambula Town Hall, Pambula

Sunday 14 January

  • 8.00 am: Holy Communion, Christ Church, Pambula
  • 9.30 am: Holy Communion, St Clements, Merimbula
  • 10.00 am: Holy Communion, St Johns, Eden

Monday 15 January

  • 2.30 pm: Holy Communion, Roy Wotton Gardens, Eden

Tuesday 16 January

  • 2.00 pm: Holy Communion, Sanananda Park, Tura Beach

Wednesday 17 January

  • 12 noon: Pearl’s Place Lunch, Pambula Town Hall, Pambula

Thursday 18 January

  • 2.00 pm: Holy Communion, Bimbimbie Park, Merimbula

coming events

3 - 24December 2017: Advent. #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 in recent years.

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

25 December -12 noon - 3.00 pm: Sapphire Coast Community Christmas Lunch. Bookings have now opened for this year's community Christmas Day lunch. Lunches will be held in Eden, Merimbula and Bega. We would love for you to partner with us in any way you can. Some suggestions are volunteering your time on or before the day, donating non-perishable food items for hampers, donating gifts and donating money. It all helps. The most important thing is to spread the word so that no one ends up alone on Christmas Day! To volunteer or make a booking phone Janita on 0427 298432. To make a monetary donation the bank details are 'Christmas Lunch' BSB 082439 Account 773047126. Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful event.

news from bishop stuart and bishop matt

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.

Manus Island and asylum seekers

During the period 6-8 October 2017, the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn held it's annual Synod. During the first session, the following Synod Resolution was passed on the topic of Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

Amended Motion: That this Synod is grieved at the plight of refugees around the world and:

  1. Notes the practical support the church and its agencies, especially Anglicare, provide to refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and the region;
  2. Encourages the Federal Government to re-double its efforts to resettle refugees held in offshore detention centres;
  3. Notes the serious psychological harm caused by long-term, and seemingly indefinite detention, and expresses deep concern that the process is exacerbated by being so indeterminate; and thereafter if re-location options are not found within a reasonable time that re-settlement in Australia be considered as an option.
  4. That the government provide increased resources to provide psychiatric, psychological, medical and educational services to assisting mitigating psychological harm;
  5. Notes that Australia is a leading re-settler of refugees and urges theAustralian, and other regional, governments to develop a region-wideapproach for processing asylum seekers so they can either return home safely or otherwise find a new home in which to flourish;
  6. Commends Anglicans for participating in efforts to change public opinion and policy to better protect and support refugees and asylum seekers; and
  7. Requests that this resolution be forwarded to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and to the Prime Minister and to their respective Departments.

In addition to the Bishop's letter in accordance with point 7 (above), parishioners may directly phone the Prime Minister's office to register their opinions on the situation on Manus Island on Ph: 02 6277 7700. This is a quick and effective way for parishioners to take direct action on the matter.

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. Please note that Pearl's Place will be operating out of the Pambula Town Hall (not the Masonic Centre) during the period 20 December 2017to 24 January 2018.

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. 

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