Ministries

St. Augustine’s – Parkland is a busy church! We find lots of ways to get involved, both within the parish and outwardly, into the communities of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Parkland County…

Altar Guild

altar guildOne of the unseen ministries in our church is that of the Altar Guild. This dedicated group is charged with anything and everything to do with the altar area of our church. That includes changing and cleaning the linens, putting up banners, preparing the sacraments of communion, maintaining the tabernacle (the little wall-hung box with a candle that holds reserved bread and wine), and a zillion other tiny jobs that “set the stage” for our worship services. Whenever the seasons of the church change, the altar guild is there, ensuring the place that is the focus of our attention is glowingly beautiful!

The ACW

The Anglican Church Women are a very active group of committed women who serve the parish and community through fundraising, hospitality, and outreach. The ACW hosts the Spring Tea, the Christmas Bazaar, and many other events at the parish.

Meetings are scheduled for 1pm on the second Wednesday of each month, in the church hall. Exact dates are noted in the online church calendar. All ladies are welcome to attend and have fellowship after the meeting is finished.

The ACW’s Foster Children

In addition to hosting events and donating proceeds to fund church needs, the ACW sponsors two foster children as part of its outreach efforts.

Originally, our ladies sponsored children in Dr. Graham’s Homes in India a number of years ago, joining with other ACWs in our region. Then, around 2001, the St. Augustine’s ACW began to sponsor a child on its own, as well as continuing with the group sponsorship.

The ACW’s current foster child is named Natasha and she is in grade six. Betty and Ciara write to her a couple of times a year, including stickers, postcards, and bookmarks with the letters. Unfortunately, mail coming from Natasha has been very slow. In 2012, her school was damaged during earthquakes and has slowly been repaired. Natasha lost her father during the time of those ‘quakes, but we’re not clear on whether they directly caused his death.

The child the ACW co-sponsors with other diocesan ACWs is Anjali and she is about three or four grades ahead of Natasha.

Auggie’s Cafe

Every Tuesday from 11am until 1pm we host Auggie’s Café, a place where anyone can congregate for a hot meal and some fellowship and conversation. Totally financially self-sustaining thanks to the blessings of locally-provided donations of food and cash, each week between 50 and 100 nutritious meals are served to all who are in need. A small army of volunteers provides cooking, clean-up, and conversation that is given in the spirit of helping those in need of food and companionship.

The primary contact at Auggie’s is Dianne Brown. You can reach her by email.

Please consider volunteering your time or donating directly to Auggie’s Café!

Baptism

Are you interested in baptism for yourself or for your child? We would love to discuss that with you. The sacrament of baptism is a very special time for your family and for the church family. All Christians celebrate together and are reminded that baptism brings one into God’s eternal family for ever.

If you have any questions regarding the sacrament of baptism please call the church office at 780-962-5131, or email Rev. Billy.

Children’s Church

“Little Disciples” is our version of Sunday School for all ages. Join Rev. Billy  before our regular Sunday morning worship service at 9:40 am for lessons about the readings of the day, fun facts, and to discover what we do and celebrate in our liturgies. Of course, parents are encouraged to attend.

See you there!

Copper Sky Lodge

Located in Spruce Grove, Copper Sky is an assisted living facility.

On the first and third afternoons of each month – at 2pm – we offer worship services to all Christians of Copper Sky. Our worship always has lots of music (including many old hymns) provided by dedicated members of our music team.

Every few months, we are honoured to provide a memorial service, to remember and rejoice for all those who have recently passed from living at Copper Sky.

Bible Study

Each Thursday at 10:00am in the church office, Rev. Billy leads a study through the lectionary readings for the following Sunday. This prepares us for our upcoming worship service and gives us a deeper understanding of the scriptures.

In our weekly printed bulletins, the following Sunday’s scripture readings are noted so that you can study ahead of time. Alternately, you can directly access the Anglican Church of Canada’s online lectionary.

Everglades Lodge

Located a few kilometres west of Spruce Grove and situated in Parkland County, Everglades Special Care Lodge provides accommodations for up to 81 residents.

On the first Wednesday of each month at 10am, one or our ordained or lay ministers leads many members of this community in praise-filled worship! Accompanied by members of our music team and other helpers, we happily bring God’s word to these special needs people.

Funerals

If someone close to you has died, we offer you our deepest condolences. In the midst of grieving, planning a funeral is an especially hard time for family and friends. Our ministers wish to spend time with you in preparation of the celebration of life and grieving the loss of a loved one. Our ministers are devoted to assisting with decisions for your loved one’s service and providing spiritual support for as long as you have need.

There is no charge for funeral services at St. Augustine’s. For those who can afford it, however, we do appreciate a donation to offset our costs. A $300 tax refundable donation would be generous.

To enquire about a funeral or memorial service please call Rev. Billy at 780.962.5131 or email.

Marriage

Weddings are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends and we want to assist you with that very special moment when before God and everyone present you state your love for each other. We know that you need our pastor and our facilities to be available to you throughout your planning process and especially on your wedding day.

The following fees will assist us in offsetting our support and facility costs:

Facility – $450.00
Pianist (If required) – $100.00
Sound System (If required. Includes tech support) – $100.00
Digital Projector System (If required) – $50.00
Deposit at the time of booking – $250.00
Church key deposit – $50.00

These fees include one evening rehearsal and all day access on your special day.

Tax receipts will be issued for donations.

Thank you so much for choosing St Augustine’s Parkland Anglican Church for the celebration of this special time. For further information on weddings at St. Augustine’s please call the church office at 780-962-5131, or email Rev. Billy.

The respect you show for our facility is greatly appreciated.

It is also important for you to know that facility fees paid to St. Augustine’s go back into our operations and local ministries within our community.

Messy Church

Messy Church began in 2017 and is a fresh expression of church that aims to bring people from all ages and walks of life together. Using our creativity, hospitality and in the sharing of meal, we experience and understand God in our lives and as a church gathered together in His name.

Messy Church is lively, creative, fun and above all, messy!

We hold our Messy Church once a month and it hinges on a theme.

If you are interested in attending please contact Rev. Billy to RSVP so that we know how many people to cook for.

Men of St. Augustine’s

MoSA meets on the first Saturday of each month, in the parish hall. Breakfast is typically prepared and provided by two of the members.

Greg Hanna is the primary contact for MoSA. He can be reached by email.

Music

Music at St. Augustine’s is varied and exciting. With hymns ranging from high church pipe organ and chant, to old favourites and contemporary tunes, we strive to make the worship experience joyful, prayerful, and appropriate to the liturgical season.

Supported by our knowledgeable tech team, our musicians expand on the vocal and organ harmonies with piano, guitar, and occasional banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and percussion. Our all-inclusive choir and various small ensembles perform at high points in the year, especially Christmas and Easter, as well as at special gala events like our recent presentation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” as read by CBC Radio personalities.

We’re always on the lookout for musical talent. If you’re interested in helping lead in worship of our Lord and Saviour through music, please chat with one of our music team members over coffee after Sunday service.

NeighbourLink

NeighbourLink is a faith-based ministry provided by a network of volunteers from participating Christian churches in the tri-municipal area. This network provides a “one stop” resource centre to render assistance to people called “neighbours” who have a wide variety of needs and have no other means to get help. NeighbourLink is a “last resort” serving neighbours of any age, gender, level of income, religion, ethnicity or place of origin.

NeighbourLink-Parkland does not receive any financial support from government but depends entirely on donations from the participating churches, some community service organizations, individuals, appreciative “neighbours” and an annual fund raising event.

Time and Talents required to respond to the various requests for assistance are provided by the volunteers from the participating churches. Over the years, St. Augustine’s has provided annual financial support to NeighboutLink, with many of our Church members serving as NeighbourLink volunteers, on the NeighbourLink Board of Directors, or on both.

The central resource centre, staffed by one full time and one part time paid person, receives the requests, usually by telephone. Requests for assistance are relayed directly from the NeighbourLink office to a church NeighbourLink volunteer who has previously indicated what type of assistance they can provide and when they may be available.

An “emergency help closet” is also provided by NeighbourLink with the supplies being donated by the churches and individuals.

The telephone number for the central resource centre is 780 960 9669.

The present NeighbourLink coordinator/liaison from St. Augustine’s is Bev Orieux

The Healing Prayer Team is led by Rev. Lesley Hand, one of our honorary assistants and the leader of the On Eagle’s Wings ministry. Rev. Lesley explains healing prayer:

Although unfamiliar to many of us today, healing prayer is one of the most ancient ministries of the Christian church. In fact, Jesus’ own mission and ministry can be summed up by saying that he ‘proclaimed the Good News of the Kingdom of God and healed the sick’. (Luke.4:18-19) After Jesus’ death and resurrection, after Pentecost, the apostles continue Jesus’ ministry of healing through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 3:1-10)

The biblical stories of healing are many and varied. One of the common threads is the transforming difference that the presence of Jesus makes in people lives. The ministry of Christian healing, then, is best described as “The difference that Jesus Christ makes in body, mind, spirit, and lifestyle for those who take him seriously.” Or, even more simply, “Jesus Christ meeting you at the point of your need.” (Lawrence, Roy. The Practice of Christian Healing: A Guide for Beginners. London, SPCK. 1998. pp. 13-14)

When we look at the Bible stories of healing, we see that Jesus never turned anyone away. There were no limits to the kinds of people whom Jesus healed or the kinds of conditions they were suffering from. Jesus cares about our toothache as much as our cancer. He cares about our stress from a bad day at work as much as our grief and depression.

It is important to be clear that it is Jesus who heals through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus calls all of us to pray for each other. However, ministers of healing prayer, whether clergy or laity, are those who are uniquely gifted by the Holy Spirit, and trained by the church, and passionate for praying for the healing love of God to come into people’s lives.

The healing prayer team will be available in the small prayer chapel beside the organ each Sunday during communion time. Appointments can also be made for personal prayer times outside of the Sunday service. Talk to any of the clergy to make an appointment. All prayer requests are kept in the strictest confidence.

Seniors at St. Augustine’s – Parkland

Seniors form a large- and vital – part of our parish. So rather than create specific programming for them, we encourage seniors to take part in every aspect of our church life.

Of specific interest to seniors are our Daytime Bible Study group, Anglican Church Women, Altar Guild, and MoSA (men). Information about all of these groups can be found through the tabs on the left side of this page.

Youth

Our youth program is currently in transition.

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