The parish is engaged in an extensive range of mission activities as follows:
This was established at St Dunstan’s in July 2008 and provides an excellent Christian outreach. We are supported by our Curate and members of Caritas who assist with morning tea as well as three parishioners who bring their children to the session. Our one session takes place on Wednesdays at 11am in the church itself. We average 18-22 attendees each week (8-10 families). We do little or no advertising except through our website and that of mainly music. It is a very strong parish activity and we work hard to translate this membership into more commitment to the community as a whole by invitations to other parish activities.
We run Christmas Club each year which are aimed at ages 4-8 year olds. These are great outreach sessions which enable us to link in with families who seldom or never come to church otherwise.
St Dunstan’s Kindergarten
The kindergarten has two 4 year old groups, which meet through the week in the kindergarten building, and two 3 year old groups, which meet in the hall. Michele Daniel is Director of the kindergarten and teaches the 4 year olds, with an assistant. Donna Gallus teaches the two 3 year old groups also with an assistant.
Church and kindergarten have quite a lot of interaction. The Vicar is President of the kindergarten committee, Rosemary Hicks is church representative. Both Church and committee enjoy a pleasant, effective relationship. Church and kindergarten share and invite each other to different functions, such as our kindergarten service in August, children’s church with some of the kindergarten groups, the kindergarten Christmas Service, and various social and fund raising occasions for each. Children enjoy talking about their experience of going to a church service, when they return to their kindergarten.
This is a group based in Ashburton which provides practical care to disadvantaged families, along the lines of Anglicare Victoria. Parishioners donate food stuffs weekly which are taken to the Camcare facility for distribution.
Once a year on “Sock Sunday” socks and jocks are collected for distribution to the needy.
Ministry to the Elderly
This takes two forms. The Vicar, accompanied by parishioners, regularly visits local aged care facilities for services of Holy Communion. There is also a pastoral care activity with the Camberwell Gardens facility. Each Thursday at 11am there is a service of Holy Communion attended by residents of Camberwell Gardens, preceded by morning tea. This ministry, is highly valued by the residents from Camberwell Gardens and some of their staff, and it has a special place for parishioners who assist in the organisation and also in the fellowship with our visitors. With an aging population there is much scope for the development of this ministry to the elderly.
Support of Missions
The parish provides a range of practical and financial support to various mission activities, including:-
- Christmas Bowl Envelopes for the National Council of Churches
- Lenten appeal envelopes for ABM
- Weekly and special Christmas and Harvest Festival food collection for Camcare
- “Sock Sunday” – donations of socks, jocks and warm clothing
- Craft Group gifts to Swaziland Mission and Seafarers Mission
- Mothers Union support for African MU projects
- Emergency Anglicord Appeals
- Support for Bush Church Aid
- Anglicare Victoria
- Samaritan’s purse