Wagga Base Hospital Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care
Pastoral Care in our hospitals provides spiritual and emotional care for patients, their families and staff.
The team offers a listening ear and are companions on the way to healing.
There is opportunity to serve God in both of our hospitals – Wagga Wagga Base and Calvary – in a variety of ways.
Firstly as an Anglican visitor to Anglican patients.
Secondly as a Ward visitor visiting all patients. This is particularly the case with specialist wards such as Paediatrics, Rehab etc.
Thirdly to bring the Sacrament out from the Eucharist to the sick on Sunday.
The Rev’d Leonie White, Chaplain to the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital and Anglican Chaplain to Calvary Hospital coordinates this ministry.
Loreto Home of Compassion Chaplaincy
The Rev’d Daphne May is the Anglican Chaplain at Loreto. She visits the residents on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and is responsible for pastoral care to residents, their families and staff.
Mary Potter Nursing Home Chaplaincy
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care at Mary Potter nursing Home is currently carried out by the Parish Ministry Team.
An Anglican communion service is held each Friday at 11:00am in the Tony Ireland Room. Anyone is welcome to attend the service. Bedside communion is offered to those unable to attend the service.
The Anglican Parish of Wagga Wagga provides assistance to many families and individuals every year who have difficulty obtaining basic food and necessities due to economic and personal circumstance.
This assistance comes in the form of non perishable food and personal items. Frozen items such as bread is sometimes available. Individuals provide some form of identification to obtain these items, and permitted to return up to 6 times in a calendar year.
The ministry is accessed from our Parish Office from 9:30am to 12noon on Monday to Friday of each week.
Parish Opportunity Shop
Our Parish Opportunity Shop is located at 23/25 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga. Our friendly voluntary staff sell quality clothing, bric-a-brac, books and much more.
Donations of clean quality second hand items are always appreciated.
We are always looking for volunteers to help out!
Our Parish works in partnership with Anglicare Riverina. We share an office with them as well! Anglicare does amazing work across our community of Wagga Wagga.
St John’s Choir
St John’s Choir is an active part of the worship at the 9:00am Sunday Service at St John’s.
On a usual Sunday, the choir sings a setting of the Eucharist, four hymns, a psalm (set to Anglican chant) and a motet during communion.
Rehearsals are held every Thursday evening from 7.00pm.
All people are welcome to join the choir. The choir enjoys an active social life which includes many dinners, Sunday brunch, and the famous Christmas Party!
Hand Bell Ringers
The Hand bell Ringers meet on Thursday, between 2:30pm and 4:00pm, in the Parish Meeting Room at St John’s Church.
If you are interested in joining: come, listen, and have a yarn. It is not necessary to be able to read music. Tuition would be given, taking small steps at a time.
We are a dedicated, friendly, supportive, happy, group. You will find many blessings, fun and enjoyment. The important thing is to not fall over laughing when we make some unusual noises.
Tower Bell Ringers
In 1994 Ron Shepherd, a prominent Sydney bell ringer proposed that a set of eight bells should be installed at St Johns Church.
The installation of the bells took place in three phases. Firstly, the original service bell (bell 7) was supplemented with a tenor (bell 8) and bells 6 and 5. These were installed in mid-1995. Bells 3 and 4 were installed and hallowed in 1997. Finally, bells 1 and 2 were installed in 1999. The whole project was made possible by financial donations, volunteer help and willingness on the part of many overseas contacts to assist with locating and transporting the bells. Our contacts in the UK were particularly important. The bells were named partly to indicate their historical associations and partly to commemorate and honour other churches in the Parish of Wagga Wagga. One of the bells, St Paul, was for a time the oldest bell in use in Australia, having been cast by John Rudhall of Gloucester in 1792.
The ringing of church bells is an announcement to the community of good news. We have eight bells installed in the tower at St Johns and a band of faithful ringers who ring the bells after the service at 8.30 am on Sunday. We are also available to ring for weddings and for other formal occasions such as ANZAC Day, to welcome in the New Year and even for funerals. The sound of half-muffled bells can be particularly moving.
There are many aspects of bell ringing that attract ringers. Service to the Church and to the community in which it finds itself are important, but many find the traditions of bell ringing and its fascinating history important as well. Interestingly, mathematicians and other academics find the variations and combinations of bell ringing sequences of great fascination. We would welcome new “ringers” to our Tower Team. All one needs to ring tower bells is an interest in working as a team and some sense of timing and coordination. You don’t even need to be particularly physically active. We welcome anyone with a passion for bell ringing to come and grab a rope – figuratively at least. We invite you to join us at our Tuesday practice night between 6 and 7 pm.
The Parish Activity Group takes place every Wednesday from 9:30am to 2:00pm for members of the community who are frail, lonely, or in need of company.
Anglican Women meet together on the first Friday of each month from 10:00am to 12noon. All welcome.
We meet together once a month. Our aim is to complete some of those craft projects we all have in a cupboard! More importantly we meet over a cuppa and some good food. We usually meet on a Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm – see the Parish calender for further dates.
Prayer is not easy to explain – but it works. When we pray for one another it shows that we care, and that we want God to know our hearts’ desires, concerns and needs.
This is a gift – no strings attached, no gimmicks, and no hassles.
So, is there something that you need prayer for? Maybe it is for your wellbeing? For peace? For hopes and dreams? For brokenness or pain? To offer thanks for blessings?
Whatever your genuine need, we are happy to pray for you.
You can be completely anonymous, or you can let us know who you are. It is totally up to you. Your information will be kept confidential and only shared by members of the Prayer Chain.
However, the more information you give, the more specific our prayer can be.
Feel free to shoot us an email with your prayer request.
We pray that God will bless you this day, and every day.