Churches

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There are many projects in place where Churches and schools work in conjunction with Anglicare WA . These relationships have strengthened our ability to reach out to a growing number of children, young people and families all over our state.

Some examples of these joint ministries and possibilities for partnerships are:
• Co-Location
• Programs
• Support

These are described in detail below.

If you would like to know more about Parish Partnerships, or to discuss some of your own ideas, please contact:
The Rev'd Mark McCracken
Church Partnerships Co-ordinator
P: (08) 9263 2124 or 0403 368 248
E: mark.mccracken@anglicarewa.org.au

Co-Location

One emerging aspect in the developing cooperation and ministry between Anglicare WA and Anglican Churches has been the placement of a number of Anglicare WA services alongside local Church congregations. This has included a range of options: from the loan or rental of Church office and meeting spaces, to the permanent establishment of an Anglicare WA service at a Church, and even to the extent of redeveloping Church buildings as shared facility for Agency and Church use. Here are some examples:

Good Shepherd Centre, Balga

Until recently The Church of the Good Shepherd ministered as the Anglican parish in Balga/Girrawheen . After amalgamation with a neighbouring parish, the centre has been taken on a new life as a vibrant Anglicare WA community centre – offering a meeting place for many local groups and the development of community initiatives.

St John's, Albany

This Church centre has offered the community support over some time. In their partnership with Anglicare WA the parish have now developed a much larger scope to their work through the construction of the St John's Anglicare Centre on site.

St Edward’s, Hilton

St Edward's Hilton is now a joint parish and Anglicare WA centre. One half of the building is set aside for worship and Church community activities. The other half of the building has been converted into office space for important Anglicare WA services.

Programs

Emergency Relief Partnerships

In many Churches around the state, Anglicare WA supports emergency relief activities with training, volunteer support and funding assistance.  Some of the Churches active in their communities in this way are:

• All Saints Belmont
• All Saints Kwinana
• The Church of the Ascension Midland
• Collie Anglican Church
• Denmark Anglican Church
• St George's Dunsborough
• St John's Albany and
• St Mary's Busselton

Education

Anglicare WA offers a huge range of education and professional development services. Churches, schools and Diocesan groups have engaged this resource; offering training for volunteers, staff, students and the wider community.

Support

Anglican churches and schools are very good at supporting those in need through their donations and mission giving. Below are some of the more systematic ways this support is offered.

Food Support

The contribution that parishes make to Anglicare WA's emergency relief services is essential to its proper functioning. Frequent donations are received from Anglican Churches across the State. Without these offerings Anglicare WA could not offer the level of help it does to people in crisis.

Op Shop Drop Boxes and Other Donations

One very visible way our churches and schools can offer support like this to Anglicare WA is through the placement of an Anglicare WA Op Shop Drop Box at the parish centre or school car park. Around 45 Anglican churches and schools support Anglicare WA in this way.

Mission Giving

Many parishes place Anglicare WA one of the organisations on their mission giving list. This regular budgeted offering is very helpful as it frees Anglicare WA to create new initiatives and projects.

Some Opportunities for Partnership:

• Community Development projects and activities
• Hosting Anglicare WA services
• Shared Facilities and activities
• Specific Projects: such as Christmas hampers, Christmas Appeal, Knit-In
• Host Counselling / Relationship Education
• Volunteers
• Host some education seminars of interest to your community
• Emergency Relief
• A Deanery food collection depot
• An op shop partnership
• Donate money, goods, and practical support
• Offer a home to a teenager.
• Offer some Mentors.
• Provide work experience
• Offer Positive Parenting workshops
• Hold Teen Forums, and
• An Op Shop drop box

What can you imagine?

The partnerships program is willing to explore any options with your Church or school. There are many resources in our caring agency which can support you as you reach out in loving service.

Resources

Click here for a list of resources for use by the Anglican Community.

Church Partnerships Contact

Phone: 9263 2124 or 0403 368 248
Email: mark.mccracken@anglicarewa.org.au 

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