Parish Profile

St Paulís Ithaca-Ashgrove†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

 

 

About Us

St Paulís, Ithaca-Ashgroveís mission statement is to gather and build a community committed to the mission and ministry of Christ within the context of faith in God, love for our neighbour, respect, trust, care, integrity and openness.

 

Our objectives are to:-

         Equip the people of God to be the people of God.

         Help all to find a place and a sense of belonging in our community as members of the Body of Christ rather than as church visitors.

         Provide teaching and encouragement in a spiritual pilgrimage towards the wonder and mystery of God.

         Provide pastoral care and counsel to those in need.

         Encourage meaningful support of the mission and ministry of the church in this parish and beyond.

         Promote a program that ensures good stewardship of the resources we have received and maintains and upgrades the plant and facilities at St Paulís.


Ashgrove is an inner suburb of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, located approximately 4 km north-west of the Brisbane CBD. The population is approximately 12,600, with 60% of the population between 18-59 years, 26% under 18 years and 14 % over 60. The suburbís demographics have changed considerably over the past 10 Ė 15 years with an increase in young families moving into the area. St Paulís Church is a relatively recent landmark in the suburb of Ashgrove having celebrated its 60th Anniversary in July 2012.

 

 

Parish buildings

Parish buildings comprise St Paulís church, the Parish House/Rectory and Parish Hall.

All buildings are within the one precinct at the intersection of two major arterial roads, Waterworks Road and Jubilee Terrace. The 60 year old brick church dominates the intersection and together with the historically significant Lych Gate, provide great witness opportunities.

 

The Parish House is presently tenanted as a rental property as our former Rector elected to purchase his own home

 

The lower hall houses our successful Thrift Shop which is staffed by volunteers on Wednesday and Saturday each week, and the upper hall has an anchor tenant in the Ashgrove Dance Studio which has been a long term user of the facility. The hall is used regularly by the congregation for morning teas and other Parish functions.

 

The Parish Office is located under the church building, adjacent to the Crypt, with the latter providing a venue for Sunday school, PC meetings etc and a Play School Group on some weekdays.

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St Paulís has a strong tradition of baptising people into the Community of Faith. Those who come to St Paulís for baptism are aware from their very first contact that they will be expected to follow up on their Baptismal vows and promises. This is also true of those seeking confirmation and marriage, and the congregation is equally committed to encouraging and assisting wherever possible.

 

 

Services

 

In conjunction with a traditional liturgy using AAPB (7.30 am Eucharist, 9 am Sung Eucharist), we embrace a number of worship styles throughout the year.

On the first Sunday of the month a Contemporary Service is designed to include our young people in the spreading of Godís Word, with an emphasis on encouraging and supporting people in their spiritual quest.

Fifth Sundays add Church in the Park at 9.30 am for families with young children, which is an informal style service following morning tea in one of our local parks. First Friday of every month and each Friday in Lent, a 6 pm Taize style service is included, followed by fish & chips at a local venue.