Parish of Kotara South – Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
Contact Info

GoodShepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd
101 Joslin Street
Kotara NSW 2289 

Mail
PO Box 241 
Kotara NSW 2289 

Rector
Revd Dr Fergus King, 
10 Melissa Ave 
Adamstown Heights NSW 2289

Office: +61 02 4943 0103
Mobile +61 0403 772 431

Email: revfking@bigpond.net.au


Services
Sunday
Said Eucharist (not 1stSun)
  7.30 am
Sung Eucharist
  9.00 am
All Age Service
  5.00 pm
Wednesday
Said Eucharist
10.00 am
Reflection Moment
  • “We used to build civilisations. Now we build shopping malls.” Bill Bryson
    Neither Here Nor There

Ministry

OrdersIt has rightly been said that  baptism is the ordination of the laity (Zizioulas). We are not baptised simply to  be “saved”, but to  be people who  share the god news of the Gospel with others in word and life.

That said, the Church has traditionally recognised three specialised ministries: the diaconate, the priesthood and the episcopacy, often known as ordained ministries.  These are meant to enable the  laity in their ministry of evangelisation. Too often, regrettably, they have been viewed as positions of power and authority, despite Our Lord’s teaching to  the contrary. Deacons are meant to  be confident in preaching the word and making it live for others, and to have a “pastoral heart”: to stand alongside others , especially in times of need. Priests usually combine that ministry with the  providing of sacraments to  God’s people.  In particular, they preside at the Eucharist, and  offer  reconciliation: the authority to  forgive sins  which Jesus left to  his apostles. Bishops should be a focus of unity to  the local church. All are called to be living witness, like the laity, of God’s love for us in Christ.

If you believe that  you have a call  to serve either as a deacon or priest, please talk to  the Rector about testing this vocation. Such calls must always be tested and validated by the church; they are never a simple matter of a personal feeling.

 

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