Community Life

Our communities

There are approximately 140 people for whom our churches are their regular place of worship, with some of these attending on a seasonal basis.  One mark of our cooperation is that increasingly individuals worship in both churches in the Borough. 

Our present congregations are made up largely of those over 60 and the spiritual and pastoral care needs of people in the later stages of life are an important focus for us. 

At the same time we are seeking renewal, growth and diversity.  Implicit in our vision and goals is that more families and young people will find a spiritual home in our community of faith.

 

From our Vicar - The Reverend Peter Martin

I have been the Vicar for the co-operating parishes of St James and St Georges since 2008.

I will be forever grateful to the Anglican Franciscans who, during the 1970s, by the example of their own practice, introduced me to the mystical traditions of the church. These living traditions have sustained me over the decades and for 10 years, 1984 to 1994, I had the great privilege of being a member of the monastic community of Tarrawarra in the Yarra Valley.

Now, after 40 years of spiritual practice nourished by these great living traditions, to which Anglicanism has made major contributions, I am convinced that a contemplative stance in life is not an idiosyncratic optional extra for a few odd people like myself. It is simply ordinary Christianity, with Our Lord being the great exemplar. I believe that all Christians need this dimension of life opened up so that once again it becomes part of normative Christianity. 

These days it is sometimes described as a journey from living our lives predominantly in ‘the head’ to living in and from ‘the heart’ – without leaving the mind behind.  St Paul being a wonderful example of this.This insight informs my current ministry

While in the Melbourne Diocese I have spent 15 years in parish ministry and 6 years as Senior Anglican Prison Chaplain. As the senior chaplain I lead a state wide team of 13 Chaplains during the time when the older prisons, including Pentridge Prison, were closed and the new generation of private prisons were opened.

My lifelong association with traditions of spiritual practice within other faiths has led to greater involvement in the inter-faith scene. I was a founding member of the Geelong Interfaith Network in 2003 of which I am still an active member.