Welcome to Our Parish

The Anglican Parish of Manuka, South Canberra

Welcome to our Parish!

Welcome to the Parish of Manuka! Attracting people from across Canberra and across the NSW border, our parish comprises two worshipping communities: St Paul’s Manuka and St David’s Red Hill.  

Above all else, we are a worshipping community. We gather together to worship God who we know as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and to celebrate the love of God for all people, revealed to us in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. 

We are an ethnically diverse, intergenerational community of faith, with a welcome for people of all ages, backgrounds, sexualities, politicians and, like Jesus, we even welcome tax collectors (of which Canberra has a good supply)! We also welcome people across the Anglican theological spectrum hoping that Anglican diversity and common worship is a feature of our common life. We welcome babies and children and enjoy the noise and liveliness they bring into our worship. 

Women and men share fully and equally in the liturgical, teaching, pastoral and administrative ministries of the parish. We have several female priests in our ministry team. 

We have a steady turn around of Australian and international diplomats, civil servants and Defence Forces personnel who come and go on postings so we understand how important it can be to settle into a new church community quickly. 

Some of us have been worshipping our whole lives and have a deep sense of God’s presence and love in our lives. Others among us are very new to the faith or even just exploring. Together we are all making a journey as pilgrims on earth, gathering together to share the journey, to ask questions, to pray, to worship God, to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist, to serve and to grow in our knowledge and love of God.  Wherever you are along the journey of life and faith, you are welcome among us. 

We are an active parish. From our regular activities such as theological study and prayer groups, to pastoral care and visiting the sick, nursing home residents and house-bound, bell-ringing, music-making, walking, seminars, refugee support, mission support, floral arranging, gardening, social groups and altar guild, there are many ways to become involved in the life of the Parish. 

If you are planning to visit us, please make yourself known to the presiding clergy so that we can help answer any questions you may have or provide you with information. 

We look forward to welcoming you among us and pray that you will find that the worship and ministry of our Parish supports you in your spiritual life. 

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