Welcome! We're glad to meet you!
St Alban's is a community of people who are passionate about Jesus Christ and passionate about helping people from all walks of life feel welcomed and included as we pursue the life transforming adventure of following Jesus together.
We love to meet new people!
So whether you’re young or old, whether you come by yourself or with others, whether you’ve never been inside a church before or have been a Christian all your life, there’s a place for you here.
WE HAVE TWO SERVICES EACH SUNDAY:
At every service we sing, we hear a talk from the bible, and we pray. We also love hearing people share their experience of God’s work in their lives.
Both services are followed by morning tea or supper which is a small part of the rich community life that we enjoy throughout the week.
Our 10am service includes people from all ages and walks of life. This service has a great children's program that runs alongside the service for kids between 0-14 years of age.
Our 6pm service is only two years old. It combines contemporary music and creative elements with a strong commitment to being transformed by God’s word.
ARRIVING AT CHURCH
You can wear what you like, stay for as long as you like, and you’re free to simply sit back and see what we are on about.
A small tip: the entrance to our church is the side of our building that is furthest from Great North Rd ie. the entrance faces East St.
THROUGH THE WEEK
Many of us meet in weekly fellowship groups where we enjoy each other's company and explore further what it means to follow Jesus in our day-to-day lives. This usually involves opening the bible, reading it and discussing it together. It also involves praying for each other. And most of the time it involves some sort of eating.
Every few months we also run a short course for people who want to explore what Christianity is all about. You might have unanswered questions about the Christian faith, or maybe just want to take a deeper look into what we're all about. If so, then this course could be great for you!
Children are valued members of St Alban’s. Our Sunday kids church program aims to help kids to grow in faith and learn about Jesus each week.
Every Sunday kids attend church with their parents. The whole church joins together for singing and worship, including a kids’ song, before the kids head off into streamed programs.
Kids Church is for children (and tweens!) from Kindergarten through to Year 8. Children at kids church learn from the bible and enjoy games, craft and music. Our kids church program runs in three age groups, so that kids can have fun and explore their questions about God, the bible and the world with other children their age.
Little Kids Church is for preschool children aged 1-5 years. Children at little kids church sing songs, listen to a bible story, enjoy free play and eat morning tea together.
If you have any questions about Kids Church at St Alban’s please contact Megan Winch (email@example.com))
Matthew’s gospel is full of surprises. Not only is a baby born to a virgin. Not only is God born in a stable. Not only do wise men travel from distant lands to acknowledge a Jewish king who was largely overlooked by his own people. But Matthew’s gospel is written by the most unlikely person - a tax collector who, as a flunky for the Roman empire, would have been despised by his fellows Jews.
Back in 2016 we spent 6 weeks exploring chapters 8-9 of this surprising gospel and we heard Jesus calling his disciples - including Matthew - to follow him. Now we are launching back into this gospel and we’ll find it is no less surprising.
In chapters 10-11 Jesus sends his twelve disciples out to continue his mission. They are to preach to the Jewish people, proclaiming that “the kingdom has come near”. They are also given authority to perform exactly the same kinds of earth shaking miracles that Jesus himself has been doing.
And Jesus makes it clear that this mission will not be safe or easy. These two chapters are full of some of Jesus’ most confronting one liners:
That Jesus would send such an ordinary group of people on such an important mission is surprising. That Jesus would also entrust such an untrustworthy man as Matthew on this mission is extraordinary.
And yet as we explore Matthew 10-11 we’ll hear something that is perhaps even more unexpected. We’ll hear the voice of Jesus sending us on mission too.