St Alban’s is strongly connected to the local community and has experienced some exciting changes in recent years with the growth of the 10am service and the planting of a new 6pm service.
We're a community of people who have had our lives transformed by the love and grace of God in Jesus. So much so, that we've given our lives over to following Jesus and so we take joy in exploring what this means for us.
St Alban’s is part of Christ Church Inner West: a wider church community which also includes St John’s Ashfield and St Oswald’s Haberfield. We enjoy the benefits that come from being part of a larger church - sharing resources and helping each other out - without losing the intimacy that can be found in smaller congregations.
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Everything we do is shaped by our prayer:
...to be a biblically vital Christian community
where believers, as well as strangers to the love of Jesus,
grow more and more into fully devoted children of God
who know, love and serve
the Lord Jesus Christ, his church and his world
in the power of the Holy Spirit,
to the glory of God the Father.
Matt grew up in Western Sydney and begins each new year hoping that the Eels might finally win a premiership. He is blessed with a beautiful wife, Clare, and three precious kids. He loves the buzz of life in the Inner West and he is thoroughly convinced that God longs for the people of this city to turn to him and find life that is full and rich in his Son. He's delighted to be part of the St Alban's congregations and is so encouraged by their warmth and spirit; he's convinced God is working in this place and is busting to see what he will do!
Matt's email address: email@example.com.
OUR YOUNG ADULTS & FAMILIES PASTOR
Alison has lived in the Inner West for her whole life. She first heard about Jesus from her grandmother and her friends in primary school, and she's been growing in her love for him ever since. Alison trained as a geographer and she loves trying to understand everything in terms of places and spaces. There are some fantastic places and spaces in the Inner West, but she wishes that more people here really understood how much Jesus loves them. Alison and her husband Matthew live in Five Dock and love being a part of the community at St Alban's.
Alison's email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR MUSIC CO-ORDINATOR
Rich Beeston oversees the music teams at the 10am and 6pm services at St Alban's.
He loves being part of the Five Dock community, and can often be found chatting, reading and hanging out with his wife and daughter in various local coffee shops.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Jesus Christ is the very heart and soul of what we are on about, because he is the very heart and soul of what God is doing in the world.
Everything we believe and everything we do at St Alban's has Jesus Christ as its centre: his life, death, resurrection and his ongoing work in the world.
Christianity is first and foremost about what God has done for us in and through Jesus Christ. It's not about what we must do.
For Christians the cross of Jesus Christ, that terrible and desolate scene, is actually the most beautiful part of the Christian gospel. The cross is where we see God himself coming close to us, bearing our guilt, covering our shame, offering us forgiveness and giving him a fresh start at life with him.
This is a kindness we didn’t have to earn. In fact we couldn’t earn it - we just receive it as a gift from our loving Father. We call this kindness grace.
Authentic Christianity is not about trying to impress God. We can be open with God about our brokenness and weakness, and trust him to mend us.
Some people think of the bible as a book of rules telling us what to do. It certainly has some rules in it. They show us how life works best. But the bible isn’t mainly about us and what we should be doing.
Some people think the bible is about a book of heroes, people we should copy. The bible does have some heroes in it but most of the people in the bible aren’t heroes at all. They make mistakes. They get afraid. They doubt. They do terrible things.
No the bible isn’t a book of rules or a book of heroes. The bible is most of all a story. It is the story of our world and especially of human beings and how we relate to God. It is a story which captures both the dignity and the tragedy of humanity.
That we were created with glory - to live in joyful dependence on God as his representatives in creation. That we asserted our independence from God and opened the door for evil to infect God’s world. And, finally, that God, because of his infinite love for us, paid the infinite price to redeem us and restore creation by sending Jesus to bear our sin in his death on the cross and by raising Jesus from the dead.
The bible is the true story of how God has entered our tragedy to restore us to glory with him. It's the most important book we can read.
Jesus doesn't just offer life and forgiveness to you alone - he offers it to everyone!
The Christian life is most fully expressed as people who follow Jesus gather together in community: the church.
At St Alban’s we seek to be a community that is centred on Jesus. At our church services each week we sing of his great love for us. We confess our sins knowing he has dealt with them on the cross. We open the bible and read it and explain it - because we want his marvellous story to shape everything we do.
And our life together continues on the other days of the week too! We want to reflect God’s grace in everything we do. We want to love and care for each other. We want to bless our local community. We want to welcome people - regardless of their culture or background or personality or education or achievements or track record - because God’s invitation to find life in Christ is open to everyone.
This means that there is always a place for you at St Alban's.