Each Monday morning from 9am a group of ladies come together in the Ministry Centre at St. James, Maclean, to sew for various events during the year. They have a wonderful time of fellowship together – no experience is needed, just a happy smile and a willingness to help. Each year the ladies host two street stalls (one before Mother’s Day and the other in November), as well as a two day Christmas craft and gift sale in the Maclean Ministry Centre. They also have stalls at the local Maclean markets a couple of times a year.
On the 4th Monday of each month, ladies meet together for fellowship from 7pm at St. James, Maclean – sometimes they share a meal, and at other times they have a guest speaker. This is a wonderful way for ladies to meet friends and to just share fellowship together. More details can be obtained through the Church Office.
A group of caring people share a cuppa and biscuit outside our local Court House whenever Court is in session. It is a great way of sharing with people who are troubled and who just need a friend as they wait for their time in court.
Cursillo is a time when people take the opportunity to share in a weekend where they are loved and encouraged to grow in their walk with God. Weekends are held each year – one for men and one for women –and are held over 3 days. It begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday afternoon. During these three days, those attending live and work together, listening to talks given by different people, both lay and ordained. Learning, praying, sharing, singing, laughing and living together is the basis for discovering what it means to say, ‘We are the body of Christ” Anyone interested in knowing more about Cursillo is invited to speak to Rev. Lyn. The weekends this year will be held at Evans Head – men’s from 3-6 August, and women’s from 17-20 August.
The ladies in Iluka meet bi monthly on the day of those months. They would welcome new members
Each year in the school holidays we host a Kids Club at one of our church centres. Iluka hosts the Kids Club in the holidays about Easter; Maclean during the July holidays; and Yamba in the October holidays. These are usually well attended and a great joy to be part of. More details can be obtained from our church office. There
Men meet for breakfast on the third Saturday morning of each month, from 8am rotating between our three centres. A cooked breakfast is provided, and mostly they have the opportunity to listen to an inspiring speaker. A warm welcome awaits all who come along. Please contact the church office for the venue for the month.
Our Parish supports 4 Link Missionaries through tything a percentage of money raised through fund raising. Missions regularly supported are the Bush Church Aid Society, Christian Missionary Society, Outback Mission, and our local Christian Education leaders in schools. We also donate towards Australian Board of Mission and other missions through appeals at Christmas and Easter. Each year our Parish collects items and packs boxes for the Samaritans Purse Christmas Box appeal.
Each month a group of ladies from different churches in our community come together to make hygiene packs for women in Third World Counties. For more information, contact the church office.
Our Op Shop is open Monday to Friday from 9am – 2pm, and on Saturdays from 9am – 12pm. Anyone with goods to donate can contact the Op Shop Supervisor via the church office People who would like to join our team of workers can also call at the Op Shop or speak to the Supervisor via the church office.
“Beach Babes” in Yamba, and “River Babes” in Maclean offer the opportunity for parents (and grand parents) to come along and share time with other like minded people with children. Beach Babes meets on Wednesday mornings in Yamba and River Babes meets on Thursday mornings in Maclean – both from 9.30am to 11.30am (but not during school holidays). The groups are run by the “Parish grandparents”. There is time for a cuppa whilst the children play, and we provide morning tea, craft, singing and lots of other activities for the children. More information can be obtained by phoning the church office.
Parish Prayer Chain
Our prayer chain is available to anyone who is in need of prayer. Prayer requests are forwarded either by email or telephone to almost 40 people who in turn pray for the prayer request. Anyone wanting prayer, or who is willing to join our list of people praying, should contact the church office.