Chaplaincy at Matthew Flinders Anglican College
Matthew Flinders Anglican College is an Anglican School of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane. Guidance is offered by a Bishop and the Archbishop for the Board of Directors, staff, parents and for students, past and present.
The College Chaplain ministers to the whole College, including the Early Learning Centre to Year 12, Staff, Parents, Flinderians – including past students and the wider community linked to Matthew Flinders Anglican College.
The Chaplain leads the Liturgy and offers education in the Sacraments. The Chaplain is part of the Anglican clergy on the Sunshine Coast and represents the College at the Diocese of Brisbane Synod.
The Chaplain has a pastoral role at the College, preaching the Gospel and teaching the word of God. It includes ministering to families and people in the College community who are in need Christian guidance.
Worship services are regularly held at the College Chapel for the College community.
Holy Eucharist is offered each week and special services are programmed for the community as the need arises.
Anzac Day, Remembrance Day, Grandparents Day, The Sunshine Coast Schools Ecumenical Service, Lessons and Carols Services and the Valedictory Dinner for Year 12 Graduation are some of the extra times when the Chaplain offers prayer and blessings for the College.
The Music Department contributes and compliments worship at different times, with the added focus of music and voice.
The Chapel, dedicated to St Nicholas, is sited at the very heart of the College grounds. St Nicholas is the patron saint of seafarers and children and aptly embraces the College community and heritage.
The building is used regularly for instruction in the sacraments, worship services, student and staff assemblies, and by some visiting groups to the College.
The Chapel is open for quiet prayer and reflection at various times.
The College is delighted to announce that the Reverend Lizzie Gaitskell has accepted the position of Chaplain to commence in January 2017.
Within the Chapel, the College Chaplain has the assistance of the Liturgical Assistants appointed by the Archbishop. Chapel Captains are appointed each year and with the Chapel committee are involved in the Christian life and worship of the students.
Celebrations in the College
The Chapel is a place for beginning and end of the College year celebrations for staff, with the Chaplain presiding over the worship.
The celebrations of larger gatherings for the community at Easter and Christmas are held in locations across the College including the Primary Pavilion, Flinders Performance Centre or the Sports Centre.