Leadership and Partnerships
In baptism, the whole Church is summoned to witness to God’s love and to work for the coming of his kingdom. To this end, God has given to the church the threefold ministry of bishops, priests and deacons. Bishops are ordained to be shepherds of Christ’s flock and guardians of the faith of the apostles, proclaiming the gospel of God’s kingdom and leading his people in mission. Obedient to the call of Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, they are to gather God’s people and celebrate with them the sacraments of the new covenant. Priests are ordained to leadership in the local congregations, as ministers of the Word of God, and the Sacraments of God. They are called also to the spiritual leadership of the local congregation. Thus formed into a single communion of faith and love, the Church in each place and time is united with the Church in every place and time.
(Text adapted from A Prayer Book for Australia)
Leading the Anglican Parish of Saint Peter’s Brighton Beach are:
- the Archbishop of Melbourne, the Most Revd Dr Phillip Freier
- the Bishop of the Jumbunna Episcopate, Bishop Paul Barker
- the Vicar of the Anglican Parish of Saint Peter’s Brighton Beach, the Revd Jonathan Chamberlain
- the Parish Council, and the Executive Committee, of the Anglican Parish of Saint Peter’s Brighton Beach
As vicar of Saint Peter’s, the Revd Jonathan Chamberlain is responsible for liturgy, preaching and pastoral care, as well as overall spiritual leadership in the parish. Motivated by his love of God and of people, Jonathan is sustained and inspired by the ministry of Word and Sacrament and by Christian theology. His hope is that people may long continue to experience the presence and the mercy of God through the ministry of Saint Peter’s Brighton Beach.
Having first trained as a business consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jonathan worked as a strategy consultant with World Vision in Australia and East Africa before being called to the ordained ministry. He is married to Lucy, and they have three children. Jonathan enjoys swimming in the sea, music, sport, and time spent with family and friends.
Responsible for governance, property and finance, the wardens and parish council members of Saint Peter’s are:
- Margaret Braddon (Vicar's Warden and Secretary)
- Jonathan Chamberlain (Vicar)
- Julia Charleston
- Stephanie Gotze
- Cashila Gilchrist
- Lydia Holmes (Warden)
- Paul Purcell (Warden)
- Graeme Wanden
The Anglican Diocese in Melbourne
Saint Peter’s in Brighton Beach, Melbourne, is an Anglican Parish in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne (Jumbunna Region).
The Brighton Covenant of Churches
Saint Peter’s is part of the Brighton Covenant of Churches. An ecumenical body representing the whole church in Brighton, the covenant exists to preserve and express the unity of God’s church in the Brighton area.
The Anglican Parish of Saint Andrews in Brighton
The Anglican Parish of Saint Peter’s Brighton Beach exists in partnership with the neighbouring Anglican Parish of Saint Andrew’s in Brighton. Where Saint Andrew’s is known for its cathedral-style worship, Saint Peter’s provides Anglican worship in a more intimate parish setting. In their different ways, and with their different gifts, the two are united in their worship of God in the Anglican tradition.
The Roman Catholic Parish of Saint Joan of Arc in Brighton Beach
Held each year in June, the Fr Peter Cross Memorial Lecture was founded at Saint Peters by the then vicar Father Russell Joyce, in memory of Fr Peter Cross, the former priest of Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Fr Cross was a great ecumenist, both locally and internationally. The lecture is organised each year by one of the Covenant churches on a topic of ecumenical interest and invites a guest lecturer of note. The annual Peter Cross Memorial Lecture is a symbol of the goodwill and spirit of unity that have long existed between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches in Brighton Beach.
Saint Peter’s Kindergarten
Saint Peter's Kindergarten holds a unique and special position in the Bayside community. For over fifty years, it has provided a superior social and educational experience for three- and four-year-old children in a caring, stimulating and challenging environment. The kindergarten is located within the grounds of Saint Peter's Anglican Church, Brighton Beach, at the corner of Were and Moffat streets. The kindergarten is run by a committee of management and qualified staff. The committee, as proprietor, is comprised of representatives of both parents and the parish, who are responsible for kindergarten management, policy formulation and regulatory compliance. For enrolment and all other enquiries in relation to the Saint Peter’s Kindergarten, please contact the kindergarten directly.
Active One Health Professional Group
A tenant of the Saint Peter’s hall, Active One is a group of health professionals specialising in Exercise Physiology and Occupational Therapy services. Active One Exercise Physiologists facilitate group exercise programs and create individually tailored programs that help people either prevent or improve the management of chronic diseases, to rehabilitate an injury or to simply get fitter, stronger and healthier. They also facilitate government funded, healthy lifestyle workshops (the Life! Program) to help prevent the onset of diabetes, heart disease and stroke, working closely with Medical Clinics in the area.
Active One Occupational Therapists provide a comprehensive range of services. These include home safety assessments, aids and equipment prescription, functional assessments including ability to perform activities of daily living, palliative care support, dementia support, occupational rehabilitation, pain management, neurological rehabilitation and occupational therapy driver assessments and rehabilitation.
To get involved, give their office a call on 8707 0830.
Ben Salmon of BTA Inspire is the resident professional tennis coach at the Saint Peter’s tennis court. Ben and his team have been mentoring athletes since 2000 and work with all ages and all levels of fitness and competition. For information on registering for tennis coaching with BTA Inspire, please contact Ben directly.