Living Water gathered in 2015 to plan for the coming three years. Four development goals were agreed on and will form the basis of our plans for 2016 – 2018.

  1. Build a new facility to house our Community Store and renovate the rectory.
  2. Construct ‘The Good Life Community Garden’.
  3. Employ a second full time pastoral worker.
  4. Start a Third Sunday Service

1.Build a new facility to house our Community Store and renovate the rectory.

Our Community Store forms a key part of our outreach and service to the city of Albany and particularly to those in need. Our vegetable garden produces chemical free produce that is appreciated by many locals, as are the many potted plants. We also offer access to clean recycled clothing and small household items for a few dollars per item. Our volunteers in the Community Store see their service as a ministry and are intentionally approachable and willing to assist anyone who comes through the door with a kind word, a cup of tea and a prayer.

The Community Store is presently accommodated in the rectory. The rectory is in need of renovation, as it could become the accommodation for a second pastoral worker in the near future. A new facility for the Community Store needs to be created.
After extensive consultation and investigation we have agreed that the best place to locate the new facility would be to build an addition to the existing church building in a Northerly direction, into the car park. Locating the extension here will bring costs down as wet areas will be shared with existing, and will also give us the added opportunity of creating a foyer to ease Sunday morning tea ‘traffic’, and create a definitive entry point to the church building.

Progress: Construction has begun and should be completed by the end of 2017.

Click here for more information about the Community Store

2. Construct ‘The Good Life Community Garden’.

Construction has begun! And should be completed by the end of 2017.

Click here for more information about the Good Life Community Garden

3. Employ a full time Associate Minister

Our congregation is now larger than we were in 2012 when we were considering a second minister. Altogether, adults and children, we are a community of over 230 people (according to our 2016 Directory). We are also a diverse, ministry rich community with many ministries and leaders. A second full time pastoral worker is needed.

Progress? A job description and search will be started in 2017 with a view to a 2018 start.

Cost? The investment in a second full time pastoral worker is significant, but we will have accommodation already provided and by God’s grace, we have a sparkling track record of significant generosity

4. Start a third Sunday Service

Sundays are increasingly becoming busy times for people with sport, events and school commitments. A late afternoon/early evening Sunday service would be ideal for people in these kinds of situations.


At the end of each year in November, we will meet to evaluate the progress of these goals and plan for the year ahead. If you would like to discuss any of these goals further, please contact Jeremy Lemon (Rector’s Warden) or Rob Palmer (People’s Warden).

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Eph3:20-21