From our College Chaplain, Reverend Gary McClellan
I feel very privileged to be part of a fantastic team of teachers and support staff at St Andrew’s Anglican College. Like every aspect of our College, we take our Christian foundation very seriously. It is not simply an additional extra in which students are involved.
Our vision for our Christian Ministry is fivefold:
- To provide a quality Christian Education Program from Prep – Year 12
- To provide opportunities for faith development amongst the College community
- To provide opportunities for meaningful worship for the College community
- To provide pastoral support for the College community
- To provide a place of worship and meeting for the wider Peregian Springs community
Our approach to Christian Ministry is in the orthodox tradition, with a firm commitment to what is taught in the Bible. It is this approach that suits the culture of our College and allows our Christian focus to be an integral part of everything we do. Ultimately, we believe in a God of relationships. Our Christian Ministry is not centred around a style of worship or symbolic images, it aims to show that God wants each and every one of us to be in relationship with him no matter what.
At St Andrew’s, we believe that real faith in the Lord Jesus is founded not on a set of religious rules, but on a precious relationship between God and His people. This relationship is made possible through what Jesus Christ has done for each one of us through the message known as the Gospel. This message explains a broken relationship that can be restored to harmony between God and people due to the life, death and resurrection of the ‘God-man’ Jesus Christ. It is a relationship where we decide to live honouring, loving and respecting our Maker. A relationship that compels us with gratitude to manage and care for His beautiful creation and everything that lives in it, and a relationship that causes us to treat other people the way that we too would want to be treated.
In partnership with the Anglican Church of Noosa we hold a family friendly, contemporary Church Service in the St Andrew's Studio at 9:30am every Sunday morning. All College families and the wider Peregian Springs community are warmly invited. The service runs for about an hour and has a children’s and youth program. Morning tea follows the service. Please click here for more information.
I am looking forward to getting to know each student at St Andrew’s and supporting them in their education and journey into adulthood. My hope and prayer is that I will also get to know many of the families who make St Andrew’s a truly remarkable community. Please contact me should you wish to speak about any matters of our Christian faith, or if you just need support, a listening ear, or prayer. I am also available to undertake Baptisms, Weddings or Funerals (Thanksgiving Services) if you have the need. In the meantime, I encourage you to peruse these Chaplaincy pages and be in contact if you have any questions.
Reverend Gary McClellan