How you can help

Registered Charity

Stewardship – Supporting Holy Ascension Orthodox Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewardship is the spiritual discipline of looking at the gifts that God has bestowed upon us, prayerfully considering His abundant mercy, and returning to God a portion of these gifts in thanksgiving. Our Lord, God, and Saviour, Jesus Christ, commands us to, “lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6: 20).

This personal sacrifice of material things toward the spiritual has been a fundamental part of the life of the People of God for millennia, as recorded in Genesis and continues to be so today in the New Testament Church. By donating towards the upkeep of the Temple, we give honour to our Creator and we remind ourselves that in truth, nothing in this world belongs to us, but that we are merely custodians of it for a short time until we leave this world.

The gifts that are given are generally in three types:

  • Treasure (financial or material donations),

  • Time, and

  • Talents (abilities)

 

Each of these are able to be returned to conduct God’s work and to serve in His Name.

We ask that each parishioner (along with any person who wishes to support our work) considers the gifts that God has given them, and to respond appropriately. Below are some suggestions on how this can occur:

Treasure

If you are in the financial position to give money to Holy Ascension Orthodox Mission, there are 3 easy ways of doing so:

 

(1) Electronic Funds Transfer

You are able to set up an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) with your bank account on a regular basis (eg: weekly or monthly). We find that this is a convenient way for people to ensure that they have cared for our Mission without needing to consciously remember – and without needing to carry cash.

  • BSB: 033134

  • Account: 321425

  • Name: Holy Ascension Orthodox Mission

  • Reference: we suggest Steward/Donation [name].

(2) In Person

You can donate to our Mission via cash or cheque (made out to: Holy Ascension Orthodox Mission), during opening hours.

(3) Purchases

Sometimes, there are purchases that our Mission needs to undertake, and people sometimes wish to purchase these for the Mission as part of their contribution. Please speak to the clergy if you wish to donate in this way.

You can also sponsor expenses to help our Mission continue functioning:

  • Wine for use in Holy Communion (~$20/bottle)

  • Incense & Charcoal (~$200 p.a.)

  • Oil (~$200 p.a.)

  • Mission Website (~$350 p.a.)

  • Travel to Diocesan conferences and events (Total is ~$1000 p.a.)

  • Utilities (~$1800 p.a.)

  • Insurance (~$600 p.a.)

  • Supplementing the priest’s stipend (to do this, click through to PayPal)

  • Contribute towards Choir expenses

  • Sponsoring the Flowers for the beautification of the church                                                                                                           

  • Sponsoring Fellowship Refreshments

Time and Talent

At Holy Ascension, we have areas where we are in need of assistance from people who can contribute either their spare time or their expertise, including:

Time

  • Baking Prosphora

  • Cleaning up after Fellowship

  • Cleaning before/after Services

  • Maintenance of the Mission premises

  • Editing audio and video files

  • Printing/Photocopying Mission service books, brochures and other Mission publications

 

Talent

  • Singing in the choir

  • Woodworking

  • Sewing vestments and furnishings (eg: covers for altars, tables and icon stands)

  • Graphic Design

  • Applications for Grants

  • Fundraising

 

Do you have a talent that we haven’t mentioned? We’d love to hear your idea! Please let the clergy know.

In accordance with Orthodox Christian Tradition, we commemorate the names of all benefactors during every Divine Liturgy, or where appropriate, in perpetuity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One-Time Donations (Not Regular Tithes/Giving)

Donations may also be sent directly to:
Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Mission Centre
PO Box 234
Keilor East
Victoria 3033
Australia

 

Cheques/Money Orders can be made out to: Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Mission Centre Inc.

We are not a tax-deductible entity at the moment and therefore are unable to issue tax-deductible receipts. However, you might be able to legally offset your pledge against your gross income by salary sacrificing [involving your employer giving a fringe benefit, thus reducing your taxable income]. Please speak to your employer and accountant if you wish to enact such an arrangement.

You can also make an online direct deposit:

 

  • BSB: 033134

  • Account: 321425

  • Name: Holy Ascension Orthodox Mission

Holy Ascension needs an identifiable, visible presence within inner Melbourne with a building suitable for those wishing to worship with us. Should you desire and be in a position where you know of premises that may be made available to us as our new, permanent Mission Centre and place of worship within inner Melbourne, please contact us.

Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Mission Centre is incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act (1981) of Victoria as a non-profit organisation.

Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Mission Centre is also registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.​

Thank you for assisting the Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Mission in this noble and God-pleasing endeavour.

Church Location

Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Mission
32 Electra Street, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia.

 

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Postal Address

Address all correspondence to:

Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Mission
PO Box 234
Keilor East

Victoria 3033

Australia

Phone

.0.4.4.7.  .7.3.7.  .3.1.7. - Father Kyril (Superior of Holy Ascension Orthodox Mission).
E - mail
frkyril (at) ascensionorthodox [dot] org

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A Canonical Mission of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia