I’m Sue Grimmett and it is my great privilege to be the parish priest at St Andrew’s Indooroopilly.
Being a priest in the Anglican tradition is to be the sacramental leader of a faith community. It means I am involved in sacred moments of people’s lives:
- Celebrating the birth of a new child and welcoming babies, older children or adults into the family of God through baptism.
- Walking with couples who have decided their love is for a lifetime by assisting them in preparing for marriage and officiating at their wedding.
- Gathering around the bedside of a loved one who is dying and praying with and for the loved one as a family prepares to say goodbye.
- Assisting families to prepare a personal and unique funeral of thanksgiving and celebration of the life of the one they loved.
Apart from baptisms, weddings and funerals, the everyday work of my days is in community; nurturing relationships and creating spaces for people to connect, pray, worship and ask questions about life, meaning and purpose. In this community work as we engage with such questions, we seek ways to live in kindness and peace with one another, playing our part through service and social engagement in overturning unjust structures and renewing this shared life on earth.
Rather than a set of beliefs or doctrines, our community seeks to practise our faith as a way of being in the world; a way lived together as a response to the unconditional love of God and the grace we encounter in Jesus the Christ.
I love my role here and being part of a community that defies the pervading individualistic ethic of the world to live in service to one another and the wider community. Everyone in this community brings unique gifts and represents diverse beliefs and all are loved and valued and respected.
Church is like a tent – big roof, no walls. Or to use another image drawn from our eucharistic weekly practice, we are like a family who needs to keep on extending the dinner table as people come from different places and backgrounds to join the family. Every week we break bread together and I have the great privilege of presiding at communion and saying, “This is the Lord’s table – all who seek God’s mercy are welcome here.”
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can support you or your family, if you would like more information about our community of St Andrew’s or if you would just like to chat.
Grace and peace,
Tel: 0413 108 584