Building Lives for Christ

Our Mission is pretty simple: we’re “Building lives for Christ”. This statement captures the essence of what God is doing in the world, i.e. he is building his kingdom; he is bringing renewal, restoration and hope to his world. It makes sense that that’s what we, as God’s people, ought to be doing too. Our commitment to this mission explains what we’re on about as a church.

Ministry Priority 2019

This year, our priority as a church is anchored in Romans 12:11. It reads: “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.” That’s the kind of people we want to be; people who love and serve Christ whole-heartedly, not half-heartedly. This year, we’re encouraging one another to cultivate a vibrant, day-to-day relationship with Christ. As we mature in him, we believe we’ll be ever more useful to him in his work of building his kingdom in the world.

Church Services

Sunday 9:00am

A classic style of worship anchored in the Prayer Book, but with a blend of the new. We sing the classic hymns along with a selection of contemporary songs. This is church for all ages, and we offer a program for children. Tea and coffee available before church and morning tea after church.

Sunday 4:45pm

A contemporary style of church that aims to engage and inspire people of all ages. There is a creche for infants and toddlers, as well as our “Transformers” kids program for school-aged kids (K-6). On the fourth Sunday of each month, after church, we enjoy a simple sit-down dinner together.

Transformers kids program

A fun and active time for school-aged kids (K-6) to make friends, and to learn about Jesus and what it means to live for him. The kids join the whole church for the first part of the 445 service, and then go off with their leaders for a separate program. They’re also served a light snack to see them through to dinner time.


Rev. David Ritchie
Rev. David RitchieActing Senior Minister
David was born in Harare Zimbabwe, and came to Australia as a ten-year-old.
His first career was teaching Physics, at Normanhurst Boys High for three years, then at a boarding school in Kenya for six years.

David trained for ministry at Moore Theological College, and worked in various churches across Sydney for thirty years.
As the Interim Minister at Seaforth Anglican Church, David oversees the two congregations, and leads the staff team as our church seeks to build God’s kingdom locally and globally.

David divides his work life between church ministry and the building company he co-directs. He helps with company administration, project management and carpentry (which he has always loved).

David and his wife Margy live at Manly Vale. They have four adult children and six grandchildren.

Simon Abramowicz
Simon AbramowiczYouth and Young Adults Minister
Simon grew up in Sydney’s North, attending Christ Church St Ives from early high school. Simon studied Health & Exercise Science before working at Dalcross Hospital. Simon is a keen triathlete, heading out for a swim, run or ride throughout the week. He’s also a big Canterbury Bulldogs supporter, Burger fanatic, and basketball fan. He is married to Bonny.

Simon began theological study and training through an MTS Apprenticeship at Christ Church St Ives in 2015, and has a Diploma of Theology. He is currently studying toward a Bachelor of Theology part-time through Ridley.

Simon is responsible for leading our youth and young adults through Platform on Fridays, services on Sundays, Primary & High School Scripture.

Bek Glasson
Bek GlassonChildren’s Minister
Bek grew up at Freshwater, and attended St Mark’s Freshwater before joining us here at Seaforth in 2013. Previously, she worked in child care. Bek has a Diploma of Theology from Youthworks College, and is currently studying toward a Bachelor of Theology part-time at Sydney Missionary & Bible College (SMBC). She enjoys being outside, swimming, bushwalking, the beach, and loves watching the Sea Eagles win.

Bek loves to see children come to know and love God and, as Children’s Minister, her role is to ’build little lives for Christ’. Bek. coordinates our Scripture programs at both Seaforth Public School, and Balgowlah North Public School.

Clare Turner
Clare TurnerMinistry Assistant
Clare joined us in January 2011, and is responsible for the various administrative aspects of Seaforth Anglican Church.

Clare also acts as Personal Assistant to our Senior Minister. She lives locally, is married to John, and has three children.


Regular financial giving is one of the ways that members of our church express their belonging and partnership with us. Because we receive no funding from Anglican Church head office, we depend upon our members to support the ministry of our church.

If you would like to understand more about giving at Seaforth Anglican Church, and why it is good to give, please download our Giving Brochure.

At Seaforth Anglican, there are several avenues available for regular giving, as well as special occasions or special purpose gifts.

Download the PDF file .

Download our Giving Brochure

Most people prefer to electronically deposit their giving directly from their bank account to the church’s bank account. To do this, you will need the following account details:

Account name: Seaforth Anglican Church General Account
BSB number: 032101
Account number: 180369

For accounting purposes, it would help us if you could indicate in the ‘Description’ field your name or which congregation you belong to.

If you do not have access to Internet banking, or you choose not to use this facility, you can make arrangements with your own bank to set up a recurring payment, using the account details above. You would need to contact your bank via telephone or visit your local branch to set this up.

During each of our Sunday gatherings, there is an opportunity for people to place cash or a cheque in the giving box, which is located just inside the entrance to the church building. If you prefer to give by cash or cheque, you might like to use the envelope system. Envelopes are found in the entrance foyer of the church.

We have two tax deductible funds: the Scripture in Government Schools Fund; and the Seaforth Anglican School Building Fund.

These funds allow for tax deductible giving toward Scripture-related ministry in local schools and giving toward building maintenance and development. When you nominate you’re giving to go to either of these funds, you will receive a receipt and an Australian Taxation Office DGR number, which can be used to claim a tax deduction on your annual tax return. All cheques should be addressed to either St Paul’s Scripture in Government Schools Trust or Seaforth Anglican School Building Fund. You can also give directly via Internet banking:

Account Name: St Paul’s Seaforth Anglican Scripture in Govt Schools
BSB number: 032101
Account number: 180385

Account name: Seaforth Anglican School Building Fund
BSB number: 032101
Account number: 180377


What do we mean by ‘christening’?

Our christening services enable parents, along with our church community, to express their thanks to God for the birth of children, and to make promises about raising their kids in God’s world.

We recognise that not every person is at the same stage on what we might call a ‘spectrum of faith’. Some parents, for instance, are committed and active followers of Jesus, and want nothing more than for their children to follow him as well. Others have a sense of God’s goodness and presence in the world but have not yet come to a point of active, life-long faith in Christ. It’s for this reason that we offer two different christening services: Infant Baptism, and Thanksgiving. Each service has its own particular emphasis.

Christening services are conducted at our 445 church service. Normally, we do not conduct christening services for families who live outside the local area.

Is there a fee?

No. You shouldn’t feel any obligation in this respect. If you wish to give a gift to support the ministry of Seaforth Anglican Church, then you are welcome to do so.

 See our Giving page for details.

What should I do next?

As a first step, we would like to invite you to church. That way you’ll be able to meet us, and get a feel for our church community. We meet each Sunday at 4:45pm. If, after visiting us, you think we’re the right church for you, you would then make an appointment with our Senior Minister. The purpose of this meeting is to outline the format of the two christening services, and to explain their significance. Furthermore, so that you can decide which is the most appropriate service for your child, we will be encouraging you to think carefully about your own beliefs and convictions regarding the Christian faith. There will also be ample opportunity for you to ask questions. The session will run for approximately 30 minutes.

If you’d like to enquire about a christening, please click here to contact us.