Prayer and worship are at the heart of our community. Praying together takes place at least twice each day either in the Cathedral or in the Chapel. In order to maintain this number of services we need a strong team of worship leaders. Some have had experience of leading worship in offline churches before leading in Second Life, while others have been trained by us, having first experienced online worship for some time.
Helene Milena (Ailsa Wright)
I am a self-employed part-time teacher and a counsellor qualified to offer counselling both face to face and online. I am an Anglican (Church of England) in real life and have been active in many churches since I became a Christian at the age of 6.
I am currently very involved in my local Anglican church, where I am secretary to the PCC (Church Council). On Sundays I help in the service by reading, leading prayers or taking the role of altar server or liturgical deacon. I co-ordinate a team which assists at weddings. I write the marriage registers and marriage certificates. I am also responsible for all registers in the two churches of the parish. As we have numerous baptisms and weddings each year, this is quite a task!
I have been involved in online church since May 2005. The potential of offering church online has surely not yet been fully explored. I feel privileged to be involved in this Fresh Expression (Emerging) church and am committed to developing online Christian ministry as a complement to face to face church. I lead the ministry of Anglicans of Second Life, chairing real time and asynchronous meetings of the Leadership Team. Within our Second Life ministry I lead worship, offer pastoral care/counselling and am a member of the Prayer Ministry Team. You can contact me by email at ailsa [at] ailsa-wright.net
Charlie12string Lax (Charlie Northcroft)
I am originally from New Zealand, but have lived in Australia for many years, but am still staunchly a Kiwi at heart! I lived in an ecumenical Christian community for 24 years where I ran our little hobby farm enterprise and was part of the leadership team.
I am now retired and living in a little country town near Canberra, where I am actively involved with our local Anglican church, having served on the parish council and occasionally preached when our minister had to go away. For several years I also used to take Scripture lessons in our local primary school. I have also looked after an AOG church for a short time in outback Australia, where I got the nickname “Charlie12string,” because I play a 12string guitar. You can contact me at charlie12string [at]icloud.com
Wave Rodenberger (Olaf F.)
Since my baptism I have belonged to the Roman Catholic Church. Through a classmate, who also became my best friend, I found my way to God.
Later I moved to a different Catholic church and was active there for several years in youth work. This work ranged from short hikes together in the school holidays, evenings of music and literature to the preparation of youth worship. After a break, I found myself in a Free Evangelical Church, which even today I still attend irregularly. I have several different interests. The most important are: music, theater, literature, lighting and sound.
My main concern is to bring the love of God to the people I meet, which I manage more practically than theoretically. I’ve been thinking a long time about whatever way I could get involved here in the Anglican church and am very happy that I have been called to this task now.
Heatherly Addens (Helga Zahn)
Baptized as a member of the evangelical church, I live in Germany. In my family are several ministers – one of them my brother who lives with his family in Edinburgh, Scotland. Through him I came to a “living faith” at the age of 14 and have had several roles in church since then. First I was leading a church group for children aged from 8-14 years. As I had to stop that because of a new job I started to join a young adults group myself out of which a bible study group developed to which I still belong today. A few years ago I started to lead a children‘s church group within a team. The children are aged from 3-13 years and I enjoy the work with them very much.
When I came to Epiphany I was fascinated by the daily prayers which I did not know in that form before and by the many friendly people I met. As I love to get to know new people I enjoy welcoming and introducing them to Epiphany as a Cathedral Welcomer. I am happy to have the opportunity to help the Worship Leader Team with the German or English Evening Prayer. My prayers include the wish to be able to show the light of Jesus through my life to others. I love to pray for all who want me to do so as I believe that God listens to our prayers and wants the best for us, his beloved children.