St Augustine's Church, Douglas, Isle of Man

Past Articles

Letter published in the local press 3/1/2017

Despite assuring his clergy and supporters in writing that once he had left he would “draw a line” under his campaign against Dr Jules Gomes, the former Bishop continues to speak (as recently as 18 December) on Manx Radio from his UK home about the outcome of the undefended Clergy Discipline Measure tribunal (CDM). It has also been stated in more detail in the Island’s newspapers that Dr Jules Gomes is now prevented from exercising a ministry as an Anglican Priest in the Anglican Communion anywhere in the world. Our advice from the start has been that a Church of England penalty cannot be elevated into any other church of the Anglican Communion. There is no worldwide Anglican Church, only a loose federation of independent Anglican churches with varying degrees of relationship and proximity to Canterbury. Each church has its own discipline, jurisdiction and polity. In ecclesiastical law there is no way the Church of England can exercise any discipline on any aspect of an Anglican Church outside its jurisdiction.  Having given the required three months’ notice Dr Gomes resigned from the Church of England with effect from 31 March 2016 and continues to exercise his ministry to the great benefit of the congregation of St Augustine’s Church in Douglas. 
The St Augustine’s Church Management Team.

FIEC Conference 1/11/16 - 4/11/16

Our pastor Jules Gomes, was at his first FIEC conference last week and was immensely blessed by the powerful and inspiring biblical teaching, the godly fellowship of brothers and sisters in ministry, the uplifting worship and prayer and the practical teaching at the seminars and panel discussions.  A short video of fiec's work can be viewed here >

Determination of complaint

The Archdeacon of Man brought a complaint against our pastor Jules and the tribunal has now reported. The judgement can be viewed as a PDF file by following this link Download judgement >

Sir Laurence New issued a statement > on behalf of the management team at the 30 October service

Wedding Blessing

We were delighted to hold our first wedding blessing at St Augustine. Julian and Svenja, who are visiting the island from Germany, had their marriage blessed, during the Sundays service of 16 October 2016.
The first reading and the 'marriage vows' were done in German.

2nd Men's Breakfast

The Men's breakfast was held at The Railway Station, Douglas, on Saturday 24th September. Breakfast was served on a fireman's shovel, 
( see photo ) After a short introduction by Jules and a psalm from Ray, we got down to the main business of the day - eating and talking! It was good to see several new faces, roll on the next meeting. 

New Bibles

We dedicated 50 ESV Pew Bibles on Sunday 11, September, 2016 at a Special Service led by the Rev'd Dr Jules Gomes and deaconed by the Rev'd David Green. The Bibles were dedicated and our children distributed them to the entire congregation.

Home Groups

Coming soon to a home near you! Our home groups will help deepen and consolidate what we learn in church on Sundays and also help us apply the messages practically. Would you like to host a home group for six weeks beginning in the month of October? If so, please contact Revd Dr Jules Gomes or a member of the Management Team after the service.

Baby Solomon's Baptism.

Pictures from Solomon Oake's baptism are available in the PHOTO'S ETC section

Douglas Fund Day

Douglas corporation will be holding a Fun Day at Nobles park on Saturday 6th August, from 1 -5pm. St. Augustine's will have a stall at the event, so you are all invited to come along to this free event.

Update on Jules Tynwald Petition

Jules appeared on MTTV to give an update on the progress of his petition of doleance to Tynwald. ( Manx Parliament ) Click on the icon to watch the seven minute video..

Training Day

The Revd. Andy Paterson from FIEC, held a training day for our church on 16th July 2016. Photographs from the event can be found in the Photos etc section. Videos of the presentations will appear in due course.

Men's Breakfast  Meeting

The men had their first fellowship meeting on Saturday 18th June atTwo-Six cafe-bar.Good food and good company, hopefully the first of many such meetings. Thanks to Shaun for organising the event.

Congratulations  No2

Ellinor and Alistair are the proud new parents of baby Sophie. She was born on Wednesday 25th May and weighed 10lb 1oz

Anglican identity and integrity

The Rev. Canon Dr. Gavin Ashenden LLB. BA. MTh. PhD writes about the birth of our church and its relevance to other Anglicans who have left the Church of England. 


Craig and Sonia welcome the birth of baby Solomon.
8lb 15oz  ( That's one ounce off nine pounds or 4.054 Kg)

Experimental Videos x2

We are experimenting with including videos of sermons and other events onto our website. We have put an extract of Jules commissioning service on YouTube. To view the 5 minute video click on the YouTube logo. Let us know if you have any problems viewing the video on either a computer or mobile. Hopefully we can add most of Jules sermons at a later date.

In order to upload videos to YouTube we have had to reduce the quality to keep the file size low. Have a look at a sermon from the purpose driven pilgrim series here

Bishops Letter

The Bishop of Sodor and Man, Robert Paterson, has written to the Manx Independent newspaper in which he claims that our church cannot claim to be called 'Anglican'. The Bishop also made a similar argument in his blog on the Church of England website, this time making reference to the 39 Articles of faith.  Jules response was published by the newspaper.

St. Augustine's launch

Read how our local paper covered the launch of St. Augustine. 
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