NEWS & EVENTS

Morning Prayer is at 8.30am Tuesday to Friday, except public holidays. All are welcome, and for coffee afterwards.

Mid-week Eucharist, Wednesdays 12.30pm. Meditation 1pm

Notices 14 January 2018

From the Vicar

 

Responses to my message last week about the prayer list have been very helpful. On the basis of that feedback, we have decided to implement a slightly amended form of what I had originally suggested.

 

If you would like a name placed on the prayer list for the medium to long term, please contact me, or Kerry in the office, and we will make sure the name is listed. This will also mean that the clergy will know who the people in question are and who placed them on the list, and so can keep up to date on their progress. Names written on the list on Sunday morning will be prayed for at all services for that week only. If you want a name added to the printed prayer list for a longer period, please give a note to one of the clergy on Sunday, or email/call the office.

 

 

Next Sunday – 21 January

3rd Sunday after Epiphany

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

1 Sam 3:1-10; Ps 139; 1 Cor 6:12-20; Jn 1:43-51

 

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 14 January                          Meditation 5pm

Sunday 4 February                          Light Up! 10am Main Hall

Sunday 4 February                          Monthly Lunch

Sunday 11 February                        Launch of New Mass Setting

by Christopher Willcock S.J. 10am

Wednesday 14 February                Ash Wednesday 7pm

Sunday 18 February                        Messy Church 10am Main Hall

Sunday 18 February                        Evensong 6pm

Notices

LIGHT UP!

The first Light Up! Service for the New Year will be on Sunday 4 February at 10am in the Main Hall. This service will be on the 1st Sunday of the month designed for the strengths of children with sensory and related challenges. It is focused on sensory experiences for relaxation, the telling of the gospel story through pictures, and creative expressions such as art, dance, and movement as prayer and reflection.

 

MESSY CHURCH

New in 2018, we will be running a program on the 3rd Sunday of the month in the Main Hall, specifically designed for children 4 years and under and their families. This program will focus on introducing the stories of the bible through sensory play, music and movement. Messy church will start on Sunday 18th February at 10am.

 

ANNUAL PHILIP HARRIS MEMORIAL LECTURE

Sunday 4th February 6 pm Evensong for the Feast of Charles, King and Martyr at Christ Church, Glenlyon Road, Brunswick.

“Wake up and smell the incense….Is Secularism enough to sustain ‘marvellous’ Melbourne” lecture by Bishop Lindsay Urwin OGS. Coronation chicken and wine to follow in the fountain garden.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after morning tea on Sunday 4th February. The book for this month is “From the Holy Mountain” by William Dalrymple. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

SHARING SUNDAY – 7 and 14 January

The first two Sundays of each month are Sharing Sundays for Anglicare. Please bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.’

 

 

 

ST MARY’S CHOIR

The choir and Beverley, our organist, are enjoying a well earned break during January.

 

ST MARY’S STITCHERS GROUP

St Mary’s Stitchers will be in recess until February 2018. We will be doing a collection of blankets for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in April so please keep on making your blanket squares.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group will be in recess until February. If you are passing by and spot a weed please pull it out and if it is looking a little dry please give our garden some water.

 

HEATING FUND

The Heating Fund fundraiser target it $20,000.00. So far we have received $13802.00. Thank you to those who have given so far. If you wish to give to this fund please contact the office.

 

 

 

PRAYERS

If you would like a name added to the ongoing prayer list, please notify the Parish Office. Names written on the Sunday list will be prayed for on that week only.

 

Please pray for those in need, including: James & Melinda, Leonie, Mick, Ros, Elspeth, Jean, Mel, Andrea, Jackie.

 

We remember the recently departed:

 

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Alma Archer, Robert Fallshaw.

 

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

  Today

14 Jan

Next Sunday

21 Jan

8am Reader Jenny Langmead Anne Sunderland
10am Readers Margaret Dean

Claudine Chionh

Robert Gribben

Fiona Blanch

Servers Graeme Archer

Angelica Del Hierro

Peter O’Donoghue

Alice Christofi

Anne Sunderland

Peter O’Donoghue

Intercessions Geoff Jenkins Susan Gribben
Bread & Wine Simon Jackson Denise Archer
Welcome & Collection John Poynter

Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Graeme Archer Katie Holmes
Children’s Ministry School Holidays School Holidays
Refreshments David Keuneman

Helen McCallum

John Rickard

Audrey Statham

Counting David Bryson

Claudine Chionh

Claudine Chionh

Fiona Blanch

Flowers Marion Poynter Marion Poynter

 

24 December 2017

From the Vicar

 

The liturgical calendar occasionally throws up some oddities, and this Sunday is one of the oddest of all – the Fourth Sunday of Advent is also Christmas Eve! We will, quite literally, move from altars dressed in purple and Advent wreaths, to gold and the Christmas crib, within mere hours. It all seems very strange.

 

As we gather on Sunday morning then, we do so with an even more heightened sense of anticipation that we usually would on the Sunday before Christmas. This day perhaps more than ever, the anticipation that is a key charism of the Advent season forces us to look ahead, just a little, to the in-breaking of the kingdom of God that Christmas (the Incarnation) represents. As we gather on Sunday morning, then, let us look forward with joy to the coming of our Saviour this very night.

 

–       Fr Craig.

 

Next Sunday

Sunday 31 December – 1st Sunday after Christmas

8am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

Is 61:10-62:3; Ps 148; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:22-40

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 24 December          Kid’s Christmas 4pm

Sunday 24 December          Midnight Mass 11.30pm

Monday 25 December        Christmas Day Service 9am

Sunday 7 January                Epiphany

 

 Notices

 

 

CHRISTMAS 2017

 

Sunday 24th December – Christmas Eve

4pm Kids’ Christmas

11.30pm Midnight Mass

 

Monday 25th December – Christmas Day

9am Sung Eucharist

 

 

ABM CHRISTMAS APPEAL & THE CHRISTMAS BOWL

Envelopes for the ABM Christmas Appeal are available on the pews over the next few weeks. If you wish to make a donation you can use this envelope and place it in the collection plate.

 

SERVICES AFTER CHRISTMAS

There will be no week day services after Christmas until Tuesday 9th January when morning prayer will resume as usual. There will be no Wednesday lunchtime eucharist until 7th February. Sunday services continue as usual throughout January.

 

LIGHT UP!

Light up! will be in recess til 2018. The first Light Up! Service for the New Year will be on Sunday 4 February at 10am.

 

 

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group will be in recess until February. If you are passing by and spot a weed please pull it out and if it is looking a little dry please give our garden some water.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after morning tea on Sunday 7th January. The book for this month is “Music at Midnight” by John Drury. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

ST MARY’S STITCHERS GROUP

St Mary’s Stitchers will be in recess until February 2018. We will be doing a collection of blankets for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in April so please keep on making your blanket squares.

 

HEATING FUND

The Heating Fund fundraiser target it $20,000.00.  So far we have received $13802.00. Thank you to those who have given so far. If you wish to give to this fund please contact the office.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Richard, Barbara, Dominic, Darrell & Cleo, Deepak, Deepa, Han, Wen, Andy, James & Melinda, Paula & family, Anne, Leonie, Mick, Susan, Nadia, Alastair, Oliver, Ros, Heather, Elspeth, Malachi, Patricia-Ann and the Mountjoy Family, Charlie.

 

We remember the recently departed: Geoff Mountjoy

 

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Bruce Ford

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

24 Dec

Next Sunday

31 Dec

8am Reader No 8am Service Judie Bainbridge
10am Readers Rhondda Fahey

Kathleen A- Ross

Christine Storey

Anne Sunderland

Servers Anne Sunderland

Kathleen A- Ross

Peter O’Donoghue

Anne Sunderland

Peter O’Donoghue

Kathleen A-Ross

Intercessions Geoff Jenkins Geoff Jenkins
Bread & Wine John Rickard John Rickard
Welcome & Collection Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Katie Holmes Simon Jackson
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments David Keuneman

Helen McCallum

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Claudine Chionh

Elsdon Storey

Claudine Chionh

Flowers Marion Poynter Andrea O’Donoghue

 

 

Midnight Mass

24 Dec

9 am Service

25 Dec

Readers Marion Poynter

David Bryson

Claudine Chionh

Margaret Dean

Servers Peter O’Donoghue

Anne Sunderland

Kathleen A-Ross

Graeme Archer

Peter O’Donoghue

 

Intercessions Susan Gribben
Bread & Wine Jim Osborne Denise Archer
Welcome & Collection John Poynter

Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Communion Assist. Susan Gribben Graeme Archer
Counting Tim Pilbrow

Elsdon Storey

Tim Pilbrow

Elsdon Storey

 

17 December 2017

From the Vicar

 

A secular Advent reflection:

 

Quite a number of years ago I stopped sending Christmas cards. Not that I think there’s anything wrong with Christmas cards, but with increased regular contact with those near and far via email and social media, the reasons for sending them seemed less compelling than was once the case. Cards, like personal letters, have become much more “special occasion”. The phenomenon of the living room filled with strings of cards once a year as a way to count one’s friends has almost evaporated.

 

As I say, there’s nothing wrong with Christmas cards, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with their demise either. The coming together of family and friends that so often occurs as part of Christmas celebrations remains largely unchanged. The people that matter in our lives still matter. It is simply that the means of communication with those in the “second circle” of our relationships has changed for many of us from cardboard to computer. And that’s fine.

 

Nonetheless, personal contact of one sort or another is one of the Christmas spin-offs that we should ensure we do not lose. An annual (or more frequent) touching base with old friends or distant family helps to ensure that people know they are thought of and cared for. Our wider community connections matter. So, if you’re skipping cards this year (as I am), you might consider an email newsletter, or a personalized Facebook greeting, or another way of showing people that you care. Your gift of a little bit of love may come at just the right time for someone who needs to receive it.

 

 

Fr Craig

Next Sunday

Sunday 24 December – 4th Sunday of Advent

10.00am Sung Eucharist

4pm Kid’s Christmas

11.30pm Midnight Mass

Readings

2 Sam 7:1-11,16; Magnificat; Rom 6:25-27; Lk 1:26-38

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Saturday 16 December       Working Bee 9.30am til 12noon

Sunday 17 December          “Great Advent Hymns” 11.40am

Sunday 17 December          Carols Service 7pm

Sunday 24 December          Kid’s Christmas 4pm

Sunday 24 December          Midnight Mass 11.30pm

Monday 25 December        Christmas Day Service 9am

 Notices

GREAT ADVENT HYMNS

The final session in this series will be today at 11.40am, Examining two of the great German advent hymns.

 

ABM CHRISTMAS APPEAL & THE CHRISTMAS BOWL

Envelopes for the ABM Christmas Appeal are available on the pews over the next few weeks. If you wish to make a donation you can use this envelope and place it in the collection plate. The appeal for the Christmas Bowl will take place at the Carols service and the Christmas services.

 

LIGHT UP!

Light up! will be in recess til 2018. The first Light Up! Service for the New Year will be on Sunday 4 February at 10am.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group will be in recess until February. If you are passing by and spot a weed please pull it out and if it is looking a little dry please give our garden some water.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after morning tea on Sunday 7th January. The book for this month is “Music at Midnight” by John Drury. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

ST MARY’S STITCHERS GROUP

St Mary’s Stitchers will be in recess until February 2018. We will be doing a collection of blankets for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in April so please keep on making your blanket squares.

 

HEATING FUND

The Heating Fund fundraiser target it $20,000.00.  So far we have received $13802.00. Thank you to those who have given so far. If you wish to give to this fund please contact the office.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Richard, Barbara, Dominic, Darrell & Cleo, Deepak, Deepa, Han, Wen, Andy, James & Melinda, Paula & family, Anne, Leonie, Mick, Susan, Nadia, Alastair, Oliver, Ros, Heather, Elspeth, Malachi.

 

We remember the recently departed:

 

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Geoffrey Sambell, Alison Reimann-Basch, Roma Cain, Ewan Paterson, Elizabeth Prosser, Eveline Cope.

 

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

17 Dec

Next Sunday

24 Dec

8am Reader Rhondda Fahey No 8am Service
10am Readers David Bryson

Katie Holmes

Rhondda Fahey

Kathleen A- Ross

Servers Peter O’Donoghue

Anne Sunderland

Adam Wing

Anne Sunderland

Kathleen A- Ross

Peter O’Donoghue

Intercessions Margaret Dean Geoff Jenkins
Bread & Wine Simon Jackson John Rickard
Welcome & Collection Denise Archer

Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Graeme Archer Katie Holmes
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments David Bryson

Susan Brennan

David Keuneman

Helen McCallum

Counting Fiona Blanch

Claudine Chionh

Tim Pilbrow

Claudine Chionh

Flowers Marion Poynter Marion Poynter
 

10 December 2017

From the Vicar

 

On Wednesday of this week, St Mary’s lost a much-loved figure – Graeme Harper. Graeme’s long and dogged battle with Parkinson’s disease had already seen him confined to a wheelchair when I first met him in 2010. Despite his increasing illness and consequent disability, Graeme, with Heather encouraging him on, did everything conceivable to remain independent and active for as long as possible. Right up until the last few months Heather was able to get Graeme to major parish events, where he clearly enjoyed both the company and a glass or two of red. Graeme’s mind remained active despite his physical decline, and despite his difficulty in speaking, when he had something to say it was often profound. He was for me an outstanding example of a person determined to get the most out of life, even when life dealt a hand that might lead many simply to give up.

 

Underlying Graeme’s grit and determination was a deep love for Heather, and a deep commitment to God. His faith was deep, and his prayer life undergirded his outlook. He has asked that his funeral should be an occasion of joy and thanksgiving, and that I should preach on the universal offer of salvation. I think that these two requests demonstrate as well as anything the type of Christian Graeme was. May he rest in peace.

 

Graeme’s requiem Eucharist will be offered at St Mary’s at 6.30pm on Monday, 11 December.

 

–       Fr Craig. 

Next Sunday

Sunday 17 December –3rd Sunday of Advent

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

11.30am Study Group

7pm Carol Service

Readings

Isa 61:1-4,8-11; Ps 126; 1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8,19-28

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 10 December          “Great Advent Hymns” 11.30am

Sunday 10 December          Meditation 5pm

Sunday 17 December          “Great Advent Hymns” 11.30am

Sunday 17 December          Carols Service 7pm

Sunday 24 December           Kid’s Christmas 4pm

Sunday 24 December          Midnight Mass 11.30pm

Monday 25 December         Christmas Day Service 9am

Notices

ANGLICARE CHRISTMAS APPEAL- URGENT COLLECTION

Anglicare is in urgent need of toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk.

Please bring this week 3rd and 10 December.

 

LIGHT UP!

Light up! will be in recess til 2018. The first Light Up! Service for the New Year will be on Sunday 4 February at 10am.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.  The next get together is on Saturday 9th December 9.30am til 11.00am. Would love some extra help for the Christmas Services.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after lunch on Sunday 7th January. The book for this month is “Music at Midnight” by John Drury. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

HEATING FUND

The Heating Fund fundraiser target it $20,000.00.  So far we have received $13152.00. Thank you to those who have given so far. If you wish to give to this fund please contact the office.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Richard, Barbara, Dominic, Darrell & Cleo, Deepak, Deepa, Han, Wen, Andy, James & Melinda, Paula & family, Anne, Pat, Leonie, Stephanie, Christina, Mick, Susan, Nadia, Alastair, Oliver, Ros, Heather.

 

We remember the recently departed: Graeme Harper

 

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Marjorie Kenny, Darren Rooke, Andrew Scragg.

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

10 Dec

Next Sunday

17 Dec

8am Reader Jenny Langmead Rhondda Fahey
10am Readers Claudine Chionh

John Blanch

David Bryson

Katie Holmes

Servers Graeme Archer

Peter O’Donoghue

Kathleen A-Ross

Peter O’Donoghue

Anne Sunderland

Adam Wing

Intercessions Susan Gribben Margaret Dean
Bread & Wine Denise Archer Simon Jackson
Welcome & Collection Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Denise Archer

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Susan Gribben Graeme Archer
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Audrey Statham

TBC

David Bryson

Susan Brennan

Counting Fiona Blanch

Rhondda Fahey

Fiona Blanch

Claudine Chionh

Flowers Christine Storey

 

Marion Poynter
 
Carol Service 17 Dec  – 7pm
Readers TBA

 

Servers TBA

 

Welcome & Collection TBA

3 December 2017

From the Vicar

 

This week the Marriage Equality legislation passed in the Senate, and presumably next week it will pass in the House of Representatives and be signed into law.

 

There has been much debate in the process of this legislation about how to enshrine “religious freedom”, which has become code for “protecting” those within the churches who are opposed to same-sex marriage. With the passage of the legislation almost complete however, a parallel problem has been highlighted for those in the churches who are supportive of same-sex unions and wish to see such marriages take place in church. This week several parishioners have asked when and whether I will be able to conduct same-sex marriages at St Mary’s. The short answer is that it will not be possible – the religious exemptions enshrined within the legislation make it necessary for the Anglican Church as a whole to decide to allow for such marriages, and this is not on the cards any time soon. Individual clergy or parishes will not be allowed to “go it alone” on this matter. That being said, a group of clergy and lawyers are now beginning to investigate what recourse, if any, we might have to make it possible for gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry in an Anglican church to do so. I am not hugely optimistic about how far we might be able to get on this question but, as they say, “stay tuned.”

 

–        Fr Craig

 

Next Sunday

Sunday 10 December –2nd Sunday of Advent

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

11.30am Study Group

5pm Meditation

Readings

Isa 40:1-11; Ps 85:1-2,8-13; 2 Pet 3:8-15a; Mk 1: 18

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 3 December            Monthly Lunch

Sunday 3 December            Evensong 6pm

Sunday 3 December            Christmas Stall

Sunday 10 December          “Great Advent Hymns” 11.30am

Sunday 10 December          Meditation 5pm

Sunday 17 December          “Great Advent Hymns” 11.30am

Sunday 17 December          Carols Service 7pm

Sunday 24 December          Kid’s Christmas 4pm

Sunday 24 December          Midnight Mass 11.30pm

Monday 25 December        Christmas Day Service 9am

Notices

ANGLICARE CHRISTMAS APPEAL- URGENT COLLECTION

Anglicare is in urgent need of toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk.

Please bring this week 3rd and 10 December.

 

CHRISTMAS STALL – 3RD DECEMBER

On the first Sunday of Advent, December 3, following the 10am service and also after Evensong at 6pm, we will be having a fund-raising Christmas Stall in the large hall selling gifts and edible festive goodies.

 

LIGHT UP!

Light up! will be in recess til 2018. The first Light Up! Service for the New Year will be on Sunday 4 February at 10am.

 

PARISH NEWSLETTER – ADVENT ISSUE

We will be producing our next Parish Newsletter ready for the Season of Advent. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office before Thursday 7th December.

 

ST MARY’S MONTHLY LUNCH  TODAY

Next luncheon will be on Sunday 3rd December where there will be an opportunity to remain for a BBQ – BYO Meat. A donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to cover other costs.

All are Welcome.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.  The next get together is on Saturday 9th December 9.30am til 11.00am. Would love some extra help for the Christmas Services.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after lunch on Sunday 3rd December. The book for this month is “Home” by Marilynne Robinson. Please join us for a lively discussion.

HEATING FUND

The Heating Fund fundraiser target it $20,000.00.  So far we have received $13152.00. Thank you to those who have given so far. If you wish to give to this fund please contact the office.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Richard, Barbara, Terry, Dominic, Darrell & Cleo, Deepak, Deepa, Han, Wen, Andy, Graeme, James & Melinda, Paula & family, Anne, Pat, Leonie, Stephanie, Christina, Mick, Susan, Isaiah.

 

We remember the recently departed: Shirley Florence

 

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Anna Harrison

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

3 Dec

Next Sunday

10 Dec

8am Reader Judie Bainbridge Jenny Langmead
10am Readers Greg Reinhardt

Rhondda Fahey

Claudine Chionh

David Bryson

Servers Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Angelica Del Hierro

Graeme Archer

Peter O’Donoghue

Kathleen A-Ross

Intercessions Geoff Jenkins Susan Gribben
Bread & Wine TBC Denise Archer
Welcome & Collection Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

John Poynter

Heidi Lee

Communion Assist. Simon Jackson Katie Holmes
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments David Bryson

Rhondda Fahey

Audrey Statham

TBC

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Elsdon Storey

Fiona Blanch

Rhondda Fahey

Flowers Andrea O’Donoghue

 

Christine Storey

 

Evensong 3 Dec – 6pm
Readers John Rickard

 

Servers Alice Christofi

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

 

Welcome & Collection John Rickard
Counting Tim Pilbrow

Elsdon Storey

 CHRISTMAS 2017

 

Sunday 17th December 

7pm Carols Service

 

Sunday 24th December – Christmas Eve

10am Eucharist

4pm Kids’ Christmas

11.30pm Midnight Mass 

 

Monday 25th December – Christmas Day 

9am Sung Eucharist

 

26 November 2017

From the Vicar

 

The feast of Christ the King arose out of the church asserting the power of Christ against the power of the secular world in an age where Fascism, Communism and state-sponsored atheism were on the rise (in 1925). With the advantage of hindsight it is perhaps unfortunate that the metaphor chosen to counter oppressive political systems was that of monarchy. For many in the contemporary world, monarchy has no place, and for them “Christ the King” at best makes no sense, or at worst is utterly repugnant.

 

Might it be worth re-imagining the language we use regarding the reign of Christ? In so doing, is there any modern title that would come across as a reasonable and attractive image, that also has some foundation in the Biblical witness? “Christ the Prime Minister” or “Christ the President” hardly cuts it. “Christ the supreme leader” sounds almost as bad. Perhaps, then, we are stuck with Christ the King. It will do no harm, however, to remember that the kingship of Christ is that not about domination, not about exercising power, and not about violence. What we speak of instead is the one who is above all, and who leads us in the paths of righteousness, of compassion, and of love.

 

– Fr Craig.

Next Sunday

Sunday 3rd December – 1st Sunday of Advent

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

12noon Monthly Lunch

6pm Evensong

Readings

Isa 64:1-9; Ps 80:1-7,17-19; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Mk 13:24-27

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday  3 December           Monthly Lunch

Sunday  3 December           Evensong 6pm

Sunday  3 December           Christmas Stall

Sunday 10 December          Meditation 5pm

Notices

CHRISTMAS STALL – 3RD DECEMBER

On the first Sunday of Advent, December 3, following the 10am service and also after Evensong at 6pm, we will be having a fund-raising Christmas Stall in the large hall selling gifts and edible festive goodies.

You can help by baking yuletide fare such as Christmas puddings, cakes, shortbreads, mince tarts, cheese biscuits, and confections such as coconut ice or fudge. Homemade crafty gifts will also be welcome.

We would appreciate some helpers on the stall on both occasions. Please contact Marion on 93298163 if you are able to assist.

 

LIGHT UP!

Light up! will be in recess til 2018. The first Light Up! Service for the New Year will be on Sunday 4 February at 10am.

 

PARISH NEWSLETTER – ADVENT ISSUE

We will be producing our next Parish Newsletter ready for the Season of Advent. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office before Thursday 7th December.

 

ST MARY’S MONTHLY LUNCH – SUNDAY 3rd December

Next luncheon will be on Sunday 3rd December where there will be an opportunity to remain for a light lunch in the hall. A donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to cover costs.

All are Welcome.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.  The next get together is on Saturday 9th December 9.30am til 11.00am. Would love some extra help for the Christmas Services.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after lunch on Sunday 3rd December. The book for this month is “Home” by Marilynne Robinson. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

HEATING FUND

The Heating Fund fundraiser target it $20,000.00.  So far we have received $13152.00. Thank you to those who have given so far. If you wish to give to this fund please contact the office.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Richard, Barbara, Terry, Dominic, Darrell & Cleo, Deepak, Deepa, Han, Wen, Andy, Graeme, James & Melinda, Paula & family, Anne, Pat, Leonie, Stephanie, Christina, Mick.

 

We remember the recently departed: Alan Devonshire

 

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Jarrod Duke, Emily Guy.

 

 

 

A Church for

People who Think

 

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

 

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

 

Programme November – December 2017

 

26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns

(Craig D’Alton & Beverley Phillips)

 

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

26 Nov

Next Sunday

3 Dec

8am Reader Rhondda Fahey Judie Bainbridge
10am Readers Marion Poynter

Claudine Chionh

Greg Reinhardt

Fiona Blanch

Servers Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Adam Wing

Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Angelica Del Hierro

Intercessions Geoff Jenkins Geoff Jenkins
Bread & Wine Denise Archer Peter O’Donoghue
Welcome & Collection Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Communion Assist. Graeme Archer Simon Jackson
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments David Bryson

Susan Brennan

Helen McCallum

David Keuneman

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Elsdon Storey

Tim Pilbrow

Elsdon Storey

Flowers Marion Poynter

 

Andrea O’Donoghue

 

Evensong 3 Dec – 6pm
Readers John Rickard

 

Servers Alice Christofi

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

 

Welcome & Collection John Rickard
Counting Tim Pilbrow

Elsdon Storey

 CHRISTMAS 2017

 

Sunday 17th December 

7pm Carols Service

 

Sunday 24th December – Christmas Eve

10am Eucharist

4pm Kids’ Christmas

11.30pm Midnight Mass 

 

Monday 25th December – Christmas Day 

9am Sung Eucharist

 

 

19 November 2017

From the Assistant Priest

 

St Mary’s has had a very pleasing response to the new meditation groups both on Wednesdays at 1pm and the second Sunday of the month at 5pm. As Fr Craig has put in this year’s Annual Report, ‘these sorts of “non-traditional” services may be expected to provide new pathways in to the St Mary’s community for those for whom the 8am and 10am services are too formal or too busy, as well as provide alternate modes of worship for existing parishioners.’ I certainly hope you may consider coming along to one of the meditation sessions as time permits. And please invite your friends too. It is certainly my plan to continue to develop this side of our parish ministry.

 

With this in mind, the University of Divinity is sponsoring a one day colloquium at the Centre of Theology and Ministry in Parkville on Friday 23 February 2018 from 9.45am-4.30pm. Leading experts in meditation from different traditions will gather to discuss the evolution of Meditation historically and its relevance today. The contributors are experts and practitioners of meditation. They are recognised as contributing to research and practice in several areas: Historical studies in Meditation, Religious traditions of meditation, the science of meditation in its therapeutic and clinical uses, and the use of meditation in education settings. Cost for the day is $95. Lunch is provided. Perhaps we could get a small group from St Mary’s together to attend. I will certainly be attending and I have already registered! Bookings can be made at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=328816

 

And finally, welcome home Fr Craig.

 

Fr Philip

Next Sunday

Sunday 26 November – Christ the King

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist including Baptism

Readings

Ezek 34:11-16,20-24; Ps 100; Eph 1:15-23; Mt 25:31-46

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 19 November         Annual Meeting 11.45am

Sunday  3 December           Monthly Lunch

Sunday  3 December           Evensong 6pm

Sunday  3 December           Christmas Stall

Sunday 10 December          Meditation 5pm

Notices

ANNUAL MEETING

The Parish Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday 19 November at 11.45am in the church.

 

CHRISTMAS STALL – 3RD DECEMBER

On the first Sunday of Advent, December 3, following the 10am service and also after Evensong at 6pm, we will be having a fund-raising Christmas Stall in the large hall selling gifts and edible festive goodies. A brochure is available in the church porch with details to give or email to family, friends and aquaintance.

You can help by baking yuletide fare such as Christmas puddings, cakes, shortbreads, mince tarts, cheese biscuits, and confections such as coconut ice or fudge. Homemade crafty gifts will also be welcome.

We would appreciate some helpers on the stall on both occasions. Please contact Marion on 93298163 if you are able to assist.

JOSIE IS MOVING

Josephine Snowdon, who has been licensed as a Lay Minister in the Parish for the last three years and has led the Light Up! Service, has been appointed as Lay Anglican Chaplain at The Samaritan’s Foundation, an arm of the Diocese of Newcastle starting in late November. It is Josephine’s last Sunday today. Please join us for refreshments in the hall

PARISH NEWSLETTER – ADVENT ISSUE

We will be producing our next Parish Newsletter ready for the Season of Advent. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office before Thursday 7th December.

ST MARY’S MONTHLY LUNCH – SUNDAY 3rd December

Next luncheon will be on Sunday 3rd December where there will be an opportunity to remain for a light lunch in the hall. A donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to cover costs.

All are Welcome.

HEATING FUND

The Heating Fund fundraiser target it $20,000.00.  So far we have received $12901.07. Thank you to those who have given so far. If you wish to give to this fund please contact the office.

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after lunch on Sunday 3rd December. The book for this month is “Home” by Marilynne Robinson. Please join us for a lively discussion.

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.  The next get together is on Saturday 9th December 9.30am til 11.00am. Would love some extra help for the Christmas Services.

 PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Richard, Barbara, Terry, Dominic, Darrell & Cleo, Deepak, Deepa, Han, Wen, Andy, Graeme, James & Melinda, Paula & family, Anne, Pat, Leonie, Stephanie, Christina, Stephen and Nigel, Mick.

 

We remember the recently departed: Patrick Murby,

 

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

 

A Church for

People who Think

 

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

 

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

Programme November – December 2017

26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns

(Craig D’Alton & Beverley Phillips)

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

19 Nov

Next Sunday

26 Nov

8am Reader Rhondda Fahey TBC
10am Readers David Bryson

Katie Holmes

Marion Poynter

Peter O’Donoghue

Servers Graeme Archer

Josephine Snowdon

Kathleen A-Ross

Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Adam Wing

Intercessions Josephine Snowdon Geoff Jenkins
Bread & Wine Simon Jackson Denise Archer
Welcome & Collection Denise Archer

Michael Golding

Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Communion Assist. Susan Gribben Graeme Archer
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments John Rickard

Audrey Statham

David Bryson

Susan Brennan

Counting Fiona Blanch

Winsome Roberts

Tim Pilbrow

Elsdon Storey

Flowers Christine Storey

 

Marion Poynter

 

 

Notices 12 November 2017

The Assistant Priest

Almost as soon as Fr Craig arrives back from Europe I am setting off for New Zealand for a two week stay in a hermitage at the Cistercian Abbey of Kopua. It will be a silent retreat, and apart from the daily contact I will have with the monks for monastic offices, the eucharist and meals, I will be spending my time totally alone.

 

Some of you may know, I am hoping to kick start my PhD again next year, and I am going to look at the spiritual writings of Henri Nouwen. He was a Dutch priest, who spent much of his life in American academia lecturing in theology at Notre Dame, Yale and Harvard Universities. Unsure of what God wanted of him, Henri spent much of his ordained life torn between wanting to lead a contemplative life in a monastic setting, or to seek a more active life in the Academy. To test a monastic vocation, he spent seven months at the Cistercian Abbey of Genesee in New York State. This experience was immortalised in his book The Genesee Diary, and although he was to discover that the rigours of monastic life were not for him, he found it a life changing experience; the ideals and the vision of monastic spirituality informed all that he did from then on.

 

Reflecting on his time at Genesee Abbey, he wrote: “I can say that I have a most precious memory which keeps unfolding itself in all that I do or plan to do. I no longer can live without being reminded of the glimpse of God’s graciousness that I saw in my solitude, of the ray of light that broke through my darkness, of the gentle voice that spoke in my silence, and of the soft breeze that touched me in my stillest hour. This memory, however, does more than bring to mind rich experiences of the past. It also continues to offer new perspectives on present events and guides in decisions for the years to come.”

 

In our hectic world, by taking time out by oneself, there is much we can learn about ourselves, about others, and about God. We might not be able to live two weeks or seven months in a monastery, but we can all afford from time to time to take 20 or 30 minutes out of our daily schedules to be alone with God. Only then are we able reduce the world’s noise long enough to listen to what God may be saying.

 

Fr Philip

 

Next Sunday

Sunday 19 November – 24th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

11.45am Annual Meeting

Readings

Judges 4:1-7; Ps 123; 1 Thess 5:1-11; Mt 25: 14-30

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

 

Sunday 12 November                     Prayer and Meditation 5pm

Sunday 19 November                     Annual Meeting 11.45am

Notices

ANNUAL MEETING

The Parish Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday 19 November at 11.45am in the church. Nomination forms for Parish Council by Sunday 12 November. Reports for reading prior to the Annual Meeting are in the porch for you to take.

 

CHRISTMAS STALL – 3RD DECEMBER

On the first Sunday of Advent, December 3, following the 10am service and also after Evensong at 6pm, we will be having a fund-raising Christmas Stall in the large hall selling gifts and edible festive goodies. A brochure is available in the church porch with details to give or email to family, friends and aquaintance.

You can help by baking yuletide fare such as Christmas puddings, cakes, shortbreads, mince tarts, cheese biscuits, and confections such as coconut ice or fudge. Homemade crafty gifts will also be welcome.

We would appreciate some helpers on the stall on both occasions. Please contact Marion on 93298163 if you are able to assist.

 

JOSIE IS MOVING

Josephine Snowdon, who has been licensed as a Lay Minister in the Parish for the last three years and has led the Light Up! Service, has been appointed as Lay Anglican Chaplain at The Samaritan’s Foundation, an arm of the Diocese of Newcastle starting in late November. Congratulations to Josie as she starts this exciting new role. There will be an opportunity for a formal farewell in November.

To make a contribution to a farewell gift for Josie please give to the office or a warden. If you prefer you can put it in the offering in a separate envelope.

 

PARISH NEWSLETTER – ADVENT ISSUE

We will be producing our next Parish Newsletter ready for the Season of Advent in a couple of weeks time. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office as soon as possible.

 

VICAR ON LEAVE

Fr Craig is on study leave and annual leave until 17 November.

The Locum is Fr Philip Bewley.

ANGLICARE CHRISTMAS APPEAL- 5th and 12th NOVEMBER

We look forward to receiving your unwrapped gifts for all ages and Christmas food for Anglicare.

Please also bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.

 

ST MARY’S MONTHLY LUNCH – SUNDAY 3rd December

Next luncheon will be on Sunday 3rd December where there will be an opportunity to remain for a light lunch in the hall. A donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to cover costs.

All are Welcome.

 

HEATING FUND

The Heating Fund fundraiser target it $20,000.00.  So far we have received $12901.07. Thank you to those who have given so far. If you wish to give to this fund please contact the office.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after lunch on Sunday 3rd December. The book for this month is “Home” by Marilynne Robinson. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.  The next get together is on Saturday 11th November 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Richard, Barbara, Terry, Dominic, Darrell & Cleo, Deepak, Deepa, Han, Wen, Andy, Graeme, James & Melinda, Paula & family, Anne, Pat, Leonie, Stephanie, Christina

 

We remember the recently departed:

 

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Athol Keith Blaubaum, Ethel Proctor. Lola Gleeson, George Petrie, Michael Symons.

A Church for

People who Think

 

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

 

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

Programme November – December 2017

12, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

Christian Meditation Groups

Prayers and Meditation 2nd Sunday of each month 5pm til 5.45pm

 

Weekday Meditation Wednesday at 1pm every Wednesday

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

12 Nov

Next Sunday

19 Nov

8am Reader Jenny Langmead Rhondda Fahey
10am Readers Margaret Dean

Robert Gribben

David Bryson

Katie Holmes

Servers Peter O’Donoghue

Adam Wing

Angelica Del Hierro

Graeme Archer

Josephine Snowdon

Kathleen A-Ross

Intercessions Susan Gribben Josephine Snowdon
Bread & Wine Heidi Lee Simon Jackson
Welcome & Collection Susan Brennan

Rebe Taylor

Denise Archer

Michael Golding

Communion Assist. Alice Christofi Susan Gribben
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Helen McCallum

David Keuneman

John Rickard

Audrey Statham

Counting Susan Brennan

Rhondda Fahey

Fiona Blanch

Winsome Roberts

Flowers Helen McCallum

 

Christine Storey

 

from 5 November 2017

From the Assistant Priest

 

St Paul, when he is speaking to his poor excuse for a Christian congregation in Corinth, regularly calls them with great affection and understanding, ‘saints,’ for that is what we are, regardless of our own individual or collective failings in living the life to which we are called. In everything that we do, we are called and set aside to be saints, the holy people of God. Hopefully this knowledge might influence how we do what we do – how to do the work we do, how we volunteer, how we nurture our homes, families and friends, how we treat the people we love most and the people we meet in passing each day; how we spend or save, give to charity or plan for our futures. As saints there is no part of our lives which ‘cannot’ be seen as an area in which we are called to live as one set apart for a purpose, cultivating the health of the world God loves so much.

 

Now this of course applies to our membership of the Church too. It is in worship and in prayer, in service and in fellowship, that we are being our ‘truest selves’ as members of this Christian community.  It is here, through worship, prayer and service, that we are being trained do God’s work more maturely and capably in all the many and various roles we do through the week.

 

All Saints’ Day, then, is also our day. We are celebrating our call as the ones God has called and set aside, and enabled to do God’s work in the world – and to do it in every moment of our lives as naturally as breathing. Today is a reminder, as is every Sunday that we are the ones God has promised to accompany through our lives, in every aspect of our living and to sanctify and make holy what we do and what we say.

 

Fr Philip

 

 

Next Sunday

Sunday 12 November – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

5pm Prayer and Meditation

Readings

Josh 24:1-3a, 14-25; Ps 78:1-7; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Mt 25:1-13

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 5 November                       Light Up! 10am

Sunday 5 November                       Picnic Lunch and Book Club

Sunday 5 November                       St Mary’s Choir – Ballarat

Sunday 12 November                     Prayer and Meditation 5pm

Sunday 19 November                     Annual Meeting 11.45am

 

Notices

CHOIR VISITING BALLARAT

On the evening of Sunday 5th November the choir will travel to Ballarat to join the Christ Church Cathedral choir for All Souls Celebration. Music: G Faure’ “Requiem” Elgar “Lux Aeterna”.

All parishioners will be welcome.

 

CHRISTMAS STALL – 3RD DECEMBER

On the first Sunday of Advent, December 3, following the 10am service and also after Evensong at 6pm, we will be having a fund-raising Christmas Stall in the large hall selling gifts and edible festive goodies. Please put it in your diary now to come, and encourage friends and family to shop at the stall, and also, if they would like, to attend one of the services beforehand. A brochure is available in the church porch with details to give or email to family, friends and aquaintance.

You can help by baking yuletide fare such as Christmas puddings, cakes, shortbreads, mince tarts, cheese biscuits, and confections such as coconut ice or fudge. Homemade crafty gifts will also be welcome.

We would appreciate some helpers on the stall on both occasions. Please contact Marion on 93298163 if you are able to assist.

 

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION GROUPS

Our Weekly Meditation has commenced on Wednesday at 1pm There will be monthly service of Prayer and Meditation commencing on Sunday 12 November at 5pm and continuing on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

 

JOSIE IS MOVING

Josephine Snowdon, who has been licensed as a Lay Minister in the Parish for the last three years and has led the Light Up! Service, has been appointed as Lay Anglican Chaplain at The Samaritan’s Foundation, an arm of the Diocese of Newcastle starting in late November. Congratulations to Josie as she starts this exciting new role. There will be an opportunity for a formal farewell in November.

To make a contribution to a farewell gift for Josie please give to the office or a warden. If you prefer you can put it in the offering in a separate envelope.

 

 

VICAR ON LEAVE

Fr Craig is on study leave and annual leave until 17 November.

The Locum is Fr Philip Bewley.

 

ANGLICARE CHRISTMAS APPEAL- 5th and 12th NOVEMBER

We look forward to receiving your unwrapped gifts for all ages and Christmas food for Anglicare.

Please also bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.

 

ST MARY’S MONTHLY LUNCH – ALL SAINTS’ DAY

Next luncheon will be on Sunday 5th November where there will be an opportunity to remain for a BYO picnic lunch to celebrate All Saints’ Day. It will be in the garden (weather permitting!). All are Welcome.

 

HEATING FUND

The Heating Fund fundraiser target it $20,000.00.  So far we have received $12901.07. Thank you to those who have given so far. If you wish to give to this fund please contact the office.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after lunch on Sunday 5th November. The book for this month is “God’s Secretaries: the Making of the King James’ Bible” by Adam Nicholson. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

ANNUAL MEETING – SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER

The date for the Annual Meeting this year is Sunday 19 November. If you wish to be placed on the electoral roll forms to be in before Sunday 29 October. Reports please by 5 November. Nomination forms for Parish Council by Sunday 12 November.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.  The next get together is on Saturday 11th November 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Richard, Barbara, Terry, Dominic, Darrell & Cleo, Deepak, Deepa, Han, Wen, Andy, Graeme, James & Melinda, Paula & family, Williams Family, Harraway Family, Noble Family, Anne, Pat, Leonie, Stephanie, Christina

 

We remember the recently departed:

 

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Meryl Larkins, Olive Nichols.

A Church for

People who Think

 

Sundays @ 11.30am

 

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

 

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

 

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

 

Programme November – December 2017

 

12, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

 

Christian Meditation Groups

 

Prayers and Meditation 2nd Sunday of each month 5pm til 5.45pm

Starting on Sunday 12 November at 5pm

 

Weekday Meditation Wednesday at 1pm starting 1st November

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

05 Nov

Next Sunday

12 Nov

8am Reader Judie Bainbridge Jenny Langmead
10am Readers John Blanch

Jim Osborne

Margaret Dean

Robert Gribben

Servers Alice Christofi

Anne Sunderland

Angelica Del Hierro

Peter O’Donoghue

Adam Wing

Angelica Del Hierro

Intercessions John Silversides Susan Gribben
Bread & Wine Jim Osborne Heidi Lee
Welcome & Collection Elaine Nwokolo

John Rickard

Susan Brennan

Rebe Taylor

Communion Assist. Simon Jackson Alice Christofi
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Rhondda Fahey

Susan Gribben

Helen McCallum

David Keuneman

Counting Adam Wing

Tim Pilbrow

Susan Brennan

Rhondda Fahey

Flowers Andrea O’Donoghue

 

Helen McCallum

 

Light Up! 05 Nov Josephine Snowdon
Music Michael Noble

Rebe Taylor

Set Up 9am and Pack Up

 

Projection

William Milton

Sam Miller

Helen McCallum

Sam Miller

William Milton

Prayer Tent

Reading

Kathleen A-Ross

Audrey Statham

Refreshments Kathleen A-Ross
 

29 October 2017

From the Assistant Priest

 

Following my series on the contemplative tradition within the Church, and due to a number of people at St Mary’s being interested in contemplative practices, we will be beginning two meditation groups, one on Wednesday afternoons at 1pm, and an alternative monthly group meeting on the second Sunday of the month at 5pm.

 

The word ‘meditation’ often brings to mind Eastern religious practices but those who attended my series of talks will know that some Christians also use meditation as an essential part of their prayer life. From a Christian perspective, meditation is perhaps thought of as a ‘quiet prayer,’ one without petitions or requests because, as Jesus said in Matthew’s Gospel, ‘When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.’

 

Admittedly, the serious pursuit of meditation as a spiritual discipline takes time and the journey is not always easy. This is why meeting together regularly, having the support of others can help a practice which might seem daunting and challenging from the start. Meditation is about practicing being in the presence of God. So often life in our modern world is about being not present.  Learning to be present with God will help in learning to be both present to yourself and to others. It is a well known fact that a regular meditation practice is life changing. Please join me as we explore together what it means to sit in silent contemplation before God. Initially I plan to offer some guidance on centring prayer (the Jesus prayer) and breathing techniques to help facilitate the practice. The lunch time meditation is expected to last half an hour.  The Sunday meditation including a short service of evening prayer and a reading to meditate upon will last about 45 minutes.

 

Fr Philip

Next Sunday

Sunday 5 November – All Saints’ Day

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

10.00am Light Up!

Readings

Rev 7:9-17; Ps 34:1-10; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5: 1-12

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Wednesday 1 November               Meditation 1pm

Thursday 2 November                   All Souls’ Eucharist 6.30pm

Sunday 5 November                       Light Up! 10am

Sunday 5 November                       Monthly Lunch and Book Club

Sunday 5 November                       St Mary’s Choir – Ballarat

Sunday 12 November                     Prayer and Meditation 5pm

Sunday 19 November                     Annual Meeting 11.45am

 

Notices

ALL SOULS’ EUCHARIST – THURSDAY 2 NOVEMBER

If you wish your loved ones to be prayed for at the All Souls’ Eucharist on Thursday 2 November please add their names to the list in the foyer.

 

VICAR ON LEAVE

Fr Craig will be on study leave and annual leave over the next few weeks until 17 November. The Locum will be Fr Philip Bewley.

 

JOSIE IS MOVING

Josephine Snowdon, who has been licensed as a Lay Minister in the Parish for the last three years and has led the Light Up! Service, has been appointed as Lay Anglican Chaplain at The Samaritan’s Foundation, an arm of the Diocese of Newcastle starting in late November. Congratulations to Josie as she starts this exciting new role. There will be an opportunity for a formal farewell in November.

 

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION GROUPS

After our survey it has been decided to begin two new meditation opportunities led by Fr Philip starting in November. One will take place weekly starting on Wednesday 1 November at 1pm following the 12.30pm Eucharist. The other will be a monthly service of Prayer and Meditation commencing on Sunday 12 November at 5pm and will be on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

 

ANGLICARE CHRISTMAS APPEAL- 5th and 12th NOVEMBER

We look forward to receiving your unwrapped gifts for all ages and Christmas food for Anglicare.

Please also bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.

 

ST MARY’S MONTHLY LUNCH – ALL SAINTS’ DAY

Next luncheon will be on Sunday 5th November where there will be an opportunity to remain for a BYO picnic lunch to celebrate All Saints’ Day. It will be in the garden (weather permitting!). All are Welcome.

HEATING FUND

The Heating Fund fundraiser target it $20,000.00. So far we have received $10,750.00. Thank you to those who have given so far. If you wish to give to this fund please contact the office.

 

CHOIR VISITING BALLARAT

On the evening of Sunday 5th November the choir will travel to Ballarat to join the Christ Church Cathedral choir for All Souls Celebration. Music: G Faure’ “Requiem” Elgar “Lux Aeterna”.

All parishioners will be welcome.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after lunch on Sunday 5th November. The book for this month is “God’s Secretaries: the Making of the King James’ Bible” by Adam Nicholson. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

ANNUAL MEETING – SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER

The date for the Annual Meeting this year is Sunday 19 November. If you wish to be placed on the electoral roll forms to be in before Sunday 29 October. Reports please by 5 November. Nomination forms for Parish Council by Sunday 12 November.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 11th November 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

 

BIRTHDAY

This week we celebrate the birthday of Janet Horn and wish her continued good health and happiness.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Richard, Barbara, Terry, Dominic, Darrell, Cleo, Deepak, Deepa, Han, Wen, Andy, Graeme, James & Melinda, Paula & family, Williams Family, Harraway Family, Noble Family.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Ian Ross

A Church for

People who Think

 

Sundays @ 11.30am

 

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

 

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

 

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

 

Programme October – December 2017

 

October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins) 29 October

 

12, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

 

Christian Meditation Groups

 

Prayers and Meditation 2nd Sunday of each month 5pm til 5.45pm

Starting on Sunday 12 November at 5pm

 

Weekday Meditation Wednesday at 1pm starting 1st November

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

29 Oct

Next Sunday

05 Nov

8am Reader Anne Sunderland Judie Bainbridge
10am Readers Simon Jackson

Josephine Snowdon

John Blanch

Jim Osborne

Servers Graeme Archer

Josephine Snowdon

Adam Wing

Alice Christofi

Anne Sunderland

Angelica Del Hierro

Intercessions Audrey Statham John Silversides
Bread & Wine Denise Archer Jim Osborne
Welcome & Collection Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Elaine Nwokolo

John Rickard

Communion Assist. Sam Miller Simon Jackson
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Audrey Statham

John Rickard

Rhondda Fahey

Susan Gribben

Counting Fiona Blanch

Winsome Roberts

Adam Wing

Tim Pilbrow

Flowers Marion Poynter Andrea O’Donoghue
Light Up! 05 Nov Josephine Snowdon
Music Michael Noble

Rebe Taylor

Set Up 9am and Pack Up Michael Noble

Sam Miller

Adam Wing

Prayer Tent

Reading

Kathleen A-Ross

Audrey Statham

Refreshments Kathleen A-Ross
All Souls

Thu 2 Nov

Reader John Rickard

Rhondda Fahey

Server

Welcome & Collection

Josephine Snowdon

John Rickard

 

Communion Asst Sam Miller

 

15 October 2017

From the Vicar

 

The decision of the standing committee of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, announced this week, to support the “No” case in the current postal survey on equal marriage to the tune of $1 million has rightly been condemned in the secular media and by very many more mainstream Anglicans. Many have expressed shock, surprise or outrage that a church should donate a seven figure to such a cause and, in the same breath, allocate a mere $5,000 to the prevention of domestic violence. I share such outrage, ‘though I’m afraid that I am neither shocked nor surprised. The theology of gender difference, which underpins almost everything the diocese of Sydney says or does, almost forces them to take the position they have. Such a theology is not, it must be repeated again and again, a theology held by the majority of Anglicans in Australia, and certainly not in the diocese of Melbourne.

 

Part of the secular reaction to this donation should, however, give the rest of us in the church concern. Several commentators, especially on social media, have added this most recent outrage to the long list of church failures, particularly around sexual and other abuse, to call for the removal or religious tax exemptions, the removal of the right of clergy to conduct weddings, and in once case I read even for making the church itself illegal as it is an association that acts contrary to the good of society. The last of these is extreme, but the first two are quite imaginable. The diocese of Sydney’s actions have brought the Anglican church as a whole into disrepute, and it is possible that in time we will all pay the price for what they have done and how they continue to act.

 

– Fr Craig. 

Next Sunday

Sunday 22 October – 20th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist with Baptism

11.30am Study Group

Readings

Exod 33:12-23; Ps 99; 1 Thes 1:1-10; Mt 22: 15-22

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Wednesday 1 November               Meditation 1pm

Thursday 2 November                   All Souls Eucharist 6.30pm

Sunday 5 November                       Light Up! 10am

Sunday 5 November                       Monthly Lunch and Book Club

Sunday 5 November                       St Mary’s Choir – Ballarat

Sunday 12 November                     Prayer and Meditation 5pm

Sunday 19 November                     Annual Meeting 11.45am

 

Notices

 

JOSIE IS MOVING

Josephine Snowdon, who has been licensed as a Lay Minister in the Parish for the last three years and has led the Light Up! Service, has been appointed as Lay Anglican Chaplain at The Samaritan’s Foundation, an arm of the Diocese of Newcastle starting in late November. Congratulations to Josie as she starts this exciting new role. There will be an opportunity for a formal farewell in November.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

… to Fr Luke Hopkins and Alice Christofi who announced their engagement last week!

 

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION GROUPS

After our survey it has been decided to begin two new meditation opportunities led by Fr Philip starting in November. One will take place weekly starting on Wednesday 1 November at 1pm following the 12.30pm Eucharist. The other will be a monthly service of Prayer and Meditation commencing on Sunday 12 November at 5pm and will be on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

 

PLANNED GIVING

All Parishioners should have received information about stewardship and the planned giving programme for the 2017/18 financial year. Please return your forms as soon as possible. Even if you are not changing the giving amount it would be beneficial to receive a completed form.

 

HEATING FUND

The Heating Fund fundraiser target it $20,000.00.  So far we have received $6750. Thank you for the quick response. If you are thinking about giving and have lost the details please contact the office.

 

CHOIR VISITING BALLARAT

On the evening of Sunday 5th November the choir will travel to Ballarat to join the Christ Church Cathedral choir for All Souls Celebration. Music: G Faure’ “Requiem” Elgar “Lux Aeterna”.

All parishioners will be welcome.

ST MARY’S MONTHLY LUNCH

Next luncheon will be on Sunday 5th November where there will be an opportunity to remain for a light lunch in the hall. A donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to cover costs. All are Welcome.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after lunch on Sunday 5th November. The book for this month is “God’s Secretaries: the Making of the King James’ Bible” by Adam Nicholson. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

ANNUAL MEETING – ADVANCED NOTICE

The date for the Annual Meeting this year is Sunday 19 November. If you wish to be placed on the electoral roll or need to update your details, please contact the parish office before Sunday 29 October. Any reports should be sent to the parish office by Thursday 19 October prior to the Vicar going on leave. Nomination forms for Parish Council are available and please complete and return to the office by Sunday 12 November.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.  The next get together is on Saturday 14th October 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Charles, Richard, Denys, Barbara, Terry, Dominic, Darrell, Cleo, Deepak, Deepa, Han, Wen, Andy, Graeme, James & Melinda, Harriet.

 

We remember the recently departed:

 

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Ada Judd, Mabel Woodman, Glad Kavanagh, James Aaron Brook.

 

A Church for

People who Think

 

Sundays @ 11.30am

 

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

 

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

 

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

 

Programme October – December 2017

 

October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins) 15, 22, 29 October –

 

12, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

 

Christian Meditation Groups

 

Prayers and Meditation 2nd Sunday of each month 5pm til 5.45pm

Starting on Sunday 12 November at 5pm

 

Weekday Meditation Wednesday at 1pm starting 1st November

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

15 Oct

Next Sunday

22 Oct

8am Reader Rhondda Fahey Josephine Snowdon
10am Readers John Silversides

Susan Gribben

Rhondda Fahey

Michael Golding

Servers Alice Christofi

Anne Sunderland

Angelica Del Hierro

Anne Sunderland

Josephine Snowdon

Alice Christofi

Intercessions Robert Gribben Josephine Snowdon
Bread & Wine Peter O’Donoghue Heidi Lee
Welcome & Collection Denise Archer

Simon Jackson

John Rickard

Rebe Taylor

Communion Assist. Graeme Archer Katie Holmes
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Susan Gribben

Peter O’Donoghue

Helen McCallum

David Keuneman

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Rhondda Fahey

Harriet Jenkins

Adam Wing

Flowers Helen McCallum Helen McCallum

Notices 8 October 2017

From the Vicar

This Sunday is the annual St Francistide celebration, including the blessing of animals. This is one of those days where there is a temptation for church to become a little bit kitch. The Vicar of Dibley has a lot to answer for. J

There is, however, a more serious side to the idea of giving thanks for the myriad of creatures that surround us as part of God’s gift and bounty. We live in a time of perhaps the greatest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Just as the natural world suffers from this decimation of biodiversity, so humanity will also reap the reward of our own destructive behavior. The preservation of the natural world can be understood as the preservation of God’s creation. Any Christian who takes seriously the idea that God made all that surrounds us must surely be compelled to be active defenders of the natural world.

 

– Fr Craig.

Next Sunday

Sunday 15 October – 19th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

11.30am Study Group

Readings

Exod 32:1-14; Ps 106:1-6,19-23; Phil 4:1-9; Mt 22:1-14

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Wednesday 1 November               Meditation 1pm

Sunday 5 November                       Light Up! 10am

Sunday 5 November                       Monthly Lunch and Book Club

Sunday 5 November                       St Mary’s Choir – Ballarat

Sunday 12 November                     Prayer and Meditation 5pm

Sunday 19 November                     Annual Meeting 11.45am

Notices

 

ST FRANCIS CELEBRATION / BLESSING OF ANIMALS

The annual blessing of animals service will take place this Sunday 8 October, when we will keep the feast of St Francis of Assisi. Pets are welcome at both 8am and 10am. Please ensure that dogs are on a leash, and that other pets are appropriately caged or restrained. And remember that you are responsible for them and their actions(!)

 

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION GROUPS

After our survey it has been decided to begin two new meditation opportunities led by Fr Philip starting in November. One will take place weekly starting on Wednesday 1 November at 1pm following the 12.30pm Eucharist. The other will be a monthly service of Prayer and Meditation commencing on Sunday 12 November at 5pm and will be on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

 

PLANNED GIVING

All Parishioners should have received information about stewardship and the planned giving programme for the 2017/18 financial year. Please return your forms as soon as possible. Even if you are not changing the giving amount it would be beneficial to receive a completed form.

 

HEATING FUND

The Heating Fund fundraiser target it $20,000.00. So far we have received $3250.00. Thank you for the quick response. If you are thinking about giving and have lost the details please contact the office.

 

CHOIR VISITING BALLARAT

On the evening of Sunday 5th November the choir will travel to Ballarat to join the Christ Church Cathedral choir for All Souls Celebration. Music: G Faure’ “Requiem” Elgar “Lux Aeterna”.

All parishioners will be welcome.

 

ST MARY’S MONTHLY LUNCH

Next luncheon will be on Sunday 5th November where there will be an opportunity to remain for a light lunch in the hall. A donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to cover costs. All are Welcome.

SHARING SUNDAY – 1st and 8th October

The first two Sundays of each month are Sharing Sundays for Anglicare. Please bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.’

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after lunch on Sunday 5th November. The book for this month is “God’s Secretaries: the Making of the King James’ Bible” by Adam Nicholson. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

ANNUAL MEETING – ADVANCED NOTICE

The date for the Annual Meeting this year is Sunday 19 November. If you wish to be placed on the electoral roll or need to update your details, please contact the parish office before Sunday 29 October. Any reports should be sent to the parish office by Thursday 19 October prior to the Vicar going on leave. Nomination forms for Parish Council are available and please complete and return to the office by Sunday 12 November.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 14th October 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Charles, Richard, Denys, Barbara, Terry, Dominic, Darrell, Cleo, Deepak, Deepa, Han, Wen, Andy, Graeme, James & Melinda, Harriet.

We remember the recently departed:

 

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Elizabeth Hastings, Robert Morrison, Alexander James Craig

 

 

A Church for

People who Think

 

Sundays @ 11.30am

 

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

 

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

 

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

 

Programme October – December 2017

 

October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins) 8, 15, 22, 29 October –

 

12, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

 

Christian Meditation Groups

 

Prayers and Meditation 2nd Sunday of each month 5pm til 5.45pm

Starting on Sunday 12 November at 5pm

 

Weekday Meditation Wednesday at 1pm starting 1st November

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

08 Oct

Next Sunday

15 Oct

8am Reader Judie Bainbridge Rhondda Fahey
10am Readers Claudine Chionh

John Rickard

John Silversides

Susan Gribben

Servers Peter O’Donoghue

Josephine Snowdon

Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Anne Sunderland

Angelica Del Hierro

Intercessions Sam Miller Robert Gribben
Bread & Wine John Rickard Peter O’Donoghue
Welcome & Collection Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Denise Archer

Simon Jackson

Communion Assist. Josephine Snowdon Graeme Archer
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments David Bryson

Rhondda Fahey

Susan Gribben

Peter O’Donoghue

Counting Elsdon Storey

Tim Pilbrow

Tim Pilbrow

Rhondda Fahey

Flowers Remya Williams TBC

 


 

Notices 24 September 2017

From the Vicar

 

Spring is sprung, well sort of anyway . . . , and as the weather begins to warm up it will soon become easy to forget just how very chilly the church building has been over the past few months. Parish Council has commissioned our architects to investigate and install new church heating in time for next winter, and although we have some money from the Lambrick Trust towards this project, there is still going to be a significant short-fall that cannot be absorbed by the general budget. Thus, over the next month we will be mounting a campaign encouraging people to “buy a radiator”, with the aim of raising $20,000. Each radiator sponsorship will cost $500. When you receive your planned giving form today, you will also receive a “buy a radiator” form. Please make your planned giving commitment first, but then also consider whether you can spare, now or at some point in the next six months, enough to buy a radiator, or maybe even two! J This is a very “inward-focused” project, in that it is the worshipping community who will benefit most from it. It is also true, however, that it is a project in fulfillment of our aim to provide a welcoming environment to newcomers and visitors. Having a building that does not require an overcoat, scarf and gloves indoors will certainly make St Mary’s a more attractive winter destination.

 

 

 

– Fr Craig.

 

Next Sunday

Sunday 1 October – 17th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

10.00am Light Up!

Readings

Exod 17:1-7; Ps 78:1-4,12-16; Phil 2:1-13; Mt 21:23-32

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 1 October                            Light Up! 10am

Sunday 1 October                            Monthly Lunch

Sunday 1 October                            St Mary’s Choir – St Pauls 6pm

Saturday 7 October                         Christmas Card Making

Sunday 8 October                            St Francis – Blessing of Pets

Notices

 

PLANNED GIVING

On September 24th all on the parish roll will receive information about stewardship and the planned giving programme for the 2017/18 financial year, which begins in October. Please take the envelope with your name on it from the box in the foyer. Please return your forms before the 9th October.

 

ST MARY’S MONTHLY LUNCH – SUNDAY 1st October

Please stay and enjoy lunch with us on Sunday 1st October where there will be an opportunity to enjoy fellowship with others.  A donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to cover costs.

All are Welcome.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after lunch on Sunday 1st October. The book for this month is “The Secret Chord” by Geraldine Brooks. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

ST MARY’S CHOIR AT ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

St Mary’s and Ballarat Christ Church Cathedral are leading Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 1st October at 6pm. The preacher will be Fr Jim Brady. All welcome.

 

CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING

On Saturday 7th October from 2pm til 4pm come and make your own Christmas Cards. Cost will be $20 and includes making 10 Christmas cards and a wonderful afternoon tea. (Please byo glue or it will be on sale on the day) All proceeds to the Church heating fund.  All Welcome – no previous experience required. Please place your name on the sign up sheet if you are thinking of coming.

 

BLESSING OF PETS

The annual blessing of pets service will take place on Sunday 8 October. Pets are welcome at both 8am and 10am. Please ensure that dogs are on a leash, and that other pets are appropriately caged or restrained. And remember that you are responsible for them and their actions(!)

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.  The next get together is on Saturday 14th October 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Charles, Florence and Condie Families, Richard, Denys, Barbara, Terry, Dominic, Darrell, Cleo, Deepak, Deepa, Audrey, Han, Wen, Andy.

 

We remember the recently departed: Barbara Collopy

 

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Frances Hartshorn, Damon O’Keeffe, Vera Dettman, Elisabeth Coldicutt

 

 

 

 

A Church for

People who Think

 

Sundays @ 11.30am

 

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

 

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

 

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

 

 

Programme September – December 2017

 

September – The Christian contemplative tradition (Philip Bewley)

 

24 September – Christian Mindfulness

 

8, 15, 22, 29 October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins)

 

12, 19, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

24 Sep

Next Sunday

01 Oct

8am Reader Josephine Snowdon Jenny Langmead
10am Readers John Blanch

Marion Poynter

Greg Reinhardt

Fiona Blanch

Servers Alice Christofi

Anne Sunderland

Josephine Snowdon

Graeme Archer

Angelica Del Hierro

Peter O’Donoghue

Intercessions Robert Gribben Margaret Dean
Bread & Wine John Rickard Simon Jackson
Welcome & Collection Peter O’Donoghue

David Bryson

Denise Archer

John Poynter

Communion Assist. Sam Miller Alice Christofi
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Helen McCallum

David Keuneman

Choir to supply food

Marion Poynter

Simon Jackson

 

Counting Fiona Blanch

David Bryson

Rhondda Fahey

Winsome Roberts

Flowers Marion Poynter

Jennifer Leslie

 

Christine Storey

 

Light Up! 01 Oct Josephine Snowdon
Music Michael Noble

Rebe Taylor

Set Up 9am and Pack Up Michael Noble

Sam Miller

TBC

Prayer Tent

Reading

TBC

Audrey Statham

Refreshments Helen McCallum

 

 

Notices 17 September 2017

From the Vicar

 

Spring is sprung, well sort of anyway . . . , and as the weather begins to warm up it will soon become easy to forget just how very chilly the church building has been over the past few months. Parish Council has commissioned our architects to investigate and install new church heating in time for next winter, and although we have some money from the Lambrick Trust towards this project, there is still going to be a significant short-fall that cannot be absorbed by the general budget. Thus, over the next month we will be mounting a campaign encouraging people to “buy a radiator”, with the aim of raising $20,000. Each radiator sponsorship will cost $500. When the planned giving programme is launched next week, you will also receive a “buy a radiator” form. Please make your planned giving commitment first, but then also consider whether you can spare, now or at some point in the next six months, enough to buy a radiator, or maybe even two! J This is a very “inward-focused” project, in that it is the worshipping community who will benefit most from it. It is also true, however, that it is a project in fulfillment of our aim to provide a welcoming environment to newcomers and visitors. Having a building that does not require an overcoat, scarf and gloves indoors will certainly make St Mary’s a more attractive winter destination.

– Fr Craig.

Next Sunday

Sunday 24 September – 16th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

11.30am Study Group

Readings

Exod 16:2-15; Ps 105:1-6, 37-45; Phil 1:21-30; Mt 20:1-16

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 1 October                            Light Up! 10am

Sunday 1 October                            Monthly Lunch

Sunday 1 October                            St Mary’s Choir – St Pauls 6pm

Notices

PLANNED GIVING

During September all on the parish roll will receive information about stewardship and the planned giving programme for the 2017/18 financial year, which begins in October. If you are not on the parish roll, or are not sure whether you are, please fill out the “Newcomer” slip on the back page of the pew sheet, and pass it to the clergy or the Parish Office.

ALL VOLUNTEERS “LIGHT UP!”

A short 15 minute information session on set up and run of the simple audio visual system for Light Up! will be held at

11.15am on 17 and 24 September to ensure that we always have someone who can assist with this essential task. Please contact  Josephine- lightup@stmarys.org.au.

 ST MARY’S MONTHLY LUNCH – SUNDAY 1st October

Next luncheon will be on Sunday 1st October where there will be an opportunity to remain for a light lunch in the hall. A donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to cover costs.

All are Welcome.

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be after lunch on Sunday 1st October. The book for this month is “The Secret Chord” by Geraldine Brooks. Please join us for a lively discussion.

ST MARY’S CHOIR AT ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

St Mary’s and Ballarat Christ Church Cathedral are leading Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 1st October at 6pm. The preacher will be Fr Jim Brady. All welcome.

CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING

On Saturday 7th October from 2pm til 4pm come and make your own Christmas Cards. Cost will be $20 and includes making 10 Christmas cards and a wonderful afternoon tea. (Please byo glue or it will be on sale on the day) All proceeds to the Church heating fund.  All Welcome – no previous experience required. Please place your name on the sign up sheet if you are thinking of coming.

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

St Mary’s Stitchers get together on Thursdays every week 10am in the small hall and 7.30pm at Marion’s house for this week.  Please bring any knitted squares or tapestry to do.

 ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.  The next get together is on Saturday 14th October 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

A Church for People who Think

Sundays @ 11.30am

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

Programme September – December 2017

September – The Christian contemplative tradition (Philip Bewley)

10 September – Christian Meditation

17 September – Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading)

24 September – Christian Mindfulness

8, 15, 22, 29 October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins)

12, 19, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

 PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Charles, Florence and Condie Families, Richard, Denys, Barbara, Terry, Dominic, Darrell, Cleo, Deepak, Deepa.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Charlotte Phyllis Carnegie, Lawrence Jonas.

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

17 Sep

Next Sunday

24 Sep

8am Reader Anne Sunderland Josephine Snowdon
10am Readers Claudine Chionh

Greg Reinhardt

John Blanch

Marion Poynter

Servers Peter O’Donoghue

Kathleen Alleaume-Ross

Angelica Del Hierro

Alice Christofi

Anne Sunderland

Josephine Snowdon

Intercessions Josephine Snowdon Robert Gribben
Bread & Wine Denise Archer John Rickard
Welcome & Collection John Poynter

Heidi Lee

Peter O’Donoghue

David Bryson

Communion Assist. Graeme Archer Sam Miller
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Marion Poynter

Susan Gribben

Helen McCallum

David Keuneman

Choir to supply food

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Adam Wing

Fiona Blanch

David Bryson

Flowers Marion Poynter

Jennifer Leslie

Marion Poynter

Jennifer Leslie

Notices 10 September 2017

From the Vicar

For many people, life equals busy-ness. Western society is addicted to activity. It is almost as though the proverbial “Protestant work ethic” has become a society-wide cult. Taking time out for contemplation, relaxation, let alone meditation, is frowned upon, and is sometimes even a source of guilt for those who summon up the courage to do it.

Many years ago a friend of mine who used to work as a psychiatrist in the public system explained to me that the reason she resigned her position and moved into private practice was not the money, but the time. She was being required to account for every ten minute slot of her working day. As she put it so succinctly – “I used to do my best work walking alone in the garden, but there was no space on the time sheet for that.”

Today Fr Philip Bewley begins a three week series exploring the Christian contemplative tradition in the 11.30am series “Church for people who think”. I encourage you to take this opportunity to consider how much our faith tradition has to offer those seeking silence, contemplation, and even “time out”. There is at least as much quiet spiritual richness in the Christian tradition as in the (other) Eastern religions.

– Fr Craig.

Next Sunday

Sunday 17 September – 15th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

11.30am Study Group

Readings

Exod 14:19-31; Ps 114; Rom 14:1-12;Mt 18:21-35

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 1 October                            Light Up! 10am

Sunday 1 October                            Monthly Lunch

Sunday 1 October                            St Mary’s Choir – St Pauls 6pm

Notices

 PLANNED GIVING

During September all on the parish roll will receive information about stewardship and the planned giving programme for the 2017/18 financial year, which begins in October. If you are not on the parish roll, or are not sure whether you are, please fill out the “Newcomer” slip on the back page of the pew sheet, and pass it to the clergy or the Parish Office.

ALL VOLUNTEERS “LIGHT UP!”

A short 15 minute information session on set up and run of the simple audio visual system for Light Up! will be held at

11.15am on the 17th and 24th of September to ensure that we always have someone who can assist with this essential task when Adam is away. Please see or email Josephine- lightup@stmarys.org.au today to acknowledge your attendance.

 ST MARY’S CHOIR AT ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

St Mary’s and Ballarat Christ Church Cathedral are leading Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 1st October at 6pm. The preacher will be Fr Jim Brady. All welcome.

 SHARING SUNDAY – 3rd and 10th September

The first two Sundays of each month are Sharing Sundays for Anglicare. Please bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.’

 CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING

On Saturday 7th October from 2pm til 4pm come and make your own Christmas Cards. Cost will be $20 and includes making 10 Christmas cards and a wonderful afternoon tea. (Please byo glue or it will be on sale on the day) All proceeds to the Church heating fund. All Welcome – no previous experience required.

ST MARY’S MONTHLY LUNCH – SUNDAY 1st October

Next luncheon will be on Sunday 1st October where there will be an opportunity to remain for a light lunch in the hall. A donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to cover costs.

All are Welcome.

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

St Mary’s Stitchers get together on Thursdays every week 10am in the small hall and 7.30pm at Marion’s house for this week. Please bring any knitted squares or tapestry to do.

 ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 14th October 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

A Church for

People who Think

 Sundays @ 11.30am

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

 On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

Programme September – December 2017

September – The Christian contemplative tradition (Philip Bewley)

10 September – Christian Meditation

17 September – Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading)

24 September – Christian Mindfulness

 

8, 15, 22, 29 October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins)

 

12, 19, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Fiona, Steve and Family, Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Denys, Nigel, Han, Wen, Dudley, Barbara, Terry, Harry, Leo, Jane, Calvin, Dominic, Terence, Darrell, Cleo, Deepak, Condie Family.

 

We remember the recently departed:

 

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Kythe Pratt, Elizabeth Danne, Mary Ann Harrison.

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

10 Sep

Next Sunday

17 Sep

8am Reader Rhondda Fahey Anne Sunderland
10am Readers David Bryson

Katie Holmes

Claudine Chionh

Greg Reinhardt

Servers Graeme Archer

Josephine Snowdon

Adam Wing

Peter O’Donoghue

Kathleen Alleaume-Ross

Angelica Del Hierro

Intercessions Geoff Jenkins Josephine Snowdon
Bread & Wine Jim Osborne Denise Archer
Welcome & Collection Denise Archer

Elaine Nwokolo

John Poynter

Heidi Lee

Communion Assist. Josephine Snowdon Graeme Archer
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments David Bryson

Rhondda Fahey

Marion Poynter

Susan Gribben

Counting Elsdon Storey

Winsome Roberts

Tim Pilbrow

Adam Wing

Flowers Andrea O’Donoghue Marion Poynter

Jennifer Leslie

 


 

Notices 3 September 2017

From the Vicar

This week a new community board appeared on the corner of the church property. In the context of the government survey about marriage equality, the Parish Council recently unanimously decided to place a board in that space which indicated that it is possible to support marriage equality and to be a faithful Christian. This is in line with our parish mission of being a faithful and inclusive community. The board includes a rainbow heart, and directs people to two biblical texts – the promise of God’s faithfulness in Genesis 9 (in which God puts the rainbow in the sky following the great flood), and Paul’s great hymn of love in 1 Corinthians 13. I have been pleased to note that the board is receiving a lot of attention from passers-by, including a young couple in my hearing who photographed it and said “Did you get the Bible verses? We should look them up when we get home.”

I would say here what I also said to Parish Council. It is absolutely ok for individual Christians to hold fast to the view that marriage is between a man and a woman. That has long been the established view of the church, and I for one would not condemn anyone for holding to that position. What this board, and the Parish Council, are saying, is simply that it is also ok to hold the view that marriage has been, and can be, understood in different ways. Given that some Christians have been very strident indeed in proclaiming that there is only one option for Christians in this debate I think it is important that the community at large see that at least some church communities believe that there is room for an alternative view.

– Fr Craig.

 

Next Sunday

Sunday 10 September – 14th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

11.30am Study Group

Readings

Exod 12:1-14; Ps 149; Rom 13:8-14; Mt 18:15-20

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 3 September                       Light Up! 10am

Sunday 3 September                       Monthly Lunch

 Notices

PARISH NEWSLETTER – PATRONAL

We have an interesting edition of the Parish Newsletter for our Patronal Festival with some excellent articles. Please pick up your copy today.

PLANNED GIVING

During September all on the parish roll will receive information about stewardship and the planned giving programme for the 2017/18 financial year, which begins in October. If you are not on the parish roll, or are not sure whether you are, please fill out the “Newcomer” slip on the back page of the pew sheet, and pass it to the clergy or the Parish Office.

ST MARY’S MONTHLY LUNCH – SUNDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER

After morning tea this Sunday September 3 there will be an opportunity to remain for a light lunch in the hall. A donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to cover costs.

All are Welcome.

SHARING SUNDAY – 3rd and 10th September

The first two Sundays of each month are Sharing Sundays for Anglicare. Please bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.’

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

St Mary’s Stitchers get together on Thursdays every week 10am in the small hall and 7.30pm at Marion’s house for this week.  Please bring any knitted squares or tapestry to do.

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.  The next get together is on Saturday 9th September 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

A Church for

People who Think

Sundays @ 11.30am

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

Programme September – December 2017

10, 17, 24 September – The Christian contemplative tradition

(Philip Bewley)

8, 15, 22, 29 October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins)

12, 19, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Fiona, Steve and Family, Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Denys, Nigel, Han, Wen, Dudley, Barbara, Terry, Harry, Leo, Jane, Calvin, Dominic, Terence, Darrell, Cleo, Deepak, Condie Family.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

John Marley, Vernon Samuel Charles Jones, Ted Scragg, Patricia Blaikie.

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

3 September

Next Sunday

10 Sep

8am Reader Judie Bainbridge Jenny Langmead
10am Readers Rhondda Fahey

Robert Gribben

David Bryson

Katie Holmes

Servers Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Angelica Del Hierro

Graeme Archer

Josephine Snowdon

Adam Wing

Intercessions John Silversides Geoff Jenkins
Bread & Wine Peter O’Donoghue Jim Osborne
Welcome & Collection Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Denise Archer

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Susan Gribben Josephine Snowdon
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Katie Holmes

Peter O’Donoghue

David Bryson

Audrey Statham

Counting David Bryson

Tim Pilbrow

Elsdon Storey

Winsome Roberts

Flowers Andrea O’Donoghue Helen McCallum

Notices 27 August 2017

From the Vicar

This week a new community board will appear on the corner of the church property. In the context of the government survey about marriage equality, the Parish Council unanimously decided to place a board in that space which indicated that it is possible to support marriage equality and to be a faithful Christian. This is in line with our parish mission of being a faithful and inclusive community. The board includes a rainbow heart, and directs people to two biblical texts – the promise of God’s faithfulness in Genesis 9 (in which God puts the rainbow in the sky following the great flood), and Paul’s great hymn of love in 1 Corinthians 13.

I would say here what I also said to Parish Council. It is absolutely ok for individual Christians to hold fast to the view that marriage is between a man and a woman. That has long been the established view of the church, and I for one would not condemn anyone for holding to that position. What this board, and the Parish Council, are saying, is simply that it is also ok to hold the view that marriage has been, and can be, understood in different ways. Given that some Christians have been very strident indeed in proclaiming that there is only one option for Christians in this debate I think it is important that the community at large see that at least some church communities believe that there is room for an alternative view.

– Fr Craig.

Next Sunday

Sunday 3 September – 13th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

10.00am Light Up!

Readings

Exod 3:1-15; Ps 105:1-6,23-26,45b; Rom 12:9-21; Mt 16:21-28

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 3 September                       Light Up! 10am

Sunday 3 September                       Monthly Lunch

Notices

PARISH NEWSLETTER – PATRONAL

We have an interesting edition of the Parish Newsletter for our Patronal Festival with some excellent articles. Please pick up your copy today.

STUDY GROUP – CHRISTIANITY IN ACTION

Tim Pilbrow will speak on 27 August about his work in Indigenous Reconciliation. It will commence after morning tea in the church.

PLANNED GIVING

During September all on the parish roll will receive information about stewardship and the planned giving programme for the 2017/18 financial year, which begins in October. If you are not on the parish roll, or are not sure whether you are, please fill out the “Newcomer” slip on the back page of the pew sheet, and pass it to the clergy or the Parish Office.

ST MARY’S MONTHLY LUNCH – SUNDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER

After morning tea next Sunday September 3 there will be an opportunity to remain for a light lunch in the hall.

All are Welcome.

If you are thinking of attending, for catering purposes, if you could contact Kerry at office@stmarys.org.au. A donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to cover costs.

SHARING SUNDAY – 3rd and 10th September

The first two Sundays of each month are Sharing Sundays for Anglicare. Please bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.’

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

St Mary’s Stitchers get together on Thursdays every week 10am in the small hall and 7.30pm at Marion’s house for this week. Please bring any knitted squares or tapestry to do.

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 9th September 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

 

A Church for

People who Think

Sundays @ 11.30am

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

Programme for August – December 2017

27 August – Christianity in action (Tim Pilbrow)

10, 17, 24 September – The Christian contemplative tradition

(Philip Bewley)

8, 15, 22, 29 October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins)

12, 19, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Fiona, Steve and Family, Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Denys, Nigel, Han, Wen, Dudley, Barbara, Terry, Harry, Leo, Jane, Calvin, Dominic, Terence, Darrell, Cleo, Deepak, Condie Family.

We remember the recently departed:

Eric Pitt, Tracey Banivanua Mar, Margaret Henderson

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Bruce Fentham

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

27 Aug

Next Sunday

03 Sep

8am Reader Anne Sunderland Judie Bainbridge
10am Readers Michael Golding

John Silversides

Rhondda Fahey

Robert Gribben

Servers Anne Sunderland

Adam Wing

Kathleen Alleaume-Ross

Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Angelica Del Hierro

Intercessions Margaret Dean John Silversides
Bread & Wine Heidi Lee Peter O’Donoghue
Welcome & Collection John Poynter

Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Katie Holmes Susan Gribben
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Susan Gribben

Marion Poynter

Katie Holmes

Peter O’Donoghue

Counting Rhondda Fahey

Winsome Roberts

David Bryson

Tim Pilbrow

Flowers Christine Storey

Remya Williams

Andrea O’Donoghue

 

 


 

Notices 20th August 2017

From the Vicar

Tuesday evening was a great celebration for St Mary’s Patronal Feast. A fairly full church and a very full sanctuary ensured hearty singing, Bishop Lindsay Urwin preached a challenging sermon, and everyone enjoyed a wonderful meal in the hall.

In the midst of the celebrations I found myself realizing how many parishioners are currently absent overseas or interstate on holidays or for other reasons. In these winter months it can sometimes be hard to keep track of who is away and who might simply not be “in church”. It can be hard therefore to realize that someone is absent because of illness or similar reasons. Many parishioners let me, or the office know when they are going to be away, which is really helpful. I encourage you to do the same so we know not to worry about an unexpected absence.

 

– Fr Craig.

 

Next Sunday

Sunday 27 August – 12th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

11.30am Study Group

Readings

Exod 1:8-2:10; Ps 124; Rom 12:1-8; Mt 16:13-20

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 3 September                       Light Up! 10am

Sunday 3 September                       Monthly Lunch

Notices

PARISH NEWSLETTER – PATRONAL

We have an interesting edition of the Parish Newsletter for our Patronal Festival with some excellent articles. Please pick up your copy today.

 

STUDY GROUP TODAY

Josephine Snowdon will speak today about her work and research on disability and spirituality. Next week, Tim Pilbrow, will speak about his work in Indigenous Reconciliation.

 

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

St Mary’s Stitchers get together on Thursdays every week 10am in the small hall and 7.30pm at Rhondda’s house for this week. Please bring any knitted squares or tapestry to do.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 9th September 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

 

ARCHBISHOP’S DINNER AT TRINITY COLLEGE

St Mary’s is organising a table at the Archbishop’s Dinner in support of the Theological School at Trinity College. This is a fundraising dinner costing $100 per ticket. The dinner is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 30th August, preceded by Evensong at 5.40pm, in the College Chapel.   If you would like to attend or would like further information please speak to the Vicar.

 

DISABILITY, THEOLOGY & THE CHURCH – WED 23 AUG

The will be a lecture by Amos Yong on “Disability, theology & the Church on Wednesday 23 August 6pm at Centre for Theology & Ministry Parkville. Cost free and RSVP 9340 8815

A Church for

People who Think

 

Sundays @ 11.30am

 

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

 

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

 

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

 

 

Programme for August – December 2017

 

13, 20, 27 August – Christianity in action (Various speakers)

 

10, 17, 24 September – The Christian contemplative tradition

(Philip Bewley)

 

8, 15, 22, 29 October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins)

 

12, 19, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

 


 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Denys, Nigel, Han, Wen, Dudley, Barbara, Terry, Harry, Leo, Jane, Calvin, Dominic, Terence.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Henry Wallace Judd, Gweneth Marjorie Ford, Ernest Prosser, Gladys Gill, Gwyneth Strasser, Jeff Acland.

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

20 Aug

Next Sunday

27 Aug

8am Reader Jenny Langmead Anne Sunderland
10am Readers Jim Osborne

Katie Holmes

Michael Golding

John Silversides

Servers Anne Sunderland

Peter O’Donoghue

Adam Wing

TBC

Adam Wing

Kathleen Alleaume-Ross

Intercessions Audrey Statham Margaret Dean
Bread & Wine Simon Jackson Heidi Lee
Welcome & Collection Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Jim Osborne

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. John Silversides Katie Holmes
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Rhondda Fahey

John Rickard

Susan Gribben

Marion Poynter

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Adam Wing

Rhondda Fahey

Winsome Roberts

Flowers Marion Poynter

Jennifer Leslie

Christine Storey

Remya Williams

 

Notices 13 August 2017

The Patronal Festival is a major celebration for St Mary’s and it is on this coming Tuesday so please note the following:-

Today at 3pm is the deadline for booking a place at the Patronal Dinner. Please contact the office immediately if you are wanting to attend.  Payment can be made on the night. Unfortunately after 3pm we cannot guarantee a place for you.

Working Bee – This Saturday 12 August from 10am til noon. Polishing silver and general cleanliness.  As many helpers as possible would be welcome.

From the Vicar

 

Tuesday evening will be one of the year’s highlights, with the Patronal Festival Eucharist at 6.30pm, followed by the Parish Dinner. We will have many guests in attendance, including our preacher Bishop Lindsay Urwin, former vicars, curates and theological students, and lots of other familiar faces. Bookings for the dinner have closed, however if you would like to come and have not booked, then please speak to me after church and we’ll see what we can do. There is no need to book for the service itself!

 

After morning tea today Peter O’Donoghue will give a talk about his work with Alcoholics Anonymous. I would venture to suggest that every one of us knows someone affected by addiction, whether to alcohol or other things, and I would encourage you to take this opportunity to learn a little about what “12 step” programmes like AA are about, and can achieve for those who embark on them. This is something that affects us all.

 

– Fr Craig.

 

Next Sunday

Sunday 20 August – 11th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

11.30am Study Group

Readings

Gen 45:1-15; Ps 133; Rom 11:1-2a, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Tuesday 15 August                          Patronal Festival Eucharist 6.30pm

Sunday 3 September                       Light Up! 10am

Sunday 3 September                       Monthly Lunch

Notices

PATRONAL FESTIVAL EUCHARIST & DINNER

Tuesday 15 August

Sung Eucharist 6.30pm

 

Guest Preacher

Bishop Lindsay Urwin

 

Champagne on Arrival

Spit Roast Dinner 7.30pm

Cost $30 per person, children free, BYO drinks

Please advise today if you wish to join us for the dinner.

 

PATRONAL FESTIVAL PREPARATION

All friends and family are welcome. Please do not forget to invite them. Setting up for the dinner will be on Monday 14 August

3 – 4pm. Helping hands are needed.

 

PARISH NEWSLETTER – PATRONAL FESTIVAL ISSUE

Please forward your articles for this issue by Monday 14 August for printing. Thank you

 

WARM SOCK APPEAL

For the next two weeks we are taking donations of new warm socks for the Lazarus Centre. Please bring them to church on Sunday 6th and 13th or the office during office hours.

 

SHARING SUNDAY – 6th and 13th August

The first two Sundays of each month are Sharing Sundays for Anglicare. Please bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.’

 

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

St Mary’s Stitchers get together on Thursdays every week 10am in the small hall and 7.30pm at Rhondda’s house for this week.  Please bring any knitted squares or tapestry to do.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.  The next get together is on Saturday 19th August 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

 

ARCHBISHOP’S DINNER AT TRINITY COLLEGE

St Mary’s is organising a table at the Archbishop’s Dinner in support of the Theological School at Trinity College. This is a fundraising dinner costing $100 per ticket. The dinner is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 30th August, preceded by Evensong at 5.40pm, in the College Chapel.   If you would like to attend or would like further information please speak to the Vicar.

 

DISABILITY, THEOLOGY & THE CHURCH – WED 23 AUG

The will be a lecture by Amos Yong on “Disability, theology & the Church on Wednesday 23 August 6pm at Centre for Theology & Ministry Parkville. Cost free and RSVP 9340 8815

 

 

A Church for

People who Think

 

Sundays @ 11.30am

 

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

 

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

 

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

 

 

Programme for August – December 2017

 

13, 20, 27 August – Christianity in action (Various speakers)

 

10, 17, 24 September – The Christian contemplative tradition

(Philip Bewley)

 

8, 15, 22, 29 October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins)

 

12, 19, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

 

 

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Denys, Nigel, Han, Wen, Dudley, Barbara, Terry, Harry, Leo, Jane, Calvin, Dominic, Terence.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Austin John Fernandez, Doris Elizabeth James, Ethel Lloyd, Edna
Rankin.

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

13 Aug

Next Sunday

20 Aug

8am Reader Rhondda Fahey Jenny Langmead
10am Readers Simon Jackson

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Jim Osborne

Katie Holmes

Servers Peter O’Donoghue

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Josephine Snowdon

Anne Sunderland

Peter O’Donoghue

Adam Wing

Intercessions Josephine Snowdon Audrey Statham
Bread & Wine Jim Osborne Simon Jackson
Welcome & Collection Michael Golding

Rebe Taylor

Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Josephine Snowdon John Silversides
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Audrey Statham

Simon Jackson

Rhondda Fahey

John Rickard

Counting Adam Wing

Harriet Jenkins

Tim Pilbrow

Adam Wing

Flowers Andrea O’Donoghue Marion Poynter

 

15 Aug Patronal Eucharist
Readers Rhondda Fahey

John Rickard

Servers

 

 

 

Welcome & Collection

Communion Assist.

Peter O’Donoghue

Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Josephine Snowdon

Michael Golding & Simon Jackson

Sam Miller

Counting Tim Pilbrow & Elsdon Storey

 

Notices 6 August 2017

From the Vicar

 

There’s a lot on at St Mary’s in August! I would like to highlight two things in particular.

 

On Tuesday 15 August we have our Patronal Festival, celebrated with a Sung Eucharist at 6.30pm, followed by a spit roast dinner. The preacher this year is Bishop Lindsay Urwin, vicar of Christ Church, Brunswick, and former Administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in England. Bishop Lindsay is a dynamic preacher. We will also be joined by a number of other clergy friends of the parish, including several of those ordained out of this parish in recent years. May I warmly encourage you to attend both the service at the dinner, and to consider bringing family and friends to what promises to be a very special night.

 

The second thing I wish to highlight is the August series of “Church for People who Think”. This month, rather than having a Bible study, three parishioners will reflect on their involvement in areas outside church, where Christian values align with social action. On August 13, Peter O’Donoghue will talk about Alcoholics Anonymous, on the 20th, Josie Snowden will talk about her work and research on disability and spirituality, on the 27th Tim Pilbrow will talk about his work in indigenous rights and reconciliation. May I once again warmly encourage you to consider attending what should be three very interesting talks.

 

Next Sunday

Sunday 13 August – 10th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

11.30am Study Group

Readings

Gen 37:1-4, 12-28; Ps 105:1-6,16-22, 45b; Rom 10:5-15; Mt 14:22-33

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Tuesday 15 August                          Patronal Festival Eucharist 6.30pm

Sunday 3 September                       Light Up! 10am

Sunday 3 September                       Monthly Lunch

 

Notices

MONTHLY LUNCH – 6TH AUGUST

The monthly lunch is today Sunday 6th August. Everyone is invited to lunch at 12 noon in the small hall to talk with new and old friends over a light meal.

 

EVENSONG – SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST 6PM

To celebrate “The Transfiguration of our Lord” there will be an Evensong service tonight Sunday 6th August at 6pm. All are welcome so please invite family and friends.  Supper of sherry and cake will be enjoyed in the church after the service.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL EUCHARIST & DINNER

Tuesday 15 August

Sung Eucharist 6.30pm

 

Guest Preacher

Bishop Lindsay Urwin

 

Champagne on Arrival

Spit Roast Dinner 7.30pm

Cost $30 per person, children free, BYO drinks

R.S.V.P by Wednesday 9th August.

 

PATRONAL FESTIVAL PREPARATION

All friends and family are welcome please do not forget to invite them. Setting up for the dinner will be on Monday 14 August

3 – 4pm. Helping hands are needed.

 

PARISH NEWSLETTER – PATRONAL FESTIVAL ISSUE

We will be producing our next Parish Newsletter ready for the Patronal Festival in a couple of weeks time. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office as soon as possible.

 

WARM SOCK APPEAL

For the next two weeks we are taking donations of new warm socks for the Lazarus Centre. Please bring them to church on Sunday 6th and 13th or the office during office hours.

 

SHARING SUNDAY – 6th and 13th August

The first two Sundays of each month are Sharing Sundays for Anglicare. Please bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.’

 

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

St Mary’s Stitchers will be on Thursday 3rd August.  Please bring any knitted squares or tapestry to do either morning or evening. Morning at 10am in the small hall and evening 7.30pm at Marion’s house.

 

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.  The next get together is on Saturday 19th August 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

 

2017 BARRY MARSHALL LECTURE

“Why Australia Needs Theology” presented by Prof. Peter Sherlock Vice-Chancellor, The University of Divinity. Wednesday 9 August 7.30pm at The Craig Auditorium, Gateway Building Trinity College. Admission is free. To register go to www.trybooking.com.au/266752 or email theologyevents@trinity.edu.au or 03 9348 7127.       ,

 

ARCHBISHOP’S DINNER AT TRINITY COLLEGE

St Mary’s is organising a table at the Archbishop’s Dinner in support of the Theological School at Trinity College. This is a fundraising dinner costing $100 per ticket. The dinner is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 30th August, preceded by Evensong at 5.40pm, in the College Chapel.   If you would like to attend or would like further information please speak to the Vicar.

 

STUDY AT MARK THE EVANGELIST

A series of read-and-discuss studies run by the Congregation of Mark the Evangelist commences Wednesday evening August 9. The studies will consider selections from William Cavanaugh’s Migrations of the Holy: God, State and the Political Meaning of the Church. For more information, see the MtE website, www.marktheevangelist.unitingchurch.org.au.

 

DISABILITY, THEOLOGY & THE CHURCH – WED 23 AUG

The will be a lecture by Amos Yong on “Disability, theology & the Church on Wednesday 23 August 6pm at Centre for Theology & Ministry Parkville. Cost free and RSVP 9340 8815

 

 

A Church for

People who Think

 

Sundays @ 11.30am

 

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

 

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

 

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

 

 

Programme for August – December 2017

 

13, 20, 27 August – Christianity in action (Various speakers)

 

10, 17, 24 September – The Christian contemplative tradition

(Philip Bewley)

 

8, 15, 22, 29 October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins)

 

12, 19, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

 

 

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Denys, Nigel, Han, Wen, Dudley, Barbara, Terry, Harry, Leo, Jane, Calvin, Dominic, Terence.

We remember the recently departed: Joyce Bruce

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Dianne Lorraine Mason.

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

06 Aug

Next Sunday

13 Aug

8am Reader Judie Bainbridge Rhondda Fahey
10am Readers John Rickard

Fiona Blanch

Simon Jackson

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Servers Graeme Archer

Alice Christofi

Angelica Del Hierro

Peter O’Donoghue

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Josephine Snowdon

Intercessions Sam Miller Josephine Snowdon
Bread & Wine Denise Archer Jim Osborne
Welcome & Collection Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Michael Golding

Rebe Taylor

Communion Assist. Simon Jackson Josephine Snowdon
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments John Rickard

Katie Holmes

Audrey Statham

Simon Jackson

Counting Fiona Blanch

Winsome Roberts

Adam Wing

Harriet Jenkins

Flowers Christine Storey Andrea O’Donoghue

 

06 Aug Evensong
Readers Rhondda Fahey

Claudine Chionh

Servers

 

Welcome & Collection

Alice Christofi

Adam Wing

Michael Golding

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Elsdon Storey

 

 

Notices 30 July 2017

 

From the Vicar

Every parish has its personalities. A fairly quiet personality at St Mary’s over the past six months or so has been Joyce Bruce, known to some by her professional (Maiden) name of Joyce Alley.

 

I have known Joyce since I was a teenager when she was a larger than life personality at St Peter’s Eastern Hill. She was renowned in that parish for her endless commitment to the hospitality committee, her flamboyant costumes on feast days, and for being the person in the front row who always knew what to do.

 

Joyce had a deep and resilient faith that expressed itself both in personal piety and direct action and activism. She received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2003 for her work as a Speech Pathologist. Right up until her recent hospitalisation she was still seeing young clients and helping them to speak. She had many pets, and was a passionate advocate for animal welfare.

 

She was 86 years old.

 

There will be a requiem eucharist for the repose of the soul of Joyce E. Bruce at 2.30pm on Friday 4th August at St Mary’s. If you are able to assist at the service or in serving refreshments please let me know.

Next Sunday

Sunday 6 August – Transfiguration

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

10.00am Light Up!

6pm Evensong

Readings

Gen 29:15-28; Ps 105:1-11,45b; Rom 8:26-39; Mt 13:31-33,44-52

 

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 6 August                             Light Up! 10am

Sunday 6 August                             Monthly Lunch

Sunday 6 August                             Evensong 6pm

Tuesday 15 August                          Patronal Festival Eucharist 6.30pm

 

Notices

 

MONTHLY LUNCH – 6TH AUGUST

The next monthly lunch is on Sunday 6th August. Everyone is invited to lunch at 12 noon in the small hall to talk with new and old friends over a light meal. If you can help in the preparation please speak to Rhondda today or contact her on 9329 4438 during the week.

 

EVENSONG – SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST 6PM

To celebrate “The Transfiguration of our Lord” there will be an Evensong service on Sunday 6th August at 6pm. All are welcome so please invite family and friends. Supper of sherry and cake will be enjoyed in the church after the service.

 

PATRONAL FESTIVAL EUCHARIST & DINNER

Tuesday 15 August

Sung Eucharist 6.30pm

 

Guest Preacher

Bishop Lindsay Urwin

 

Champagne on Arrival

Spit Roast Dinner 7.30pm

Cost $30 per person, children free, BYO drinks

Please put the date in your diary.

 

PATRONAL FESTIVAL PREPARATION

We are sending personal invitations to people connected with St Mary’s. If you would like to add people to this list please let the office know by Monday 30th July. All friends and family are welcome please do not forget to invite them.

Setting up for the service will be on Monday 14 August 3 – 4pm. Helping hands are needed.

 

PARISH NEWSLETTER – PATRONAL ISSUE

We will be producing our next Parish Newsletter ready for the Patronal Festival in a couple of weeks time. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office as soon as possible.

 

WARM SOCK APPEAL

For the next two weeks we are taking donations of new warm socks for the Lazarus Centre. Please bring them to church on Sunday 6th and 13th or the office during office hours.

 

SHARING SUNDAY – 6th and 13th August

The first two Sundays of each month are Sharing Sundays for Anglicare. Please bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.’

 

ST MARY’S STITCHERS IS BACK

St Mary’s Stitchers will be on Thursday 3rd August. Please bring any knitted squares or tapestry to do either morning or evening.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 19th August 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

 

2017 BARRY MARSHALL LECTURE

“Why Australia Needs Theology” presented by Prof. Peter Sherlock Vice-Chancellor, The University of Divinity. Wednesday 9 August 7.30pm at The Craig Auditorium, Gateway Building Trinity College. Admission is free. To register go to www.trybooking.com.au/266752 or email theologyevents@trinity.edu.au or 03 9348 7127.       ,

 

ARCHBISHOP’S DINNER AT TRINITY COLLEGE

St Mary’s is organising a table at the Archbishop’s Dinner in support of the Theological School at Trinity College. This is a fundraising dinner costing $100 per ticket. The dinner is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 30th August, preceded by Evensong at 5.40pm, in the College Chapel.   If you would like to attend or would like further information please speak to the Vicar.

 


 

A Church for

People who Think

 

Sundays @ 11.30am

 

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

 

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

 

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

 

 

Programme for July – December 2017

 

16, 23, 30 July – The oft-forgotten epistle – Paul to Philemon

(Craig D’Alton)

 

13, 20, 27 August – Christianity in action (Various speakers)

 

10, 17, 24 September – The Christian contemplative tradition

(Philip Bewley)

 

8, 15, 22, 29 October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins)

 

12, 19, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

 


 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Denys, Nigel, Han, Wen, Dudley, Barbara, Terry, Harry, Leo, Jane, Calvin, Dominic.

We remember the recently departed: Joyce Bruce

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Bertie Charles Palmer, Dianne Groom.

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

30 July

Next Sunday

06 Aug

8am Reader Josephine Snowdon Judie Bainbridge
10am Readers John Blanch

Rhondda Fahey

John Rickard

Fiona Blanch

Servers Peter O’Donoghue

Josephine Snowdon

Adam Wing

Graeme Archer

Adam Wing

Angelica Del Hierro

Intercessions Geoff Jenkins Sam Miller
Bread & Wine Jim Osborne Denise Archer
Welcome & Collection John Rickard

Michael Golding

Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Josephine Snowdon Simon Jackson
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Rhondda Fahey

Katie Holmes

John Rickard

Audrey Statham

Counting David Bryson
Elsdon Storey
Fiona Blanch

Winsome Roberts

Flowers Andrea O’Donoghue Christine Storey

 

06 Aug Evensong
Readers Rhondda Fahey

Claudine Chionh

Servers

 

 

Welcome & Collection

Anne Sunderland

Angelica Del Hierro

Alice Christofi

Volunteer Required

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Elsdon Storey

 

 

 

 

 

– Fr Craig.

Notices 23 July 2017

From the Vicar

This week there has been a series of articles published on the ABC website related to a 7.30 Report investigation by Julia Baird into domestic violence and abuse within the church. Nothing that has been presented in those reports comes as a surprise to me. Most striking has been the seeming incomprehension by some in the church that the “doctrine of headship”, whereby a wife is instructed to “obey” or “submit to” her husband can be a contributing factor and a justification for domestic partner abuse. This doctrine, raised to the status of immutable law by some on the evangelical wing of the Anglican Church, is derived in part from writings by or attributed to St Paul. It is not, however, a doctrine that has any place in the contemporary church. “Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22) hold far less theological weight than the authentic Pauline text “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ.” (Galations 3:28)

After the 7.30 Report story was broadcast I posted the following on the St Mary’s Facebook page, and repeat it here:

In response to recent media on domestic abuse in the church: For the avoidance of doubt, just in case you weren’t sure, the clergy of St Mary’s believe the doctrine of “headship” to be a repugnant distortion of the Biblical witness. Women and men are equal. Period. Violence and abuse in any context, including in domestic relationships, is wrong. Period.

– Fr Craig.

Next Sunday

Sunday 30 July – 8th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

11.30am Study Group

Readings

Gen 29:15-28; Ps 105:1-11,45b; Rom 8:26-39; Mt 13:31-33,44-52

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 6 August                             Light Up! 10am

Sunday 6 August                             Monthly Lunch

Sunday 6 August                             Evensong 6pm

Tuesday 15 August                          Patronal Festival Eucharist 6.30pm

Notices

EVENSONG – SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST 6PM

To celebrate “The Transfiguration of our Lord” there will be an Evensong service on Sunday 6th August at 6pm. All are welcome so please invite family and friends. Supper of sherry and cake will be enjoyed in the church after the service.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL EUCHARIST & DINNER

Tuesday 15 August

Sung Eucharist 6.30pm

Guest Preacher

Bishop Lindsay Urwin

Spit Roast Dinner 7.30pm

Cost $30 per person, children free, BYO drinks

Please put the date in your diary.

More information to come.

ARCHBISHOP’S DINNER AT TRINITY COLLEGE

St Mary’s is organising a table at the Archbishop’s Dinner in support of the Theological School at Trinity College. This is a fundraising dinner costing $100 per ticket. The dinner is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 30th August, preceded by Evensong at 5.40pm, in the College Chapel.   If you would like to attend or would like further information please speak to the Vicar.

PARISH NEWSLETTER – PATRONAL ISSUE

We will be producing our next Parish Newsletter ready for the Patronal Festival in a couple of weeks time. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office as soon as possible.

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

St Mary’s Stitchers will be in recess over July. Please keep creating your knitted squares or tapestry over this month and we will let you know when we start as a group get together soon.

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 19th August 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

A Church for

People who Think

 

Sundays @ 11.30am

 

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

 

On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

 

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

 

 

Programme for July – December 2017

 

16, 23, 30 July – The oft-forgotten epistle – Paul to Philemon

(Craig D’Alton)

 

13, 20, 27 August – Christianity in action (Various speakers)

 

10, 17, 24 September – The Christian contemplative tradition

(Philip Bewley)

 

8, 15, 22, 29 October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins)

 

12, 19, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

 

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Denys, Nigel, Han, Wen, Dudley, Barbara, Terry, Harry, Leo, Jane, Calvin, Joyce, Dominic.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Donald Eddy

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

23 July

Next Sunday

30 July

8am Reader Jenny Langmead Josephine Snowdon
10am Readers Jim Osborne

John Silversides

John Blanch

Rhondda Fahey

Servers Graeme Archer

Josephine Snowdon

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Peter O’Donoghue

Josephine Snowdon

Adam Wing

Intercessions Josephine Snowdon Geoff Jenkins
Bread & Wine Heidi Lee Jim Osborne
Welcome & Collection Denise Archer

Elaine Nwokolo

John Rickard

Michael Golding

Communion Assist. Sam Miller Josephone Snowdon
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments David Keuneman

Helen McCallum

Rhondda Fahey

Katie Holmes

Counting Tim Pilbrow
Adam Wing
David Bryson
Elsdon Storey
Flowers Christine Storey Andrea O’Donoghue

 

 

 

 

Notices 16 July 2017

From the Vicar

This week the Church of England general synod passed a resolution allowing clergy not to wear robes for services (provided their parish agrees!) This, of course, merely formalises a state of affairs that has long been obtained in a number of parishes all over the UK. In Australia too, whilst clergy are supposed to wear robes, there are many parishes, even within walking distance of St Mary’s, where they do not.

One of the interesting arguments in favour of this relaxation was that “young people” can’t connect with robed clergy. Experience suggests, to me at least, that this is not necessarily the case, and that those most opposed to clergy dressing up (or anyone else for that matter) are in an older demographic than “youth.” A comment from Bishop Lindsay Urwin, who will be preaching at St Mary’s for our Patronal Festival on 15 August, sums up my major concerns: the robes help to make the ministers up the front to be visible representatives of their office, rather than just an individual. He writes:

I think it is simply the case that those who have pressed for this relaxation are among those with a low doctrine of the sacraments and of the priesthood. The argument for change on the basis of the pressing need to reach the young was clever, for who can deny that need. It is both a facile and foolish argument, and patronising to imagine they speak for the voice of youth. Some years ago the bishops of the Church of England were challenged by a senior Cardinal, “are you a church of the Reformation?” We seem to keep answering “yes”. The “drift from chasuble to chino” will seem unimportant to many but there is more here. From a personal point of view I wouldn’t have the courage to confirm or ordain in a suit and tie. Candidates might imagine it was simply my hand that rested upon them.

 

Next Sunday

Sunday 23 July – 7th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

11.30am Study Group

Readings

Gen 28:10-19a; Ps 139:1-11,22-23; Rom 8:12-25; Mt 13:24-30, 36-43

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 6 August                             Light Up! 10am

Sunday 6 August                             Monthly Lunch

Sunday 6 August                             Evensong 6pm

Tuesday 15 August                          Patronal Festival Eucharist 6.30pm

Notices

 

EVENSONG – SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST 6PM

To celebrate “The Transfiguration of our Lord” there will be an Evensong service on Sunday 6th August at 6pm. All are welcome so please invite family and friends. Supper of sherry and cake will be enjoyed in the church after the service.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL EUCHARIST & DINNER

Tuesday 15 August

Sung Eucharist 6.30pm

Guest Preacher

Bishop Lindsay Urwin

Spit Roast Dinner 7.30pm

Cost $30 per person, children free, BYO drinks

Please put the date in your diary.

More information to come.

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

St Mary’s Stitchers will be in recess over July. Please keep creating your knitted squares or tapestry over this month and we will let you know when we start as a group get together soon.

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 19th August 9.30am til 11.00am All welcome.

BOOK LAUNCH – “The Gospel’s Speak: Addressing Life’s Questions” By Dorothy Lee

Monday 24 July at Old Warden’s Lodge, Trinity College. Seminar at 2.30pm and Book Launch at 5pm. $20 adults and $10 students. Register at theologyevents@trinity.edu.au or 9348 7127.

A Church for

People who Think

Sundays @ 11.30am

Following the post-service morning tea each Sunday, St Mary’s now offers a weekly education programme. All are welcome.

 On the first Sunday of each month:

Congregational lunch at 12.15pm, sometimes with a pre-lunch talk

On other Sundays of each month:

Lecture/study groups from c.11.30am-12.15pm

Programme for July – December 2017

16, 23, 30 July – The oft-forgotten epistle – Paul to Philemon

(Craig D’Alton)

13, 20, 27 August – Christianity in action (Various speakers)

10, 17, 24 September – The Christian contemplative tradition

(Philip Bewley)

8, 15, 22, 29 October – Introduction to Hellenic Judaism, with reference to Paul (Geoff Jenkins)

12, 19, 26 November – Introduction to Mark’s Gospel (Dorothy Lee)

10, 17 December – Great Advent hymns (Craig D’Alton &

Beverley Phillips)

 PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Denys, Nigel, Han, Wen, Dudley, Barbara, Terry, Madeleine, Harry, Leo, Jane, Calvin, Joyce.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Rose Barnes

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

16 July

Next Sunday

23 July

8am Reader Judie Bainbridge Jenny Langmead
10am Readers Margaret Dean

Katie Holmes

Jim Osborne

John Silversides

Servers Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Angelica Del Hierro

Graeme Archer

Josephine Snowdon

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Intercessions Robert Gribben Josephine Snowdon
Bread & Wine Denise Archer Heidi Lee
Welcome & Collection Elaine Nwokolo

Peter O’Donoghue

Denise Archer

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Graeme Archer Sam Miller
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Marion Poynter

Susan Gribben

David Keuneman

Helen McCallum

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Winsome Roberts

Tim Pilbrow
Adam Wing
Flowers Marion Poynter Christine Storey

 

 


 

Notices 11 June 2017

From the Vicar

 

Following a long period of physical decline, Sister Margaret Dewey SSM died in the early hours of Thursday morning this week. Margaret was a member of the St Mary’s 10am congregation for several years, and has been for the past few years in Mercy Place in East Melbourne. A requiem will be held at St Mary’s; most likely on Wednesday 14 June. Details will be advised verbally on Sunday and via a parish email. Below is a short biography of Margaret from the Society of the Sacred Mission website:

American born, Margaret grew up at Lake Placid, New York State. A scholarship winner to Radcliffe College, a women’s liberal arts college in Cambridge Massachusetts (a female coordinate institution of the all-male Harvard), she graduated with a degree in history.

In 1948, she moved to England where she studied theology and ran a retreat house in Gloucestershire. The next move to Australia in 1959 followed an offer by the then Archbishop of Melbourne, Frank Woods, to head up Janet Clarke Hall, a residential college of the University of Melbourne. She held the position until 1963. On her return to England she worked with the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USBG), one of the oldest missionary societies, and edited its publication Thinking Mission for 15 years. She went on to write a concise history of USB.

Her long association with SSM followed a move to Kelham, and over the next 28 years, she edited SSM’s newsletter, organised its archives and papers and published works of SSM’s founder, Father Herbert Kelly. On her return to England in 1978 after six years in the US caring for her father, she went back to looking after the library at Willen Priory. She did the same at St George’s College in Jerusalem over many visits between 1985 and 1995. At the end of the 1990s she spent time teaching at a theological college in New Guinea, before returning to Australia in 2000 to the priory at Diggers Rest and life as a fully professed member.

At Mercy House she is in close proximity to Bishopscourt and support from Joy Freier, who Margaret describes as ‘next of kin’. Joy is a former SSM member and wife of the Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier.

Margaret says she has always been an observer not a participant, which she thinks has helped make her a good editor.

In a comment worthy of SSM’s founder Margaret says: ‘I could also have been with the Jesuits or the Quakers and would have lived quite happily with either.’

– Fr Craig.

 

 

 

Notices

Next Sunday

Sunday 18 June – Corpus Christi

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

Gen 14:18-20; Ps 116:10-17; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Jn 6:51-58

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 11 June                                6pm Trinity Sunday Evensong

Friday 7 July                                    Christmas in July Dinner

 

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES

Those who contribute to the stewardship programme by giving with envelopes should collect envelope boxes for the new financial year from the porch. Please take a box, and record the box number on the list provided. For those who have joined the parish since the last planned giving campaign, and would like to join the giving programme, please complete one of the Planned Giving forms, also on the table in the porch, and return these to the parish office, or via the collection plate.

 

END OF FINANCIAL YEAR TAX DEDUCTABLE GIVING

The ongoing St Mary’s National Trust appeal is a tax-effective way of making a contribution to the ongoing task of maintaining our heritage-listed building. As the end of the financial year approaches, you might like to consider making a contribution to this fund, which is tax deductable. Forms are available in the porch.

 

SHARING SUNDAY – 4th and 11th June

The first two Sundays of each month are Sharing Sundays for Anglicare. Please bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.’

 

 

 

PARISH NEWSLETTER – PENTECOST

We have a wonderful edition of the Parish Newsletter for Pentecost with some excellent articles. Please pick up your copy today.

 

ST MARY’S WINTER FUNDRAISER

Christmas in July – Friday 7 July – 6.30pm

It is snowing in the hills and the weather has turned cold.

It is a perfect time to enjoy all the trappings of Christmas.

With our winter woollies on we turn our minds to warming dinners and good company. Please join us for a Christmas Treat.

Friends and family welcome

Tickets are $50 per person, $90 for a couple, Children free for this catered event BYO drinks. Limit of 80 people so book early.

RSVP to the parish office by Monday 3 July or put your name on the sign up sheet in the church, office@stmarys.org.au or 9328 2522

 

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

St Mary’s Stitchers will be in recess over June. Please keep creating your knitted squares or tapestry over the month of June.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The next monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be at “Lulu” 506 Queensberry Street on Sunday 18th June at 12pm. The book for discussion is “Divine Beauty” by John O’Donoghue and will be convened by Susan Gribben. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

Throughout 2016, and again this year, a “small” group of parishioners has been undertaking regular monthly Sat. morning efforts of maintenance and improvement in the gardens. The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 8th July 9.30am til 11.00am (not in June). All welcome.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Charmaine, Denys, Nicholas, Dimitros Family, Umair, Nigel, Janet, Han, Wen, Dudley, Jackie, Barbara, Terry, Madeleine,

 

We remember the recently departed: Margaret Dewey SSM

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Lily Rose Anderson, Eliza Haynes, Peter Tulloch, Ethel Barrett.

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

11 June

Next Sunday

18 June

8am Reader Anne Sunderland Josephine Snowdon
10am Readers John Rickard

Claudine Chionh

Susan Gribben

John Silversides

Servers Peter O’Donoghue

Josephine Snowdon

Alice Christofi

Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Adam Wing

Intercessions Audrey Statham Robert Gribben
Bread & Wine Jim Osborne Heidi Lee
Welcome & Collection Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

John Poynter

Michael Golding

Communion Assist. Alice Christofi Josephine Snowdon
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Helen McCallum

David Keuneman

Marion Poynter

Susan Gribben

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Adam Wing

Tim Pilbrow

Fiona Blanch

Flowers Marion Poynter Andrea O’Donoghue

 

 

Today – 11 June Evensong
Readers Katie Holmes

John Blanch

Servers

 

 

Intercessions

Communion Assist.

Peter O’Donoghue

Anne Sunderland

Josephine Snowdon

Josephine Snowdon

Sam Miller

Refreshments

Counting

Hospitality Committee

Tim Pilbrow

Fiona Blanch

 


 

Notices 4 June 2017

From the Vicar

 

It’s always good to have some time away, and it’s equally always good to return to the familiar things of home!

 

Three weeks in Japan was a new experience for me, and an enjoyable one. One of the intriguing aspects of the trip was the way in which various of the different religious sites – Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines – dealt with tourists, visitors and pilgrims. In my previous parish in Oxford, which was the most visited parish church in England, this was a perennial issue, so my interest was professional as well as general.

 

The two extremes (no names, no pack drill) were, first, one very famous site where a very large number of tourists were herded like cattle along a set path, and there was almost no sense of the place being an active site of religious activity; and second, an only slightly less famous site where visitors could plan their own itinerary, and there were monks, pilgrims, and even a funeral party, demonstrably engaged in religious activity as the tourists wandered around them. The first site felt like a bad theme park, the second made me feel uncomfortable only from the point of view of intruding on people’s religious practice, despite the fact that they didn’t seem to mind.

 

I was put in mind of major religious sites in Europe, and in particular one extraordinary experience of Sunday mass at Notre Dame in Paris, where worshippers in the nave were able to be completely engaged in the service, despite a constant procession of tourists around the aisles. Making sure that famous religious sites remain places of worship is a challenge. Here at St Mary’s we’re not that famous, but the principle still applies: a church must always be a church, even when it is a concert venue, or being used for some other purpose. God’s Spirit is here, and we must never forget it.

 

– Fr Craig.

 

 

Notices

Next Sunday

Sunday 11 June – Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

Gen 1:1-2:4a; Ps 8; 2 Cor 13:11-13; Mt 28:16-20

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 4 June                                  Light Up! 10am

Sunday 4 June                                  Paul Kathner Art Installation

Sunday 4 June                                  Monthly Luncheon

Sunday 11 June                                6pm Trinity Sunday Evensong

Friday 7 July                                    Christmas in July Dinner

 

UNVEILING OF PAUL KATHNER’S ART INSTALLATION

On Sunday 4th June, in the Main Hall, we will be unveiling the Art Installation by Paul Kathner to celebrate the Day of Pentecost. This ceremony will take place after the 10am church service.

 

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES

Those who contribute to the stewardship programme by giving with envelopes should collect envelope boxes for the new financial year from the porch. Please take a box, and record the box number on the list provided. For those who have joined the parish since the last planned giving campaign, and would like to join the giving programme, please complete one of the Planned Giving forms, also on the table in the porch, and return these to the parish office, or via the collection plate.

 

END OF FINANCIAL YEAR TAX DEDUCTABLE GIVING

The ongoing St Mary’s National Trust appeal is a tax-effective way of making a contribution to the ongoing task of maintaining our heritage-listed building. As the end of the financial year approaches, you might like to consider making a contribution to this fund, which is tax deductable. Forms are available in the porch.

 

PARISH NEWSLETTER – PENTECOST

We have a wonderful edition of the Parish Newsletter for Pentecost with some excellent articles. Please pick up your copy today.

 

SHARING SUNDAY – 4th and 11th June

The first two Sundays of each month are Sharing Sundays for Anglicare. Please bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.’

 

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

St Mary’s Stitchers will be in recess over June. Please keep creating your knitted squares or tapestry over the month of June.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The next monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be at “Lulu” 506 Queensberry Street on Sunday 18th June at 12pm. The book for discussion is “Divine Beauty” by John O’Donoghue and will be convened by Susan Gribben. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

Throughout 2016, and again this year, a “small” group of parishioners has been undertaking regular monthly Sat. morning efforts of maintenance and improvement in the gardens which surround our Church buildings. We have performed various tasks including new plantings, plant removals and thinning, pruning and weeding. The problem here concerns the adjective, in that it is indeed mostly “SMALL”, and we get a bit lonely sometimes. Are you able to please alleviate our loneliness by coming along to be with us? In particular, the Garden Group needs augmentation from those who bear the Y chromosome in order to restore gender balance. In reality, we are a happy little bunch who enjoy each other’s company, and we would love you to join us. The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 8th July 9.30am til 11.00am (not in June). All welcome.

 

 

 

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Margaret, Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Charmaine, Denys, Nicholas, Dimitros Family, Umair, Nigel, Janet, Han, Wen, Dudley, Jackie, Barbara, Terry, Madeleine,

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Nanzie Joy Mansbridge, Peter Druce, Nora Mansfield, Lucy Yapp, Kieran O’Donoghue.

 

 

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

4 June

Next Sunday

11 June

8am Reader Jenny Langmead Anne Sunderland
10am Readers Greg Reinhardt

Marion Poynter

John Rickard

Claudine Chionh

Servers Anne Sunderland

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Alice Christofi

Peter O’Donoghue

Josephine Snowdon

Angelica Del Hierro

Intercessions Geoff Jenkins Audreay Statham
Bread & Wine Heidi Lee Jim Osborne
Welcome & Collection Jim Osborne

Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Katie Holmes Alice Christofi
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Katie Holmes

Simon Jackson

Helen McCallum

David Keuneman

Counting Fiona Blanch

David Bryson

Tim Pilbrow

Adam Wing

Flowers Andrea O’Donoghue Marion Poynter

 


Notices 28 May 2017

From the Locum Vicar

 

Once again we have been shocked by the news of a terrorist attack upon the people of the United Kingdom, this time in Manchester, where we have witnessed the death of many young innocent people. We weep with the victims, with their families and friends, and with all who have been affected by this atrocity. Wherever there is such wickedness in the world, Jesus suffers afresh in the suffering of every human being.

 

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote these words in response to the attacks in Paris in November 2015. They remain ever relevant today and I offer them to you:

 

‘The violence of this evil group brings terror to all, including in the Muslim world, where its cowardly acts are opposed by many. This is a global and generational struggle against an evil cult that chooses death and fear. We choose life and hope, to overcome their hate with the power of God’s love. In solidarity across all faiths and none, and with all human beings, rather than in the victimisation of any, we will find the way to defeat the demonic curse of terrorism. Christians are called, like Jesus, to stand with the suffering and broken and to oppose evil and fear with all their strength.’

 

Please continue to pray for the people of Manchester, for all victims of terrorism, and indeed for our Muslim sisters and brothers who are as shocked as we are by such unGodly acts. And may the Lord of peace himself give us peace at all times and in every way.

 

Fr Philip

Notices

Next Sunday

Sunday 04 June – Pentecost

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

10am Light Up!

Readings

Acts 2:1-21; Ps 104:25-35, 37; 1 Cor 12:3b-13; Jn 20:19-23

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Saturday 3 June                               6pm Choir at St Patricks Cathedral

Sunday 4 June                                  Light Up! 10am

Sunday 4 June                                  Paul Kathner Art Installation

Sunday 4 June                                  Monthly Luncheon

Sunday 11 June                                6pm Trinity Sunday Evensong

Friday 7 July                                    Christmas in July Dinner

 

ST MARYS CHOIR AT ST PATRICKS CATHEDRAL

On Saturday 3rd June at 6pm some members of St Marys Choir will be participating in a massed choir at St Patricks Cathedral. The Pentecost Mass will also celebrate the music and work of composer Christopher Willcock. All welcome.

 

PARISH NEWSLETTER – PENTECOST

We will be producing our next Parish Newsletter for Pentecost THIS week. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office as soon as possible.

 

VICAR ON ANNUAL LEAVE

The Vicar will be on annual Leave from 10 til 31 May. The Locum during this period will be Fr Philip Bewley who can be contacted in case of urgent pastoral need. Parish office hours continue as usual.

 

UNVEILING OF PAUL KATHNER’S ART INSTALLATION

On Sunday 4th June, in the Main Hall, we will be unveiling the Art Installation by Paul Kathner to celebrate the Day of Pentecost. This ceremony will take place after the 10am church service.

 

SHARING SUNDAY – 4th and 11th June

The first two Sundays of each month are Sharing Sundays for Anglicare. Please bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.’

 

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

St Mary’s Stitchers will be in recess over June. Please keep creating your knitted squares or tapestry over the month of June.

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The next monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be at “Lulu” 506 Queensberry Street on Sunday 18th June at 12pm. The book for discussion is “Divine Beauty” by John O’Donoghue and will be convened by Susan Gribben. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 8th July 9.30am til 11.00am (not in June). All welcome.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Margaret, Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Charmaine, Denys, Nicholas, Jones Family, Dimitros Family, Umair, Nigel, Janet, Han, Wen, Dudley, Jackie, Barbara, Terry.

We remember the recently departed: Heather de Crespigny

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Michaela Jane McMahon, Dorothy Heslop

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

28 May

Next Sunday

4 June

8am Reader Josephine Snowdon Jenny Langmead
10am Readers Jim Osborne

Fiona Blanch

Greg Reinhardt

Marion Poynter

Servers Anne Sunderland

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

 

Anne Sunderland

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Alice Christofi

Intercessions Sam Miller Geoff Jenkins
Bread & Wine John Rickard Peter O’Donoghue
Welcome & Collection Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Jim Osborne

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Sam Miller Katie Holmes
Children’s Ministry Alice Christofi Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments TBA

David Keuneman

Katie Holmes

Simon Jackson

Counting Fiona Blanch

Tim Pilbrow

Fiona Blanch

David Bryson

Flowers Christine Storey Andrea O’Donoghue

 

Notices 21 May 2017

From the Locum Vicar

 

Dear Friends,

 

The parting of friends is never easy but some partings can be harder than others.  When I left Britain some 15 years ago I left behind family and friends, and I still miss them.  Of course, the most painful parting of all happens when someone we love dies.  What makes this parting different from all others, is the “finality” of it all.

 

In our Gospel Reading today, we hear about the parting of friends.  But Jesus tells his disciples that he will not leave them orphaned as he will ask the Father to send them another Advocate (the Holy Spirit) to be with them forever.  Jesus too, spoke about coming back to them as well.  ‘Those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.’  Jesus, therefore, is not present to us as a vague memory of a person who lived long ago, but as a real, life-giving presence that transforms us.

 

Nowhere do we feel so close to him as when we receive him in the Holy Eucharist.  When we receive the Eucharist, we are not just in “communication” with him, but in real communion with him – a Holy Communion.  Through his presence in the bread and wine, he nourishes our hearts with his love.  Jesus gives us his Body and Blood as a sign of his continued presence to nurture and continually form us in his likeness.  And through this transformation we are called to bring Christ to others, to our homes, to our workplace, to the sick, to those imprisoned, and ultimately to our world.

 

With that in mind, today is Prison Chaplaincy Sunday.  Our own John Silversides will be speaking at both the 8am and 10am Services about his ministry to people who are incarcerated in prison.  Please keep our Prison Chaplains in your prayers.  They are important signs of Christ’s presence in the world.

 

Fr Philip

 


 

Notices

 

Next Sunday

Sunday 28 May – 7th Sunday of Easter

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

Acts 1:6-14; Ps 68:1-10,33-36; 1 pet 4:12-14; 5:6-11; Jn 17:1-11

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Thursday 25 May                            6.30pm Ascension Day

Sunday 4 June                                  Light Up! 10am

Sunday 4 June                                  Paul Kathner Art Installation

Sunday 4 June                                  Monthly Luncheon

Sunday 11 June                                6pm Trinity Sunday Evensong

Friday 7 July                                    Christmas in July Dinner

 

PRISON CHAPLAINCY – SUNDAY 21 MAY

John Silversides will be preaching next Sunday 21 May on his role as Prison Chaplain. There will be an opportunity to give to this ministry next week if you wish to donate.

 

ASCENSION DAY – THURSDAY 25 MAY 6.30PM

Ascension Day will be celebrated with a Sung Eucharist followed by a Parish evening meal in the small hall. Pizzas will be organized, please BYO drinks. All Welcome.

 

PARISH NEWSLETTER – PENTECOST

We will be producing our next Parish Newsletter for Pentecost in a couple of weeks time. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office as soon as possible.

 

VICAR ON ANNUAL LEAVE

The Vicar will be on annual Leave from 10 til 31 May. The Locum during this period will be Fr Philip Bewley who can be contacted in case of urgent pastoral need. Parish office hours continue as usual.

UNVEILING OF PAUL KATHNER’S ART INSTALLATION

On Sunday 4th June, in the Main Hall, we will be unveiling the Art Installation by Paul Kathner to celebrate the Day of Pentecost. This ceremony will take place after the 10am church service.

 

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

Please join St Mary’s Stitchers on this Thursday at 10.00am in the small hall. Evening session this week will be 7.30pm at Marion’s House. All Welcome to come and stitch kneelers, knit squares or bring your own project. This week we will be practicing tapestry.  If you are interested in learning or need to hone your skills please come along this Thursday morning and/or evening

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The next monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be at “Lulu” 506 Queensberry Street on Wednesday 24th May at 700pm. The book for discussion is “The Good People” by Hannah Kent and will be convened by Susan Brennan. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 10th June. All welcome.

 

PRISON CHAPLAINCY PRAYER POINTS

Anglican Criminal Justice Ministry is a chaplaincy program that ministers to people who are incarcerated in prisons and juvenile detention centres, or have been released from prison.

Please pray for:

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Margaret, Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Charmaine, Denys, Nicholas, Jones Family, Dimitros Family, Umair, Nigel, Janet, Han, Wen, Dudley, Jackie, Barbara, Terry.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

John Augustus Cory Foster, Noele Daphne Whittingham.

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

21 May

Next Sunday

28 May

8am Reader Jenny Langmead Josephine Snowdon
10am Readers Rhondda Fahey

John Blanch

Jim Osborne

Fiona Blanch

Servers Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Angelico Del Hierro

Anne Sunderland

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Peter O’Donoghue

Intercessions Geoff Jenkins Sam Miller
Bread & Wine Heidi Lee John Rickard
Welcome & Collection John Poynter

Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Alice Christofi Sam Miller
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Alice Christofi
Refreshments Marion Poynter

Simon Jackson

Helen McCallum

David Keuneman

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Harriet Jenkins

Fiona Blanch

Tim Pilbrow

Flowers Helen McCallum Christine Storey

 

Notices 14th May – 5th Sunday of Easter

From the Locum Vicar

Dear Friends,

To have a home is not just to have a house. A home is a place where we feel we belong; a place where we offer hospitality, and share our love with one another. But in spite of all the buildings we put up and roots we put down, it is true to say that here on earth we do not have a lasting home. All we have, as St Paul says, is a kind of tent. When it is our time to depart this world, that tent is folded up!

In today’s Gospel reading, set during the Last Supper, Jesus began to talk to the apostles about the fact that he was leaving them. On hearing this, they were plunged into sorrow. But he consoled them with these words, which are probably some of the loveliest in the Gospel, and often used at Christian Funeral Services for obvious reasons:

‘In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.’

This is certainly good news, because when it is time to fold up our earthly tents, we have an eternal home to go to, namely, the Father’s house.

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, reflects in her writings that: ‘The search for God is a very intimate enterprise. It is at the core of every longing in the human heart. It is the search for ultimate love, for total belonging, for the meaningful life.’   We spend our whole lives searching for God, for that is our Christian journey and calling. And yet to die is, in the end, to find God, to meet God, and to see God.

Happy Eastertide,

Fr Philip

Notices

 Next Sunday

Sunday 21 May – 6th Sunday of Easter

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

Acts 17:22-31; Ps 66:7-18; 1 Pet 3:13-22; Jn 14:15-21

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 21 May                                Prison Chaplaincy –Mr John Silversides

Thursday 25 May                            6.30pm Ascension Day

Sunday 4 June                                  Light Up! 10am

Sunday 4 June                                  Monthly Luncheon

Sunday 11 June                                6pm Trinity Sunday Evensong

Friday 7 July                                    Christmas in July Dinner

PRISON CHAPLAINCY – SUNDAY 21 MAY

John Silversides will be preaching next Sunday 21 May on his role as Prison Chaplain. There will be an opportunity to give to this ministry next week if you wish to donate.

ASCENSION DAY – THURSDAY 25 MAY 6.30PM

Ascension Day will be celebrated with a Sung Eucharist followed by a Parish evening meal in the small hall. Pizzas will be organized, please BYO drinks. All Welcome.

PARISH NEWSLETTER – PENTECOST

We will be producing our next Parish Newsletter for Pentecost in a couple of weeks time. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office as soon as possible.

VICAR ON ANNUAL LEAVE

The Vicar will be on annual Leave from 10 til 31 May. The Locum during this period will be Fr Philip Bewley who can be contacted in case of urgent pastoral need. Parish office hours continue as usual.

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

Please join St Mary’s Stitchers on this Thursday at 10.00am in the small hall. Evening session this week will be 7.30pm at Marion’s House. All Welcome to come and stitch kneelers, knit squares or bring your own project.

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The next monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be at “Lulu” 506 Queensberry Street on Wednesday 24th May. The book for discussion is “The Good People” by Hannah Kent and will be convened by Susan Brennan. Please join us for a lively discussion.

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 10th June. All welcome.

PRISON CHAPLAINCY PRAYER POINTS

Anglican Criminal Justice Ministry is a chaplaincy program that ministers to people who are incarcerated in prisons and juvenile detention centres, or have been released from prison.

Please pray for:

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Margaret, Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Charmaine, Denys, Nicholas, Jones Family, Dimitros Family, Umair, Nigel, Janet, Han, Wen, Dudley, Jackie, Barbara.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Roslyn McIntosh, Nan Dawson, Frankie Artis.

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

14 May

Next Sunday

21 May

8am Reader Rhondda Fahey Jenny Langmead
10am Readers John Rickard

Margaret Dean

Rhondda Fahey

John Blanch

Servers Peter O’Donoghue

Anne Sunderland

Kathleen Alleume Ross

Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Angelico Del Hierro

Intercessions John Silversides Geoff Jenkins
Bread & Wine Jim Osborne Heidi Lee
Welcome & Collection Michael Golding

Elaine Nwokolo

John Poynter

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Simon Jackson Alice Christofi
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Sunday School

For Mothers Day

Marion Poynter

Simon Jackson

Counting Rhondda Fahey

Fiona Blanch

Tim Pilbrow

Harriet Jenkins

Flowers Marion Poynter Helen McCallum

 

Notices 7 May Fourth Sunday of Easter

From the Vicar

Hospitality is one of the key “back-end strategies” to enabling the growth of a parish community. Just as an army marches on its stomach, so a church grows in part thanks to its capacity not only to be welcoming, but also sustaining. From June, we will be focusing on the element of the recently-launched Strategic Plan that concerns two types of sustaining hospitality.

We will begin two new initiatives that build on our current strengths:

On the first Sunday of each month, there will be a lunch as well as the usual morning tea. This will rarely be a “sit down” affair, but more likely a range of offerings – a bbq, sandwiches, a picnic – that provide an opportunity for us to get to know each other better over food. If you are interested in helping out with the catering aspects of these monthly events, please do have a word to Rhondda Fahey, Marion Poynter, Susan Gribben or Denise Archer.

The second initiative is more a question of providing “food for the mind”, and will be a weekly offering. Over the past few years we have offered regular Bible studies, roughly every other month. From June, there will be a weekly study group session at 11.30, for 45 minutes. These will usually be Bibles studies, but will sometimes include topical or themed sessions dealing with issues rather than a set text. Stay tuned for more information and a full programme for the remainder of the year.

 

-Fr Craig.

Notices

Next Sunday

Sunday 14 May – 5th Sunday of Easter

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

Acts 7:55-60; Ps 31:1-5,15-16; 1 Pet 2:2-10; Jn 14:1-14

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 7 May                                  10am Light Up!

Sunday 14 May                                Sunday School Morning Tea for Mother’s Day

Thursday 25 May                            6.30pm Ascension Day Eucharist

Sunday 4 June                                  Light Up! 10am

Sunday 4 June                                  Monthly Luncheon

 

ST MARYS FAIR THANK YOU

Many, many thanks to all those who gave their time and talents to help out with the parish fair in the lead up and on the day itself

 

VICAR ON ANNUAL LEAVE

The Vicar will be on annual Leave from 10 til 31 May. The Locum during this period will be Fr Philip Bewley who can be contacted in case of urgent pastoral need. Parish office hours continue as usual. Morning Prayer will be on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only

ASCENSION DAY – THURSDAY 25 MAY 6.30PM

Ascension Day will be celebrated with a Sung Eucharist followed by a Parish evening meal in the small hall. Pizza’s will be organized, please BYO drinks. All Welcome.

 

SHARING SUNDAY – 7th and 14th May

The first two Sundays of each month are Sharing Sundays for Anglicare. Please bring toiletries or other assorted non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.’

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

Please join St Mary’s Stitchers on this Thursday at 10.00am in the small hall. Evening session this week will be 7.30pm at Marion’s House. All Welcome to come and stitch kneelers, knit squares or bring your own project.

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The next monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be at “Lulu” 506 Queensberry Street on Wednesday 24th May. The book for discussion is “The Good People” by Hannah Kent and will be convened by Susan Brennan. Please join us for a lively discussion.

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The garden group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church. The next get together is on Saturday 13th May. All welcome.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Margaret, Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Charmaine, Denys, Nicholas, Dimitros Family, Umair, Nigel, Janet, Han, Wen, Dudley, Jackie, Barbara.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

David John Hood.

 


 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

7 May

Next Sunday

14 May

8am Reader Judie Bainbridge Rhondda Fahey
10am Readers Katie Holmes

Greg Reinhardt

John Rickard

Margaret Dean

Servers Peter O’Donoghue

Alice Christofi

Angelica Del Hierro

Peter O’Donoghue

Anne Sunderland

Kathleen Alleume Ross

Intercessions Simon Jackson John Silversides
Bread & Wine Jim Osborne Jim Osborne
Welcome & Collection Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Michael Golding

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Katie Holmes Simon Jackson
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Rhondda Fahey

Audrey Statham

Sunday School

For Mothers Day

Counting Fiona Blanch

Adam Wing

Rhondda Fahey

Fiona Blanch

Flowers Andrea O’Donoghue Marion Poynter

 


 

Notices 23rd April 2nd Sunday of Easter

From the Vicar

 

On Easter Monday I visited the “Love” exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. This exhibition, produced almost entirely from the gallery’s own collection, is an outcome of an Australian Research Council project on the history of emotions. Emotions are important, in religion as well as in personal life. So often in post-Enlightenment Christianity we focus on the intellectual content of religious questions: Is it true? Did it happen that way? What does it mean? Emotional responses are sometimes regarded as “second-rate” by comparison to intellectual theological enquiry. Yet, as this exhibition amply demonstrates at a number of points, the emotional impact of religion, and perhaps especially of the Christian story, should not, indeed cannot, be underestimated. We feel our religious experiences as often as we comprehend them. In the Easter season it is as well that we remind ourselves that emotional responses to God – and most especially the response of love – are perfectly valid, and even a necessary part of our faith response.

 

-Fr Craig.

Notices

Next Sunday

Sunday 30 April – 3rd Sunday of Easter

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Ps 116:1-3, 10-17;1 Pet 1:17-23; Lk 24:13-35

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 30 April                               Art Exhibition “Fruit of the Spirit”

Saturday 6 May                               St Mary’s Fair 10am til 2pm

Sunday 7 May                                  3pm Light Up!

Sunday 14 May                                Sunday School Morning Tea for Mother’s Day

THANKS

Thank you to all those involved, choristers, servers, readers, prayers, greeters, flower arrangers, makers of hospitality, or in any other capacity during the services of Holy Week. Without the assistance of many hands it would not have been possible to put on such a rich programme of liturgical services.

UPDATED SECURITY SYSTEM

On Thursday this week we updated the security system to include 3 cameras and video recording of any movement around the Church and Hall. This follows a number of attempted break-ins in the past year.

ART EXHIBITION – 30 APRIL

“Fruit of the Spirit” Art Exhibition by Ingrid Wilson will be on display in the small hall on Sunday 30 April. The medium of most of the exhibition is lino cut with pencil work. The Exhibition will be on after the 8am service and will be on display until 2pm. Ingrid will be joining us on the day and it would be a pleasure for her to discuss any of her artwork with you. Artwork will be for sale and 10% of proceeds will go to St Mary’s. Cash/Cheque on the day.

ST MARYS FAIR (KINDERGARTEN & PARISH)

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 10am-2pm

St Mary’s fair is not far away!

Now is the time to be making jams and preserves, and to consider what cakes and biscuits you might bake!

If you are able to assist on the stall, please contact the parish’s fair coordinator, Harriet Jenkins, at hjenkins@stmarys.org.au, or call the parish office on 9328 2522.

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Margaret, Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Charmaine, Denys, Nicholas, Jones Family, Dimitros Family, Umair, Nigel, Janet, Han, Wen, Dudley, Jackie.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Dot Levy, James Carnegie

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

23 April

Next Sunday

30 April

8am Reader Jenny Langmead

 

Anne Sunderland
10am Readers Rhondda Fahey

Robert Gribben

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

John Poynter

Servers Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Peter O’Donoghue

 

Peter O’Donoghue

Angelica Del Hierro

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Intercessions Geoff Jenkins Sam Miller
Bread & Wine John Rickard Jim Osborne
Welcome & Collection Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Michael Golding

John Rickard

Communion Assist. Katie Holmes Sam Miller
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Katie Holmes

John Rickard

Marion Poynter

Audrey Stathan

Counting Rhondda Fahey

Winsome Roberts

Susan Brennan

Fiona Blanch

Flowers Christine Storey Marion Poynter
Anglicare Tom Shearer 25Apr


 

Notices Easter Week.

Reminder that there are many services on this week and especially for Easter Day it would be lovely to have a clean and tidy church and grounds.

Working Bee is on Saturday at 9.30am

There will also be Morning Prayer prior to the working bee at 9am

Would love to see as many people as possible to help with the working bee. As the saying goes “Many hands make light work”

From the Vicar

 

Easter is a time of rejoicing, but for some Christians that rejoicing is tempered by fear. Fear was a dominant emotion for the earliest witnesses to the risen Lord. In Matthew’s gospel account the guards are afraid, Mary Magdalene is afraid, and the disciples were afraid and disbelieving at the news Mary brought to them.

 

In contemporary Australian society some Christians claim to be persecuted and fearful for their faith. Some claim this because they are being challenged in their “right” to discriminate, or their “right” to hold places of privilege. This is not persecution, and the emotion being inspired is not fear, but jealousy that others have gained a seat at our once exclusive table. Where the church is under real attack it is because we have sinned, and we need to own that, and to repent.

 

No, in today’s Australian church real persecution and the consequent fear is almost non-existent. But for some Christians elsewhere both things are very real. In the past week, once again, the Coptic Church in Egypt has been on the receiving end of real persecution, and the fear amongst Coptic Christians is real and raw. The bombing by ISIS in Alexandria on Palm Sunday was intended to kill the Coptic Pope Tawadros II. Fortunately it failed, though many others were killed or injured there and in a separate attack north of Cairo. Melbourne’s Coptic Bishop Suriel has written that Australian Copts are “emotionally numb” at the news, and once again appealed for the Australian government to offer asylum to Copts fleeing from attack in Egypt and elsewhere. This is what the persecution of Christians looks like this Easter. It is real, it is frightening, and it demands both prayer and action in response.

 

Fr Craig.

 

Holy Week

Thursday 13 April

8pm Maundy Thursday Liturgy

Friday 14 April

10am Good Friday Liturgy

Saturday 15 April

9am Morning Prayer

9pm Great Paschal Vigil

Easter Day – Sunday 16 April

8am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

 

Notices

 

Next Sunday

Sunday 23 April – 2nd Sunday of Easter

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Ps 16; 1 Pet 1:3-9; Jn 20:19-31

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Saturday 6 May                               St Mary’s Fair  10am til 2pm 

Sunday 7 May                                  3pm Light Up! 

THANKS

Thank you to all those involved, choristers, servers, readers, prayers, greeters, flower arrangers, makers of hospitality, or in any other capacity during the services of Holy Week. Without the assistance of many hands it would not have been possible to put on such a rich programme of liturgical services.

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Margaret, Charles, Florence Family, Richard, Pat, Charmaine, Denys, Nicholas, Jones Family, Dimitros Family, Umair, Nigel, Janet, Han, Wen, Dudley, Jackie.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Alfred Lawrence Heath, Juan Gualberto Cespedes, Patricia Grace Anderson, Rupert Clarence Hing, Ethel Issell Phillips, Joseph Carlisle.

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

16 April

Next Sunday

23 April

8am Reader Josephine Snowdon Jenny Langmead

 

10am Readers Jim Osborne

Claudine Chionh

 

Rhondda Fahey

Robert Gribben

Servers Graeme Archer

Josephine Snowdon

Peter O’Donoghue

 

Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Peter O’Donoghue

 

Intercessions Margaret Dean Geoff Jenkins
Bread & Wine Jim Osborne John Rickard
Welcome & Collection Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Le