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.

Notices 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 Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Communion Assist. Josephine Snowdon Katie Holmes
Children’s Ministry School Holidays

 

Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Volunteers please

Food from Supper

Katie Holmes

John Rickard

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Elsdon Storey

Rhondda Fahey

Winsome Roberts

Flowers Helen McCallum Christine Storey
Anglicare Tom Shearer 18 Apr Tom Shearer 25Apr


 

Holy Week Roster

  Maundy Thursday 8pm Good Friday

10am

Easter Vigil

9pm

Readers Katie Holmes

David Bryson

 

David Bryson

Rhondda Fahey

 

Susan Gribben

Simon Jackson

Katie Holmes

Sam Miller

Robert Gribben

 

Servers Peter O’Donoghue

Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Peter O’Donoghue

Josephine Snowdon

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Sam Miller

Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Josephine Snowdon

Intercessions John Silversides NA NA
Bread & Wine Marion Poynter Jim Osborne John Rickard
Welcome & Collection John Rickard

Heidi Lee

John Poynter

David Bryson

Heidi Lee

John Poynter

Communion Assistant Josephine Snowdon Josephine

Snowdon

Alice Christofi
Refreshments NA

 

Hot Cross Buns

Rhondda Fahey

Audrey Statham

 

Gathered Supper

Hospitality Committee

Counting Tim Pibrow

David Bryson

Tim Pilbrow

David Bryson

 
Flowers Marion Poynter Helen McCallum

 

Notices 19 March – Third Sunday in Lent

From the Vicar

It has been heartening to see such good numbers at the 11.30am Sunday Bible Studies over the past few weeks. As you may have noted, in the new Strategic Plan one of our aims is that these should become “three out of every four” weekly events. It is good that we have such an opportunity to discuss the text of Scripture in depth, rather than just to hear sermons, or engage in private reading. By opening our minds to the insights of scholarship on these texts, and adding our own nuances of comprehension in a group environment, we can work to deepen our faith and our understanding. A full programme of studies for the remainder of the year will be available shortly.

Notices

Sunday 26th March – 4th Sunday in Lent

8.00am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

11.30am Bible Study

Readings

1 Sam 16:1-13, Ps 23; Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9:1-41

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 2 April                    Light Up! 10am

Sunday 9 April                    Passion (Palm) Sunday

Thursday 13 April              Maundy Thursday 8pm Evening Mass

Friday 14 April                   Good Friday 10am

Saturday 15 April               Holy Saturday 9am and 9pm

Sunday 16 April                  Easter Day 8am and 10am

SECURITY

A series of incidents over the past week prompts a reminder that it is wise to keep your valuables with you at all times when on the church property, including in the church and in the hall. Very occasionally we have “visitors” who are after something more than spiritual consolation. Please take care of what is yours, and alert one of the clergy or wardens if you see anyone behaving in a suspicious way on church property.

ST MARY’S CHOIR

Have you been thinking about joining the choir? Anyone who is interested please speak to Bev or any choir member. The choir meets every Tuesday 6pm til 8pm and Sunday 9.15am.

ST MARYS FAIR

St Mary’s Fair is on Saturday 6th May and preparations have started already. Please continue making jams and other condiments to sell. If you need or have any jars please drop them into the office for collection or pick up. Jam jar labels are available in the foyer, please take as required. Any fruit or vegetables ie Cumquats, Figs etc. that can be made into jams or preserves or if you would like to donate sugar for the making of the jams and preserves that would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Marion on 9329 8163.

LENT STUDIES

This year’s combined St Mary’s/Mark the Evangelist Lenten Studies will run over Wednesdays March 8 – March 29, 7.00-8.30pm, at Mark the Evangelist, 4 Elm Street, North Melbourne. A shared soup and bread tea will be served from 6.30pm. The theme of the studies will be the Lord’s Prayer, reading and discussing a resource by Bruce Barber.

On Sundays at 11.30am the Vicar will lead a study series on the Church in the New Testament. http://marktheevangelist.unitingchurch.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Barber-The-Lords-Prayer-FOR-LENT-2017.pdf

Please remember to take a copy of the Lent, Holy Week, Easter booklet or you can download it from our website www.stmarys.org.au

On Sundays at 11.30am the Vicar will lead a study series on

“The Church in the New Testament”.

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 22 March 2017. The book for discussion is “The Anchoress” by Robyn Cadwallader.

Please join us for a lively discussion. Contact Winsome Roberts for more details.

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 April. All welcome.

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Margaret, Charles, Florence Family, David and Larissa, Richard, Ben, Carolyn, David and Belinda, Andy, Ying, Jane, Michael, Pat, Andrew, Charmaine, Denys, Nicholas, Jones Family, Dimitros Family.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Kate Tonkin, Raymond Tighe, Joseph Carbone, Peg Housden, Annie May Heath

 WHO’S DOING WHAT?

 

This Sunday

19 Mar

Next Sunday

26 Mar

8am Reader Sam Miller

 

Josephine Snowdon

 

10am Readers Fiona Blanch

Chips Sowerwine

Katie Holmes

John Poynter

Servers Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Sam Miller

Peter O’Donoghue

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Graeme Archer

Sam Miller

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

Jim Osborne

Jim Osborne

Rebe Taylor

Communion Assist. Susan Gribben Simon Jackson
Children’s Ministry Michael Golding Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Susan Gribben

Peter O’Donoghue

Katie Holmes

Audrey Stathan

Counting Fiona Blanch

Susan Brennan

Tim Pilbrow

Winsome Roberts

 

Flowers

 

Anglicare

 

No Flowers

 

Tom Shearer 21 Mar

 

 

No Flowers

 

Tom Shearer 28 Mar

 

 

 

 

Notices 12 March 2017 – Second Sunday in Lent

From the Vicar

Last Sunday we launched the St Mary’s Strategic Plan 2017. Initial reactions to the plan seem to have been positive, however I would still be pleased to receive comments and feedback. If you have not yet obtained a copy of the plan they are available at the back of the church or on the website.

On Thursday, Parish Council began work on developing an implementation plan to take us forward over the next three years in practical ways.

One of the “strategic directions” concerns community engagement, and we intend to “continue our partnership with Trinity College Theological School, and be active as a training parish for the Diocese”. With that in mind it is pleasing to welcome Sam Miller who will be our theological student on placement from Trinity for 2017. Sam is from Casino in the Diocese of Grafton. Do introduce yourself to Sam and make him welcome.

– Fr Craig

Notices

Sunday 19th March – 3rd Sunday in Lent

8.00am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

11.30am Bible Study

Readings

Exod 17:1-7; Ps 95; Rom 5:1-11; Jn 4:5-42

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 2 April                    Light Up! 10am

Sunday 9 April                    Passion (Palm) Sunday

Thursday 13 April              Maundy Thursday 8pm Evening Mass

Friday 14 April                    Good Friday 10am

Saturday 15 April               Holy Saturday 9am and 9pm

Sunday 16 April                  Easter Day 8am and 10am

ST MARY’S CHOIR

Have you been thinking about joining the choir? Anyone who is interested please speak to Bev or any choir member. The choir meets every Tuesday 6pm til 8pm and Sunday 9.15am.

LENT STUDIES

This year’s combined St Mary’s/Mark the Evangelist Lenten Studies will run over Wednesdays March 8 – March 29, 7.00-8.30pm, at Mark the Evangelist, 4 Elm Street, North Melbourne. A shared soup and bread tea will be served from 6.30pm. The theme of the studies will be the Lord’s Prayer, reading and discussing a resource by Bruce Barber.

On Sundays at 11.30am the Vicar will lead a study series on the Church in the New Testament. http://marktheevangelist.unitingchurch.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Barber-The-Lords-Prayer-FOR-LENT-2017.pdf

Please remember to take a copy of the Lent, Holy Week, Easter booklet or you can download it from our website www.stmarys.org.au

On Sundays at 11.30am the Vicar will lead a study series on

“The Church in the New Testament”.

ST MARYS FAIR

St Mary’s Fair is on Saturday 6th May and preparations have started already. If you would like to start making jams and other condiments to sell that would be great. If you need or have any jars please speak to Marion. Jam jar labels are available from the office.

SHARING SUNDAY – 5th and 12th March

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. No evening session this week. 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 22 March 2017. The book for discussion is “The Anchoress” by Robyn Cadwallader.

Please join us for a lively discussion. Contact Winsome Roberts for more details.

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 April. All welcome.

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Margaret, Charles, Florence Family, David and Larissa, Richard, Ben, Carolyn, David and Belinda, Andy, Ying, Jane, Michael, Pat, Andrew, Charmaine, Denys, Nicholas, Jones Family.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Grace Elizabeth Lansell, Ethel Moran, Gerrit Stork, Henry Wallace Judd

 

 

Lent – Holy Week – Easter 2017

LENTEN DIARY

Lent is traditionally a time of penitance, prayer and fasting. Many people choose to “give something up”, or perhaps to take on something extra. Whether we decide to try giving up chocolate, or to commit to helping others in some tangible way, we ought all to think about how we might do so in the context of prayerful preparation for the events of Holy Week. Over these pages you will find several opportunities to engage in prayer and study. I encourage you to consider how you might use these opportunities to keep a good Lent.

– Fr Craig.

ASH WEDNESDAY – 1 March

8am & 12.30pm                     Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

7pm                                       Sung Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

                                            

SUNDAYS IN LENT

 8.00am                                  Eucharist

10.00am                                 Sung Eucharist

11.30am                                 Bible Study (see next page)

6.00pm                                  Choral Evensong (Lent I – 4 March only)

______________________

WEEKDAYS IN LENT

Daily Office         8.30am       Morning Prayer (Tuesday – Friday), followed by coffee

Eucharist             12.30pm     Wednesday

Lenten Study      6.30pm       Wednesday (at Mark the Evangelist – see next page)

______________________

MAKING YOUR CONFESSION

Lent is traditionally a time for making use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, commonly known as Confession. Anglican use of this sacrament has never been universal. The general Anglican rule regarding the practice of confession is “all may, none must, some should.” If you have never made your confession before, or have not done so for a long time, perhaps this Lent might provide an opportunity to engage in this process of self-examination. The clergy are happy to discuss this sacrament with you, and it is always wise to consult a priest before your first confession.

NORTH MELBOURNE ECUMENICAL STUDY GROUP

“The Lord’s Prayer”

held at

Mark the Evangelist Uniting Church

Elm Street, North Melbourne

Wednesdays March 8, 15, 22, 29

6.30pm (soup and bread)

7.00pm (studies commence)

The theme of the studies will be the Lord’s Prayer, reading

and discussing a resource by Bruce Barber, which can be downloaded here:

http://marktheevangelist.unitingchurch.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Barber-The-Lords-Prayer-FOR-LENT-2017.pdf

Sponsored by St Mary’s Anglican Church and
the Congregation of Mark the Evangelist (UCA),
North Melbourne

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY

SUNDAYS IN LENT AT 11.30am

The Church in the Bible:

Five Texts about New Testament Communities

Leader: The Vicar

BAPTISM, AND RENEWING BAPTISMAL VOWS

The Easter Liturgy of Holy Saturday includes an opportunity for all baptised Christians to renew their baptismal vows. If you have not been baptised and would like to be, Lent is the perfect time to prepare for this sacrament. Candidates for Baptism should speak to one of the clergy as soon as possible. If you would like to discuss a specific program of preparation for the liturgy of renewal, please speak to one of the clergy.

HOLY WEEK DIARY

PASSION (PALM) SUNDAY – 9 April

8.00am             Eucharist

10.00am            Sung Eucharist with blessing of palms and procession

8.00pm             Tenebrae

Monday          Eucharist 6.30pm

Tuesday           Eucharist 6.30pm

Wednesday     Eucharist 6.30pm

TRIDUUM SACRUM

MAUNDY THURSDAY – 13 April

8.00pm             Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

(The Church will remain open for an hour for the customary vigil, which starts again at 8am.)

GOOD FRIDAY – 14 April

10.00am            The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

HOLY SATURDAY – 15 April

9.00am             Morning Prayer, followed by working bee

9.00pm             Easter Liturgy, including the Service of Light, Vigil,

Renewal of Baptismal Vows and the First Mass of Easter.

EASTER DAY – 16 April

8.00am             Eucharist

10.00am            Procession and Sung Eucharist

EASTERTIDE DIARY

SUNDAYS IN EASTERTIDE

8.00am             Eucharist

10.00am            Sung Eucharist

ASCENSION DAY – Thursday 25 May

6.30pm             Sung Eucharist, followed by supper

THE DAY OF PENTECOST – Sunday 4 June

8.00am             Eucharist

10.00am            Sung Eucharist

 

Notices 26 February 2017- Last Sunday after Epiphany

 

Ash Wednesday Services – Wednesday 1 March – are at:

8.00am Eucharist – (NOT 8.30am as previously advertised)

12.30pm Eucharist

7pm Choral Eucharist

 

From the Vicar

 

Lent is almost upon us! Assuming that the weather is fine, many will enjoy an informal parish picnic in the church grounds after the 10am service, and possibly even a pancake race. All this “pre-Lenten frivolity” is by way of preparing us for a time when, traditionally, the Church has taught that abstinence, through fasting, almsgiving, and pious good works, is an appropriate way to approach the story of Holy Week and Easter. Such abstinence is not meant to turn us into wowsers or drudges, but instead to encourage us to appreciate that it is possible to live without many of the things we enjoy in normal times, and that in doing so, we might focus less on the “things”, and more on God.

 

Lent starts on Wednesday, and the Eucharist with imposition of Ashes will be offered at 8am, 12.30pm and 7pm (Sung Eucharist). I strongly encourage you to try to get to church at some point this Ash Wednesday, and to recommit yourself to the journey towards Easter.

 

 

Notices

Next Week’s Services

Wednesday 1 March – Ash Wednesday

8.00am Eucharist

12.30pm Eucharist

7pm Choral Eucharist

Sunday 5 March – 1st Sunday in Lent

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist & Light Up!

11.30am Bible Study

6pm Evensong

Readings

Gen 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Ps 32: Rom 5:12-19; Mt 4:1-11

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 26 February           Parish Picnic

Wednesday 1 March           Ash Wednesday 8.00am, 12.30pm 7pm

Sunday 5 March                  1st Sunday Lent – 6pm Evensong

Sunday 5 March                  Light Up! 10am

Wednesday 8 March           Lenten studies start – details below

 

PRE-LENTEN FRIVOLITIES

Parish Picnic today in the grounds of the church. Pancakes and games will be provided. Bring your own rug and picnic. Don’t forget to bring your own spatula for the pancake races and have a little frivol before Lent!

 

CATHEDRAL EVENSONG

St Mary’s has been invited to choral evensong at the Cathedral at 5.10pm on Thursday 2 March. This is the day on which we are listed in the Diocesan Prayer Calendar. All are welcome.

 

ST MARY’S CHOIR

Have you been thinking about joining the choir? Anyone who is interested please speak to Bev or any choir member. The choir meets every Tuesday 6pm til 8pm and Sunday 9.15am.

 

 

LENT STUDIES

This year’s combined St Mary’s/Mark the Evangelist Lenten Studies will run over Wednesdays March 8 – March 29, 7.00-8.30pm, at Mark the Evangelist, 4 Elm Street, North Melbourne. A shared soup and bread tea will be served from 6.30pm. The theme of the studies will be the Lord’s Prayer, reading and discussing a resource by Bruce Barber.

On Sundays at 11.30am the Vicar will lead a study series on the Church in the New Testament.

 

SHARING SUNDAY – 5th and 12th March

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 next monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be at “Errols” 69 Errol Street on Wednesday 22 March 2017. The book for discussion is “The Anchoress” by Robyn Cadwallader.

Please join us for a lively discussion. Contact Winsome Roberts for more details.

 

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

Please join St Mary’s Stitchers on Thursday 2nd March at 10.00am in the small hall or in the evening at 7.00pm. Venue to be advised. All Welcome to come and stitch kneelers, knit squares or bring your own project.

 

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 March. All welcome.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Margaret, Charles, Florence Family, Janet, David and Larissa, Richard, Ben, Carolyn, David and Belinda, Andy, Ying, Jane, Michael, Pat, Andrew.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Dawn Hoy, Stan Archer, Minnie Irene Uren, Richard Davidson.

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

 

This Sunday

26 Feb

Next Sunday

5 Mar

8am Reader Jenny Langmead

 

Judie Bainbridge

 

10am Readers John Poynter

Margaret Dean

Greg Reinhardt

Marion Poynter

Servers Peter O’Donoghue

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Josephine Snowdon

Peter O’Donoghue

Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

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

Rebe Taylor

Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Communion Assist. Alice Christofi Katie Holmes
Children’s Ministry Rebe Taylor Harriet Jenkins
Refreshments Marion Poynter

Simon Jackson

John Rickard

Rhondda Fahey

Counting David Bryson

Rhondda Fahey

Winsome Roberts

TBA

 

Flowers

 

Anglicare Tue

 

 

Andrea O’Donoghue

 

Tom Shearer 28 Feb

 

 

No Flowers

 

Denys Harraway 7 Mar

 

 

 

Ash Wednesday 1 Mar – 7pm
Readers John Blanch, Joel 2:1-2,12-17

Anne Sunderland, 2Cor 5:20b-6:10

Servers Peter O’Donoghue

Josephine Snowdon

 

Welcome & Collection John Poynter

Marion Poynter

Notices 19 February 2017 – Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

From the Vicar

 

It’s always pleasing to welcome new people to St Mary’s. Amongst the more recent additions to the Sunday community is John Silversides, who works as a lay prison chaplain. I am delighted that John has agreed to become part of the parish ministry team. He will sometimes be elsewhere on Sundays, and his “up front” role will not be huge, but as a parish I am certain that we are able to offer prayerful support for his weekday work, which takes place in a sometimes very challenging context. John writes:

 

“Since moving to Melbourne with my family, I have been working at the Metropolitan Remand Centre and Barwon prisons as an Anglicare chaplain. Prior to this I was a chaplain at Junee jail in NSW, a high school teacher, a house husband, public servant and also a volunteer worker in Nepal. I have done lots (too much?) of study in Economics, Theology and Education. While not formally studying, I still read a lot of books over a lot of topics – and sometimes even fiction. I also do most of the cooking at home.

 

Since being married we lived in for five years in Sydney and then about 17 in rural and regional NSW in four towns and cities. Our two children got very used to moving!

 

We moved to Melbourne just under two years ago for my wife to take up the Assistant Bishop’s role in the Diocese of Melbourne (+ Genieve). I was lucky enough to get the job as a chaplain as the previous chaplain had just retired.”

 

It is great to welcome John to St Mary’s!

 

 

Notices

Next Sunday – 26 February

Last Sunday after Epiphany

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

Exod 24:12-18;Ps 2; 2Pet 1:16-21; Mt 17:1-9

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 19 February           St Mary’s Book Club First Meeting

Sunday 26 February           Parish Picnic

Wednesday 1 March           Ash Wednesday 8.30am, 12.30pm 7pm

Sunday 5 March                  1st Sunday Lent – 6pm Evensong

Sunday 5 March                  Light Up! 10am

 

 

ST MARY’S CHOIR

Have you been thinking about joining the choir? Anyone who is interested please speak to Bev or any choir member. The choir meets every Tuesday 6pm til 8pm and Sunday 9.15am.

 

VICTORIAN EVENING OF GAMES, VERSE AND SONG

It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all. Thank you to all who created such frivolity with song and verse. Thank you to the Hospitality Committee for such a wonderful celebration.

 

LENT STUDIES

This year’s combined St Mary’s/Mark the Evangelist Lenten Studies will run over Wednesdays March 8 – March 29, 7.00-8.30pm, at Mark the Evangelist, 4 Elm Street, North Melbourne. A shared soup and bread tea will be served from 6.30pm. The theme of the studies will be the Lord’s Prayer, reading and discussing a resource by Bruce Barber. Hard and soft copies of the resource will be available very soon! A booklet with the full Lent / Holy Week / Easter programme will be available next Sunday.

 

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The first monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be over lunch at “Ample” 123 Howard Street on Sunday 19th February 2017, where we will discuss Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary.

Please join us for a lively discussion. Contact Winsome Roberts for more details.

 

PRE-LENTEN FRIVOLITIES

Parish Picnic on Sunday 26th February in the ground of the church. Pancakes and games will be provided. Bring your own rug and picnic. Have a little frivol before Lent!

 

BOOK LAUNCH – REBE TAYLOR

“Into the Heart of Tasmania A search for Human Antiquity” by Rebe Taylor will be launched by Tom Griffiths on Wednesday 22 February 6.30 pm at Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon St, Carlton. Please join Rebe at her book launch by RSVP at rsvp-mup@unimelb.edu.au before 15th February.

 

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

Please join St Mary’s Stitchers on Thursday 2nd March at 10.00am in the small hall or in the evening at 7.00pm. Venue to be advised. All Welcome to come and stitch kneelers, knit squares or bring your own project.

 

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 March. All welcome.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Margaret, Charles, Florence Family, Janet, David and Larissa, Richard, Ben, Carolyn, David and Belinda, Charmaine, Andy, Ying, Jane, Michael, Pat.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Vidya Fernandez, Daniel Joseph O’Brien, Judith Winsome Roberts, Linda Guy, Netti Barnes.

 

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

 

This Sunday

19 Feb

Next Sunday

26 Feb

8am Reader Josephine Snowdon

 

Jenny Langmead

 

10am Readers Katie Holmes

Simon Jackson

John Poynter

Margaret Dean

Servers Anne Sunderland

Alice Christofi

Peter O’Donoghue

Peter O’Donoghue

Kathleen Alleume-Ross

Josephine Snowdon

Intercessions Josephine Snowdon Georff Jenkins
Bread & Wine Jim Osborne Heidi Lee
Welcome & Collection Elaine Nwokolo

Marion Poynter

John Rickard

Rebe Taylor

Communion Assist. Josephine Snowdon Alice Christofi
Children’s Ministry Harriet Jenkins Rebe Taylor
Refreshments Rhondda Fahey

Audrey Statham

Marion Poynter

Simon Jackson

Counting Susan Brennan

Adam Wing

David Bryson

Rhondda Fahey

Flowers

 

Anglicare Tue

Marion Poynter

Jennifer Lesley

Tom Shearer 21 Feb

Andrea O’Donoghue

 

Tom Shearer 28 Feb

Welcome Back to Light Up 2017

Victorian Evening Feb 16

Notices for 5th February 2017

Notices

Next Sunday – 12 February

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

Deut 30:15-20; Ps 119:1-8; 1 Cor 3:1-9; Mt 5:21-37

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Saturday 18 February        Victorian Evening 6pm See details below.

Sunday 19 February           St Mary’s Book Club First Meeting

Sunday 26 February           Parish Picnic

VICTORIAN EVENING OF GAMES, VERSE AND SONG

Please advise Bev TODAY is you have any items for the evening. More are required to make the evening a success.

Saturday 18th February at 6pm please join us for a Victorian Evening in St Mary’s newly painted Hall. Cost is $40 Single $70 Couple and all children under 16 are Free. Please indicate on the form in the foyer if you are able to attend.

 

LIGHT UP! 10AM IN MAIN HALL

Light Up! Service starts today at 10am in the Large Hall. If you have any questions in regards to the service please talk to Josie at morning tea or Email:lightup@stmarys.com

 

ST MARY’S BOOK CLUB

The first monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be over lunch at “Ample” 123 Howard Street on Sunday 19th February 2017, where we will discuss Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary.

Please join us for a lively discussion. Contact Winsome Roberts for more details.

 

PRE-LENTEN FRIVOLITIES

Parish Picnic on Sunday 26th February in the ground of the church. Pancakes and games will be provided. Bring your own rug and picnic. Have a little frivol before Lent!

 

BOOK LAUNCH – REBE TAYLOR

“Into the Heart of Tasmania A search for Human Antiquity” by Rebe Taylor will be launched by Tom Griffiths on Wednesday 22 February 6.30 pm at Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon St, Carlton. Please join Rebe at her book launch by RSVP at rsvp-mup@unimelb.edu.au before 15th February.

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Margaret, Charles, Coral, Florence Family, Janet, David and Larissa, Richard, Ben, Carolyn, David and Belinda, Christine, Charmaine, Kevin & Frieda, Andy, Ying.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Ruth Lavinia Houghton, Myrtle Judd.

 

 

 

 

Notices for 22 January 2017

From the Vicar

 

This week includes Australia Day (Thursday 25 January) – a day which some consider with mixed emotions. For many it is a celebration of nationhood and freedom, for others it commemorates and invasion and the loss of a way of life. Whichever of these most resonates with you, or some other immediate response, it is right that we should on such a day pray for our country, because there is much about Australia that needs to be upheld in prayer. Prayers of thanksgiving certainly, but also prayers of penitence and prayers of intercession. This prayer from A Prayer Book for Australia seems appropriate:

 

Lord God, bring us together as one,

reconciled with you and reconciled with each other.

You made us in your likeness,

you gave us your Son Jesus Christ.

He has given us forgiveness from sin.

Lord God, bring us together as one,

different in culture, but given new life in Jesus Christ,

together as your body, your Church, your people.

Lord God, bring us together as one,

reconciled, healed, forgiven,

sharing you with others, as you have called us to do.

In Jesus Christ, let us be together as one. Amen.

 

– Fr Craig.


 

Notices

Next Sunday – 29 January

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

Micah 6:1-8; Ps 15; 1 Cor 1:18-31; Matt 5:1-12

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Friday 3 February               Recital – Songs of Travel & Hermit Songs

Saturday 18 February        Victorian Evening 6pm See details below.

Sunday 19 February           St Mary’s Book Club First Meeting

Sunday 26 February           Parish Picnic

 

ST MARY’S CHOIR

The choir and Beverley, our organist, are enjoying a well earned break during January. Choir rehearsals will recommence on Tuesday 24th January at 6pm.

 

THINKING OF VOLUNTEERING TO ASSIST WITH LIGHT UP!?

Duty of Care requirements by the Diocese require us to formalize all current Volunteers and potential new Volunteers for 2017 for Light Up! Please speak with Josephine Snowdon, the Minister responsible, if you are thinking of volunteering. A half hour informative training session for current and new volunteers at Light Up! will be run at 9:15 and 11:30 respectively, on Sunday 29th January, in the Large Hall. Email:lightup@stmarys.com Many Thanks – Josie

 

RECITAL – FRIDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

Tom Dalton and Beverley Phillips Recital called “Songs of Travel and Hermit Songs” on Friday 3rd February at 8pm in the church. Tickets will be Adult $25 Conc. $20 Cash at the door. If you would like to reserve in advance please contact the office.

 

VICTORIAN EVENING OF GAMES, VERSE AND SONG

On Saturday 18th February at 6pm please join us for a Victorian Evening in St Mary’s newly painted Hall. Cost is $40 Single $70 Couple and all children under 16 are Free. Please indicate on the form in the foyer if you are able to attend.

SHARING SUNDAY

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 first monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be over lunch at “Ample” 123 Howard Street on Sunday 19th February 2017, where we will discuss Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary.

Please join us for a lively discussion. Contact Winsome Roberts for more details.

 

PRE-LENTEN FRIVOLITIES

Parish Picnic on Sunday 26th February in the ground of the church. Pancakes and games will be provided. Bring your own rug and picnic. Have a little frivol before Lent!

 

BOOK LAUNCH – REBE TAYLOR

“Into the Heart of Tasmania A search for Human Antiquity” by Rebe Taylor will be launched by Tom Griffiths on Wednesday 22 February 6.30 pm at Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon St, Carlton Please join Rebe at her book launch by RSVP at rsvp-mup@unimelb.edu.au before 15th February.

 

HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

One of the parish houses on Chetwynd Street is becoming vacant in early February. This is a three bedroom, renovated Edwardian cottage. The rent is $670 per week, and the property will be let through Woodard’s of Carlton. If you would like more information speak to the Vicar

 

PRAYERS

Please pray for those in need, including: Margaret, Annie, Charles, Coral, Florence Family, Elizabeth, Dominic, Janet, Terry, John and Colette, Jacinta, Tamara, Frances, David and Larissa, Richard, Ben, Carolyn, David and Belinda, Christine, Charmaine, Kevin & Frieda, Tim, Andy, Ying.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week: Robert Fallshaw, Joy Chang, David Moran, Judith Bessell.

Notices for 15 January 2017

From the Vicar

As we move from white into green in our liturgical colours, many also move from holidays back to work, and bit by bit the roads and streets of the city become busier and busier. For many, myself included, moving back into “full speed” mode after a slower time or a period off can be a challenge. It begs the question: how hard ought we to be working? Many before me have noted that we live in a society addicted to work. Australian workers work longer hours than in many other developed nations, and many, especially in the professions, management and academia, are routinely expected to work well beyond a “standard” 35 or 40 hour week, and are made to feel lazy or guilty if they work less hours than their colleagues. (Clergy, out of interest, only have one day off per week, and I have many confreres who would say it is not uncommon for them to put in a 70 or even 80 hour week.)

 

Thomas More, the author of Utopia and a saint in the Roman Catholic calendar, used to speak of the “sin of business”. The concept has merit. When we are too busy and too focussed on work, our personal life, and even our health, can suffer. If you are returning to work this month, might this be a good time to ask how your work-life balance rests, and whether you need to make some extra space for yourself – and for God?

 

– Fr Craig.

Welcome Back to Light Up 2017

Victorian Evening Feb 16

 

Notices

Next Sunday – 22 January

Third Sunday after Epiphany

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

Isa9:1-4; Ps27:1,5-13; 1 Cor 1:10-18; Mt 4:12-23

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Friday 3 February               Recital – Songs of Travel & Hermit Songs

Saturday 18 February        Victorian Evening 6pm See details below.

Sunday 19 February           St Mary’s Book Club First Meeting

Sunday 26 February           Parish Picnic

 

ST MARY’S CHOIR

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

 

THANK YOU

Over the various Christmas services we raised $1271.05 for the Christmas Bowl. Thank you to all those who gave generously towards the Christmas Bowl this year

 

THINKING OF VOLUNTEERING TO ASSIST WITH LIGHT UP!?

Duty of Care requirements by the Diocese require us to formalize all current Volunteers and potential new Volunteers for 2017 for Light Up! Please speak with Josephine Snowdon, the Minister responsible, if you are thinking of volunteering.

A brief informative training session for current and new volunteers at Light Up! will be run directly after the 8 am and 10 am service Morning Teas ie at 9:15 and at 11:30 respectively, for half an hour on Sunday 29th January, in the Large Hall. Email:lightup@stmarys.com Many Thanks – Josie

 

RECITAL – FRIDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

Tom Dalton and Beverley Phillips will be putting on a recital called “Songs of Travel and Hermit Songs” on Friday 3rd February at 8pm in the church. Tickets will be Adult $25 Conc. $20 Cash at the door. If you would like to reserve in advance please contact the office.

SHARING SUNDAY

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 first monthly meeting of the St Mary’s Book club will be over lunch at “Ample” 123 Howard Street on Sunday 19th February 2017, where we will discuss Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary.

From the internet: Testament is Mary’s first-person account of watching her son turn from a child into a revered godhead. It is recorded years after the crucifixion, when disciples are visiting her regularly, eager to collect tidily divine stories as fodder for the Gospels. Testament is Mary’s actual version of events, the more earthly side of the story that her visitors refuse to write down.

Please join us for a lively discussion. Contact Winsome Roberts for more details.

 

PRE-LENTEN FRIVOLITIES

Parish Picnic on Sunday 26th February in the ground of the church. Pancakes and games will be provided. Bring your own rug and picnic. Have a little frivol before Lent!

 

HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

One of the parish houses on Chetwynd Street is becoming vacant in early February. This is a three bedroom, renovated Edwardian cottage. The rent is $670 per week, and the property will be let through Woodard’s of Carlton. If you would like more information speak to the Vicar

Notices for 18 December 2016

From the Vicar
Christmas is almost upon us. During these coming weeks many members of the parish will be travelling, and we will doubtless be host to a number of visitors from afar. Just as Mary and Joseph made their way to Bethlehem on a journey that was difficult, and perhaps sometimes rather fraught, so even today travel can be stressful as well as enjoyable. It is therefore appropriate in this season to pray for the safety of all who travel.
If you are travelling during Christmas or New Year please keep safe, and keep us in your prayers as we will keep you in ours. And remember that if you are away for Christmas there are almost certainly local churches that you can attend in your holiday destination.

-Fr Craig

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 18 December            Carol Service 7pm
Saturday 24 December          Kids’ Christmas 4pm
Saturday 24 December          Christmas Eve Midnight Mass 11.30pm
Sunday 25 December             Christmas Day Sung Eucharist 9am
Friday 6 January                      Epiphany 6.30pm plus Barbeque
Saturday 18 February             Victorian Evening 6pm

PLANNED GIVING 2017
If you have not collected or received the Stewardship information in the mail please take one of the blank envelopes and complete the “New to St Mary’s” form on the back of the pew sheet so that you can be added to the Parish List.

WORKING BEES
Thank you to all who helped at the Working Bees.

SERVICES AFTER CHRISTMAS
There will be no week day services after Christmas until Tuesday 3rd January when morning prayer will resume as usual. There will be no Wednesday lunchtime eucharist until February. Sunday services continue as usual throughout January.

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.

EPIPHANY EUCHARIST AND BARBEQUE
The Feast of the Epiphany will be celebrated with a Eucharist at 6.30pm on Friday January 6, followed by a Parish Barbeque. Salads and bread supplied but bring your own meat and drink.

Notices for 11 December 2016

From the Vicar
As Christmas approaches, we are again encouraged to reflect upon the stories leading up to the birth of Jesus as narrated by Luke and Matthew. This year is “Year A” in our three year lectionary cycle, meaning that most of the gospel readings over the next twelve months will be from Matthew’s Gospel. Matthew’s take on the Christmas story is rather darker than Luke’s, including the story of the Magi, the persecution by Herod, and the flight into Egypt. Next week’s Carol Service will tell Matthew’s version of the story in full, and I encourage everyone to come along, and invite family and friends as well. In the meantime, this clip on Youtube, made in the UK, speaks volumes for how the Christmas story relates to contemporary events. What it describes in terms of “A very British Nativity” translates all too well, if not even more starkly, to an Australian context: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In8ZkPaZJFE

– Fr Craig

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Saturday 10 December          Working Bee 9.30am til 12 noon
Sunday 11 December            Advent Light Up! 3pm
Saturday 17 December          Working Bee 9.30am til 12 noon
Sunday 18 December            Carol’s Service 7pm
Saturday 24 December          Kids’ Christmas 4pm
Saturday 24 December          Christmas Eve Midnight Mass 11.30pm
Sunday 25 December             Christmas Day Sung Eucharist 9am
Friday 6 January                      Epiphany 6.30pm plus Barbeque
Saturday 18 February             Victorian Evening 6pm

PLANNED GIVING 2017
Please return your completed form by 18 December. If you have not collected or received the information in the mail please take one of the blank envelopes and complete the “New to St Mary’s” form on the back of the pew sheet so that you can be added to the Parish List.

WORKING BEES
There will be gardening working bees on Saturday 10th and 17th December from 9.30 til 12noon.  We look forward to seeing as many helpers as possible to make our garden look well loved over the Advent Season. The pre-Christmas church clean will be 9.30 til 12 noon on 17th December

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.

EPIPHANY EUCHARIST AND BARBEQUE
The Feast of the Epiphany will be celebrated with a Eucharist at 6.30pm on Friday January 6, followed by a Parish Barbeque. Salads and bread supplied but bring your own meat and drink.

Notices for 4 December 2016

From the Vicar
The Advent journey continues. This week our focus turns to the rather problematic figure of John the Baptist. Many people have trouble with John. Herod certainly did. If John were alive today ministering in much the same way I suspect that most in the church, perhaps myself included, would give him a very wide berth. John’s hard edged call to repentance, and his hard edged lifestyle, take us into a place of ascetic spirituality that for many is as difficult to imagine as it would be to live out. How might the church today grapple with the challenges John poses? How might we be radical pointers to Christ?
-Fr Craig

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Saturday 3 December            Working Bee 9.30am til 12 noon
Sunday 4 December               Anglicare Gifts and Food due today
Saturday 10 December          Working Bee 9.30am til 12 noon
Sunday 11 December            Advent Light Up! 3pm
Saturday 17 December          Working Bee 9.30am til 12 noon
Sunday 18 December            Carol’s Service 7pm
Saturday 24 December          Kids’ Christmas 4pm
Saturday 24 December          Christmas Eve Midnight Mass 11.30pm
Sunday 25 December             Christmas Day Sung Eucharist 9am

PLANNED GIVING 2017
Please return your completed form by 18 December. If you have not collected or received the information in the mail please take one of the blank envelopes and complete the “New to St Mary’s” form on the back of the pew sheet so that you can be added to the Parish List.

WORKING BEES
There will be gardening working bees on Saturday 3rd, 10th and 17th December from 9.30 til 12noon.  We look forward to seeing as many helpers as possible to make our garden look well loved over the Advent Season.

ANGLICARE CHRISTMAS APPEAL – Final delivery this Sunday
We look forward to receiving your unwrapped gifts for all ages and Christmas food for Anglicare.  Final delivery please on Sunday 4 December, so we can get the gifts and goodies to Anglicare in time for this Christmas.

PARISH NEWSLETTER
We will be producing our Parish Newsletter 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.

PARISH CHRISTMAS STALL
On Sunday December 11 we will be holding a Christmas stall after Church at which there will be a good selection of gifts for sale. We hope that members of the congregation will be able to help stock the stall with home made gift items. Can you make jams or chutneys? or bake Christmas cakes or puddings, mince pies, shortbread or other festive biscuits?  Perhaps you can make greeting cards, or sew aprons or lavender bags, etc? If you can help please contact Marion Poynter or Rhondda Fahey if you have anything to bring for sale.

ST MARY’S STITCHERS
Please join us and invite your friends.  You can join anytime. Our Last meeting is on Thursday 1 December.
Our needlework group meets on Thursday morning, at 10 am – in the hall and Thursday evening at 7.30pm. We would be glad to see you as often as you can make it, and for any donations of leftover 8ply wool.

 

Notices for 20 November 2016

From the Vicar
As I announced at the 10am service last Sunday, I have accepted the archbishop’s invitation to become Priest in Charge of our neighbouring church, St Alban’s North Melbourne, in addition to my current responsibilities at St Mary’s and as archdeacon. I will be commission for that role at the St Alban’s Centenary Service, at 4pm on Sunday 20 November. Everyone is warmly invited.

It will be appreciated that I cannot be in two places at once, certainly not on a Sunday morning! For that reason, Fr Philip Bewley, who is at present the locum at St Alban’s, has agreed to maintain the regular ministry there, with me providing oversight and support. Fr Philip will also be available to assist me one day per week at St Mary’s from 20 November onwards. This arrangement has been agreed by St Mary’s Parish Council for a period of up to two years.

I would ask that you pray for the people of St Alban’s, who are approaching a period of transition and change, and for me and Philip as we attempt to lead that change and provide pastoral support.

–       Fr Craig

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 13 November              Light up! 3pm
Sunday 20 November             Annual Meeting at 11.30am
Sunday 20 November              Commissioning at St Alban’s 4pm

ANNUAL MEETING
The Parish Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday 20 November at 11.30am in the church.
Nomination forms for Churchwardens, members of Parish Council, and members of the Incumbency Committee are available in the porch and must be received by the Vicar by 5pm on Monday 14 November.

ST ALBAN’S COMMISSIONING SERVICE
On Sunday 20th November at 4pm there will be the commissioning of Fr Craig D’Alton as Priest in Charge and Fr Philip Bewley as Assistant Priest by Bishop Genieve.  The St Mary’s Choir will be at the service and all Parishioners of St Mary’s are most welcome. The parishioners of St Alban’s would appreciate some help with the catering. If you are able to help, please bring a cake or slices on the day.

PARISH NEWSLETTER
We will be producing our next Parish Newsletter 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.

PARISH CHRISTMAS STALL
On Sunday December 11 we will be holding a Christmas stall after Church at which there will be a good selection of gifts for sale. We hope that members of the congregation will be able to help stock the stall with home made gift items. Can you make jams or chutneys? or bake Christmas cakes or puddings, mince pies, shortbread or other festive biscuits?  Perhaps you can make greeting cards, or sew aprons or lavender bags, etc? If you can help please contact Marion Poynter or Rhondda Fahey.

 FAITH WITHOUT FEAR: AN AFTERNOON WITH KEITH MASCORD
Saturday 3 December 2016 | 3.30pm
Trinity College, Royal Parade Parkville | Old Warden’s Lodge
$25 | $20 concession – includes afternoon tea

The Rev’d Dr Keith Mascord has recently been ‘in the news’, as his licence as a clergyman has been withheld because he is not willing to cease speaking on the issue of same-sex marriage. What is this all about?  You can join Keith Mascord as he explores this and the other issues in his book Faith without Fear.  Afterwards you can, if you wish, hear the outstanding Trinity College Choir lead a Service of Readings and Carols in the College Chapel at 4.00pm. For information or to register email to theologyevents@trinity.edu.au or call 9348 7127.

 ST MARY’S STITCHERS
Please join us and invite your friends.  You can join anytime.
Our needlework group meets on Thursday morning, at 10 am – in the hall and Thursday evening at 7.30pm.
We would be glad to see you as often as you can make it, and for any donations of leftover 8ply wool.

 

Notices for 6 November 2016

From the Vicar
On Wednesday evening a number of parishioners gathered for the annual commemoration of All Souls. It was a quiet and moving service as we remembered those who had gone before us, many of them by name. One of the things I find attractive about the doctrine of the communion of saints is that in remembering those who have gone before us in faith we place them, and ourselves, into a church that extends beyond the here and now. The old prayer book used to refer to the church militant and the church triumphant. Both are the church, and All Souls is a helpful annual reminder that we stand in the faith of very many past generations.

– Fr Craig.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 6 November               St Mary’s Choir at Ballarat

Sunday 13 November             Light up! 3pm

Sunday 20 November           Annual Meeting at 11.30am

ANNUAL MEETING

The Parish Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday 20 November at 11.30am in the church. Please check the electoral roll list on the church door.

Nomination forms for Churchwardens, members of Parish Council, and members of the Incumbency Committee are available in the porch and must be received by the Vicar by 5pm on Monday 14 November.

REQUIEM SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER AT BALLARAT

Cathedral Church of Christ the King presents “Requiem” by Maurice Durufle sung within the Eucharist for All Souls’ Day Sunday November 6th at 5pm. The Choirs of Christ Church Cathedral & St Mary’ North Melbourne with guest organist Calvin Bowman and the singers of VOX.

PARISH NEWSLETTER

We will be producing our next Parish Newsletter 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.

FAITH WITHOUT FEAR: AN AFTERNOON WITH KEITH MASCORD

Saturday 3 December 2016 | 3.30pm

Trinity College, Royal Parade Parkville | Old Warden’s Lodge

$25 | $20 concession – includes afternoon tea

The Rev’d Dr Keith Mascord has recently been ‘in the news’, as his licence as a clergyman has been withheld because he is not willing to cease speaking on the issue of same-sex marriage. What is this all about?  You can join Keith Mascord as he explores this and the other issues in his book Faith without Fear.  Afterwards you can, if you wish, hear the outstanding Trinity College Choir lead a Service of Readings and Carols in the College Chapel at 4.00pm. For information or to register email to theologyevents@trinity.edu.au or call 9348 7127.

 ST MARY’S STITCHERS

Please join us and invite your friends. You can join anytime.

Our needlework group meets on Thursday morning, at 10 am – in the hall and Thursday evening at 7.30pm.

We would be glad to see you as often as you can make it, and for any donations of leftover 8ply wool.

 

Notices for 21 August 2016

From the Vicar
Last Sunday was a great day. Many thanks to everyone who contributed in many and varied ways to the liturgies and the hospitality. Attendances were good at all services, with a number of visitors and “returning parishioners” taking the opportunity to reconnect, and several people commented to me at the time and since that there was a very good “vibe”.

This Sunday we return to the ordinary run of things. Festivals are great, but there is also something to be said for the ordinary. Many people – myself included – function best with routine rather than constant excitement. Establishing patterns and rhythms, both of life and of worship, are key to contentment and productivity, both physical and spiritual.

What are the routines that feed you? Does God figure in those routines? Should God figure a bit more prominently?

As, Sunday by Sunday, we celebrate the Eucharist, we enter into a liturgical routine that has fed and nurtured the church and its members for thousands of years. And we are invited, in a hectic and often anti-routine world, to place ourselves into that timeless space where we can dwell with God, and God with us.

–       Fr Craig

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 11 September        Light Up! 3pm
Sunday 25 September        Visiting preacher Anglican Overseas Aid
Thursday 29 September     Sung Eucharist 6.30pm        

WINTER BLANKET, COAT AND NEW SOCKS DRIVE
Are there any winter coats or blankets languishing at your place?

If you bring them to St Mary’s, in church or office hours, until the end of August, we will recycle them to people who need them.  Also are you able to purchase new pairs of socks for all ages for collection? Help make someone who is cold, warmer this winter.

 ST MARY’S STITCHERS
Please join us and invite your friends.  You can join anytime.
Our needlework group meets on Thursday morning, at 10 am – in the hall and Thursday evening at 7.30pm.
We would be glad to see you as often as you can make it, and for any donations of leftover 8ply wool.

CURSILLO WOMEN’S WEEKEND – SEPTEMBER 8 – 11
Kerry Dehring is the Lay Coordinator for the coming Cursillo Weekend in September. Cursillo is a lay movement of the Anglican church that works closely with clergy and equips people to be active disciples of Christ. The three day weekend is for committed Christians who wish to grow in faith.  If you would be interested in attending this weekend please contact Kerry at the office.

OFF THE SHELF – TRINITY COLLEGE
Andre Schwarz-Bart’s novel “The Last of the Just” with Revd Professor Mark Lindsay on Thursday 15 September 2016 6pm – 7.30pm, Old Warden’s Lodge, Trinity College Parkville $30/$20 concession.

Notices for 31 July 2016

From the Vicar
This week I began teaching a course on the Reformation at Trinity College – the first time I have done so in several years. Apart from the fact that I feel rather rusty in what used to be my expert subject area, I find that I cannot help but reflect on elements of contemporary life – both church and beyond – as I re-encounter the events leading up to that great era of change.

To take but one example, where today we have ISIS and its affiliates seeking to inflame a holy war, in the Reformation period there was also a threat to the West from Islam that led to continent-wide paranoia.  In that earlier case, the risk of the invasion of Christian Europe by the Ottoman Turks from the East was very real, albeit without the random acts of terror we know today. Then, as now, the gulf of misunderstanding between those of both religious worldviews – Muslim and Christian – was and is very great.

The fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1453 began a period of panic that lasted well into the sixteenth century, especially amongst the ruling and intellectual elites. The image of the Patriarch of Constantinople and his clergy being massacred as they celebrated the Liturgy for the final time in Hagia Sophia is a particularly poignant one this week, as we reflect on events in France. History does not, of course, provide us with all the answers to today’s problems, however it can sometimes help us to understand that, whilst the threats we encounter in our day are certainly real, they are almost never without precedent.

–       Fr Craig

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 24 July              Study Series Part 3 starts at 11.30am
Sunday 14 August         St Mary’s Patronal Festival Eucharist 10am
Sunday 14 August         Light Up! 3pm
Sunday 14 August         St Mary’s Patronal Festival Evensong 6pm

STUDY SERIES –31 JULY
The Study series will be led by Jacob Legarda. It will commence at 11.30am, after morning tea. The title for the series will be: Homosexuality: Rephrasing Questions & Reimagining Answers 

A three-part study, which will look to biblical narratives as a basis for raising and exploring the following questions: Can we sanctify something which scripture has declared to be profane? What should we do when our experience of God conflicts with established understandings of God? As Christians, why bother at all with sex; and where does it fit within the bigger picture of God’s plan for creation?

PATRONAL FESTIVAL SUNDAY 14 AUGUST
This year we will keeping the feast of Mary Mother of the Lord on the Sunday. There will be a festival eucharist at 10am. Our guest preacher will be our area bishop, Bishop Genieve Blackwell. The service will be followed by Chicken and Champagne refreshments. At 6pm there will be choral evensong, also followed by refreshments. Please encourage family and friends to attend on this special day.

WINTER BLANKET, COAT AND NEW SOCKS DRIVE
Are there any winter coats or blankets languishing at your place? If you bring them to St Mary’s, in church or office hours, until the end of August, we will recycle them to people who need them.  Also are you able to purchase new pairs of socks for all ages for collection?
Help make someone who is cold, warmer this winter.

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 31st August, preceeded by Evensong at 5.40pm, in the College Chapel.   If you would like to attend, and for further information,  please speak to Jacob Legarda.

PARISH NEWSLETTER
We will be producing our Parish Newsletter ready for the Patronal Festival on Sunday August 14th. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office soon.

ST MARY’S STITCHERS
Please join us and invite your friends.  You can join anytime.
Our needlework group meets on Thursday morning, at 10 am – in the hall and Thursday evening at 7.30pm.
We would be glad to see you as often as you can make it, and for any donations of leftover 8ply wool.

CURSILLO WOMEN’S WEEKEND – SEPTEMBER 8 – 11
Kerry Dehring is the Lay Coordinator for the coming Cursillo Weekend in September. Cursillo is a lay movement of the Anglican church that works closely with clergy and equips people to be active disciples of Christ. The three day weekend is for committed Christians who wish to grow in faith.  If you would be interested in attending this weekend please contact Kerry at the office.

Notices for 24 July 2016

From the Vicar
Although the days are beginning to lengthen, late July and August is often the coldest time of the year in Melbourne, and many of those who are able take the opportunity to spend some time in warmer climes. That, combined with a natural desire to stay in a warm house on a cold morning, can impact on church attendances. At this time of year we are usually about 10-20% smaller than in, say, November.

Apart from exhorting everyone to try to make it to church despite the cold and dark, my main point in raising this is that we can easily just “assume” that people are away on holiday when they might, in fact, be unwell or absent for other reasons. So if you have a friend who has been absent from the pews for a week or two, it’s a good idea to give them a call, or let one of the clergy know, so that they can be followed up. Being part of a community like St Mary’s means looking after one another, and not just on Sunday morning. So do spare some thought for those you have not seen lately, and do try to get in touch with them.

In a related matter, if you are planning a trip away, please do let the vicar know, so that we do not worry needlessly if you are absent for an extended period.
–       Fr Craig

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 24 July              Study Series Part 2 starts at 11.30am
Sunday 14 August         St Mary’s Patronal Festival Eucharist 10am
Sunday 14 August         Light Up! 3pm
Sunday 14 August         St Mary’s Patronal Festival Evensong 6pm

STUDY SERIES –24 AND 31 JULY
The Study series will be led by Jacob Legarda. It will commence at 11.30am, after morning tea. The title for the series will be: Homosexuality: Rephrasing Questions & Reimagining Answers 

A three-part study, which will look to biblical narratives as a basis for raising and exploring the following questions: Can we sanctify something which scripture has declared to be profane? What should we do when our experience of God conflicts with established understandings of God? As Christians, why bother at all with sex; and where does it fit within the bigger picture of God’s plan for creation?

PATRONAL FESTIVAL SUNDAY 14 AUGUST
This year we will keeping the feast of Mary Mother of the Lord on the Sunday. There will be a festival eucharist at 10am. Our guest preacher will be our area bishop, Bishop Genieve Blackwell. The service will be followed by Chicken and Champagne refreshments. At 6pm there will be choral evensong, also followed by refreshments. Please encourage family and friends to attend on this special day.

WINTER BLANKET, COAT AND NEW SOCKS DRIVE
Are there any winter coats or blankets languishing at your place?
If you bring them to St Mary’s, in church or office hours, until the end of August, we will recycle them to people who need them.  Also are you able to purchase new pairs of socks for all ages for collection?
Help make someone who is cold, warmer this winter.

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 31st August, preceeded by Evensong at 5.40pm, in the College Chapel.   If you would like to attend, and for further information,  please speak to Jacob Legarda.

PARISH NEWSLETTER
We will be producing our Parish Newsletter ready for the Patronal Festival on Sunday August 14th. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office soon.

ST MARY’S STITCHERS
Please join us and invite your friends.  You can join anytime.
Our needlework group meets on Thursday morning, at 10 am – in the hall and Thursday evening at 7.30pm.
We would be glad to see you as often as you can make it, and for any donations of leftover 8ply wool.

CURSILLO WOMEN’S WEEKEND – SEPTEMBER 8 – 11
Kerry Dehring is the Lay Coordinator for the coming Cursillo Weekend in September. Cursillo is a lay movement of the Anglican church that works closely with clergy and equips people to be active disciples of Christ. The three day weekend is for committed Christians who wish to grow in faith.  If you would be interested in attending this weekend please contact Kerry at the office.

 

Notices for 17 July 2016

From the Vicar
This week we begin a new study series in the 11.30am slot, exploring how Scripture might help us think about questions surrounding homosexuality. If ever there was a hot topic in the church, this is it. This week the general synod of the Anglican Church in Canada passed the first reading of a bill to make it possible for Canadian Anglican clergy to celebrate same-sex marriages in church. (Civil equal marriage legislation was passed in Canada eleven years ago.) The Anglican Communion remains deeply divided over these sorts of issues. By examining what Scripture says beyond “the five texts” commonly claimed to be against homosexual behaviour, we are able to engage in a more nuanced and, I believe, a more authentic engagement with the question “what does God want?” on these issues. I encourage you to come along to the study groups if you can.

– Fr Craig

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 17 July              Study Series starts at 11.30am
Sunday 14 August         St Mary’s Patronal Festival Eucharist 10am
Sunday 14 August         Light Up! 3pm
Sunday 14 August         St Mary’s Patronal Festival Evensong 6pm

STUDY SERIES – 17, 24 AND 31 JULY
The Study series will be led by Jacob Legarda. It will commence at 11.30am, after morning tea. The title for the series will be:

Homosexuality: Rephrasing Questions & Reimagining Answers
A three-part study, which will look to biblical narratives as a basis for raising and exploring the following questions: Can we sanctify something which scripture has declared to be profane? What should we do when our experience of God conflicts with established understandings of God? As Christians, why bother at all with sex; and where does it fit within the bigger picture of God’s plan for creation?

PATRONAL FESTIVAL SUNDAY 14 AUGUST
This year we will keeping the feast of Mary Mother of the Lord on the Sunday. There will be a festival eucharist at 10am. Our guest preacher will be our area bishop, Bishop Genieve Blackwell. The service will be followed by Chicken and Champagne refreshments. At 6pm there will be choral evensong, also followed by refreshments. Please encourage family and friends to attend on this special day.

WINTER BLANKET AND COAT DRIVE
Are there any winter coats or blankets languishing at your place?
If you bring them to St Mary’s, in church or office hours, until the end of August, we will recycle them to people who need them.
Help make someone who is cold, warmer this winter.

PARISH NEWSLETTER
We will be producing our Parish Newsletter ready for the Patronal Festival on Sunday August 14th. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office soon.

ST MARY’S STITCHERS
Please join us and invite your friends.  You can join anytime.
Our needlework group meets on Thursday morning, at 10 am – in the hall and Thursday evening at 7.30pm.
We would be glad to see you as often as you can make it, and for any donations of leftover 8ply wool.

Notices for 3 July 2016

From the Vicar
Those reading this on Sunday morning will have woken up either to a newly elected government, or a vote count on a knife edge. Whichever is the case, it is highly likely that the transition from one set of elected representatives to the next will be relatively seamless, and non-violent.

We sometimes forget how blessed we are in Australia by our political processes. The fact that all of us have a vote, that each of those votes counts equally, that our political parties, whilst not perfect, are largely free of graft and corruption, and that when people lose an election they do not take to the streets in violence, is not a set of blessings that every body politic enjoys.

It has become less fashionable in recent years to pray directly and regularly for our governments. Anglican services used pretty much always to have a set prayer by which we did so. Weekends like this, therefore, might serve to encourage us to do so at least a little more frequently. Let us pray that, whoever has won, we may be Godly and quietly governed, and that our leaders may lead us in the way of peace.

–  Fr. Craig

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 3 July                Server Training at 11.30am
Sunday 17 July              Study Series starts at 11.30am
Sunday 14 August         St Mary’s Patronal Festival

STUDY SERIES – 17, 24 AND 31 JULY
The Study series will be led by Jacob Legarda. It will commence at 11.30am, after morning tea. The title for the series will be:  Homosexuality: Rephrasing Questions & Reimagining Answers
A three-part study, which will look to biblical narratives as a basis for raising and exploring the following questions: Can we sanctify something which scripture has declared to be profane? What should we do when our experience of God conflicts with established understandings of God? As Christians, why bother at all with sex; and where does it fit within the bigger picture of God’s plan for creation?

 FILLING THE ROSTERS
With a number of people away over winter, there are a number of gaps in the rosters in coming months. If you are interested in joining the roster as a server or a welcomer, please speak to the vicar.

SERVER TRAINING
There will be a series of training sessions for servers in coming weeks, both for newer members of the serving team, and as “refresher courses” for longer-term members of the serving team. These will take place at 11.30am on 26 June, 3 & 10 July.

LIGHT UP!
Light Up! will be in recess for July and will recommence on Sunday 14 August at 3pm.  All who are interested in attending or assisting with this service please contact Josephine Snowdon.

PARISH NEWSLETTER
We will be producing our Parish Newsletter ready for the Patronal Festival on Sunday August 14th. If you have any articles, especially for the theme of “St Mary’s around the world” please forward them to the office soon.

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.

SHARING SUNDAY –  3rd and 10th July
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 us and invite your friends.  You can join anytime.
Our needlework group meets on Thursday morning, at 10 am – in the hall and Thursday evening at 7.30pm. We would be glad to see you as often as you can make it, and for any donations of leftover 8ply wool.

Notices for 19 June 2016

From the Vicar
Hate crimes have a sad history of being associated with religion. Religious claims have been invoked in favour of racism and racist violence of various kinds, in justifying the suppression of women and even the violent control of them and, of course, the condemnation of homosexuals and others whose sexuality is other than totally “straight”. Much of the homophobia in our world is ultimately justified by religious claims.

Last week’s events in Orlando are, unfortunately, just the most recent episode in that long sad history. A young man with religious convictions, deeply confused, it would seem, about his own sexuality, took out his self-loathing on others, claiming religion as his excuse. His religious claims were Islamic, but he could just as easily have been a Christian. There is no comfort, or comfortable position, for anyone in the wake of this crime. Even as some religious people are trying to preach and teach reconciliation, inclusion and forgiveness, others are picketing the funerals of the dead with “God Hates Gays” on their placards.

The future will judge the religious homophobia of our present generation, just as the present judges the racism of previous generations of religious people. But the issues are never straight-forward, never simple. And the tensions are often, as in the case of the young Afghan-American from Florida, embodied in the same individual.

Please continue to pray for all those effected by the Orlando bombing, and for all victims of hate crimes, but pray too for the soul of that deeply troubled young man, who could himself be said to have been a victim of a society in which religious people still sometimes make it so very hard for non-straight people to lead authentic lives, such that they turn to self-hatred, and even to violence.

– Fr Craig.

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 19 June            Fundraising Lunch for Refugees
Saturday 25 June         Christmas in June – Church Fundraising Event

FILLING THE ROSTERS
With a number of people away over winter, there are a number of gaps in the rosters in coming months. If you are interested in joining the roster as a server or a welcomer, please speak to the vicar.

SERVER TRAINING
There will be a series of training sessions for servers in coming weeks, both for newer members of the serving team, and as “refresher courses” for longer-term members of the serving team. These will take place at 11.30am on 26 June, 3 & 10 July.

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
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.’

FUNDRAISER FOR REFUGEES – ACT OF PEACE
Sunday 19 June we will be hosting a lunch of similar food to that served in Refugee camps, instead of morning tea. This is an initiative of Australian Council of Churches – Act of Peace.  For those who wish to participate lunch will be provided and you can donate for the lunch what you can – paper money only and please be generous – envelopes provided.

 ST MARY’S WINTER FUNDRAISER
Christmas in June – Saturday 25 June

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 $60, $110 for a couple, $10 Children, $30 concession for this catered event with BYO drinks.

RSVP to the parish office by Monday 20 June or put your name on the sign up sheet in the church, office@stmarys.org.au or 9328 2522.

ST MARY’S STITCHERS
Please join us and invite your friends.  You can join anytime.
Our needlework group meets on Thursday morning, at 10 am – in the hall and Thursday evening at 7.30pm at Marion’s house. We would be glad to see you as often as you can make it, and for any donations of leftover 8ply wool.

Notices 5 June 2016

From the Locum Vicar
The Anglican Communion is today asked to pray for the work of the Anglican Centre in Rome. When I worked there I, with a Roman Catholic colleague, co-taught a course on ecumenism at the Angelicum, the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas. The course was called “Aspects of Catholicism in the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches”.

Unitatis Redintegratio, the Decree on Ecumenism of Vatican II states, –‘divisions arose — in the West, stemming from the events which are usually referred to as “The Reformation.” As a result, many Communions, national or confessional, were separated from the Roman See. Among those in which Catholic traditions and institutions — continue to exist, the Anglican Communion occupies a special place.’ (emphasis added)

After 46 years of official dialogue between the Roman Catholic and Anglican communions, the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), is now seeking to fine-tune how to study the differences and similarities between our two churches, both of which call themselves Catholic and see themselves as maintaining the unbroken tradition of the Apostolic faith.

My successor in Rome, Archbishop Sir David Moxon, who is Anglican co-chair of the Commission, was quoted recently as saying that “ARCIC III”, the present round of official talks, is yet to prove itself.

This, the third stage of the dialogue, which has been meeting since 2011, is currently studying the question – part of its mandate – how the Church arrives at moral teaching.

This official dialogue, sponsored by the Vatican and the Archbishop of Canterbury, met recently in Toronto.  It was the first time that ARCIC has met in Canada and the first meeting in Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit first revealed the global unity of the Christian message expressed in the diversity of languages from around the world.

In our time the need for unity within the Christian community of churches has never been more profound. We are called to live out of the unity that is ours in Christ.

Thank you for welcoming me again this year. I have very much enjoyed my time with you. May God continue to bless you.

Fr. David Richardson

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 12 June           3pm Light Up! Intergenerational Service of Praise, Prayer and Proclamation
Sunday 19 June            Fundraising Lunch for Refugees
Saturday 25 June         Christmas in June – Church Fundraising Event

FUNDRAISER FOR REFUGEES – ACT OF PEACE
Sunday 19 June we will be hosting a lunch of similar food to that served in Refugee camps, instead of morning tea. This is an initiative of Australian Council of Churches – Act of Peace.  For those who wish to participate lunch will be provided and you can donate for the lunch what you can – paper money only and please be generous – envelopes provided.

 ST MARY’S WINTER FUNDRAISER
Christmas in June – Saturday 25 June
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 $60, $110 for a couple, $10 Children, $30 concession for this catered event BYO drinks

RSVP to the parish office by Monday 20 June or put your name on the sign up sheet in the church, office@stmarys.org.au or 9328 2522

 ST MARY’S STITCHERS
Starting this Thursday – 2nd June – Morning and Evening 

Calling all knitters, sewers, embroiderers, quilters and tapestriers, both male and female. Invite your friends as well.
We are starting a needlework group which will meet on Thursday morning, at 10 am – in the hall and Thursday evening at 7.30pm  – this week at Marion’s House. Lots of good chat guaranteed.

You can bring your own work or join us in knitting squares for blankets, or even stitching kneelers. Very soothing–great occupational therapy-and no expertise needed.

Of course, whether you can come regularly or not we would be glad to see you as often as you can make it, and for any donations of leftover 8ply wool.  

Please contact Fiona on 0418 591 662 or Rhondda on 9329 4438 if you have any queries.

 ANGLICAN OVERSEAS AID
2016 End of Year Financial Appeal
Thy Kingdom Come ……….On Earth
Donate at anglicanoverseasaid.org.au

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY and YOUTH GROUP
We are looking for volunteers to join the Children’s Ministry program. We are looking for people to assist with Sunday School either as a regular member or for one off sessions, if you have a special skill to share. Training is provided for the Sunday School program.

We are also looking to establishing a working group to explore the idea of a St Mary’s Youth Group. If you would like to be involved in this please let us know. Any questions, please contact the Children’s and Families Minister, Harriet Jenkins.

MELBOURNE GUITAR QUARTET
Concert at St Mary’s Friday 3rd June at 7pm.
Book at www.melbourneguitarfoundation.com

MELBOURNE BACH CHAMBER CHOIR
Melbourne’s newest choir will be performing their inaugural concert at St Mary’s Saturday 4th June 7.30pm $35 Adult,$30 conc, $20 Student. Book at www.trybookings.com/LLER or 0474 223 281

VICAR ON LEAVE
The Vicar will be returning from Annual Leave on 2 June. The Locum until his return will be Fr David Richardson, who many will remember from his time as locum last year. Fr David will be present on Sundays, plus one day per week, and for emergencies. Morning Prayer, Tuesday-Friday, will continue as usual. There will, however, be no lunchtime Eucharist on Wednesdays during May.

 

Notices for 15 May 2016

From the Locum Vicar

The Sunday we call Pentecost is the last Sunday in the season of Easter. In the past, both the Anglican Prayer Book (The Book of Common Prayer) and the Roman Catholic calendar gave Pentecost an ‘Octave’ of its own, that is they created for Pentecost a little season which led to Trinity Sunday, one of the few celebrations of the Christian Year that commemorates a reality and doctrine rather than a person or event. Indeed it was Trinity that gave its name to all the succeeding Sundays.

The liturgical reforms that followed Vatican II however put an end to that. The Easter Season – The Great Fifty Days – is the season of celebration that follows the Forty Day Fast of Lent. Easter, beginning with the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection and ending with the coming of the Holy Spirit is the centrepiece of the Christian calendar. Trinity Sunday became the first Sunday of Pentecost and all succeeding Sundays are named as Sundays after Pentecost.

So we have had two slabs of time, the first a season of preparation for Easter and the second and longer one a celebration of the resurrection life that is ours in Christ.

In 2016 in Australia we are being treated to a third slab of time another season of preparation.  It was announced last Sunday and it is called the pre-election season. Like Easter it is long, a shade over fifty days. Unlike both Lent and Easter whose end is well known, there is no telling what will be the end of this season. The privilege of democracies however is that we are all invited to participate in the outcome. Christians should have strong views about politics and so, if we are to be an influence in the policies of a future government, I hope we will bring something of the same care to this time as we bring to the seasons that are at the heart of our faith.

– Fr. David Richardson

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 15 May -Today                 6pm Evensong – Pentecost
Sunday 14 August                          Evensong – Patronal Festival

PENTECOST
On Pentecost Sunday (15 May) there will be service of Choral Evensong at 6pm. We will be welcoming visitors from Mark the Evangelist Uniting Church and Christ Church Kensington. The preacher will be The Revd Dr Craig Thompson, from Mark the Evangelist.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
We are looking for volunteers to join the Children’s Ministry program. We are looking for people to assist with Sunday School either as a regular member or for one off sessions, if you have a special skill to share. Training is provided for the Sunday School program. If you have other skills or interests which you would like to share with the children, please let us know as well.

YOUTH GROUP
We are also looking to establishing a working group to explore the idea of a St Mary’s Youth Group. If you would like to be involved in this please contact the Children’s and Families Minister, Harriet Jenkins.

ST MARY’S STITCHES
Calling all knitters, sewers, embroiderers, quilters and tapestriers, both Male and Female.
 We are planning a needlework group at St Mary’s – weekly, day  and/or evening but come when you can.
You can bring your own work or join us in knitting squares for blankets, or even stitching kneelers.
The hall is free on Thursday mornings or we could meet in each others homes.  Contact the office for more information and to vote for which time suits you!

 Hoping to hear from you for a June start.

PUBLIC DISCUSSION
Institute of Post Colonial Studies, Arena Publications and the Congregation of Mark the Evangelist are presenting a Public Discussion on Thursday May 19th in the Elm Street Church Hall, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. The theme will be, Whose Problem is the ‘Problem with Islam’? The speakers will be: Fethi Mansouri (Director, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation); Micaela Sahhar (University of Melbourne); Joshua Roose (Australian Catholic University); Maher Mughrabi (Foreign Editor at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald). Further information: Alison Caddick 0418 304 500; www.marktheevangelist.unitingchurch.org.au

LEADING WOMEN
A day for Anglican women leaders, lay and ordained, to listen, share, learn and grow in confident leadership
Saturday 18 June 2016 | 9.30am to 4.00pm
Old Warden’s Lodge, Trinity College, Parkville

Explore the possibilities and the pitfalls of leading in parish, chaplaincy and teaching ministries with Bishop Kay Goldsworthy, Bishop Genieve Blackwell, Professor Jane Fisher, Canon Dr Colleen O’Reilly, Professor Dorothy Lee, the Revd Dr Cecilia Francis and Dr Muriel Porter.  For more information and to register, email to theologyevents@trinity.edu.au, or call 03 9348 7127. $40 including morning & afternoon tea and lunch | $30 – concessional rate

Theology at Trinity – Continuing Education Program

VICAR ON LEAVE
The Vicar will be taking Annual Leave from 2 May until 2 June. The Locum during this period will be Fr David Richardson, who many will remember from his time as locum last year. Fr David will be present on Sundays, plus one day per week, and for emergencies. Morning Prayer, Tuesday-Friday, will continue as usual. There will, however, be no lunchtime Eucharist on Wednesdays during May.

Notices for 24 April 2016

From the Vicar

How do we translate Scripture for the contemporary church, much less for contemporary non-Church society? Perhaps the first step in answering that question is that we study the text, which is why we have regular Bible study sessions here at St Mary’s. It was very encouraging that so many participated in the Lenten study series on the Passion in Luke’s Gospel. I would encourage everyone to consider engaging with other regular offerings, including the one starting today on Acts, but also to consider other ways to study Scripture. You might even like to think about taking a subject or starting a degree at Trinity!

This Sunday is often known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”, named for the gospel reading containing the phrase “I am the good shepherd . . .” The three year lectionary, of course, moves us around a bit, and whilst the shepherd theme remains, the actual text in question is not quoted this year. The whole theme, however, begs the question: how well do rural metaphors, like that of the shepherd, translate into inner-urban ministry in a twenty-first century city? In order to answer that we probably need to do a good deal of exegesis about what shepherds were (and were not!) in first century Palestine. Suffice it to say that, having done so, we then need, as in all Scriptural metaphors, to find language to translate the concepts that “shepherd” encompasses to a community for whom the notion is at best romantic, or even entirely beyond their experience or understanding.

– Fr Craig

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 17 April                  Bible Study 11.30am – Dr Geoff Jenkins
Tuesday 26 April                 5.10pm Fr Craig’s Collation as Archdeacon of Melbourne at St Paul’s  Cathedral.
Saturday 30 April              10am-2pm Fair

BIBLE STUDY  – SUNDAY
Sunday 17 April at 11.30am we begin a new series of Bible Studies after morning tea. Dr. Geoff Jenkins will lead four sessions on

“Dialogue and Debate in the Acts of the Apostles”. All welcome.

ST MARYS FAIR (KINDERGARTEN & PARISH)
Saturday, 30 April 2016, 10am-2pm
Please bring jars to the office this week. Required for jams etc.
The Parish Stall will include jams and preserves, cakes and baked goods, and some fresh produce. There will also be a children’s table, and tours of the church building.

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, Andrew Barnard, at abarnard@stmarys.org.au, or call the parish office on 9328 2522.

SHARING SUNDAY
The next two Sundays will be 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.’

ELECTION OF SYNOD REPRESENTATIVES
Nominations are called for two parish lay synod representatives and one alternate lay synod representative for the 2016-18 diocesan synod. Nomination forms are available in the porch. Nominations close at 8am on Sunday 24 April. If an election is required, it will take place immediately following the 10am service on Sunday 1 May. If you wish to discuss what is involved in this role, please speak to the vicar.

NEW MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT
Over the past few months, the Parish Council has been discussing the first stages of development of a Strategic Plan for the parish, in order to promote renewal and new life within our parish community. This may sound a bit corporate and even a bit daunting, however in truth it is neither. In order best to discern what God is calling us to do and to be, it is necessary for the parish leadership team to reflect on what is working and what is not, on what is missing, what is possible, what is achievable, and even what we think God might want. To that end we have had a series of discussions around the existing Mission and Vision statement, culminating in a Planning Day in February that has led to the production of a new Mission and Vision Statement for the parish. (The statement is printed on the back page of the pew sheet.) This Statement will form the basis for the development of a Mission Action Plan. This will not, however, be a rarefied exercise. We are publishing the Mission and Vision Statement now, but will be holding a parish-wide consultation later in the year, once other materials have been assembled by various groups within the Council. We will then be asking the parish for feedback on the Statement, and on the general action directions we are proposing out of it. This consultation is planned to take place in September.

Notices for 1 April 2016

From the Vicar

Life is full of surprises.

On Thursday, the archbishop announced that he has appointed me to be Archdeacon of Melbourne, in succession to Archdeacon (now Bishop) Richard Condie.

This new role will give me responsibilities beyond the parish, but should not impact too greatly on my duties at St Mary’s. (Yes, I will continue to be vicar here. J) I was humbled and a little surprised to be invited to take up this role, but I am excited by the opportunities for ministry and mission that it entails. Please pray for me over the coming weeks. My collation (which is what they call the installation of an archdeacon) is expected to take place at Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral at 5.10pm on Tuesday 26 April. Everyone is very welcome to attend that service. There will be more information closer to the date.

– Fr Craig.

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 10 April                              3pm Light Up!
Saturday 30 April                            10am-2pm Fair

 THANKS
Thanks to all those involved in so many ways with the Holy Week services. A number of regular parishioners, and a number of visitors, commented on how well the various liturgies went, their beauty, the excellent music, the lovely flowers, and the sermons from our guest preacher Fr Don Saines. None of these would be possible without the enthusiastic volunteer work done by so many.

ST MARYS FAIR (KINDERGARTEN & PARISH)
Saturday, 30 April 2016, 10am-2pm

St Mary’s fair is not far away!

The parish contribution to the Fair will be take place primarily in the Baptistry, and as announced previously, will be subsidiary to the Kindergarten’s efforts this year. The Parish Stall will include jams and preserves, cakes and baked goods, and some fresh produce. There will also be a children’s table, and tours of the church building.

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, Andrew Barnard, at abarnard@stmarys.org.au, or call the parish office on 9328 2522.

NEW MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT
Over the past few months, the Parish Council has been discussing the first stages of development of a Strategic Plan for the parish, in order to promote renewal and new life within our parish community. This may sound a bit corporate and even a bit daunting, however in truth it is neither. In order best to discern what God is calling us to do and to be, it is necessary for the parish leadership team to reflect on what is working and what is not, on what is missing, what is possible, what is achievable, and even what we think God might want. To that end we have had a series of discussions around the existing Mission and Vision statement, culminating in a Planning Day in February that has led to the production of a new Mission and Vision Statement for the parish. (The statement is printed on the back page of the pew sheet.) This Statement will form the basis for the development of a Mission Action Plan. This will not, however, be a rarefied exercise. We are publishing the Mission and Vision Statement now, but will be holding a parish-wide consultation later in the year, once other materials have been assembled by various groups within the Council. We will then be asking the parish for feedback on the Statement, and on the general action directions we are proposing out of it. This consultation is planned to take place in September.

Notices for 13 March 2016

From the Vicar
Holy Week begins next Sunday, as we pass from Palm branches to the Passion. (If you are able, please bring some palm branches next Saturday morning for church decoration!) In the evening there is a service of Tenebrae at 8pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to sing some great Passiontide hymns whilst working through the story of Holy Week in a quiet and meditative way.

Holy Week is the most important week in the liturgical calendar. The events we commemorate and remember take us to the very core of the Christian story of the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. It is for that reason that we celebrate them with such solemnity – because they matter. I would encourage you – even enjoin you – to consider attending the full run of major services, especially the three services of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. This trilogy is deeply moving when entered into fully. It is hard work! But it is a work of prayer that brings great spiritual rewards.

– Fr Craig.

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 13 March                             Light Up! 3pm
Sunday 20 March                             8pm Tenebrae
Saturday 26 March                          Working Bee from 9.00am
Holy Week Services                       See Below
Saturday 30 April                            Kindergarten Fair & Parish Stall

PALM BRANCHES
If you have a palm tree, or access to one, and are able to provide some palm branches to decorate the church next Sunday, Please place them outside the baptistery door before 11am on Saturday 19 March.

LENT, HOLY WEEK, EASTER BROCHURE
Please take a copy of the brochure available in the porch, which details all the activities for the present season.

WORKING BEE
To do the pre Easter polishing, will follow 9.00am morning prayer on Easter Saturday, 26th March.

EASTER EVE SUPPER – SATURDAY 26 MARCH
If you are able to bring something to share on Saturday for the supper after the Easter Eve service please write your name on the list that will be in the porch.

SHARING SUNDAY
The next two Sundays will be 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, and leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thank you.’

ST MARYS FAIR (KINDERGARTEN & PARISH)
Saturday, 30 April 2016
St Marys fair is coming!
The parish aspect of the Fair will be held primarily in the Baptistry, and as announced previously, be subsidiary to the Kindergarten’s  efforts. We are looking for enthusiasts to run stalls on the day: Cakes, Jams & preserves, possibly Nursery, Flowers, Produce, and Café Queensberry (take out filter coffee and biscuits); Celebrity Coconut Shie (hit a nut with a difference) and Church Tours; and also a crack marketing person.
Now is the time to be making jams and preserves (standard 250 ml jars and lids are available), and getting plants and seedlings growing. Inquiries, suggestions and expressions of commitment are welcomed by Tom Shearer, Fair facilitator, tel. 0408917597, or terroior@bigpond.com

ANGLICAN OVERSEAS AID: 2016 EASTER APPEAL: FORGOTTEN, NOT FORSAKEN
Support communities as they continue to recover from disasters.
In a world dominated by fast-paced media coverage, the public response to large disasters is often huge and generous. But when the news dies down, or is pushed off by the next “big” story, the emergency relief carries on, taking months or even years for relief to turn into recovery and rebuilding. Without a spotlight, often such work is forgotten.

When disasters and emergencies happen, Anglican Overseas Aid is able to respond quickly by using our Rapid Response Emergency Fund and donations to our appeals. We commit to the work of our partners, usually through the global ACT Alliance, to address immediate needs, such as temporary shelter, clean water, clothing, food rations and so on.

Anglican Overseas Aid is an overseas aid and development agency of the Anglican Church of Australia. Our work is inspired by the gospel of Christ, with a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world for all. We work with Anglican and like-minded agencies in countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific to create and strengthen partnerships to overcome poverty, injustice and disaster.

You can make a donation and support our partners as they help communities recover from disasters by filling out the form obtained from the office and returning it to:
Forgotten, Not Forsaken: 2016 Easter Appeal, Anglican Overseas Aid, PO Box 389, Abbotsford, Vic, 3067.

Alternatively, you can donate securely online at www.anglicanoverseasaid.org.au, or call Anglican Overseas Aid on 1800 249 880. Find out more about more about how we are helping communities to recover from disasters on our website at www.anglicanoverseasaid.org.au

HOLY WEEK & EASTER 2016
Sunday 20th March
 Palm Sunday
8am Eucharist
10am Sung Eucharist with Procession
8pm Tenebrae

Thursday 24th March
8pm Maundy Thursday Liturgy

Friday 25th March
10am Good Friday Liturgy

Saturday 26th March
9pm Great Paschal Vigil

Sunday 27th March
Easter Day
8am Eucharist
10am Sung Eucharist

Notices for 28 February 2016

From the Vicar
Last Saturday the Parish Council met to begin a strategic planning exercise for the parish. This is a long-term, not a short-term process. There will be a wider parish consultation later in the year, but first Parish Council will be doing the research necessary to present some ideas that are reasonably well formed and well thought out.
A major focus of the day was an initial re-working of the parish mission and vision statement (you can find the current statement on the back of the pew sheet). A revised version of this statement should be available next month.
The day was very helpful, not least in that it helped us to identify some possible new areas of focus, as well as re-affirming the need to stay on course in some key areas, and admit that we do not have the capacity to do everything we might like to do.
I encourage you to speak to members of parish council when the new mission/vision statement becomes available. The Parish Council will approve it, but it will be up for revision once we undertake the wider consultation later in the year.

– Fr Craig.

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 28 February                        11.30am Lenten Bible Study
Wednesdays   2,9 March               6.30pm Lenten Studies at St Mary’s
Sunday 20 March                             Tenebrae Service 8pm

LENT, HOLY WEEK, EASTER BROCHURE
Please take a copy of the brochure available in the porch, which details all the activities for the present season. In addition to the services noted in the brochure, there will be a Tenebrae service at 8pm on Palm Sunday (20 March)

NATIONAL TRUST APPEAL
Following the unexpected work on the roof over the past few weeks, most of which will not be covered by insurance, you are encouraged to consider making a contribution to the St Mary’s Restoration Appeal through the National Trust.  Gifts are tax deductible.  Giving forms are available in the porch.

LENT/EASTER PARISH NEWSLETTER
Please think about contributing articles for the Lent/Easter Parish Newsletter.  We are considering a series about interesting churches you have attended, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, but anything you write will be welcome. Send to the office at office@stmarys.org.au or give to Rhondda as soon as possible, please.

PARISH FAIR
This year’s Fair will be on a smaller scale than in previous years. Parish Council has agreed that in the absence of a Fair Coordinator we will have a Parish stall in the Baptistry, and that the remainder of the fair will be given over to the kindergarten.  Now would be a good time to think about making preserves etc. for the Parish Stall.  Please note that there will be no Trash and Treasure and no Book Stall so please do not deliver items for either of these.

Notices for 21 February 2016

From the Vicar

How soon headlines disappear. A few weeks ago the asylum seeker issue was front page news, now it is replaced by debates over taxation. Nonetheless, the issues behind the earlier headlines have not gone away.
Following a meeting of interested members of the congregation, Parish Council last week discussed how we might best respond as a parish to the increasingly desperate plight of those being held in detention, those living under threat of relocation from Australia to Nauru, and those living in the Australian community with little or no support.
Parish Council decided unanimously to do two things: first, to write letters on behalf of the parish to the prime minister, the minister for immigration, the leader of the opposition, and the premier. In the first three cases, calling for a change in current policy, and in the final case thanking the premier for the generosity of the position he has taken in regard to those facing deportation. When these letters are written there will be copies available for members of the parish to send under separate cover, if you feel so moved. Second, we are contacting agencies involved in the care and support of asylum seekers, with a view, first to offering to place a sign board on the Queensberry and Howard Street corner, in support of whatever programme they choose, and second, to choose a programme to which we can make a physical contribution as a parish. There will be more news on these items, and on ways you can help, in coming weeks.

– Fr Craig.

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 21 February                        11.30am Lenten Bible Study
Wednesdays 24 Feb,                      6.30pm Lenten Studies at St Marys
 2, 9 March                                        (see notice below) 

LENT, HOLY WEEK, EASTER BROCHURE
Please take a copy of the brochure available in the porch, which details all the activities for the present season. 

 NATIONAL TRUST APPEAL
Following the unexpected work on the roof over the past few weeks, most of which will not be covered by insurance, you are encouraged to consider making a contribution to the St Mary’s Restoration Appeal through the National Trust.  Gifts are tax deductible.  Giving forms are available in the porch. 

LENT/EASTER PARISH NEWSLETTER
Please think about contributing articles for the Lent/Easter Parish Newsletter.  We are considering a series about interesting churches you have attended, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, but anything you write will be welcome. Send to the office at office@stmarys.org.au or give to Rhondda as soon as possible, please.

REBE TAYLOR – FEBFAST
Febfast raises money primarily for the Youth Support and Advocacy Service. YSAS provides confidential, free and voluntary support for young people 12 – 21 who have significant problems relating to drugs and alcohol. They provide phone counseling, residential withdrawal centres, activities, programs and events.

Here is a blog written by Febfast about the YSAS volunteers and the service they provide:

YSAS provides a range of programs and services for young people aged 12 to 21 years who are experiencing significant problems related to their alcohol or drug use.  
It’s a week into the alcohol free February and I miss the happy ritual of a glass of wine, but I think this is definitely worthwhile. 
If people want to donate by giving me money, rather than going through the febfast site, I am happy to pass on the donation. Otherwise, here’s the link to donate. With thanks and blessings.

Notices for 14 February 2016

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Today                                                11.30am Lenten Bible Study
Today                                                3pm Light Up! All Welcome
Today                                                6pm Choral Evensong
Wednesdays 17, 24 Feb,          6.30pm Lenten Studies at St Marys
 2, 9, 16 March                                  (see notice below)

LENT, HOLY WEEK, EASTER BROCHURE
Please take a copy of the brochure available in the porch, which details all the activities for the present season.

NATIONAL TRUST APPEAL
Following the unexpected work on the roof over the past few weeks, most of which will not be covered by insurance, you are encouraged to consider making a contribution to the St Mary’s Restoration Appeal through the National Trust.  Gifts are tax deductible.  Giving forms are available in the porch.

LENT/EASTER PARISH NEWSLETTER
Please think about contributing articles for the Lent/Easter Parish Newsletter.  We are considering a series about interesting churches you have attended, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, but anything you write will be welcome. Send to the office at office@stmarys.org.au or give to Rhondda as soon as possible, please.

REBE TAYLOR – FEBFAST
Febfast raises money primarily for the Youth Support and Advocacy Service. YSAS provides confidential, free and voluntary support for young people 12 – 21 who have significant problems relating to drugs and alcohol. They provide phone counseling, residential withdrawal centres, activities, programs and events.

Here is a blog written by Febfast about the YSAS volunteers and the service they provide:

YSAS provides a range of programs and services for young people aged 12 to 21 years who are experiencing significant problems related to their alcohol or drug use.  
It’s a week into the alcohol free February and I miss the happy ritual of a glass of wine, but I think this is definitely worthwhile. 
If people want to donate by giving me money, rather than going through the febfast site, I am happy to pass on the donation. Otherwise, here’s the link to donate. With thanks and blessings.

Notices for 31 January 2016

From the Vicar: “Today should be our final Sunday worshipping in the parish hall, after the safety issue with the church roof has been fully addressed. A high level access company is part-way through re-fixing the timber beam that fell in the south transept, and securing all equivalent beams with additional fixings to ensure that there are no further such incidents in the future. The church will be open as usual from next weekend.”

Saturday 6 February                       10.30am Elizabeth’s Ordination at St Paul’s Cathedral
Wednesday 10 February                Ash Wednesday
Eucharist at 8am, 12.30pm, 7pm

ST MARY’S CHOIR
The choir is enjoying a well earned break during January.
Choir practice resumes on Friday 29 January @ 6.30pm in the Hall.

THEOLOGICAL STUDENT
Our Theological student on placement this year is Jacob Lagarda, who is a final year student at Trinity. Jacob will be with us from next Sunday.  He writes:

Greetings! My name is Jacob Legarda. I was born in the Philippines but moved to Australia with my family almost twenty-five years ago.  Although raised a Roman Catholic, I became an Anglican at the age of fifteen and have been on an interesting spiritual journey since then! I worked as a secondary school teacher prior to my current preparation for ordination and full-time postgraduate studies at Trinity College Theological School. My home parish and recent placement was at St Peter’s Church in Box Hill. My top-five favourite things would be roast dinners, historical docos, any kind of party, bookshops, and PT sessions! I would describe my theology as evangelical, my spirituality as catholic, my attitude as liberal, and my sensibilities as Anglican. I very much look forward to learning from and immersing myself in the life and community of St Mary’s throughout 2016.

ELIZABETH’S ORDINATION
Elizabeth will be ordained deacon on Saturday 6 February at 10.30am St Paul’s cathedral. A warm invitation is extended to all St Mary’s parishioners.
There will be a party afterwards in the grounds of St Mary’s starting at 2pm with refreshments in the baptistry. Please rsvp for catering purposes by Wednesday 27 January to ejmurray@hotmail.com
If you would like to contribute towards a gift for Elizabeth, please speak with Fr Craig or Rhondda.

LIFE IN ABUNDANCE – CONFERENCE AT TRINITY
10-13 February 2016
Registrations are now open for the forthcoming Life in Abundance conference, an Anglican conference on Mission and Evangelism. The conference is being run in partnership between Trinity College Theological School, ABM, Anglican Overseas Aid, Anglicare Vic, Benetas, and Brotherhood of St Laurence. This is a hallmark event in the life of the Anglican Church of Australia – not to be missed! For more information go to www.trinity.edu.au/2016_conference

LECTURE AT CHRIST CHURCH BRUNSWICK

Bishop Lindsay Irwin, vicar of Brunswick and former Administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, will speak on “’Mother out of sight’: Love her . . .ignore her . . . can’t live without her”. Christ Church, Glenlyon Rd, Brunswick. Sunday 7 February. Evensong at 7pm followed by the lecture.

Notices for 24 January 2016

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Saturday 6 February                       10.30am Elizabeth’s Ordination at St Paul’s Cathedral
Wednesday 10 February                Ash Wednesday
Eucharist at 8am, 12.30pm, 7pm

 ST MARY’S CHOIR
The choir is enjoying a well earned break during January.
Choir practice resumes on Friday 29 January @ 6.30pm in the Hall.

THEOLOGICAL STUDENT
For this year our theological student on placement from Trinity College will be Jacob Lagarda.  Jacob is a final year student whose home parish is St Peter’s Box Hill.  Jacob will be with us for Sunday morning and half a day during the week, commencing Sunday 7 February.

ELIZABETH’S ORDINATION
Elizabeth will be ordained deacon on Saturday 6 February at 10.30am St Paul’s cathedral. A warm invitation is extended to all St Mary’s parishioners.

There will be a party afterwards in the grounds of St Mary’s starting at 2pm with refreshments in the baptistry. Please rsvp for catering purposes by Wednesday 27 January to ejmurray@hotmail.com

If you would like to contribute towards a gift for Elizabeth, please speak with Fr Craig or Rhondda.

LIFE IN ABUNDANCE – CONFERENCE AT TRINITY
10-13 February 2016
Registrations are now open for the forthcoming Life in Abundance conference, an Anglican conference on Mission and Evangelism. The conference is being run in partnership between Trinity College Theological School, ABM, Anglican Overseas Aid, Anglicare Vic, Benetas, and Brotherhood of St Laurence. This is a hallmark event in the life of the Anglican Church of Australia – not to be missed! For more information go to www.trinity.edu.au/2016_conference

LECTURE AT CHRIST CHURCH BRUNSWICK
Bishop Lindsay Irwin, vicar of Brunswick and former Administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, will speak on “’Mother out of sight’: Love her . . .ignore her . . . can’t live without her”. Christ Church, Glenlyon Rd, Brunswick. Sunday 7 February. Evensong at 7pm followed by the lecture.

Notices for 17 January 2016

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Friday 22 January                            7pm Parish Barn Dance Night
Saturday 6 February                       10.30am Elizabeth’s Ordination at St Paul’s Cathedral

 ST MARY’S CHOIR

The choir is enjoying a well-earned break during January.

 PARISH BARN DANCE
Join us for an evening of fun with country dancing, singing and spectacular salads on Friday 22 January, 7pm. BYO drinks. Tickets $40, concession $25, kids under 12 for free. Bookings through the parish office. Please book as soon as possible for catering purposes.

ELIZABETH’S ORDINATION
Elizabeth will be ordained deacon on Saturday 6 February at 10.30am St Paul’s cathedral. A warm invitation is extended to all St Mary’s parishioners.

There will be a party afterwards in the grounds of St Mary’s starting at 2pm with refreshments in the baptistry. Please rsvp for catering purposes by Wednesday 27 January to ejmurray@hotmail.com

If you would like to contribute towards a gift for Elizabeth, please speak with Fr Craig or Rhondda.

LIFE IN ABUNDANCE – CONFERENCE AT TRINITY
10-13 February 2016
Registrations are now open for the forthcoming Life in Abundance conference, an Anglican conference on Mission and Evangelism. The conference is being run in partnership between Trinity College Theological School, ABM, Anglican Overseas Aid, Anglicare Vic, Benetas, and Brotherhood of St Laurence. This is a hallmark event in the life of the Anglican Church of Australia – not to be missed! For more information go to www.trinity.edu.au/2016_conference

 LECTURE AT CHRIST CHURCH BRUNSWICK
Bishop Lindsay Irwin, vicar of Brunswick and former Administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, will speak on “’Mother out of sight’: Love her . . .ignore her . . . can’t live without her”. Christ Church, Glenlyon Rd, Brunswick. Sunday 7 February. Evensong at 7pm followed by the lecture.