Community Connections

Community Connections

The weekly newsletter, Connections includes details of all the community happenings associated with St Mark's. Here are some of the regular ones.

Mary Andrews Village

Mary Andrews Village

Mary Andrews Village

Supporting the local Anglicare village

St Mark's has a close relationship with Mary Andrews Village, the local Anglican aged care home. Many residents are members of St Mark's and look forward to visits by parishioners.

Home Communion is available to those residents who are St Mark's members and unable to attend Sunday services.

Christian Meditation is also a regular feature in the residents' calendar.

For further information contact Bridget McKern.

Pastoral visit

Doug Golding at Blakehurst Aged Care

Nursing Homes

Supporting local caring communities

In keeping with St Mark's commitment to valuing people of all ages, a regular ministry is provided to local nursing homes. In particular, a small team of people provides pastoral care and support at the neighbouring Mary Andrews Village, an Anglican complex of independent living units and a 46 bed assisted care hostel - more detail at Mary Andrews Village above.

Regular monthly services of extended Communion are held at:

  • Blakehurst Aged Care
  • St Bede's Hostel.

Pastoral care and support are provided at other times as required. Contact Doug Golding for further information.

Hospital chaplaincy

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. Psalm 116: 1-2

St Mark’s contributes to the voluntary ward chaplains teamat St George (public) Hospital, Kogarah. Chaplains have pastoral and theological training and come from varied professional backgrounds.

As part of the St Mark’s pastoral care team, chaplains provide a valuable ministry in expressing God’s compassion through active listening and responding with empathy, prayer and silence, bringing comfort and wholeness to people.

People are offered support whether or not they have a connection to any organised religion. Chaplains give expression to the faith of believers, support those in suffering and crisis, and help struggling people find purpose, meaning and hope.

For further details contact Lois Little on 0428 544 610.

School Scripture

Special Religious Education (SRE)

A team of teachers provides religious education at the local Connells Point Public School. Protestant children are taught from the diocesan and NSW Department of Education approved CEP Connect curriculum series. We share with Catholic and Greek Orthodox classes for a combined Christmas celebration at the end of each year.

For further information contact the Rector.

Ecumenical worship, study and action

Ecumenical clergy

Clergy of Uniting, Anglican, Catholic parishes

One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God of all

St Mark's often joins with the local Roman Catholic and Uniting Church faith communities in worship and study. Some of the key events each year are:

  • Remembering loved ones that have passed (December)
  • Study groups (Lent)
  • Political candidates forums (before elections).

St Mark's partners with Blakehurst Baptist Church and South Hurstville Christian Brethren Church in scripture teaching at Connell's Point Public School.

For further information contact the Rector.

Social Issues Forums

Meet the Candidates

"do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with your God" cf Micah 6.8

St Mark’s hosts social issues forums on topics that are of interest to the community.

Starting with Meet the Candidates forums prior to federal and state elections, the topics have expanded to include topical issues such as 'Palestine / Israel: Is Peace Possible', and 'Ethics and Aged Care'. It is a priority for St Mark’s Church that we facilitate discussion on issues the community wants to better understand.

The forums are normally held in St Mark's Hall, and include expert speakers from the areas of interest and the wider community. For further information contact the Rector.

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