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October 2017
long weekend
St Mark's Annual Art Show

 

St Mark’s Annual Art Show takes place each year over the October long weekend, which includes Creation Sunday. The official opening is on Friday night 29 September 2017 and includes a champagne supper.

The show continues Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the long weekend from 10.00am till 4:00pm.

Artists form St George Art Society, Oatley 101, Southern Cross and St Mark’s Art groups are regular contributors. All works exhibited are for sale. Each year a guest artist opens the exhibition and we feature their works. This year the featured artist is Marion Chapman.

Marion has a bright & bubbly personality and is sought out by the local art societies and groups as an instructor in watercolour. Marion is a UNSW Art & Design graduate and Sydney-based artist who specialises in watercolour and print-making. In 2016, Marion won the Watercolour Prize at St George Art Society and was a finalist in the Fleurieu Food & Wine Prize, Adelaide.

Other prizes include
- Winner Printmaking Oyster Bay Art Festival
- Best in Show, Goulburn Show
- 2-time winner Abstract Section, Combined Art Societies of Sydney
- Winner Works on Paper CASS
- the Irodori Watercolour Prize.

Marion has been awarded two artist residencies painting in watercolour. In 2014 Marion was Artist in Residence at South Hill Yellow House, Goulburn and in 2016 Artestudio Ginestrelle, Assisi, Italy. This residency was followed by successfully exhibiting at the International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Art Gallery Le Logge, Assisi, Italy and an offer to exhibit in Florence in late 2017.
Sunday 2.00pm
1 October 2017
Annual Pet Service
Pet Service

2016 Pet Service.
See more photos

St Mark’s annual pet service is held on the Sunday before the memorial day of St Francis (4 October). Bring your four-legged, winged or finned pet for a blessing, and receive a blessing yourself.

This gathering is part of St Mark's celebration of the Season of Creation, when we give thanks for God's creation, including the animals of our world.

Donations will be collected for the local Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, Carlton.

See some images of last year's pet service in the photogallery.

Further details from Peter Greenwood.
Sunday
5 November 2017
2.00pm
All Saints Choral Evensong
St Mark's Choir will lead in this service of sung Evening Prayer as part of our celebrations for the festival of All Saints. It will include traditional canticles, psalms and some grand hymns.

Afternoon tea will follow.
2017
Forward calendar
Calendar
For future worship and activities refer to the forward Calendar, and also to the schedule of Regular Activities.

However, always check the weekly newsletter, Connections for the most up-to-date details.


Kids@St Mark's events

Friday 7.00-9.00pm
28 April
2017
Bolt - a new group for youth
Got nothing to do on Friday Night? Don’t be lame hanging out by yourself - Come and join BOLT Youth! A brand new group starting 28 April 7.00-9.00pm. 

What do we do? Muck around, Games, Competitions, Eat Together. Come and hang out with us as we learn stuff about life from the Bible, and chill in South Hurstville. For boys and girls in Years 7 – 9. 

For info or pre-rego: contact St Mark's youth minister, Steve Walker steve@southhurstville.anglican.asn.au or phone 0438 061 086. 

Download a flyer.


News

Saturday 2.00pm
26 August 2017
Meet the Candidates
Meet the Candidates
St Mark's hosted a 'Meet the Candidates' forum for the upcoming elections for the Georges River Council, Blakehurst Ward (covering Blakehurst, South Hurstville, Connells Point, Kyle Bay, Hurstville Grove, Carss Park).

Candidates, residents, ratepayers and interested folk were welcomed by the rector, Peter Greenwood.

The forum was a great opportunity to find out about Labor and Independent candidate's policies on local issues.
Sunday 2.00pm
20 August 2017
Concert for Congo - From Bach to the Beatles
Concert for Congo
A packed church enjoyed a fabulous concert that included pipe organ, keyboard, violin, soloists and choir. Proceeds from the concert contributed to saving lives of needy Pygmy children in the Democratic Republic of Congo through the NGO Pygmy Child Care project.

Download a concert program to see the variety of musical items. View some images in the photogallery.

If you would like financially support Pygmy Child Care, you may donate in the following ways:
- EFT to Commonwealth Bank, BSB 064 118, Account# 10200094
- Cheque to Global Development Group, PO Box 651, Rochedale South QLD 4123 (Attention: Project J893N PCC)
- Credit Card www.gdg.org.au/GiveToJ893N
- Pay Pal www.gdg.org.au/PayPalJ893N Enquiries: Barbara Ferguson PhD OAM T 0447 229 583 E bfergu5on@bigpond
Sunday
Noon - 2.00pm
30 July 2017
Winter Warmer Soup Sunday
Soup Sunday
St Mark's members gathered for a Winter Warmer Soup Sunday. Whether you cooked the soup to share, brought bread rolls or dessert, or just yourselves, all were welcome to get to know others in St Mark's family.

Venue: St Mark's Hall. Download a flyer.

Enquiries: Pauline Burdon and Jill Brown.
Monday
9am-3.30pm
17 July 2017
Superhero Academy
Superhero
Primary children strapped on their capes to for an OUT OF THIS WORLD day of training at our Superhero Academy - a pupil free school day. It was open to children K-6.

With spectacular games, crazy craft and learning all about our amazing Super Saviour, this awesome event was not to be missed.

For more details about the day, contact Ronni George: T 0466 530 543:
E ronni@southhurstville.anglican.asn.au
Sunday 2.00pm
25 June 2017
Sing & Praise concert
Sing & Praise
Over 130 people enjoyed the 2017 Sing & Praise concert. It featured 'Sing Australia' St George and St Mark's Choirs and included a wide variety of songs.

St Mark's is keen to promote and support God's gift of music, and holds concerts that have become regular events on the local community calendar. Afternoon tea followed.

See some images in the Photogallery.

A fundraising event for St Mark's ministry - entry donation $10, children free.


23 April 2017
2.00pm
ANZAC Commemoration
Lent
A large congregation obseved the 2017 ANZAC Commemoration at St Mark's. It was held in assiciation with South Hurstville RSL Sub-branch.

The service included participation from representatives of New Zealand and Turkish communities, school students and local clergy.

Afternoon tea followed.
 
9-16 April
2017
Holy Week and Easter at St Mark's
This significant week in the life of Jesus is celebrated at St Mark’s in ways that highlight the Easter mystery - our Lord’s Passover from death to life:

Good Friday
Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)
8.00am Choral Eucharist with Procession of Palms - with choir
Commemorating Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem,
with dramatic reading of the Passion.

10am Family Communion

3.30pm Seniors' Communion (Mary Andrews Village)


Good Friday

Maundy Thursday
7.30pm Commemoration of the Last Supper and Tenebrae


Good Friday
8.00am The Words of the Cross - readings, meditations, music - with Choir

10am Good Friday Family Service


Good Friday
Easter Day
8.00am Choral Eucharist with Lighting of 2017 Paschal Candle - with choir

10.00am Easter Family Communion







March / April
2017
Lent at St Mark's
Lent
St Mark's members met in small Lenten groups:

- Mondays @ 7.00pm – Young Adults Bible Study (Steve Walker)
- Mondays @ 7.30pm – Ecumenical Lenten Study (Alan Little)
- Mondays @ 8.00pm – Bible Study (Peter Greenwood)
- Fridays @ 10.15am – Lenten Study (Doug Golding)

Lent is a time to grow our relationships with God.


4-12 March
2017
Seniors' Week at St Mark's
HymnFest
St Mark's hosted two events in the 2017 Seniors' Week:

Healthy Minds for Seniors - Saturday 4 March at 10.00am.
A forum for seniors with a panel of experts in medical and other fields:

- Dr Gary Franks, Shire Family Medical, Sutherland.
- Loretta King, counsellor and life coach, St James Church King Street, Sydney.
- Amal Madani, Director Community Services, 3Bridges Community.

Morning tea followed.

Seniors' HymnFest - Sunday 12 March at 2.00pm.
A festival of favourite hymns and Gospel songs, presented by St Mark's Choir , accompanied by Dr Lois Little on the pipe organ, and followed by afternoon tea. The master of ceremonies was Dr Douglas Golding, St Mark's senior minister.

Enquiries: Bruce Cooke administrator@southhurstville.anglican.asn.au
26 February
noon
2017
Potluck luncheon
Big Day In
St Mark's 10am congregation gathered for a pot lucklunch lunchen. Members brought something to share and delighted in the culinary cuisines from others.

Enquiries of Lee Khoo of the Family Church @ 10am congregation.

Download a flyer.


Sunday
5 February 2017
New assistant minister
Steve & Liz Walker
With the full endorsement of the wardens and parish council, St Mark's rector commissioned Mr Steve Walker as assistant minister (families & youth). Steve, formerly a student minister at St Mark's since 2014, and his wife Liz have been active at St Mark's in children's ministry, and as an occasional preacher.

Steve was commissioned at both 8.00am and 10.00am Sunday services on 5 February 2017 by Peter Greenwood.

At the same time Pedro Oliveira-Woolmer and Victor George were commissioned as student ministers.

Read the profile of both Steve, Pedro and Victor on the Ministers and Parish Council webpage.
Friday 9.00am
27 January
2017
Friday Club - Crazy Hat day
Big Day In
A new initiative of St Mark's Church for 'pupil free day' on Friday 27 January 2017. School age children K-6 came to Big Day In from 9.00am - 4.00pm at St Mark's Church, The Mall, South Hurstville.

The program included supervised group games, craft, sports, singing, stories, movie time and more games.

Fees are $25 per child; $40 per family. Register by Wednesday 25 January 2017 by emailing assistant minister Steve Walker.

Download flyer.


Friday 9.00am
27 January
2017
Big Day In
Big Day In
A new initiative of St Mark's Church for 'pupil free day' on Friday 27 January 2017. School age children K-6 came to Big Day In from 9.00am - 4.00pm at St Mark's Church, The Mall, South Hurstville.

The program included supervised group games, craft, sports, singing, stories, movie time and more games.

Fees are $25 per child; $40 per family. Register by Wednesday 25 January 2017 by emailing assistant minister Steve Walker.

Download flyer.


Sunday 10.00am
11 December
2016
Sunday Club Awards
Sunday Club awards

See larger photo

2016 has been a great year for our children’s ministry. We’ve moved from a surviving small group of activities in 2014 to a thriving group of families who attend weekly activities on 2016.

At the end of each year we celebrate the great joy it is to have children in our groups, and especially as they come to Family Church @ 10. This year was no exception, as we were overjoyed with our Sunday Club Awards.

We start back for Sunday Club for 2017 on the 29 January 2017. See you there.
2017
Kids@St Mark's
Friday Club
Look out for 2017 details:
- Sunday Club
- Friday Club
- Music Time
- Story Time




Sunday 9.00pm
1 January 2017
Epiphany Combined Communion
Epiphany
Morning worship on New Year's Day was a 9am combined service, celebrating the Epiphany of our Lord - there was no 8am and 10am services.

The combined communion used the trial service Holy Communion 2009 published by the Anglican Church of Australia, along with a mix of traditional and modern hymns.




December
2016
Christmas at St Mark's
St Mark's celebrated the birth of our Lord in services for children, families and adults:

Christmas
16 December 5.30pm Community Christmas Carols

Fourth Sunday
of Advent
18 December
8.00pm Christmas Readings and Carols
with choir. Followed by champagne supper

Christmas Eve
24 December

10.30am Christmas at Mary Andrews Village
5.30pm Christmas Eve Family Service
11.00pm Christmas Eucharist

Christmas Day 25 December

8.00am Christmas Choral Eucharist
with choir
10.00am Christmas Day Family Service
Epiphany
1 January
9.00am Epiphany Combined Communion
[No 8am and 10am services]
Sunday 8.00pm
18 December 2016
Christmas Readings and Carols
St Mark's members and local residents celebrated the birth of our Lord with the annual Christmas Readings and Carols led by St Mark's Choir. This candle lit service is a regular event on the local community calendar and features a series of readings, choir anthems and congregational carols.

Supper followed in the adjacent St Mark's Hall.

View some of last year's images in the photogallery.

Enquiries: Revd Peter Greenwood.
Mondays 7.30pm
28 November
5 December
12 December
Parish Prayers in Advent
Taize
A special three-week series on the Light of Christ, with Dr Douglas Golding providing a reflection, was held during Advent.

St Mark's members, and folk from other churches, read the scriptures, sang songs from Taizé, listened to a reflection, and prayed for the world, the church and those in need.

See a larger photo.

Enquiries Bruce Cooke 0412 680 430.
Sunday 2.00pm
4 December 2016
Ecumenical Remembering Service
Members of the local Catholic, Uniting and Anglican churches gathered to remember those we have loved and lost. As an ecumenical event, everyone lit a candle, said a prayer and enjoyed afternoon tea with others from the local community.

This year the service was at St Mark's, The Mall South Hurstville - clergy and/or members of Blakehurst/South Hurstville Uniting, Mater Dei and St Raphael's Catholic churches attended.
11 and 13
November 2016
Remembrance Commemorations
Remembrance Sunday
St Mark's joined with South Hurstville RSL Sub-branch to observe the anniversary of the end of hostilities of World War 1 on 11 November 1918:

- Remembrance Day – 11 November at 10.45am at the Memorial Garden, South Hurstville RSL Club (The Pinnacle), led by the rector, Peter Greenwood led the annual service of commemoration.

- Remembrance Sunday – 13 November at 10am at St Mark's Church, at which RSL Sub-branch and the Women's Auxillary members attended - with morning tea afterwards.
Saturday
5 November 2016
2.30pm
CMS mission partners commissioning
Simon & Jess Cowell

Simon & Jess Cowell

St Mark's is one of several churches that has partnered with CMS to support the overseas ministry of Simon & Jess Cowell. Simon & Jess will move from Sydney to Italy in 2017. They were commissioned as missionaries on 5 November in the upper Chapter House of St Andrew's Cathedral.

St Mark's members and others attended the service in Chapter House and the afternoon tea following.

Follow the Cowells on facebook.
Sunday
30 October 2016
12.00 - 2.00pm
Parish picnic
Parish picnic
St Mark's church is fortunate to have several picnic areas close by. Parishioners from both morning congregations braved grey skies to enjoy a luncheon picnic at the local Todd Park.

As expected, the young and 'young at heart' Kids@St Mark's enjoyed lots of park games.

See images in the photogallery.
October 2016
long weekend
St Mark's Annual Art Show
Robyn Collier

2016 featured artist
Robyn Collier

St Mark’s Annual Art Show takes place each year over the October long weekend and includes Creation Sunday. The official opening was on the Friday night 30 September 2016 and included a champagne supper.

The show continued Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10.00am till 4:00pm.

Artists form St George Art Society, Oatley 101, Southern Cross and St Mark’s Art groups are regular contributors. All works exhibited were for sale. Each year a guest artist opens the exhibition and we feature their works. This year the Art Show featured works by Robyn Collier.
Sunday 2.00pm
2 October 2016
Annual Pet Service
Pet Service

2016 Pet Service.
See more photos

St Mark’s annual pet service was held on the Sunday before the memorial day of St Francis (4 October). Ten dogs and a bird received God's blessing through locum rector Revd Coleman.

This annual service is part of St Mark's celebration of the Season of Creation, when we give thanks for God's creation, including the animals of our world.

Donations were collected for the local St George Dogs and Cats Home, Carlton.

See some images of the pet service in the photogallery.

Further details from Bruce Cooke 0412 680 430.
Saturday
10 September 2016
9.00am - 2.00pm
Annual Spring Fair
Annual Fair
St Mark's Spring Fair is a regular event in the local community's calendar. This year, the regular stalls of white elephant, cakes, jams, bookstall, devonshire tea and BBQ were joined by children's activities organised by St Mark's Pre-School.

See images in the photogallery.
Sunday 2.00pm
28 August 2016
Concert for Congo
Pygmy children
St Mark's Church hosted a wonderful concert in support of the NGO Pygmy Child Care in the Democratic Republic of Congo, followed by afternoon tea.

About 170 people enjoyed the 'Sweet Violets' group, as well as St Mark's Choir and highly regaded instrumentalists.

Over $6,000 was raised for the children in the Congo - thanks be to God!

See photos in the gallery.

Enquiries:  Barbara Ferguson 9583 1727.
Sunday 8am, 10am
28 August 2016
Refugee Sunday
Roberta Perkins
St Mark's prayed for refugees at both morning services, and listened to Roberta Perkins tell us about the plight of Refugees.

Roberta is Early Learning Through Play Parish Coordinator at Anglicare, and focussed on the diocese's reponse to the Syrian refugees that the Federal Government is accepting.

St Mark's is formulating a response as a contribution to the diocese's effort in extending hospitality to the stranger.

Friday 4 & 7pm
29 July 2016
Friday Movie Night
Kings Speech
St Mark's members enjoyed two movies, and raised funds for children's ministry:

4.00pm The Peanuts Movie (1h 33m)
Life always seems complicated for good ol' Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp), the boy who always tries his best against seemingly impossible odds. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighbourhood, Charlie Brown develops a crush on her.

7.00pm Kings Speech (1h 59m)
England's Prince Albert (Colin Firth) must ascend the throne as King George VI, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) hires Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer.

Popcorn and other 'picture show' goodies were on sale.
Sunday 2.00pm
26 June 2016
Sing & Praise concert
Sing & Praise
The local community enjoyed a winter concert at St Mark's, featuring 'Sing Australia' St George, St Mark's Choir, and the talented members of the Karanikas family.

It was a marvellous celebration of local talent, with a wide variety of musical genre. See some images in the Photogallery.

A fundraising event for children's ministry.


Sunday 2.00pm
26 June 2016
Welcome to locum rector
Ken Coleman

Revd Ken Coleman

The Revd Ken Coleman, along with his wife Mauren, was welcomed as locum rector of St Mark's for the period 23 September to 2 October 2016. The rector, Peter Greenwood and his family are on long service leave during this time.

For pastoral enquiries please contact Ken by telephone on 0411 430 180 or by email rector@southhurstville.anglican.asn.au

More about Ken & Maureen on the Ministers and Parish Council webpage.
Sunday 2.00pm
19 June 2016
Meet the Candidates
Meet the Candidates
Banks candidates Chris Gambian for Labor, Philippa Clark for the Greens, Sharon Wu for Family First, Roy Barnes for the Animal Justice Party and Bob Spanswick as Independent faced electors at the RE-SCHEDULED St Mark's sponsored Meet the Candidates forum on Sunday 19 June 2016.

Meet the Candidates was a structured forum, that provided an opportunity for over 70 local residents to question the candidates face-to-face and learn of the policies they would support if elected.

Peter Greenwood, rector of St Mark's Church, South Hurstville said “the federal election provides the opportunity for citizens to be actively involved in our democracy. This is the chance we have to ‘have our say’, and it is crucial that we are informed about who and what we are voting for."

David Coleman MP for Liberal, and Greg Bondar for the Christian Democratic Party sent apologies.

View some images in the photogallery. Enquiries: Bruce Cooke 0412 680 430
Friday 7.30pm
20 May 2016
A window into our past: A journey through England
David Burdon

David Burdon
architect and chorister

David Burdon, esteemed architect and St Mark’s chorister, took parishioners on an audio/visual journey through the history of church buildings in Britain, having just completed his exclusive scholarship to the Society of the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

David provided a unique window into our past, answering questions like: what is a transept; how are the towers and spires held up; what is a chapter house used for; what are the distinctive aspects of Norman church?

An enjoyable supper followed, and funds were raised for children’s ministry.
Sunday
1 May 2016
Patronal Festival
Patronal Festival

Bishop Peter Lin and
Revd Peter Greenwood

St Mark, being our parton saint, is celebrated as a special day in St Mark's Church annual calendar. This year we welcomed The Right Reverend Peter Lin, Bishop of the Georges River Region.

Bishop Peter presided and preach at the three services:
- 8.00am Choral Eucharist (with the choir)
- 10.00am Family Service (with Sunday Club for kids)
- 3.30pm Seniors' Service (at Mary Andrews Village).

The theme of his inspiring sermon was 'unity' and building up the body.

As a highlight of the day, Bishop Peter was guest at the parish 'international' luncheon in St Mark's Hall.

View some images in the photogallery.
Sunday
2.00pm
24 April 2016
ANZAC Commemoration
Sgt Stan Ridgway

Former church warden
Sgt Stan Ridgway

The local community gathered at St Mark's for the annual ecumenical ANZAC Commemoration in association with South Hurstville RSL. In addition to the Ode being read in Maori and English, the Remembrance included laying of wreaths by Clr Stephen Agius Mayor of Kogarah, Mark Coure MP State Member for Oatley, and David Coleman MP Federal Member for Banks.

The Turkish community was represented by Mehmet Saral (Chairperson Galaxy Foundation), who spoke of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and read his famous statement in both Turkish and English. Lindsay Smith WO/Pilot RNZAF [Ret] represented the New Zealand community.

The story of St Mark's former church warden, Sergeant Stanley Latham Ridgway RAA WWII, A Field Battery was told by Dr Roslyn Ridgway. Read the story in St Mark's history pages.

Along with St Mark's rector Revd Peter Greenwood, participating clergy included Revd Vinnie Ravetali (Minister Blakehurst-South Hurstville Uniting Church) and CHAP Andrew Watters RAN, Chaplain HMAS Creswell.

See images in the photogallery. Enquiries Wilf Ewens 9583 9554.
Sunday
2.00pm
10 April 2016
Seniors' HymnFest
HymnFest
St Mark's held its second Senior's HymnFest as part of Kogarah City Council's 2016 Seniors' Week celebrations.

A full church enjoyed favourite hymns accompanied by pipe organist Dr Lois Little as well as instrumentalists on violin, handbells and ukulele. St Mark's seniors' minister Dr Douglas Golding provided a short commentary on each hymn and a message based on 'Stand up, stand up for Jesus'.

St Mark's Church is one of the few Sydney suburban churches that has a regular choir, and we wish to share the joy of music. We hope that all attended this feast of songs and music in the Christian tradition received a blessing.

Afternoon tea followed. See images of last year's HymnFest.

Enquiries to Douglas Golding 0410 763 941.
Sunday
10 April
2016
Choir long service awards
Certificate of appreciation

 

In a special presentation, St Mark's recognised the long service of four choristers at the morning Choral Eucharist.

Certificates expressing appreciation were presented to Marlene (20 years), Helen (20 years), Sylvia (22 years) and Eddie (36 years) amid passionate applause from the congregation.

The dedication of all choristers and the accompanying music that they share, is a distinctive feature of the life of St Mark's.

View some images in the photogallery.
Sunday
10 April
2016
Barbara Falloon presented with Volunteers Award
Barbara Falloon

David Coleman
Barbara Falloon
Julie Bishop

St Mark's member, Barbara Falloon was recognised for volunteering in the local community over 32 years. The Hon Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs presented Barbara with a certificate at a Banks electorate function organised by David Colemen MP. Barbara's work has included:

1) Carinya: Barbara volunteers at Carinya, an RSL Day Club at South Hurstville. Her involvement includes transporting members, setting up the hall, MC of bingo and presentations, and entertainment coordinator, including organising concerts for special occasions.
2) Mary Andrews Village: Barbara has led in fortnightly religious Devotions at Mary Andrews Village (an Anglican Retirement Village) at South Hurstville for the past 15 years. Barbara provides encouragement to residents through music and a talk, focussing on the principle that everyone has something to offer, even those in nursing homes.
3) St Mark's Church: Floral tributes coordinator (since 2014) – liaising with St Mark's members who make monetary donations for flowers in memory of loved ones; Transport to Sunday worship for folk without transport; Sunday School teaching in past years.
4) Other community work:
Over the years Barbara has supported her (deceased) husband's work with Apex and Rotary, including selling tickets, assisting with events and organising concerts.
20 - 27 March
2016
Holy Week and Easter at St Mark's
This significant week in the life of Jesus was celebrated at St Mark’s in ways that highlight the Easter mystery - our Lord’s Passover from death to life:

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)
8.00am Choral Eucharist with Procession of Palms - with choir
Commemorating Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem
and dramatic reading of the Passion.

10am Family Communion

Good Friday
Wednesday in Holy Week
9.30am Holy Communion

Maundy Thursday
7.30pm Commemoration of the Last Supper and Tenebrae

Good Friday
8.00am The Words of the Cross - readings, meditations, music - with Choir

10am Good Friday Family Service

Easter Day
8.00am Choral Eucharist with Lighting of Paschal Candle - with choir

10.00am Easter Family Communion.
February 2016
Lent at St Mark's
Lent
Many St Mark's members used the forty days and forty nights of Lent to strengthen their relationship with God:

Six studies in Lent
Leader:  Douglas Golding, seniors' minister

Fridays, 10.15am
in the quiet area, rear of church

Based on material from  An Introduction to Biblical Ethics – by Robertson McQuilkin and Paul Copan – what the Bible actually teaches and some ethical alternatives concerning personal and social issues such as putting God first in all things; sex, marriage and the family; business and pleasure; war and peace.

Ecumenical Lenten Studies
Leader:  Alan Little, lay assistant

Mondays, 7.30pm
in the lower vestry

Based on the gospel readings mainly from Luke. In the study theme, Being lost … Being found, Luke challenges his readers not simply to observe what happens from a distance but to see with eyes that understand and then to act. The study material is produced by the Archdiocese of Brisbane as in previous years.

Wednesday Bible Studies
Leaders:  Peter Greenwood; Rachel Greenwood

Wed 10am (women);
8pm (all) in the Rectory

Sunday
6 March
2016
58 years of simnel cake
Certificate of appreciation

Click for larger image

St Mark's celebrated Betty Allan's contribution of making the annual simnel cake for 58 years each Mothering Sunday since 1958.

The blessing and distribution of simnel cake is a tradition since the 16th century, when children employed as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mothers and attend church with the family.

Betty Allan's faithful service was recognised by the presentation of a certificate by the rector, and a standing ovation by the 8am Eucharist congregation. The baton (and recipe) has been passed to Viv Colquhoun, who made it for the first time in 2016.




Sunday
31 January
2016
Commissioning of lay ministers
Commissioning

Laying on of hands

St Mark's commissioned three lay ministers at services on 31 January 2016 for specific roles:
- Ms Candy Pang, student minister
- Ms Liz Walker, families' outreach trainee
- Mr Bruce Cooke, communion assistant.

Read more about Candy, Liz and Bruce on the Ministers and Parish Council webpage.
Sundays
10.00am
Club Crèche
Club Creche
For children aged 0 – 2 years old during the 10am Family Service.

Club Crèche is a fully equipped, specialised area for parents and their little ones. With change table, age appropriate toys, we welcome families to come and be part of our service, in the comfort of a sound proof room.

More photos.
February 2016
BookBusters 2016
Food Fair
St Mark's BookBusters reading progarm for 2016 has been launched. If you an informal social and stimulating discussion with enthusiastic readers, then St Mark's BookBusters group might be for you. Starting at 8.00pm and finishing at 10.00pm, accompanied by a few nibbles, a few drinks, and a bit of brain food, BookBusters makes for a pleasurable evening. More details on the BookBusters webpage.





Friday 6.00pm
29 January 2016
International Food Fair
Food Fair
St Mark's held this inaugural event to celebrate our diverse nation. St Mark's members and local residents tasted a variety of culinary cuisine to sizzle and delight the tastebuds.

Funds raised went to St Mark's children's ministry. Enquiries to the rector Peter Greenwood 0400 206 049.

Download a flyer for more details. See some photos in the gallery.
December
2015
Christmas at St Mark's
St Mark's celebrated the birth of our Lord in services for children, families and adults:

Christmas
Fourth Sunday
of Advent
20 December
3.30pm Christmas Carols
Mary Andrews Village
8.00pm Christmas Readings and Carols
with choir. Followed by supper

Christmas Eve
24 December

5.00pm Children's Christmas Service
11.00pm Christmas Sung Eucharist
Christmas Day 25 December

8.00am Christmas Choral Eucharist
with choir
10.00am Christmas Family Service
Sunday after Christmas
27 December
9.00am Combined Christmas Celebration
'The Third day of Christmas'
[No 8am and 10am services]
Sunday 8.00pm
20 December 2015
Christmas Readings and Carols
St Mark's members and local residents celebrated the birth of our Lord with the annual Christmas Readings and Carols led by St Mark's Choir. This candle lit service is a regular event on the local community calendar and features a series of readings, choir anthems and congregational carols. Supper followed.

View some images in the photogallery.

Enquiries: Revd Peter Greenwood.


22 November -
13 December 2015
Big Questions from Little People
Big Questions
St Mark's ran a special Kid's Mission 'Big Questions from Little People' for children in preschool-year 6, for the four Sundays from 22 November-13 December 2015. The program theme was ‘Big Questions from Little People’.

Our aim was to answer some of our children’s most commonly asked questions and explore together answers within a Biblical framework and what God has to say to us about each question. A different Big Question each week was considered over the four weeks.

Download a flyer for you and your friends.

Enquiries Alison Collins, children's minister.
Friday 10.00am
11 December 2015
Christmas Craft & morning tea
Christmas craft
Kids@St Mark's hosted a free Christmas Stories, Music, Dancing, Craft & Morning Tea for pre-schoolers in St Mark's Hall.

Children aged 2-5 years old and their caregivers enjoyed an hour-long session that combined Storytime, Music Time, and craft activities with a theme of making Christmas time fun - with a couple of cookies to nibble along the way.

This special event was hosted by Kids@St Mark's in conjunction with Family Church @ 10. See flyer for more information or contact Alison Collins.
Saturday
10 & 11am
28 November 2015
Christmas Baby Proms
Baby Proms
Families from the local area enjoyed the inaugural Baby Proms concert held in St Mark's Hall, The Mall, South Hurstville.

Rachel Greenwood presented two sessions of the concert 'Let's decorate the Christmas Tree'.

View the promo flyer and photos of the concert.

For further information email Rachel rachel@ladybugmusik.com.au or phone 9546 3236.
Saturday 8.00am
21 November 2015
Toys 'n' Tucker
Toys 'n' Tucker
Each year before Christmas, St Mark's collects for Anglicare's Toys 'n' Tucker. This year we collected about 8 shopping trolley load-fulls from generous shoppers at South Hurstville IGA store. Most shoppers were happy to buy some extra toys or foodstuffs in their weekly shopping, and donate them to the collection.

Anglicare aims to share the joy of Christmas by providing food and gifts for those who would otherwise go without. We believe that Christmas is a time to give, to share and to be a blessing to those in our community who need it most.

8 and 11
November 2015
Remembrance Commemorations
Remembrance Sunday
St Mark's joins with South Hurstville RSL Sub-branch each year to observe the anniversary of the end of hostilities of World War 1 on 11 November 1918:

- Remembrance Sunday at St Mark's – 8 November at 10am, at which RSL Sub-branch members attended - with morning tea afterwards.

- Remembrance Day – 11 November at 10.45am at the Memorial Garden, South Hurstville RSL Club (The Pinnacle), where the rector led the annual service of commemoration.
Sunday 2.00pm
1 November 2015
Evensong for All Saints
St Mark's pipe organ
St Mark's members and others from the St George area enjoyed a sung Evening Prayer with psalms, traditional chants and grand hyms to celebrate All Saints Day. The service was led by St Mark's Choir and accompanied by the pipe organ.

Afternoon tea followed in the adjacent St Mark's Hall.

Enquiries Bruce Cooke 0412 680 430.

Long weekend
2-5 October 2015
St Mark's Art Show

Featured artist
Tracey Levett

St Mark’s annual art show was held on the October long weekend 3-5 October 10.00am-4.00pm, with the official opening and champagne supper on Friday 2 October at 7.30pm. Read about this year's featured artist, Tracey Levett on her website.

See some images in the photogallery.

Further details from Lorraine Sweeny 9546 1162.

Sunday 2.00pm
4 October 2015
Annual Pet Service
Pet Service
St Mark’s annual pet service, with blessing of animals was held on the feast day of St Francis, 4 October.

About 20 people gathered on Creation Sunday and brought theit pets to celebrate God's creatures and seek a blessing.

See some images in the photogallery.

Donations collected for St George Dogs and Cats Home, Carlton.

Further details from Bruce Cooke 0412 680 430.
Saturday
12 September 2015
9.00am - 1.00pm
Annual Spring Fair
Annual Fair
St Mark's fete is a regular event in the local community's calendar. This year, the regular stalls of white elephant, cakes, jams, bookstall, devonshire tea and BBQ were joined by a flower stall and a mobile coffee van. There was also children's activities organised by St Mark's Pre-School.

See images in the photogallery.
Sunday
30 August 2015
Refugee & Migrant Sunday
Refugee Sunday
St Mark's member, Dr Barbara Ferguson addressed the congregation regarding her experience with refugees and those subject to violence in their own countries.



Saturday 2.00pm
8 August 2015
MU Sydney afternoon tea
Mothers Union
A full house in St Mark's Hall enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea as part of the Southern Region Mothers' Union Sydney - all heard of the amazing work of MU 'God's love in action'.

Speakers included Ann Cunningham, Sydney MU Social Issues & Action Department, and Barbara Ferguson, Diocesan Member MU Sydney (Pygmy MU Group Goma, DRC)

View some images of the afternoon on St Mark's photogallery.

Enquiries Pauline Burdon 9570 8841 pauline.burdon@hotmail.com
Fridays 10.30am
2015
Sunday 3.00pm
2 August 2015
Rodgers & Hammerstein Concert
Rodgers & Hammerstein
The local community were treated to a marvellous afternoon concert that showcased Rodgers & Hammerstein favourites, sacred anthems and songs with a quirk. Over a 150 enjoyed the combined performance by St Mark's Choir and the Voices of Sydney. View some images in the photogallery.

St Mark's Choir sings each week at the 8am Choral Eucharist, leading the worship with the communion setting, the psalm and a reflective introit and anthem.

The Voices of Sydney is a choir of auditioned public school students from years 5-12. It was originally formed for the ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the celebration of the Australian Federation 2001.

Proceeds were raised for children's ministry at St Mark's.

Enquiries Deborah Mulcair, St Mark's Choir Director 0416 332 713.
Friday
24 July 2015
Family Movie Night
The Way
St Mark's members enjoyed a fundraiser Movie Night. There were three sessions:

4.00pm Frozen - sing-along - particularly for children and families
5.30pm Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - for all ages
7.30pm The Way - for adults.

The movies were screened in St Mark's Hall. Proceeds went to children's ministry.



Wednesday
15 July 2015
Banks (Electorate) Volunteer Awards
Doug Golding
St Mark's seniors' minister, Dr Douglas Golding was one of the nominees of the 2015 Banks Volunteer of the Year Awards. In supporting Doug, rector Peter Greenwood, Marty Golding and Robert Nelson attended the function at Mortdale RSL on 15 July 2015. The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, as guest of the local member David Coleman MP, gave the occasional address. The MC was Paul McGrath, from Radio 2NBC and the audience was entertained by SING Australia St George. It was a wonderful evening that celebrated and recognised volunteering in our local area.

View some images in the photogallery and the night's program here.
Saturday 7.30pm
20 June
2015
Trivia Night
Trivia night
As a major fundraiser for St Mark's children's ministry, about 100 St Mark's members and friends attended a fun-filled night and raised approximately $2,500. The night included:

- straight shooting questions
- face & guess the celebrity
- solve the acronym
- special prizes
- silent auctions.

See images of some the competing tables in the Photogallery.
Sunday 3.00pm
24 May
2015
Concert for Congo
Bambuti children
A fundraiser concert for the Bambuti Pygmies in the war torn Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo attracted over 120 people from the community. Many of the musically gifted St Mark's members, and other guest performers gave of their time and talents to entertain the audience. The concert raised nearly $4,000 to assist in development initiatives with the Bambuti.

Read more about the concert in the flyer and view some images in the photogallery.

Enquiries Barbara Ferguson 9583 1727 bfergu5on@bigpond.com
Friday
24 April
2015
Flawless Bible Tour 2015
Sunset
Throughout April Revd David Mansfield, Director of Anglican Aid, visited every parish in the Sydney Anglican Diocese to read the whole Bible and to raise awareness and financial resources for the training of men and women in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. David visited St Mark's on Friday 24 April for a short Morning Prayer and the reading of part of the book of Numbers.
Sunday
19 April 2015
2.00pm
ANZAC Centenary Commemoration
Australians will be aware that in 2015 we are celebrating the centenary of the landing of ANZAC troops at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.
ANZAC Centenary
Each year, St Mark's Church and South Hurstville RSL Sub-Branch observe ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day with services both at the RSL Club and at St Mark's Church. This year, again in conjunction with the Sub-Branch, St Mark's hosted an ecumenical church service as a local contribution to this national celebration.

Many attended this special service which honoured Australian, New Zealand and Turkish soldiers who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign.
A special feature of the service was the representation of the Australian Turkish community and the rendition of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk‘s famous message to the mothers of fallen soldiers of Allied forces at Gallipoli by Mehmet Saral.

The Ode was read in Maori by Rangi Maika and in English by Terence Payne, President of the South Hurstville Sub-branch.

A retiring collection was taken for Legacy. All enjoyed afternoon tea after the service.

See some photos of the commemoration.

Enquires to Wilf Ewens (9583 9554) or Bruce Cooke (0412 680 430).
29 March - 5 April
2015
Holy Week and Easter at St Mark's
This significant week in the life of Jesus was celebrated at St Mark’s in ways that highlight the Easter mystery - our Lord’s Passover from death to life:

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)
8.00am Choral Eucharist with Procession of Palms (commemorating Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem) and dramatic reading of the Passion.
10am Family Communion

Wednesday in Holy Week
9.30am Holy Communion

Good Friday
Maundy Thursday
7.30pm Commemoration of the Last Supper and Tenebrae

Good Friday
8.00am The Words of the Cross - readings, meditations, music - with Choir
10am Family Service

Easter Day
8.00am Choral Eucharist with Lighting of Paschal Candle
10.00am Family Communion.
Sunday
22 March 2015
3.00pm
Seniors' HymnFest
St Mark's organ

St Mark's pipe organ

As part of Kogarah City Council's Seniors' Week celebrations, St Mark's Church hosted an Ecumenical HymnFest.

Over 80 peiople from the community enjoyed this festival of favourite hymns and church music - celebrating the rich tradition of church music that older church members remember and appreciate. The HymnFest was led by St Mark's senior's minister, Dr Douglas Golding was accompanied on the pipe organ by Lois Little.

Following the hour-long festival in the church, refreshments was served in the adjacent St Mark's Hall.
Sunday
15 March
2015
St Mark's Annual Parish Meeting
Annual meeting

St Mark's annual meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting of St Mark's was held on Sunday 15 March 2015. In the rector's pastoral address, Peter Greenwood reflected on the year past, and spoke of putting into action, the church vision - local church connecting to local community. Read the full address.

Outgoing rector's warden presented both the annual financial statements for 2014 and the budget for 2015. Marty Golding challenged the meeting to take a 'leap of faith' and adopt a balanced budget in order to fund the new initiative of appointing a children's minister.

Those appointed and elected to positions of church wardens, parish councillors, parish nominators and safe ministry are included on the Ministers and Parish Council webpage.
Sunday
8 March
2015
Valedictory celebrations for Fr Andre Jacobs
Andre Jacobs
St Mark's honorary associate, The Reverend Andre Jacobs has accepted an appointment as associate priest for both St Alban's, Charlestown and Holy Name, Redhead in the Diocese of Newcastle, Australia.

Andre Jacobs was made Deacon in 1998 and ordained Priest in 1999 at St Georges Cathedral in the Diocese of Cape Town, South Africa. He then served the church under the leadership of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as a curate in the Archdeaconry of Bellville in the Parish Kraaifontein, Church of St Mary , and chapelries St Mark’s Bloekembos and St John’s Wallacedene in Cape Town. Fr Andre then served in the Parish of Bellville South, Church of St John (Diocese of Saldanha Bay) before moving to Sydney.

Fr Andre preached at the 8am and 10am services on Sunday 8 March 2015. A parish luncheon in St Mark's Hall followed, at which Rector Peter Greenwood and parishioner Dr Barbara ferguson expressed appreciation for the ministry of Fr Andre at St Mark's over the past 6 years. See photogallery.
Sunday
1 February
2015
Commissioning of lay ministers
Commissioning

Laying on of hands

St Mark's commission three lay ministers at services on 1 February 2015 for specific roles:
- Ms Alison Collins, children's minister
- Dr Douglas Golding, seniors' minister and lay preacher
- Mr Steve Walker, student minister.

Read more about Alison, Doug and Steve on the Ministers and Parish Council webpage.
Sunday
1 February
2015
Clem Honda visits St Mark's
Kaheba Clement (Clem) Honda, along with his wife Stephania, and children Grace, Cedric, David and John thanked St Mark's today for their prayers and support.

Clem has been recently Manager, Nurse Training for the Australian Ebola Clinic in Sierra Leone. Following the choral eucharist, he enjoyed an in-depth chat with the new student minister, Steve Walker.



December
2014
Children's Minister appointed
Alison Collins
Alison Collins has been appointed St Mark's Children's Minister from January 2015. Alison will focus on school scripture, Sunday Club, and a Friday program. Read Allison's profile.

December
2014
Christmas at St Mark's
Starting with readings and carols, St Mark's provided a range of services for the community to celebrate the nativity of our Lord.

Christmas
Sunday
14 December
8.00pm Christmas Readings and Carols
led by St Mark's Choir in the spirit of Kings College Cambridge. Supper follows.

Christmas Eve
24 December
5.30pm Christmas Family Service
for families, children and the young at heart

11.00pm Christmas Sung Eucharist
Holy Communion with carols

Christmas Day 25 December 8.00am Christmas Choral Eucharist
Holy Communion with choir
Christmas 1
28 December
8.00am Sung Eucharist (choir in recess)
10.00am Family Communion

Sunday 10.00am
14 December 2014
Sunday Club awards
Sunday Club

Sunday Club awards

St Mark's Sunday Club for children held its final gathering for 2014 with an award ceremony. Children were awarded for their attendance and commitment to Sunday Club over the year.

Included in the awards was a recognotion of a senior student graduating.



Friday 10.00am
12 December 2014
Connell's Point Public School carols
School carols
Due to the potential wet weather, the Connell's Point Public School Christmas Carols were held in St Mark's Hall. Over 200 students, parents and teachers enjoyed picnic dinners in the hall and joining in the carols led by both St Mark's and CPPS teachers.

See images in the photogallery.

Sunday 3.00pm
7 December 2014
Ecumenical Remembering Service
Remembering

Remembering

Folk from Catholic, Uniting and Anglican local churches paused and remembered those we have loved and lost. They came to light a candle, say a prayer and enjoy afternoon tea with others from the local community..

The service was held at Mater Dei Catholic Church, Blakehurst. Clergy and members of Blakehurst/South Hurstville Uniting, Mater Dei and St Raphael's Catholic churches attended.

Monday
27 October 2014
Critical policies adopted by parish council
Code of Conduct

Policies adopted

St Mark's parish council has adopted two important policies.

The overarching one that defines expected behaviours is the Code of Conduct. It reinforces a commitment to Faithfulness in Service, the national code of conduct adopted by the Diocese of Sydney.

To reinforce appropriate behaviour with children, the council also adopted a Safe Ministry Policy. It commits St Mark's to promotion of safe ministry practices, as well as compliance with statutory and Diocesan requirements.

Sunday 11.30am
12 October 2014
Engagement Sunday
Engagement Sunday

Engagement Sunday -
meeting outcomes

This second special meeting followed the Vision session at the end of August. Building on the idea of 'local church connecting with local community', it focused on practical engagement with the community in 2015 and beyond. Rector, Peter Greenwood facilitiated a think tank of initiatives from the 30 odd St Mark's members that attended.

The ideas generated included 'tried and tested' ones and others that will be new for St Mark's. It was about turning the Vision enunciated at the August meeting into a reality.
Sunday 3.00pm
5 October 2014
Annual Pet Service
Pet service
Pets and their owners were welcomed at the annual pet service in the church on Creation Sunday by Rector, Revd Peter Greenwood and Assistant, Revd Andre Jacobs. The service celebrated the place of animals in our lives. See photos.

Some pet owners also had a quick look around the St Mark's Annual Art Show that was open for the October long weekend in the adjacent St Mark's Hall. Along with the art show, the pet service celebrates God's creativity in this season of Creation.

Offerings were collected at the pet service for the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home Inc, Carlton in southern Sydney.

For enquiries for next year's pet service contact Bruce on 0412 680 430 or Ruth on 9594 0142.
3-6 October 2014
St Mark's Annual Art Show
Tanner Tan

Featured artist Tanner Tan.
More artwork.

St Mark's annual art show celebrates God's creativity within each of us.

The official opening was held on Friday 3 October 2014 at 7.30pm with a champagne supper. The featured artist was Oatley local Tanner Tan.

Born in Singapore, Tanner migrated to Australia in 1981 and has settled in Illawong with his wife and son. He is largely self-taught, although in Australia, Tanner has undertaken classes at the Paddington Art School and the renowned Julian Ashton Art School. He specialises in the watercolour medium. Tanner has won numerous awards for his work. Notable achievements include the John Upton Watercolour Award from the St George Art Society and multiple prizes at the Oatley 101 Society of Artists’ Annual Exhibitions. More recently, he has won first prize in both mixed media and watercolour sections at the 2010 Waterbrook (Yowie Bay) Senior Art Competition, as well as receiving a commendation award at the 2011 Combined Art Societies of Sydney’s Annual Exhibition.

Many of Tanner’s works decorate the walls of corporations and private collectors. He is an active participant in art exhibitions conducted by schools, art societies and charitable organisations and also provides demonstrations and workshops with various art societies across Sydney. Tanner has been the featured artist at several exhibitions, including the Engadine Boy’s Town Art Show and Festival of Kurnell Art Show.

St Mark's annual art show was open during the October long-weekend, 4-6 October 2014 from 10am to 4pm. Enquiries about next year's Art Show, contact Lorraine 9546 1162.
9am-2pm
Saturday
20 September 2014
St Mark's Annual Fete - Fun 'n Food Fair
Welcome to the fair

Welcome to the fair

St Mark's Fete is a regular event on the local community's calendar. This year all the favourites were back,  plus a greater variety of food stalls. See images in the photogallery.

The fair ran from 9am to 2pm on Saturday 20 September, with a jumping castle, face painting and other activities for children, exotic food from South Africa and an Aussie sausage sizzle, delicious Devonshire teas with scones baked on the spot, the popular White Elephant stall, and stalls selling books, and home-made cakes, sweets, pickles and delicious lemon butter and passion fruit butter.  There was also sessions of our popular programs for young children, Mini Musicians and Story Time.

For enquiries about next year's fete, please contact Marty on 0432 763 834

Sunday 11.30am
31 August 2014
St Mark's Vision 2015
Vision meeting

Special Vision 2015
meeting

This special meeting focused on a vision for St Mark's in 2015 and beyond. Rector, Peter Greenwood outlined what is was to be the local church - we are not consumers but rather active participants. Peter also spoke about the local community, and in particular about the demographics of the surrounding suburbs that make up our parish.

The 30 St Mark's members that attended were challenged to:
+ pray - for opportunities to connect with people
+ communicate - with each other
+ engage - everyone has a part to play .

Read the detailed Vision.

Following on from this launch of the Vision 2015, a meeting focused on 'engagement' will be held in October 2014 - turning the vision into reality.
Sunday
31 August 2014
Congo mission
Laying on of hands

Laying on of hands

St Mark's member, Dr Barbara Ferguson was commissioned at the 8am Choral Eucharist for her 2014 mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr Ferguson's work will focus on the coordination of the support of Pygmy children in the village of Mubambiro – their education, health, and spiritual welfare. Before the laying on of hands by clergy and people, the congregation affirmed their support and prayers for Barbara.

Barbara Ferguson's work in the Congo has been a passion of hers for many years, with St Mark's as a key supporter. If you would like to donate to her work, please contact St Mark's Office.
Sunday
24 August 2014
Northern Iraq Crisis
Nazarene

The Arabic letter 'N'
(for Nazarene) used by ISIS
to identify Christians

All of us are saddened and horrified at the persecution of Christians and other minorities in northern Iraq.

In response to the crisis, both the Primate Dr Philip Freier and the Archbishop of Sydney Dr Glenn Davies have launched appeals to support emergency work through local partners in the areas affected.

St Mark's will include special prayers and a retiring offertory for the crisis during this Sunday's services at 8.00am and 10.00am.




Sunday 11.30am
10 August 2014
Soup & Bread Roll Lunch
Following the 10am Family Service, St Mark's members gathered in St Mark's Hall for a Soup and Bread Roll Lunch.  We were able to select from about 6 soups, a selection of bread types and other goodies. It was a great time to chat over a simple meal.  Children enjoyed sausage rolls and games.
Tuesday 10.00am
15 July 2014
Storytime@St Mark's
Storytime
Come and join in a fun weekly presentation of storytime and literacy games every Tuesday from 10.00 to 10.45am. Storytime commenced on 15 July 2014, in the St Marks Hall. A new initiative for kids 2-5 years and their carers. Cost gold coin donation per family per week. To register your child or if you have any enquiries contact Rachel Greenwood rachel@ladybugmusik.com.au
10 June
2014
New Director for St Mark's Pre-school
Kylie Duffy
Kylie Duffy has commenced as the new Director of St Mark's Pre-School. Kylie has a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching, and 20 years experience in the early childhood education and care profession.

Rector, Peter Greenwood welcomed Kylie on her first day on the job on behalf of St Mark's.

13 - 20 March
2014
Holy Week at St Mark's
This significant week in the life of Jesus was celebrated at St Mark’s in ways that highlighted the Easter mystery - our Lord’s Passover from death to life:

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)
8.00am Choral Eucharist with Procession of Palms (commemorating Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem) and dramatic reading of the Passion.
10.00am Family Communion

Wednesday in Holy Week
10.00am Holy Communion (normally 9.30am)

Good Friday
Maundy Thursday
7.30pm Commemoration of the Last Supper and Tenebrae

Good Friday
9.00am The Words of the Cross - readings, prayers and music reflecting on the last words of Jesus - with Choir

Easter Day
8.00am Choral Eucharist with Lighting of Paschal Candle
10.00am Family Communion
Sunday 11.30am
16 March 2013
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting was held on Sunday 16 March 2014 at 11.30am in St Mark's Hall. The meeting included election of wardens, parish councillors, synod representatives and parish nominators – as well as consideration of the annual financial statements.  The result of the elections can be found on the Priest and Council page.
7 March 2013
Support for DRC Pygmies
Induction
St Mark's member, Dr Barbara Ferguson has been volunteering in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the past 5 years. Her work to establish a village with a group of Pygmies displaced from their traditional forest homes by the ongoing war there featured on ABC TV Lateline on 7 March 2014. This program on one of the strategies for self sufficiency can be viewed in ABC News.

Read of other work by Dr Ferguson on these websites:
In the Heart of Africa: the Democratic Republic of Congo
Rain in my heart: memories of children and war in south Vietnam

Thursday 11.00am
20 March 2013
Funeral of Ken LeHuray
The life and witness of the Reverend Ken LeHuray was celebrated on Thursday 20 March at St Mark's Church, The Mall, South Hurstville at 11.00am. Ken was the fourth rector of South Hurstville during the period 1976 to 1992.

Although Ken LeHuray was a valued contributor to the deliberations of the Sydney synod, he was first and foremost a faithful parish priest. His pastoral ministry was always directed to the real needs of his parishioners and any others who came to the church for help.  St Mark's will always remember him as a true servant of God who related the gospel to the real world and was committed to the biblical message of social justice.

Read the eulogy by the Reverend Susanne Chambers.

Thursday 7.00pm
6 February 2014
New rector for St Mark's
Induction
We are very pleased to announce that The Reverend Peter Greenwood was ordained presbyter (priest) and inducted as the eighth rector of South Hurstville on 6 February 2014.

A packed church witnessed the laying on of hands by Bishop Peter Tasker and many other clergy of the diocese. The celebration included the presentation of the Archbishop's licence and was set in the context of the Eucharist.



Induction
Peter has recently been an assistant minister at Crossways parish in the Carlingford area of Sydney. He is married to Rachel and they have three young children.

See images of the ordination and induction in the photo gallery. Read Peter's first sermon on 9 February 2014.
December
2013
Christmas at St Mark's
Christmas
St Mark's celebrated the birth of our Lord in various services:

Sunday
22 December
8.00pm Christmas Readings and Carols
followed by champagne supper
Christmas Eve
24 December
5.30pm Children's Christmas Service
11.00pm Christmas Sung Eucharist
Christmas Day 25 December 8.00am Christmas Choral Eucharist
Wednesday
11 December 2013
New roof for St Mark's Hall
The Premier, Barry O'Farrell has advised St Mark's that we have been successful in winning a grant for $24,000 for replacement of St Mark's Hall roof. The grant is awarded under the NSW Government's Community Building Partnership program.

St Mark's Hall is used by community groups for dance, recreation, art, residents meetings, RSL Day Club, and social issues forums, as well as children's and adult church groups, and as a federal, state and local government poling place.

The funding for the roof replacement, has provided assurance that the Hall can continue to be used by the community.
Sunday 3.00pm
8 December 2013
Ecumenical Remembering Service
Folk from Catholic, Uniting and Anglican local churches paused and remembered those we have loved and lost. They came to light a candle, say a prayer and enjoy afternoon tea with others from the local community.

This year the service is at St Mark's - clergy and members of Blakehurst/South Hurstville Uniting, Mater Dei and St Raphael's Catholic churches attended
Sunday 9.00am
1 December 2013
Combined Parish Eucharist
Advent Wreath
To celebrate Advent Sunday, the beginning of the church year, St Mark's morning congregations worshiped together at 9.00am (instead of 8.00 and 10.00am). The service included a special time for children, including lighting of the first candle of the Advent Wreath and 'Sunday Club'. The children prepared a special 'hope' poster - the first of four for Advent.

Following the celebration, all enjoyed a wonderful High Tea in St Mark's Hall.


Sunday 10am
10 November 2013
Remembrance Sunday
RSL
The 2013 Remembrance Sunday included the dedication of St Mark's refurbished Remembrance Book. It includes the names of local men and women who served Australia in war. The book has been updated to include those who saw active service in theatres of war since the Korean War.

South Hurstville RSL Sub-branch members and veterans attended, including some that are included in the new book.




Sunday 2.30pm
3 November 2013
'Raise the Roof' concert

It was an afternoon of fun, music and songs performed by the accomplished organist and performer, Col Adamson, music minister at St Thomas North Sydney.

The afternoon was followed by refreshments!
Wednesdays
7.00pm
3 October 2013
Alpha course
Alpha
Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over ten thought provoking weekly sessions, with a day or weekend away. Alpha courses attract people of all ages, backgrounds, beliefs and viewpoints. Some want to know if God exists, others about the hard questions of life and others want to talk about what the purpose of life is.

We share a meal at 7.00pm, watch a video and have a short talk about the Christian faith. The course runs for 10 weeks until 11 December 2013.

Enquiries Alan & Lois Little 9546 3236.
4-7 October
2013
St Mark's Annual Art Show
Tree of Hope

Tree of Hope
by Beric Henderson

In celebration of God's gift of creativity, the annual art show was held on the October 2013 long weekend.

The Show was officially opened on Friday 4 October at 7.30pm by the featured artist Beric Henderson. It continued to be open to the public Saturday- Monday 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Enquiries to Lorraine Sweeny 9546 1162 or Alan Little 0408 863 769.
Sunday 3.00pm
6 October
2013
Annual Pet Service
Pet service
Lots of dogs and owners attended St Mark's Annual Pet Service with the blessing of animals. As part of the Season of Creation, it celebrates the place of animals in our lives.

Offerings were collected for the Sydney Dog and Cat Home, Carlton.

Pets and their owners were also able to view the Annual Art Show that was open for the October long weekend - celebrating God's creativity.

Enquiries Bruce Cooke on 0412 680 430 or Ruth Pollard on 9594 0142.
Saturday
7 September
2013
Federal election sausage sizzle
Meet the Candidates
As is the custom at many polling places, St Mark's held a sausage sizzle and jam stall at the St Mark's Hall polling place for Banks electorate. A great day had by all.




Sunday 3.00pm
15 September
2013
Community forum - NSW planning laws
St Mark's is hosted a forum on the new planning laws. David Shoebridge MLC and Jenny Minnisie of Better Planning Network spoke about issues with the Government's proposals. Concerns were expressed about community consultation on local building developments, and about heritage and environmental sustainability issues.

The forum was organised by local activist Philippa Clark and was held in St Mark's Hall, The Mall South Hurstville.

Enquiries Bruce Cooke 0412 680 430.
Saturday 9.00am
31 August
2013
St Mark's Annual Fete
Jumping castle
St Mark's Fete is a regular event on the local community's calendar.

It included the usual stalls of Jams & Pickles, White Elephant, Books, Cakes, Sweets, Craft and Needlework, Barbeque, Devonshire teas, Lucky prize, Chocolate Wheel, and Plants.

Enquiries about next year's fete to Lorraine Sweeny 9546 1162 or Marty Golding 0432 763 834.
Sunday 2.00pm
25 August
2013
Meet the Candidates
Meet the Candidates
About 60 members of the community heard the Banks candidates speak on policies and issues at the Meet the Candidates forum. St Mark's hosted the community forum for the upcoming federal government election as a service to the community.

Enquiries Marty Golding 0432 763 834.
Sunday
10.00am
14 July 2013
July Family Service
Over 100 people, including young families attended the Family Service. The Acting Rector, Barry Dudding led a special session for children that included his leading songs with his piano accordion. The service also included the baptism of a baby.
Sunday
2.30pm
23 June 2013
Songs for the Pygmy Children
Songs for Pygmies
St Mark's Church was packed to hear the Sydney Region Children's Choir present a concert for Congo at St Mark's. Organised by St Mark's Choir Director, Deb Mulcair 2013 is the second year that the choir has sung at St Mark's. Proceeds go to a feeding program for 65 pre-school aged Pygmy children – daily food for children who normally do not get a meal every day at home. Enquiries Barbara Ferguson 9583 1727  bfergu5on@bigpond.com

Read article from the local newspaper, The St George & Sutherland Leader 12 June 2013.
Thursdays
8.00pm
New Bible Study
A new Bible Study has commenced on Thursday nights at the Rectory. Led by the Acting Rector, Barry Dudding, it will focus on the early Church as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. This study complements the existing Wednesday Bible Study and other small groups at St Mark's. Enquiries to Barry Dudding.
Sunday
3.00pm
9 June 2013
Healing to Wholeness
A service to assist all those who find it difficult with the loss of their spouses or loved ones was held on this Sunday afternoon. It was an opportunity to acknowledge loss, and to find a space to express their journey. May God, who journeys with us, continue to bring us to wholeness. Enquiries Fr Andre Jacobs 0424 578 322.
Sunday
2 June 2013
St Mark's appoints organist
St Mark's organ
St Mark's is pleased to announce the appointment of Margaret Hayes as Organist. Margaret, with qualifications in organ, will play at the Sunday 8am Choral Eucharist and contribute to the 10am Family Service.

Margaret Hayes will support the broad tradition of Anglican liturgical worship and music that is a feature of the life of St Mark's.

Read more about the organ and St Mark's music.
Sunday
11.30am
26 May 2013
Parish Picnic
Parish picnic
St Mark's members enjoyed a picnic at the local Carss Bush Park. It followed the 10am Family Service that day, supporting the BCA for Kids initiative and the work of Bush Church Aid throughout Australia.








Sunday
3.00pm
19 May 2013
Prayer for Christian Unity
Prayer for Unity
Members of the local Catholic, Uniting and Anglican churches joined in worship at Mater Dei Church, Blakehurst – afternoon tea followed. The theme for the 2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was 'What does the Lord require of us?'  based on a liturgy by the National Council of Churches in Australia. An initiative of the local Uniting, Catholic and Anglican clergy.

Sunday
10.00am
12 May 2013
Mothers' Day Thanksgiving
Mothers Day
Mothers' Day was celebrated with a special Thanksgiving at the 10am celebration.

The family service featured Mini Musicians@St Mark's and the Sunday Club children. The activities for children during the service included decorating cupcakes for their mums, grandmas and others in the congregation.

The cupcakes were enjoyed in the Hall afterwards for morning tea.
Sunday
5 May 2013
Patronal Festival
Mini Musicians
St Mark's Day was celebrated on 5 May 2013 at both the 8.00am Choral Eucharist and the 10.00am Family Communion.

The visiting preacher was The Reverend Dr Alan Mugridge, Senior Lecturer in New Testament, Sydney Missionary & Bible College. Dr Mugridge has formerly worked with the Church Missionary Society in Tanzania.

A BBQ luncheon followed in the recently refurbished Rectory.

ANZAC Day
April 2013
ANZAC Commemorations
Mini Musicians
St Mark's supported local ANZAC celebrations:

- Dawn Service - 6.00am, 25 April 2013 at the Memorial Garden, South Hurstville RSL Club, The Pinnacle.

- ANZAC Commemoration - 10.00am, 21 April 2013 at St Mark's.



24 - 31 March
2013
Holy Week at St Mark's
This significant week in the life of Jesus was celebrated at St Mark’s in ways that highlight the Easter mystery - our Lord’s Passover from death to life:

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)
9.00am Combined Choral Eucharist with Procession of Palms (commemorating Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem) and dramatic reading of the Passion.

Wednesday in Holy Week
9.30am Holy Communion

Good Friday
Maundy Thursday
7.30pm Commemoration of the Last Supper and Tenebrae

Good Friday
9.00am The Way of the Cross - contemporary stations of the cross with Choir

Easter Day
8.00am Choral Eucharist with Lighting of Paschal Candle
10.00am Family Communion.
Feb- March
2013
Lent at St Mark's
St Mark's organ
St Mark's members dedicated a little more time this past Lent to energise their inward journey of faith:

13 Feb 9.30am Holy Communion
7.30pm Holy Communion
with receiving of ashes
Mondays 8.00pm Bible Study
Studies: Peter - from fisherman to fishers of men
Thursdays 5.00pm Christian meditation
Introductory series - discover the seeds and roots of this daily practice of the Prayer of the Heart. See more about Christian meditation.
Sundays 5.00pm Lenten study
Jesus at the table: studies in Luke by Bishop Tim Harris. Each study, led by Doug Golding, will be set within the context of a shared meal.
Monday
4 February
2013
Former rector marries
Chris and Robyn
Chris Albany, rector at St Mark's from 2005 to November 2012, was married to Robyn Cantoni at the Church of the Ascension, Midland in Perth, Australia.

In addition to family, friends from Chris and Robyn's various communities of faith gathered to support the couple and help them celebrate the occasion. The celebrant was The Reverend Tess Milne.

In lieu of wedding gifts, donations were made both to Bush Church Aid Society and the Mubambiro Pygmy community in the Democratic Republic of Congo (through St Mark's).

View some images in the photogallery.
27 January
2013
St Mark's organist focuses on other ministries
Lois Little
Dr Lois Little, St Mark's Organist and Music Coordinator has stepped aside to focus on hospital chaplaincy and other priorities. Lois has been St Mark's organist since 2005.

A thanksgiving and farewell prayers were included in the Sung Eucharist on 27 January 2013. The parish expressed immense gratitude for the dedication in building up the ministry of music at St Mark's.
6 January
2013
New Acting Rector
Barry Dudding
The Reverend Barry Dudding was appointed as Acting Rector from 6 January 2013.

Barry takes over from the Reverend David Warner, who has been leading the parish for the many months during 2012 - David's ministry during this interregnum period has been appreciated.

Saturdays 5.30pm
1, 8, 15, 22
December 2012
Are you ready for CHRISTmas?
All-age Advent
A new series of all-age Advent gatherings was held at St Mark's in the run up to 2013 Christmas. People of all ages came to discover the God-Man who shaped our world.

The brief 5.30 - 6.00pm service was followed by refreshments. Enquiries John Kennedy.

Wednesday 7.30pm
9 December
2012
Remembering Service
Catholic and Anglicans joined with Blakehurst Uniting people to pause, light a candle and remember those we have loved and lost. Afternoon tea followed.

In 2013, it will be St Mark's turn to host the annual event.
Wednesday 7.30pm
14 November
2012
Taizé
Taize
A new prayer time for St Mark's in the tradition of Taizé has commenced.

Meeting monthly, the less-than-an-hour long gathering includes song, readings, prayer and a brief period of silence. All welcome to the this new gathering in St Mark's Church.

The first gathering for 2013 is Monday 11 February at 7.30pm.

Enquiries Bruce Cooke 0412 680 430.
Saturday
24 November
2012
Toys 'n' Tucker
Toys 'n' Tucker
St Mark's collected over 4 shopping trolleys of food and toys for Anglicare's Toys 'n' Tucker 2012 at the local IGA Supermarket, South Hurstville between 8.00am and 4.00pm.

Donated goods were taken to Anglicare's hamper packing warehouse in Mount Druitt where volunteers, students and drivers work tirelessly to, sort, pack and distribute Christmas food and gift hampers to needy families.

The community's support is vital in enabling us to offer care and support to thousands of struggling families in Sydney – families who will never be able to thank you personally.

Enquiries Dorothy Harpley 9547 2563.
Saturday 2.30pm
24 November
2012
Make we Merry - a concert
Serendipity
Well renown choral group from the southern highlands, 'Serendipity:the choir' brought the local community a gorgeous collection of songs to celebrate the festive season at St Mark's Church.

The program included carols, anthems, spirituals, Latin hymns from the Medieval period, and songs from Spain, France, Israel and the Americas.

Refreshments followed in the adjacent St Mark's Hall.
Sunday 11.00am
11 November
2012
Remembrance Day
Remembrance 2012
St Mark's joined with the local South Hurstville RSL to observe Remembrance Day. Following the 10am Family Worship, the congregation walked to the RSL memorial garden to observe the traditional one minute's silence and sing 'Abide with me'. St Mark's and the RSL Sub-branch commemorate both ANZAC Day and Remembrance Sunday each year.

This service was the last one that Chris Albany led as Rector of South Hurstville Parish.
Sunday 10.00am
4 November
2012
Rector's farewell
Rector farewell

All-age homily

Over 180 members and friends of St Mark's gathered to give thanks for the ministry of Chris Albany as Rector from 2005 to November 2012. The farewell included:

- 10am Valedictory Choral Eucharist
- Luncheon in St Mark's Hall following.

Speakers included Archdeacon Ian Cox (on behalf of the Sydney Diocese), Bruce Cooke (Rector's Warden), Fr Isidore Anantharaj (representing local churches), and Councillor Kathryn Landsberry (Kogarah City Council).

See some images in the photogallery.
Sunday 3.00pm
30 September
2012
Pet Service
Pet Service

The annual Pet Service, with blessing of animals, was held on the Sunday before the feast day of St Francis. It is a service that celebrates the place of animals in our lives.

The local community brought 4-legged, winged, finned pets for a blessing.

Offerings were collected for the Sydney Dog and Cat Home, Carlton.

See photos.

October
long weekend
2012
St Mark's Annual Art Show
Jumping castle

Joan Relke

Over 80 people attended the official opening of St Mark's Art Show by featured artist, Joan Relke on Friday 28 September 2012. Originally from Canada and inspired by psychologist Carl Jung, Joan has completed many public commissions in bronze, stone and cast aluminium with partner Carl Merten. Read more about Joan Relke on her website.

The Art Show, held in St Mark's Hall, is also open Saturday, Sunday, Monday 29 September to 1 October, 10.00am to 4.00pm. Gold coin entry.

The show celebrated God's gift of creativity in all of us.
Saturday 9.00am
15 September
2012
St Mark's Annual Fete
Jumping castle

Jumping castle

St Mark's Fete, a regular event on the local calendar, drew people from the surrounding community. It included the usual stalls of Jams & Pickles, White Elephant, Books, Cakes, Sweets, Craft and Needlework, Barbeque, Devonshire teas, Lucky prize, and Plants. In addition St Mark's Pre-school Kindergarten coordinated activities for children.
Sunday
12 August
2012
Chris Albany leaves St Mark's
Chris Albany
Revd Chris Albany has announced his plans to resign as Rector of St Mark's as from 11 November. He will return from his current leave in time for the Pet Service on Sunday 30 September and will be back with us throughout October.

Chris commenced at St Mark's in 2005 and has lead an inclusive ministry that champions "openness, diversity and questioning as we respond to God's invitation to be co-creators with God of a compassionate and just society". In recent years he has been challenged by the loss of his wife, Pam – and more recently by the death of his brother Alan. Chris is "thankful to God for the opportunity of being part of this wonderful community for the past 7 years and is confident God has good things in store for St Mark’s into the future and also for himself." 

Chris's last Sunday at St Mark's will be 4 November 2012, All Saints Festival. He will also lead the Remembrance Day Service at the RSL Club on the 11 November. He will then take further time and space to regain his energies before hopefully taking up a new appointment probably outside of Sydney sometime in 2013.
Sunday 10am
12 August
2012
Family Worship with puppets
Brian Edwards
Revd Brian Edwards keep children and adults spellbound with his tricks and 'talking dog' and his message about the love of Jesus. Brian is a respected children's speaker.

This is part of the second Sunday of the month approach, when the celebration is a praise, prayer and proclamation service - without communion. The sermon is more like an all-age talk that includes everyone.



Sunday 2.30pm
5 August
2012
Thank you for the Music
Final event in St Mark's Winter Music Series was enjoyed by over 90 people from the community. All enjoyed this concert of traditional choral and pop music, featuring St Mark’s Choir and guest soloist Jacqueline Styles. Proceeds from the concert went to the Katoke Trust, supporting schools in Tanzania.

See photos.
Sunday 2.30pm
15 July
2012
Celebrating the Organ concert
Organ student, Dion Li stunned the audience with his masterful touch of classical pieces on St Mark's pipe organ. Dion joined St Mark's Music Director and Organist Lois Little in providing a varied and enjoyable repertoire of traditional choral and pop music. A light-hearted interlude of song paid tribute to the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Chorister Attila Szalay and Rector's Warden Bruce Cooke led rousing choruses of Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.

See photos.

This is the second concert of the Winter Music Series was 5 August 2012.
Sunday 2.30pm
24 June
2012
Songs for Pygmy Children
About 200 people gathered at St Mark's to hear the Sydney Region Children's Choir. The 35 strong choir sang a variety of music from African to Beatles. The proceeds from the concert went to the Pygmy children in the war torn Democratic Republic of Congo - in particular the construction of a multi-purpose building to provide morning pre-school and afternoon literacy, sewing and safe motherhood classes.

Over $3,000 was raised for the Pygmy children in the war torn Democratic Republic of Congo, in particular this year's proceeds will go towards construction of a multi-purpose building to provide a morning pre-school and afternoon literacy, sewing and safe motherhood classes.

This is the first of the Winter Music Series, The next concert is 15 July 2012.
Sundays 8 & 10am
17 & 24 June
2012
David Drury guest organist
Renown musician, David Drury was guest organist at St Mark's for both Sundays at the 8am Choral Eucharist and 10am Family Communion. David was formerly organist at St James King Street, and has given recitals in Westminster Abbey, St Paul's and Westminster Cathedrals in London, Kings College, Cambridge and Notre Dame and La Madeleine.
Sunday 4.00pm
20 May
2012
Volunteers Thanksgiving
Volunteers
St Mark's hosted an Ecumenical Volunteers Thanksgiving. The event was supported by Kogarah City Council, Blakehurst Uniting Church and Keystone Community Solutions as part of National Volunteers Week.

St Mark's is conscious of the crucial contribution that volunteers make to building, sustaining and strengthening our community. The service and the light dinner following was a small expression of appreciation to local volunteers, which was reiterated by the Mayor of Kogarah, Councillor Nickolas Varvaris.
Sunday 10.00am
29 April
2012
ANZAC Commemoration
ANZAC Day
St Mark's hosted an annual ANZAC Commemoration in conjunction with the RSL South Hurstville Sub-Branch.






Sunday 3.00pm
22 April
2012
Freedom Day celebration
Freedom Day
St Mark's hosted a special celebration with African liturgy and music. The service, led by Fr Andre Jacobs, was ecumenical in nature. Fr Andre is the Honorary Assistant at St Mark's and originally came from South Africa.

The service was followed by afternoon tea.
1- 8 April
2012
Holy Week at St Mark's
Palm Sunday
This significant week in the life of Jesus was celebrated at St Mark’s in ways that highlight the Easter mystery - our Lord’s Passover from death to life:

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)
9.00am Combined Choral Eucharist with Procession of Palms (commemorating Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem) and dramatic reading of the Passion

Monday-Thursday in Holy Week
7.15am Holy Communion a reflective said service

Wednesday in Holy Week
9.30am Holy Communion

Good Friday
Maundy Thursday
7.30pm Sung Eucharist with Commemoration of the Last Supper and Tenebrae

Good Friday
9.00am The Way of the Cross - contemporary stations of the cross with Choir

Easter Day
8.00am Choral Eucharist with Lighting of Paschal Candle
10.00am Holy Communion with Renewal of Baptismal promises

Previous photos.
Sunday 3pm
26 February
2012
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir
Remembering
St Mark's hosted the renown Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir for a Sunday afternoon concert - Songs of Freedom. The event attracted over 130 people.

In his concluding remarks the Rector, Chris Albany apologised personally for the way in which same sex attracted people had been treated by the Church - in most cases it has been hurtful and negative.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir is a non-auditioned choir which welcomes members regardless of their sexual identity or musical experience. Since forming 20 years ago, the choir has performed Carl Vine's Mythologia with Sydney Dance Company at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, hosted the first Australasian Gay and Lesbian Choral Festival, performed at the Sydney Gay Games Choral Festival, and toured Europe, Auckland and North America.  Its 2009 production of Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen was the first opera in the world to be staged by a queer choir. In 2011, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala concert at Sydney Town Hall, where the choir performed its favourite pieces from the past twenty years.  It recently performed the world premiere of a major new choral work Dreams & Visions, commissioned from Sydney composer John Peterson.

The Patrons are The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, and Emma Ayres. Music Director Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith; Assistant Conductor Steve Endres; and Accompanist: Gareth Chan.

Entry by donation $15 adults ($10 concession). All donations to go to the Unicef East Africa starvation appeal and Amnesty International Australia. Concert will be followed by refreshments in St Mark's Hall.

More information from their website www.sglc.org See also St Mark's media release.
Tuesday
3 January
2012
Funeral for Pam Albany
It was with deep sadness and much sorrow that on Wednesday 28 December, Pam Albany, wife of St Mark's Rector Chris Albany, died peacefully at Calvary Hospital.

Almost 300 people celebrated her life with a Thanksgiving Eucharist at St Mark’s on Tuesday 3 January at 10:30am. Eulogies focused on Pam's personal qualities, her advocacy for the role of women in church, and her work in the world of public health with achievements in injury prevention from toddlers to the frail aged.

The preacher was Rector's Warden, Dr Barbara Booth - her homily can be found on the sermon webpage or directly here.
Sunday
11 December
2011
Ecumenical Remembering Service
Remembering
St Mark's members joined people from Blakehurst Uniting and Catholic parishes to remember those dear to us that we have loved and lost. This year’s service was held at St Raphael’s Catholic, Church George Street, South Hurstville. Clergy Fr Isidore Anantharaj (Catholic), Chris Albany (Anglican) and Dr Les Hewitt (Uniting) jointly presided.

The service is an ecumenical initiative of the local churches - each church takes a turn to host the event. It has become a regular item on the local community calendar.

Sunday
27 November
2011
Christmas is Coming concert
Concert
73 choristers and musicians from St Mark's Choir, and the Sydney and South Western Sydney Region children’s choirs, entertained St Mark's members and visitors from the local community.

Afternoon tea and refreshments followed. Proceeds of the concert went to Anglicare's Toys-n-Tucker appeal.
Sunday
27 November
2011
Advent Readings and Carols
Advent Wreath
The traditional lessons and carols gave way to a combined parish Choral Eucharist with additional readings including 'Waiting' by Alix Brown, published by the Iona Community Scotland.

A family lit the first candle of the Advent Wreath with the words:
We light a candle to proclaim that God’s hope
comes into the world through Jesus
to share our humanity, embracing all peoples of diverse cultures
and reaffirming our connections to God in creation.


During Advent St Mark's is supporting the work of the Christmas Bowl, (an initiative of Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of
Churches in Australia) and Toys-n-Tucker (Anglicare).
Long Weekend
30 Sep - 4 Oct
2011
St Mark's Annual Art Show
Rex Merten

Rex Merten
2010 featured artist

The 2011 Art Show will be held at St Mark's Hall, The Mall, South Hurstville on the October long weekend. It will be opened by featured artist, Diana Garth on the evening of Friday 30 September at 7.30pm. Entry is $15 ($10 conc) and includes champagne and nibbles.

Diana Garth is a recognised winning artist and art teacher from the Oatley 101 Art Society.
 
Included in this year's Show are paintings by the SMACKS (St Mark's Anglican Church Kids Scene), sponsored by Matisse Art Supplies. The Art Show is also open: Saturday 1 October to Monday 2 October 2011. Enquiries to Alan Little 9594 5999 or 0408 863 769.

See photos of the 2010 year's Art Show.
Sunday
23 October
2011
Tanzanian visiting preacher
Canon Habimana
St Mark's warmly welcomed Canon Samuel Habimana accompanied by Dr Alan Watson, Australian Chairman of the Katoke Trust for Overseas Aid and Dr John Stephenson, Vice President of the Trust.

Canon Habimana was born in Rwanda, where he completed his primary and secondary education and graduated with a Diploma in Education from Shyogwe Anglican College in 1960.  When civil war broke out in 1961 he escaped to Tanzania, assisted by the fourteen year old girl whom he later would marry.  He taught and worked in the refugee camp at Ngara, where he saw the need for a pastor and spiritual adviser amongst the men, women and children there.  He was ordained by the Bishop of Kagera in 1966. 

The Diocese sent Habimana to England to study at Oakhill Theological College, London for a Certificate in Theology (1970) and a Certificate in English Studies at the University of Cambridge.  He was then sponsored for a year of further teacher education at All Saints College, London University.

In 1971 Habimana joined the Katoke Teachers Training college as a tutor in English and Religious Instruction, a position he held for 28 years.  Concurrently he served as chaplain to students and as Pastor of Katoke Anglican Church.  He became a citizen of Tanzania in 1981.

In 1985 he proposed the building of a dispensary at Katoke and this has been a great asset for students at the local schools, teachers’ college and for local people.  Completion of the dispensary was the result of co-operation with Alan Watson and a grant via the Archbishop of Sydney. Cabon Habimana is co-founder, with Alan Watson, of the Katoke-Lweru Secondary School and is a member of the Tanzanian management committee.  In “retirement” he continues as Head of the Katoke English College, Chairman of the Katoke Dispensary (Medical Centre) and teacher of Bible Knowledge at the secondary school.  He continues to minister in the Anglican church at Katoke and in the wider Kagera region.

A synopsis of Canon Habimana's sermon is on the sermon's webpage.
Sunday 3.00pm
2 October
2011
Annual Pet Service
Pet service
Members of the local community joined with St Mark's to celebrate the place of animals in our lives. Pets were brought for a Blessing of Animals at St Mark's Church.

There were numerous dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and an iguana, all of whom joined in the singing and loud responses.

Inspired by St Francis of Assisi, the annual pet service is a regular feature of the local calendar. It celebrates 'all creatures great and small' and the joy that we humans receive from our animal companions.

See images in the photogallery.

An offering was collected for the RSPCA.
Sunday 3.00pm
25 September
2011
Immigration, asylum seekers and refugees
Social issues forum
A social issues forum attracted community members to hear three interesting speakers:
- Dr Douglas Golding, member of St Mark's, former journalist, Methodist minister and experienced in dealing with the Immigration Department.
- Paul Power, CEO Refugee Council of Australia since 2006.
- Sam Almaliki, young activist, former Villawood detainee.
Saturday 9.00am
17 September
2011
St Mark's Annual Fete
Jumping castle

Jumping castle

St Mark's Fete, a regular event on the local calendar, drew people from the surrounding community, with the usual stalls of White Elephant, Books, Cakes, Sweets, Craft and Needlework, Bottle Stall, and Plants. In addition there was a stall promoting Fair Trading tea and coffee, a chocolate wheel as well as activities for children.


Saturday 9.00am
11 September
2011
Season of Creation
Bp George Browning

Bp George Browning
and Frs Chris and Andre

St Mark's commenced the Season of Creation on Sunday 11 September, with a combined Choral Eucharist at 9.00am. The preacher at this Creation Sunday celebration was The Right Reverend George Browning, former bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, and currently convener of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network. Read his sermon.

Other celebrations in the season include:
18 September 8am & 10am - International Day of Peace
25 September 8am and 10am - Social Justice Sunday
2 October 3pm - Blessing of Animals (Pet Service)
Sunday 3.00pm
14 August
2011
Choral Evensong
St Mark's organ
St Mark's members and visitors enjoyed an Anglican Evening Prayer sung to the well-known Ferial Setting. The traditional chants were used to give expression to the contemporary words of A Prayer Book for Australia, Evening Prayer First Order. The liturgy also included the Service of Light, an homily by Dr Lois Gibson (Organist and Music Director), and meditative prayers.

The Evensong celebrated the feast of Mary, Mother of the Lord. The Anthem was 'Song of Mary' by Shepherd.

Refreshments followed.
Sunday 3.00pm
17 July
2011
Ethics of Aged Care
Forum
An open community forum discussed the issues and responsibilities involved in aged care, particularly end of life care and options.

Guest speakers included:
Claire Skinner
Registrar Emergency Services RPA, Founding member of the Hospital Reform Group
Dr Sarah Baldwin Staff Specialist, St George Hospital Department of Aged Care, Member of Clinical Ethics Committee
Pastor Pam Clapshaw coordinator chaplaincy St George Hospital
member of Research Ethics Committee, Former ministry leader for seniors, Churches of Christ.

Follow link for photos. Enquiries Alan Little 9594 5999.
Sunday 3.00pm
26 June
2011
Songs for the Congo concert
Congo

Dr Barbara Ferguson
in the Congo

A wonderful feast of classic and African music was enjoyed by over 200. The guest singers were members of the Sydney Region Choir that performs at events around Sydney, including the Schools Spectacular. In 2010 some members toured China.

Among other items, St Mark’s Choir sang two of their favourites, The Lord is my Shepherd (Howard Goodall), and Shout the Glad Tidings (George F Handel). A memorable item was 'The Lord's Prayer' by visiting bass extrordinaire, Kipi.

The event raised funds to assist several hundred Pygmy people in the Congo. St Mark's member, Dr Barbara Ferguson has been coordinating the securing of land following the displacement of the Pygmies from their traditional homes in the forest. The ongoing conflict in the DRC has had a significant impact on these Pygmies, including rape of women and girls.

Previous fundraising has helped to purchase land. These Pygmies from Mubambiro are building their own two room houses of stick and daub, with a door to keep women safe from rape. This concert raised funds to re-enroll 55 children at school and to procure tools, seeds and immature fruit trees for each family to set up a kitchen garden. Education is not free in the Congo.

See the photogallery for some images from the concert

Dr Ferguson also spoke at Hurstville City Council's Refugee Week event on 23 June 2011. Read her addresss here.
Saturday 7.30pm
11 June
2011
Trivia Evening
Trivia Night
Over 120 trivia buffs from St Mark's and the wider community gathered to raise funds for the cost of a kidney transplant for Melanie Jacobs, wife of Honarary Associate Priest, Fr Andre. There were plenty of challenging questions, competitive answering, roll the coin to hit the bottle game, a perennial 'last one standing' true/false questionaire, vibrant conversation and tasty curries and soup.

Over $3,000 was raised on the night.
Sunday 3.00pm
28 May
2011
Flights of Fancy concert - Serendipity:the choir
Serendipity
It could have been called ‘A little bit of what you fancy’, because Serendipity:the choir brought us a wonderful and fanciful mixture of songs, most of which had a loose though sometimes obscure connection with the glorious world of flight. As well as folksongs from France, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Argentina, the program included pieces by William Byrd, Cole Porter, Lennon & McCartney, Felix Mendelssohn and much more. Serendipity, one of the finest choirs in the Southern Highlands, attracted packed houses at each of their three concert programs in 2010 and the selection of choral pieces chosen for the May 2011 concert series once again delighted St Mark's members and local residents.

The concert, organised by Kerith Fowles and Ann Clipsham, was held in the church and was followed by high tea and champagne. Visit the photogallery.
Sunday
8 May
2011
Patronal Festival
St Mark’s Day was celebrated with a combined Choral Eucharist at 9.00am, and a super morning tea following.

The Presider and preacher was The Rt Revd John McIntyre, Bishop of Gippsland.
Easter Day
April
2011
Easter Artwork
Easter Artwork
Claire Wildish (and St Mark’s children) and Rex Merten, through their creative flair, have contributed artwork for St Mark’s Easter worship.

Easter Banners
In designing the banners with St Mark’s children, Claire Wildish has tried to create the illusion of a stain glass window. The colours of the rising sun emphasise the light of Christ who is risen – he is risen indeed!

Paschal Candle
Besides the basic requirements, our Paschal Candle has the traditional symbol of St Mark, a winged lion standing over the scroll of the Gospel, and we enjoy a little more latitude in our use of colour and design. So the Cross on our St Mark’s Paschal Candle appears to glow from within to symbolise that holy fire that descended on the disciples at Pentecost. Link to a more detailed description.
Tuesday
22 March
2011
St George Interfaith Forum

 

Religious leaders from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Baha’i faiths came together in a panel discussion to express their views and advance understanding of religious and spiritual diversity at an Interfaith Forum held last Tuesday 22 March 2011 at Jubilee Oval Community Hall, Carlton. According to Vivian Challita-Ajaka, Diversity Health Manager, St George Hospital, the aim of the Forum was to increase awareness about different faiths and to promote respect, harmony, peace and understanding within the St George area and wider community.

St Mark’s was represented by Rector Chris Albany who addressed the forum, Alan Little and Rex Merten of our Social Issues group, and Deb Mulcair, Lois Little, Lorraine Watson and Gabrielle Merton leading the music – supporting the local Women’s Interfaith Choir.

The St George Interfaith Forum was a partnership between St George Hospital, St George Police, Hurstville, Kogarah and Rockdale City Councils, St George Migrant Resource Centre and St George Interfaith Women’s Network, Hurstville. See media release here and photos here.
February
2011
Heal Africa Hospital, Democratic Republic of Congo
Meet the Candidates
Dr Barbara Ferguson travelled to DRC in February to progress development projects. Barbara, a St Mark's member, is committed to bring justice to the peoples of DRC - particularly the girls and women that have been raped. Dr Ferguson is also working with a Pygmies group in order to organise the purchase and legal title of land. A recent report from Barbara Ferguson is available here. Visit the photogallery for some recent images.
Wednesday 7.00pm
16 March
2011
Meet the Candidates
Meet the Candidates

Meet the Candidates

St Mark's hosted the Meet the Candidates forum for the NSW Electorate of Kogarah. Over 40 people heard candidates Ms Cherie Burton MP sitting member for the Labor Party and Ms Simone Francis representing The Greens put their views on why they should be elected. Ms Miray Hindi representing the Liberal Party gave apologies for not being able to attend at the last moment. Ms Sandi Bell representing the Christian Democratic Party did not reply to our invitation to attend. Issues discussed included: the growing adversarial culture of politics; local achievements in recent years; preventative health versus hospital budgets; corporate donations to political parties; environmental issues; and the role of the public sector.

St Mark's Hall is a polling place for the election, which is on Saturday 26 March 2011.
Tuesday
8 March
2011
International Women's Day
Barbara Ferguson
St Mark's parishioner, Dr Barbara Ferguson was guest speaker at the 2011 International Women's Day breakfast hosted by Kogarah City Council. Dr Ferguson spoke of two women: one from Vietnam, and one from Democratic Republic of Congo, inspiring women to action.

" If you are a woman of faith, pray for them.  If you are a woman of means, find an agency that supports maternal and child welfare or women’s development and gender equality and donate regularly to their work.  If you are a woman with influence in your community, use your voice and your influence to lobby for women who are denied a voice, denied influence, denied equal rights."

You can read the full address here.
Sunday
6 March
2011
Lenten altar frontal
Lenten frontal
Claire Wildish and the children of the 10am Sunday service worked on an impressive Lenten altar frontal, which was dedicated last Sunday. From a box of left over materials, Claire chose rich purple velvet and satin fabrics to represent the sea. The children had great delight in gluing bits of gold paper and aluminum foil to the hanging to create a sparkling fish, an ancient symbol for Christians.

Claire says “I took inspiration from the concept that Lent is a journey to Easter: each of us swim, often with all the old stuff that we are not ready to let go, towards a greater experience of new life with Christ.”


You can see a bigger image of the Lenten altar frontal here.

Sunday
27 February
2011
Annual Parish Meeting
St Mark's annual meeting resulted in the following officers being appointed: Rector's Warden Barbara Booth; People's Wardens Alan Little, Andre Jacobs; Parish Councillors Wesley Fairhall, Doug Golding; Parish Nominators Barbara Booth, Alan Little, Doug Golding, Bruce Cooke, Jim Moore; Synod Representatives Bruce Cooke, Wesley Fairhall. The Rector, Chris Albany gave his pastoral address in the sermon at both the 8.00am Choral Eucharist and the 10.00am Holy Communion celebrations that day.
Thursday
27 January
2011
Latest BookBusters review
The book discussed at the first meeting for 2011 was Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Rex Merten provides an informative review here

The next meeting is on Thursday, 10 March at 8.00pm when the book in focus will be Nuns and Soldiers by Iris Murdoch.  New members are always welcome. Details Rex Merten 9580 2808.
Sunday 10.00am
30 January
2011
Quintessental 10am celebration
Mtt 5.1-12
St Mark's parishioner and careers counsellor (Danebank Anglican School), Gwen Cartwright preached a challeging sermon at the Quintessential celebration. The sermon theme at this Sung Eucharist was ‘What does the Lord require of you?’ inspired by the one of the readings from the prophet Micah (6.1-8). Gwen also gave a presentation over lunch of her recent 6 week volunteering mission to Katoke Secondary School in Tanzania.

You can read the inspiring sermon here, and also see some photos.



Sunday 8.00pm
19 December
2010
Christmas Readings and Carols
Concert
St Mark's Annual Christmas and Readings included a broad range of choral and congegational anthems and carols. The celebration told the traditional Christmas story from the prophets to the recognition of the Christ child by the Magi, using dramatic readings, music and candles.

A champagne supper followed.


Photos here.

Sunday 3.00pm
12 December
2010
Remembering Service - at St Mark's
Remembering
About 60 people gathered to reflect on, remember and give thanks for those loved and lost. This local annual Ecumenical gathering with readings, prayers and lighting of candles was held at St Mark's Church this year.

Fr Isidore Anantharaj from Mater Dei and St Raphael's Catholic Churches, Revd Harry Roberts from Blakehurst / South Hurstville Uniting Church, and Fr Chris Albany and Fr Andre Jacobs from St Mark's led in the readings and prayers.

Most of the people attending the service came forward to light a candle for a loved one lost.

All enjoyed afternoon tea that followed.
Sunday 10.00am
28 November
2010
Choral Eucharist with Advent Carols
In celebration of the new church year, that commenced on the First Sunday in Advent, the normal 8.00am and 10.00am services combined for a special celebration. The choir lead in Advent readings and carols, which was followed by Holy Communion. The celebration also included lighting the first candle in the Advent Wreath.
Sunday 3.00pm
28 November
2010
Christmas is Coming - Advent Concert
Concert
Over 80 people from the local community attended the Advent concert of carols and fun. Performances included St Mark’s Choir, the SMACKS youth group and local bell ringers.

Afternoon tea and refreshments followed.


Photos here.
Sunday 3.00pm
14 November
2010
Palestine/Israel: Is Peace Possible?
Social Issues Forum

Dr Douglas Golding

About 60 people from the local community participated in the recent St Mark's Social Issues Forum, which focused on the Middle East.

The speakers included:
- Historical background: Dr Douglas Golding (University of Queensland)
- The Jewish perspective: Dr Ron Weiser AM  (Jewish Board of Deputies)
- The Arab Muslim perspective: Mr Ahmad Mokachar (Al Zahra College)
- The Arab Christian perspective: Dr Abe Ata (Friends of Palestine).

The historical perspective by Dr Douglas Golding can be found here. Photos here.
Sunday 10.00am
14 November
2010
Remembrance Sunday
RSL
The South Hurstvile RSL Sub-Branch members joineding St Mark's people to remember the end of hostilities of World War I, and to give thanks and remember those who have lived and died in the service of others in the World Wars and the conflicts since.

Morning tea followed.





Saturday 5.00pm
2 October
2010
Annual Pet Service
Pet service
Members and their favourite animals – dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens or iguanas – came to St Mark's for the annual Blessing of Animals. Inspired by St Francis of Assisi, the service celebrated 'all creatures great and small' and the joy that we humans receive from our animal companions.

A BBQ, including vegetarian fare followed.
Long Weekend
1-4 October
2010
St Mark's Annual Art Show
Rex Merten

Rex Merten
2010 featured artist

The 2010 Art Show was held at St Mark's Hall, The Mall, South Hurstville on the October long weekend. It was opened by featured artist, Rex Merten on the evening of Friday 1 October.

Rex Merten is an internationally acknowledged master jeweller, who has always practiced art, but has been able to concentrate on his painting over the last 10 years from his studio in Hurstville Grove in Sydney Australia. As a jeweller, all Rex's work begins as beautifully drawn designs. His skill as both an artist and a craftsman earned him four Diamonds International Awards, the 'Oscars' of the international jewellery world, and many Australian design awards.

These successes led Rex to a successful career in TAFE where he taught jewellery art and design. Rex now tutors Master Classes at the University of Southern Queensland where the balance of part-time teaching and painting gives him both intellectual and artistic stimulation.
 
Jewel-like intricacy characterises Rex’s work. Brilliant colour, detail, and a sparkling play of light, symbols and challenging concepts are an essential part of his art. The viewer is often provoked into analysing their personal response to the excitement and energy that fills Rex's canvases. He travels regularly to Broken Hill, going bush with other artists to paint ‘plein air', not only inspired by the colours, but often taking reality one step further from the ordinary into the extraordinary - a quality much sought after by the collectors of his paintings and those who commission the portraits.
 
Art Show sponsors included: Kyle Bay Lions Club, South Hurstville Chinese Restaurant, South Hurstville Newsagency, South Hurstville Market Pharmacy, Roma Pizza Restaurant, Encore Patisserie, The Painted Interior, Totally Beautiful, McGrath, and Visual Art Reproductions.

The Art Show was open: Friday 1 October to Monday 4 October 2010. Enquiries to Alan Little 9594 5999 or 0408 863 769.

Photos here

Saturday
11 September
2010
St Mark's Annual Fete
Jumping castle

Jumping castle

St Mark's Fete, a regular event on the local calendar, drew people from the surrounding community, with the usual stalls of White Elephant, Books, Cakes, Sweets, Craft and Needlework, Bottle Stall, and Plants. In addition there was stall promoting Fair Trading tea and coffee.
Sunday 3.00pm
8 August
2010
Meet the Candidates
Jumping castle

Daryl Melham MP,
Revd Chris Albany,
Paul Spight

Candidates for the seat of Banks in Australia's Federal election on 21 August 2010 fronted the local community at St Mark's Hall. Over 60 people heard policy speeches and asked questions of Daryl Melham (Labor) and Paul Spight (Greens). Ron Delezio (Liberal) sent last minute apologies - Michael Parsons (One Nation) also attended as part of the audience.

Chris Albany, Rector of St Mark's chaired the forum and focussed initial questions on "a Christian vote is a vote for others."

Afternoon tea followed.

Sunday 3.00pm
18 July
2010
Go Congo Concert
Go Congo
Over 200 people supported the concert for Congo that included a diverse collection of musicians and singers. The event raised funds of over $3,000 for two nurses to accompany St Mark's member Dr Barbara Ferguson as she visits and runs workshops at Heal Africa Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The nurses, Zawadi and Deborah, originally coming to Australia as refugee children, were available to chat with after the concert. The worshops at the hospital will assist staff working with women and child survivors of war and rape trauma.

Performers at the concert included Solidarity (a cappella world music choir), Vic Playford and his guitar, Congolese dancers, a young gifted pianist Viv Le and a skit by SMACKS.

Before afternoon tea prayers of blessing were led by Honorary Associate Priest, Andre Jacobs for Dr Ferguson, Zawadi and Deborah in preparation for their mission.

Photos here. Video clip here.

Enquiries to Barbara Ferguson 9583 1727.
July
2010
Prayer Station
Prayer station
A weekly prayer circle has commenced at 9.30am each Sunday, following the 8.00am Choral Eucharist. The circle focuses on a new prayer station comprising a Taizé Cross and votive candles. The cross was brought from Taizé in 2002 by St Mark's member Bruce Cooke.

St Mark's members are invited to submit requests, which the circle uses in intercessory prayer for others.

Sunday 6.00pm
4 July
2010
Taizé Evening Prayers
Br Roger memorial

Br Roger memorial

In conjunction with the NSW Ecumenical Council, St Mark's hosted Meditative Prayer. The worship experience was ecumenical and attracted about 100 people.

Brother Ghislain from the Taizé Community, France led the service which included some well known and new songs from Taizé.

"Since my youth, I think that I have never lost the intuition that community life could be a sign that God is love, and love alone. Gradually the conviction took shape in me that it was essential to create a community with men determined to give their whole life and who would always try to understand one another and be reconciled, a community where kindness of heart and simplicity would be at the centre of everything."

Brother Roger: 'God is love alone'
Saturday 7.00pm
5 June
2010
ARRCC Eco-Awards Dinner
Eco-Award Dinner
Over 20 faith communities were represented at the Eco-Awards Dinner on the evening of World Environment Day 2010. Awards were presented by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change for environmental achievements.

John Connor (CEO The Climate Institute) and Bhante Sujato (Abbot, Santi Forest Buddhist Monastery, Bundanoon) gave inspiring speeches on moving forward in our care for the environment and our response to climate change. Among the many sponsors, St Mark’s provided the venue.

The communities present included the Hindu Council, Buddhists (Bundanoon Monastery and Tzu Chi Foundation), Women’s Interfaith Network, Faith Ecology Network, Jewish Affinity Foundation, Catholic Mission, Catholic Earthcare, Pacific Calling Partnerships, Franciscan Province of the Holy Spirit, Uniting Church (Victoria, Maroubra Junction, Eden), Al-Gazzali Islamic Centre, Satya Sai organisation, Catholic Parishes (Kingsgrove, Greystanes), St Ignatius College Riverview, Anglican Diocese Canberra/Goulburn, Anglican Parishes (St John’s Dee Why, St Alban’s Charlestown, St George’s Paddington, St Mark’s South Hurstville).

St Mark’s was awarded a Five Leaf Basic Certificate and Eco-Worship Award.

The main award recipients on the night were:
- Eco-Champions (equal): Deepa Gupta (Executive Director Indian Youth Climate Network), and The Revd Bob Thomas (Bowral Uniting Church).
- ARRCC
Climate Change Award (equal): Caloundra (Qld) Uniting Church, and the Anglican Diocese Canberra/Goulburn.

Details at www.arrcc.org.au
Sunday 10.00am
23 May
2010
Worship time change
Following St Mark's Parish Planning Day it has been decided to put back the second Sunday celebration time by 15 minutes to 10.00am. Both the second service congregation and Parish Council wholeheartedly supported the change to allow more relaxed fellowship between the two celebrations.

Other worship details here.
Sunday
16 May
2010
Patronal Festival and 50th Anniversary of Organ Dedication
Harp

Harpist, Bridget McKern

Over 130 St Mark's members and friends gathered for a 'Happy Birthday Dear Organ' concert on the occassion of the 50th Anniversary of the Organ Dedication.

The concert included passionate performances by former parish organist Peter Young, and musicians and choristers from St Mark's - it was the culmination of a day's worship and fellowship focussing on our patron saint Mark, the Evangelist. Photos of the concert here.

The organ was was originally dedicated by Bishop Clive Kerle at a special Evensong on Sunday 15 May 1960. The organist was Ray J T Holland BA, LTCL, LMus. More details about the pipe organ here.

The day's celebrations included:

10.00am

Patronal Festival Choral Eucharist
With thanksgiving for music and
visiting preacher: The Reverend Dr Inkpin
General Secretary, NSW Ecumenical Council.
Sermon here.
12.00pm Luncheon
3.00pm Happy Birthday Dear Organ - Concert
Guest organist Peter Young, former St Mark's Organist.
Details here.
Sundays
25 April, 2 May
2010
Fair Trading support
Fair trade
Parishioner Jennifer King arranged a table of Fair Trading products for sale in preparation for Mothers' Day. The stall was laden with tea, coffee and other goods from the supplier Tribes & Nations.

St Mark's supports fair trade that seeks to give a fair go to workers and farmers around the world. It stands against lower price pressures from the West that get passed directly onto the bottom of the production chain, the labourers and small scale farmers.
Sunday
25 April
2010
ANZAC Commemorations
Lest we forget Lest we forget
Falling on a Sunday this year, St Mark's observed ANZAC Day with a Commemoration at both normal Sunday celebrations and at a dawn service at the local RSL:

- 6.00am at South Hurstville RSL - cnr Connells Point Road and The Mall.

- 8.00am St Mark's Church - Choral Eucharist with Commemoration, at which Wilf Ewens read the Ode (pictured).

- 9.45am St Mark's Church - Holy Communion with Commemoration, at which members of the RSL attended.

Sunday
4 April
2010
St Mark's Paschal Candle
Paschal Candle
Parishioner Rex Merten has decorated this year's Paschal Candle, lit for the first time on Easter morning.

Rex explains the "Paschal candle is designed with the Cross centred by the lion, ancient symbol of the evangelist St Mark from whom our church takes its name. Some may wonder at the style of the lion. Our St Mark’s Church has a tradition of individuality and I designed the lion to express this. Instead of the standing passive lion, I chose to have our lion rampant, upright and lively."

Rex Merten, an artist and former religious brother describes his experiences of the Paschal Candle at Easter Vigil celebrations in the monastery. More here.
Saturday 7.30pm
28 March
2010
Earth Hour - Vigil of Light and Hope
Earth Hour
People from all faith traditions, including musicians, monks and performers, gathered at this spectacular vantage point of Sydney’s Harbour to meditate, pray, dance and share hope and aspirations for a more sustainable future.  

The event was run by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) joining millions of others around the planet as they switch off lights in support of Earth Hour, which seeks to raise awareness of the urgency to act on climate change.

More information www.arrcc.org.au
Saturday 8.00am
13 March
2009
Men's Breakfast
Kyle Bay Lions Club sponsored a men’s breakfast in conjunction with St Mark’s in the Church hall. The guest speaker was The Reverend Andrew Watters, former Minister, Blakehurst/South Hurstville Uniting Church. 26 men listened intently as Andrew spoke about Australian Naval History with a particular focus on World War I, the Australian war graves and memorials in France and about Chaplaincy in the Navy.
Sunday 10.30am
7 March
2010
Clean-Up Australia Day
Clean-up Australia
St Mark’s and the Lions Club joined forces for the 2010 Clean-Up Australia Day at Kyle Bay. St Mark's member, Laura-Jane supervised the event, making sure that all the OHS precautions were taken. About 20 bags of rubbish, plus a tyre and pieces of furniture were gathered from around the Kyle Bay waterway. Kogarah City Council liaised with all site supervisors and provided materials for the clean-up.

Face painting for young children provided light relief while the serious work of the clean-up was underway. Afterwards everyone enjoyed a sausage sizzle courtesy of the Kyle Bay Lions Club. Photos here.

Kyle Bay was just one of over 7,000 registered clean-up sites around Australia. Clean-Up Australia is celebrating 20 years in 2010 – playing a part in protecting our environment for now and future generations.

Clean-up website: https://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/Kyle+Bay

Enquiries to Laura-Jane misslaurasmith@gmail.com

22 February
2010
'Kings Head Tavern' development
Kogarah City Council refused a third development application from the Kings Head Tavern, South Hurstville for extended trading hours.

Kings Head
Chris Albany, Rector spoke at the Council Meeting on behalf of residents about how the the Tavern "is a legitimate business. Indeed, such premises have the potential to fill an important role in providing a meeting place for local residents." Chris Albany went on to say that the Tavern's operators unfortunately have not consulted the community about how to better serve their interests. Their persistence in applying for extending trading, including closing hours to 4.00am on Friday and Saturday nights, has alienated the community.

St Mark's is committed to being involved in the issues that affect the well-being of the local community.
Sunday
31 January 2010
10.30am-5.00pm
Parish Planning Day
Prayer day
The Parish Council dedicated a day to consider how St Mark's might develop over 2010. The gathering followed the Quintessential Sunday Eucharist at 9.00am. It was an opportunity to share visions and values for being God's church in South Hurstville.

Among other things, the approximate 40 attendees considered:
- our Natural Church Development characteristics
- the local demographic statisics
- our strengths and opportunities for improvements
- opportunities for making better connections with our local community
- a greater focus on 'formation' for new and existing members
- the way we 'do church' on Sundays.

Toward the end of the day, focus groups started planning the agreed initiatives that, with God's help, will take St Mark's forward.

Photos here.
Friday 2.00pm
1 January
2010
Harmony Day
Prayer day

Nan Tien Temple

The Rector and St Mark's members Doug and Marty Golding and Lorraine Watson were among those that led a multi-faith prayer day at Fo Guang Shan Nan Tien Temple, Berkeley near Wollongong (south of Sydney). The purpose of the day is to unite community, regardless of cultural background or religious faith, in the common goal of creating awareness and promoting world peace.


Sunday 8.00pm
20 December
2009
Christmas Readings and Carols
The St Mark’s annual choral Christmas Readings and Carols celebrated 'God with us'. It featured St Mark's Choir and musicians and a repertoire of music from Gustav Holst, Sergej Rachmaninov, and Rutter. A Champagne Supper followed.
Sunday 5.00pm
13 December
2009
Ecumenical Remembering Service
Concert

Lighting candles
for loved ones

Members of the local Uniting, Catholic and Anglican churches gathered to remember those loved and lost. The service was an opportunity for people who have recently lost a loved one, and for those who wanted to remember someone passed a while ago.

The gathering was held at Blakehurst Uniting Church. The Reverends Andrew Watters (Blakehurst/South Hurstville Uniting), Fr Isasidore Anantharaj (Mater Dei and St Raphael's Catholic), and Chris Albany (St Mark's Anglican) jointly led the service. In the homily, Chris Albany spoke of coping with sadness when people don't have loved ones with them at Christmas.
Sunday 3.00pm
6 December
2009
The Many Sounds of Christmas
Concert
Over 100 people enjoyed an afternoon of multicultural Christmas music and songs performed by St Mark’s choir and musicians, with a guest performance by the St George Fijian Singers.

The concert included carols and music from Africa, Australia, Bulgaria, Fiji, Spain, Ethiopia, Germany and Africa America. One of the highlights was a dance by everone, 'Hava Nagila' from Ukraine.

Nearly $900 was raised for two for charities HEAL Africa and Healthcare Fiji.

Photos here.
Sunday
29 November
2009
Advent Sunday celebrations
Advent Wreath

Advent Wreath

St Mark’s celebrated Advent Sunday in two special ways:

- 9.45am Quintessential Sunday Eucharist - combined morning celebration for all ages, including Blessing of the Advent Wreath and the Christmas Bowl. Liturgy outline here.

- 8.00pm Advent Readings and Carols - a choral exploration of 'the coming of the Lord.'

This year's Advent Wreath comprised Australian native flora.  It included little cones of Leucadendron and branches of Spinning Gum which was replaced each week. The designer, Bridget Mc Kern said "the Five red Grevillea stemmed flowers made sense reflecting the five candles in the wreath."

The flora was gathered from local bushlands, church and members' gardens.
Saturdays
October
2009
Parenting Education Program (PEP)
MU
St Mark’s ran another PEP course on Saturday afternoons beginning Saturday 31 October and then 7, 14, 21 & 28 November.

The Parenting Education Program was launched by the Most Reverend Dr Peter Carnley, Primate of Australia, in Perth in October 2004. The program, an initiative of MU Australia, covers a range of topics to help parents decide on the parenting style and techniques most suitable to them and their children.
Sunday
8 November
2009
Margaret Booth visits Papua New Guinea
Rotary
Dr Margaret Booth along with colleagues, is on a mission to Kundiawa General Hospital in the Eastern Highlands Province. She will be teaching mid-wives and other staff in obstetrics and gynaecology. While there Margaret will also undertake any of the more challenging cases that are at the hospital at the time. Her visit is associated with Rotary Australia Community Service.

God's blessing was asked for Margaret Booth and her visit at the conclusion of the Choral Eucharist.

Sunday
8 November
2009
Lambeth Conference manager at St Mark's
Sue Parks, manager Lambeth Conference 2010 preaching at the 8.00am Choral Eucharist at St Mark’s South Hurstville.

Sue spoke of the different ways of experiencing the Anglican Communion. In addition to the traditional view of being in communion with other provinces through bishops, she challenged St Mark's to explore a companionship model with people outside the Australian Church. Sue mentioned that it is common in Britain for parishes to be companions with another Anglican community in a different country - strengthening 'Anglican' ties at the grass roots.

Originally trained as a teacher / librarian and former parishioner of St Peter’s Church Mortdale (Sydney), Sue moved to the UK in 1985 to take up a position with the Church Missionary Society. She then became Director of SPCK (Society of Promotion of Christian Knowledge) Worldwide/Feed the Minds, which saw her travelling widely in the Anglican Communion. From that work she responded to a request from the Archbishop of Canterbury to be the Manager of the recent Lambeth Conference – work which she still continues.
Sunday
8 November
2009
Barbara Booth attends EfM gathering in USA
EfM
St Mark's Church Warden, Barbara Booth is representing Australia at an international Education for Ministry gathering in Sewanee USA.

EfM, which is running at St Mark's, is a comprehensive educational program about Christianity. Participants learn from their own experience, from others, from the Scriptures and from the history of the Church. More about EfM here.

Saturday
31 October
2009
Fun Charity Auction
Lions Club Auction
Over 60 people from the Lions Club of Kyle Bay and St Mark's gathered for a fun auction evening. The joint project raised aver a $3,000 to support the needs of the local community.



Saturday
24 October
2009
International Day of Climate Change
350 prayers
Several St Mark's members joined other Christians in ecumenical prayers at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Kingsgrove. The prayers were focused on the challenges of climate change, our lifestyles, taking care of God's creation, ecological debt to developing nations, national leaders attending the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in December 2009.

The gathering was one of many thousand events around the world organised by www.350.org to draw attention to the need for an ambitious, fair, and binding global climate policies and action that get us back to 350 parts per million of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, based on the latest science.


Sunday
18 October
2009
ABC TV Compass looks at Sydney Anglicanism
Compass visit
Geraldine Doogue's ABC Compass TV program focused on Sydney Anglicanism. As part of the program, St Mark's was featured as one parish in Sydney that celebrates biblically based ministry different to most other Sydney parishes. Go to the ABC to view the program.

Compass is screened every Sunday night ABCTV. It is "an engaging program reflecting and exploring faith, belief and values in Australia and around the globe."

"On air since 1988, Compass invites viewers every week to make connections - to see into the underlying sources by which people live their lives and make their commitments."

11 October
2009
St Mark's knitters
Knitting
50 colourful warm outfits have been recently sent to Africa for AIDS babies. These bright little outfits are made of acrylic for easy care by the recipient mothers - they are soft, warm and easy to wash. Coordinated by Gabrielle Merten, St Mark's knitters is a disparate group of women, who knit quietly away around the year. A doctor from Calvary Hospital (southern Sydney), who makes regular visits to Africa, takes the outfits along - so they go directly to those who need them.

4 October
2009
A Cyclone, Tsunami and an Earthquake - ABM is Helping
ABM
St Mark’s sends the entire offertory collected on St Francis' Day to the Anglican Board of Mission’s appeals for relief work in the Philippines and Indonesia after the recent flooding and earthquakes. The Rector, Chris Albany said, “So many people in those countries and in Samoa have lost so much that it seemed the least we could do collectively as a parish family - to forgo one week’s income.”

Almost $1700 was sent, with some parishioners making additional donations through ABM and the Samoan Uniting Appeal. Chris said the parish donation was an example for people to follow individually as you are able – to sacrifice a little to help those who in many cases have lost everything.
St Francis Day
4 October
2009
Computer recycling
PRA
Another EcoChurch initiative was announced on the last day of the 2009 Season of Creation. Computer gear can be left at St Mark’s for collection by Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia. PRA provides employment opportunities for people living with mental illness and psychiatric disability.

PRA already has an e-waste recycling plant in Ryde (Sydney) and a soon to be established plant at Wollongong, where it will create 18 new jobs for people with disadvantage, disability and the long term unemployed. Computers, monitors and laptops are dismantled and components recycled.

All materials recovered from the equipment are warranted to be properly recycled. Any hard drives will be erased electronically and taken apart for component parts.

Computer gear may be left in the office (not the Narthex) on Tuesdays and Fridays 9.30-12.30, or on Sunday mornings. Enquiries to Marty Golding.

Long weekend
2-4 October
2008
St Mark's Art Show
Tracey Levett

Michelle Forbes
2009 Featured Artist

The 2009 Art Show, held is St Mark's Hall, The Mall South Hurstville, was officially opened by Michele Forbes on Friday 2 October at 7.30pm it remained open Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the long weekend.

Michele Forbes has been painting professionally for the last seventeen years and operates from her studio in Como situated on the Georges River. Qualified in Fine Arts she studied at the Southern Sydney Institute where she received Distinctions in Painting and Printmaking. Michele's work can be seen in the Moulton Gallery, Mosman Gallery Six, Mona Vale and the Sutherland Gallery.

Michele's work is characterised by rich, vivid colours filled with excitement and energy. She often travels throughout Australia with other artists to paint ‘plein air' as the quality of the painting comes alive with colours used from life and not a photograph, a quality much sought after by the Impressionists.

Michele's paintings have attracted buyers from many countries including the USA , she has a large private collection in Croatia, and other collections in London, Denmark and Japan.

At Show sponsors included: Kyle Bay Lions Club, South Hurstville Chinese Restaurant, South Hurstville Newsagency, South Hurstville Market Pharmacy, Rom,a Pizza Restaurant, Encore Patisserie, The Painted Interior, Totally Beautiful, McGrath, and Visual Art Reproductions.

Photos here.
Saturday
19 September
2009
St Mark's Annual Fete
Jumping castle

Jumping castle

St Mark's Fete drew people from the local community for the usual stalls of White Elephant, Books, Cakes, Sweets, Craft and Needlework, Bottle Stall, and Plants. In addition there were extra attractions for children, including face painting and a jumping castle.

The church was open for reflection, and a new DVD of the parish distributed.

Photos are here.
Weekend
28-30 August
2009
Anglicans Together Weekend
Anlicans Together
Anglicans Together held a weekend away at The Tops Conference Centre at Stanwell Tops, just one hour south of Sydney .

The theme for the weekend was 'Living the Good News'. Bishop Graeme Rutherford (recently retired from the Central Coast ) was the keynote speaker, lead discussions and celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday. The Rev Sue Emeleus, Assistant Minister at St George's Paddington, led a series of Bible studies.

St Mark's supported the weekend with a group of parishioners attending.

Saturday, Sunday
1-2 August
2009
90th Anniversary Celebrations
Revd Owen Thomas

Revd Owen Thomas
Rector 1969-1975

Parishioners and friends of St Mark's, past and present celebrated a significant milestone in the life of St Mark's. It was the 90th Anniversary of the first services at the original St Mark's Church, 4 The Mall, South Hurstville.

The weekend focused on reminiscing, giving thanks and looking toward future directions for St Mark's community.

See a newspaper article in the local St George & Sutherland Shire Leader here. Photos here of some of the weekend's events, which included:

Saturday
7.00pm History Website launch, short films, champagne supper.

Sunday
10.00am Thanksgiving Choral Eucharist, Guest Preacher The Reverend Owen Thomas, Rector 1969-1975.

2.30pm 'Bach & Beatles' Celebration Concert

History Presentation and photos from Anniversary weekend
Copies of St Mark's History Presentation and photos from the Anniversary weekend are available on a disc from the office for $10. Please send an email with contact details.

St Mark's continues to seek photos and memorabilia for its history and anniversary publications. Please email Melinda McGrath or phone (02)9525 6052.

Wednesday
8 July 2009
Barbara Ferguson brings God's love to DRC

Dr Ferguson discussing
DVD with Gerard
Spanish film student

A blessing was extended to Barbara Ferguson at the mid-week Communion in preparation for her journey and work with the traumitised women of the Democratic Republic of Congo in August 2009.

As a St Mark's member, Barbara has taken a keen interest in the plight of people in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In particular, she has been spreading the word about the traumitised young women. The film 'Lumo' that Barbara screened, showed a young Congelese woman who was violently gang raped and made fistula. Lumo endured 5 operations at the Christian, HEALAfrica hospital in Goma to repair the damage inflicted during the rapes. While Lumo's story was the focus of the film, St Mark's people also learnt that her situation is far from unique: at least 40,000 women and little girls are known to have been raped in this violent war which has seen more than 5 million people die over the past 8 years. St Mark's supports Barbara's work of extending God's love.

Barbara writes:

Congolese actors
in DVD

Dear Friends
An update on progress with my plans for Goma. My travel bookings are now all confirmed - it takes over 3 days to get to the final destination across the border from Rwanda. I will stay only 3 weeks this trip because of the expense. As you may recall, I applied for several grants to help me financially but without success.

I will be spending the first week visiting all the programs from which participants in the training will be chosen so that I can establish a relationship with them and know something of their needs. The second and third weeks I will be doing the training in the mornings (lots of experiential exercises and discussion of the DVD demonstrations). In the afternoons I will be visiting with the participants on the job to help them apply/adapt the morning's work.

I've always thought that this is just a first visit to get to know the real situation and assess where best I can help. Today the possibility of future trips came a step closer. I picked up the telephone to hear a faint message but caught the words '....calling from Goma!' It was Lyn Luis who runs the hospital with her husband. She was asking if my commitment to the hospital would extend to my being named as their technical expert on a submission to USAID. If the application is successful, the 2 year project will be with people in some of the most remote and disadvantaged areas of the region. They already have my CV so of course I agreed in a heartbeat - a racing heart at that!

Lyn told me there is stiff competition for the grant but suspects that they will get it - and I can't help thinking that she is right - and thinking how great it is that I didn't get the other grants or I wouldn't be free to be involved in this! God's good timing!

The amazing thing is that the bulletin last week from Partners spoke of a team of 2 men and a woman who made the difficult and dangerous journey into the region last month to assess the situation - I had been praying for them not knowing how long they were there so was able to ask after them by name. Lyn told me they are back safely with the information to use in the grant application.

Please pray for the people preparing the grant that they will be successful - I know that much good work is done by groups who are not specifically Christian (and some not so good work done by groups which are ostensibly Christian). But if we are successful the work will be accomplished in Christ's name by people who are inspired to share His love - this might not be the case if we are not successful.

Blessings, Barbara
Seven Mondays
from 29 June
2009
Living the Questions - seminar series
St Jame's Institute
Barbara Booth led this series of discussions as part of St Mark's partnership with the St James' Institute, Monday evenings from 29 June for 7 weeks.

Living the Questions
is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers. Living the Questions creates an environment where participants can interact with one another in exploring modern theological thought. It features 30 of today's leading religious voices and comprises 21 sessions, which St James' Institute will offer as three independent flights of seven units each.

Each session started with a light meal and then watch the 20 minute video segments, interspersed with discussion about the matters raised. There are corresponding readings for those who wanted to do a bit of preparation. Topics for each week were: An Invitation to Journey; Taking the Bible Seriously; Thinking Theologically; Stories of Creation; Lives of Jesus; A Passion for Christ – Paul; and Out into the World – Challenges Facing Progressive Christians.

This series is part of St James' Institute's program for 2009. Enquiries to the Institute or St Mark's office.

Venue: St Mark's Hall, The Mall, South Hurstville.

Sunday
28 June
2009
Compass visits St Mark's
Compass visit
Geraldine Doogue's Compass TV program visited St Mark's to find out about what is distinctive about the community of faith. The program, which is expected to be screened in the second half of 2009, looks at Sydney Anglicanism.

Compass is screened every Sunday night ABCTV. It is "an engaging program reflecting and exploring faith, belief and values in Australia and around the globe."

"On air since 1988, Compass invites viewers every week to make connections - to see into the underlying sources by which people live their lives and make their commitments."

Sunday
21 June
2009
Thanksgiving for Volunteers
Lunch
Over 100 local volunteers and parishioners celebrated a Thanksgiving for Volunteers. The service, which included prayers led by volunteers and community leaders, was followed by a luncheon.

Over 20 local organisations were represented.
Sunday
3.00-4.15pm
14 June 2009
Celebration Concert

 

An afternoon of celebration performed by musicians and singers from St Mark's, featured the newly refurbished pipe organ! The afternoon was followed by champagne and snacks in St Mark's Hall.
Thursday
4 June
2009
Mary Andrews Village

 

St Mark's people joined the residents and staff in celebrating the completion of their second lift, creation of a chapel and other recent beautifications throughout the village. The celebration included a light lunch. Mary Andrews acknowledges the support for the village from The Foundation For Aged Care.

May, June
2009
Tokens of Trust
St Jame's Institute
Studies were led by Michael Horsburgh, of Tokens of Trust: an introduction to Christian Belief, by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury. Engaging the classic statements of the Nicene and Apostles Creeds, Archbishop Rowan Williams guides readers through the central elements of Christian faith. Williams demonstrates that each of the basic tenets of Christian faith flows from one fundamental belief: that God is completely worthy of our trust.

Michael Horsburgh is a former head of Social Work at the University of Sydney University and formerly chaired the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity.

This study was part of St James Institute's program for 2009.

Venue: St Mark's Hall, The Mall, South Hurstville.
Saturday
23 May
2009
Learn to Salsa

 

St Mark's held an amazing Learn to Salsa event. Some great talent was uncovered, with a view that liturgical dance is a real option for future worship! The terrific occasion was followed by a barbeque – thank you especially to The Socialists and all others who organised the event.
Sunday
3 May
2009
Patronal Festival
St Mark's
St Mark's celebrated the 2009 Patronal Festival on Sunday 3 May. Church Warden and Lay Preacher, Alan little preached the sermon, that focused on being united with gifts to share.

A combined 'special' morning tea followed the 8.00am Choral Eucharist.



Easter Day
12 April
2009
Paschal Candle 2009
Paschal Candle
Parishioner Rex Merten describes his design of this year's Paschal Candle. "It is said ‘variety is the spice of life' and St Mark's members will notice that the 2009 Candle is a little different. All the same elements are there as liturgically required, it's just that I've changed them around to (hopefully) present a more dynamic Lion (symbol of St Mark) and a more symbolic combining of the A and Ω to convey the timelessness of God's eternity."

5 - 11 April
2009
Holy Week at St Mark's
Palm Sunday
This significant week in the life of Jesus was celebrated at St Mark’s in ways that highlight the Easter mystery, our Lord’s Passover from death to life:

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) - 8.00am Choral Eucharist with Procession of Palms (commemorating Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem) and reading of the Passion.
9 .45am Family Communion.

Monday-Thursday in Holy Week - 7.15am Meditative Eucharist and breakfast.

Good Friday
Maundy Thursday - 7.00pm Paschal Dinner in St Mark's Hall.
9.00pm Tenebrae in Church.

Good Friday - 9.30am 'The Way of the Cross' with Choir.

Easter Day - 8.00am Choral Eucharist with Lighting of Paschal Candle.
9.45am Family Communion.

Previous photos.
Lent
2009
Lenten Worship and Study
Lent is a season of preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ. It was an opportunity for reflection, confession and assurance of God's desire for reconciliation. St Mark's worship and study program included:

Ash Wednesday - 25 February 7.15am, 9.30am, 3.00pm (Mary Andrews Village) Holy Communion with Receiving of Ashes.

Mondays in Lent - 8.00pm Bible Study (enquiries 9570 8841)

Mondays in Lent - 7.30pm Ecumenical Study with local Roman Catholic and Uniting Church friends (enquiries 9594 5999)

Fridays in Lent - 8.15am Lenten Reflection

Fridays in Lent - 3.30pm (Mary Andrews Village) Life, times and teachings of Jesus.Th
Sunday
29 March
2009
Annual Vestry Meeting
Annual Vestry
St Mark's Annual Meeting was held as part of the Fifth Sunday Quintessential celebration - a combined parish Eucharist.

Rector's Warden, Barbara Booth spoke of the activities and achievements over the past year. Barbara's report is here.

The Rector's Pastoral Address focused on the future and is here.

At the meeting, Chris Albany appointed Barbara Booth as Rector's Warden, while the meeting elected Alan Little and Robert Nelson as People's Wardens. Parish Councillors appointed were: Susan Szalay, Eric Plumer, Mere Hudson, Marilyn Melhuish, Robyn Ingersole, Doug Golding, Wesley Fairhall and Chris Hobart.
Saturday 8.30pm
28 March
2009
Earth Hour 2009
Earth Hour
St Mark's supports Earth Hour, an initiative of WWF.

In 2007, 2.2 million people took part in the world's first Earth Hour in Sydney Australia. Just one year later, 50 million people in 370 cities and towns, in more than 35 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour.

Earth Hour 2009 aimed to reach more than one billion people in 1000 cities around the world, inviting communities, business and governments to switch off lights for one hour at 8:30pm on Saturday March 28 and sending a powerful global message that we care enough about climate change to take action.

More here ...
Summer
2009
Pool parties
Pool party
St Mark's Pool Parties provided fun and fellowship for the 2009 Summer! They were held at various homes after the second morning celebration on Sundays.

•  11 January at Susan and Attila's.
•  8 February at Jane and Mike's (pool & canoeing on the river).
•  15 March at Barbara and Margaret's (with heated pool).
Sunday 3.00pm
8 March
2009
Sisters on the Planet
Sisters on the Planet
St Mark's EcoChurch hosted an International Women's Day event celebrating ‘inspiring women and climate change'.

The ecumenical service included the screening of an Oxfam Australia DVD, ‘Sisters on the Planet' that tells the stories of six women from very different parts of the world (including Australia). They face unique challenges but together are finding solutions and bringing about change. These stories of courage, tenacity and inspiration offer us hope in the face of increasingly bleak climate predictions.

The DVD was introduced by Cara Bevington, Campaigns Coordinator NSW & ACT, Oxfam Australia. Cara spoke of people in developing countries. "Climate change is a reality that they are confronting now. They are the most vulnerable to environmental changes because they are more dependent on natural resources. For them, climate change means more emergencies." Full introduction here. For more information about the Oxfam campaign, visit their website.

Clr Landsberry

Clr Landsberry

Dr Miriam Pepper , Secretary Australian Religious Response to Climate Change addressed the gathering on her conviction and passion about caring for God's creation and the practical actions being achieved at the Maroubra Junction Uniting Church and in ARRCC. Full address here.

The event was supported by the Brighton-Kogarah Uniting Church with the Revd Kath Merrifield leading in the prayers. During afternoon tea Councillor Kathryn Landsberry, Kogarah Council spoke of the importance of International Women's Day and the local environmentally sustainable achievements of Kogarah Council. Councillor Landsberry's address here.

Photos here.

Sunday
22 February
2009
Victorian Bushfire Prayers
As the local RSL chaplain, the Rector Chris Albany led prayers at the South Hurstville Club for victims and survivors of the recent Victorian bushfires. The prayers and lighting of candles were part of the RSL Club's Benefit Day that raised money for those affected by the Victorian bushfires. Blakehurst Uniting Church Minister, Andrew Watters also participated in the prayers.
Wednesday 6.30pm
18 February
2009
Eco-Living Workshop - Water Tanks
Earth Hour
Kogarah Council, in conjunction with St Mark's, held an evening workshop on ‘Water Tanks' in St Mark's Hall on Wednesday 18 February 2009.

The workshop included an expert speaker and tips on the practical issues and how to apply for Government grants, in addition to the practical demonstration of St Mark's two tanks.



Friday
6 February
2009
'Kings Head Tavern' development
The Kings Head Tavern, South Hurstville lost an appeal for extended trading in the Land and Environment Court.

Kings Head
At the hearing, held on site at the Tavern, the Rector, Chris Albany spoke on behalf of local residents opposing the later closing times. He cited the adverse impact on the amenity of the local residential neighbourhood caused by patrons leaving the hotel and the lack of consultation by the proprietors with the community as two key factors in such opposition. After the dismissal of the Appeal he said "the tavern has in recent times lost the support and confidence of the community and would be well advised to find ways to work to regain it. Establishments such as the Tavern have the potential to provide an important meeting place for the community, but they need to work with the community to provide the appropriate mix of services and entertainment that meet the interests of local residents."

St Mark's is committed to being involved in the issues that affect the well-being of the local community.
Sunday 10.00am
8 February
2009
Big Day In
Connect09, the special Diocesan-wide initiative for this year, is designed to help churches connect with their local communities in a way that will help people discover the transformational nature of life lived in intentional relationship with God and the value of being part of a worshipping community. It is not a program or a system. Every parish is different, so Connect09 will be done in different ways. But by doing it together, right across our Diocese, under one 'umbrella' we will all benefit from a unity of purpose, the encouragement of learning from others, and economies of scale.

Connect09 was launched in parishes across the diocese via a televised worship celebration on the morning of Sunday 8 February. It was a 50 minute service of prayer, reading and song with Archbishop Peter Jensen as the Preacher. 

31 January
2009
St James' Institute
In 2009, for the first time, St Mark's is offering seminars in conjunction with the St James' Institute, a programme of St James' King Street, Sydney. St Mark's is working with the Institute towards becoming the St George/Sutherland venue for St James' Institute activities.

The first event for 2009 was: The Bible, Sexuality & Inclusion - Saturday 31 January, at St James' Hall, 169 Phillip Street , Sydney. This seminar, was designed and led by Professor Michael Horsburgh, and dealt with fundamental questions of faith when confronted with what is, for many, the highly emotive and difficult personal issue of discovering that a child or someone else close is gay.  The seminar included a viewing and a discussion of the film For the Bible Tells me So , which recounted the experiences of some Christian parents with gay children, including the parents of Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

The seminars to be held at South Hurstville include; Tokens of Trust (May and June 2009), Saving Jesus (March to May 2009) and Living the Questions. More details here.

The full St James' Institute 2009 program is here. Enquiries about registering for courses: email to institute@sjks.org.au or telephone 8227 1300.
December
2008
Christmas Worship
Mother and child
St Mark's celebrated Christmas with various services to suit the needs of worshippers:

24 December 5.30pm Children's Christmas Service
24 December 11.30pm Christmas Midnight Eucharist
25 December 8.00am Christmas Choral Eucharist (with choir)
25 December 9.45am Christmas Holy Communion


Sunday 8.00pm
21 December
2008
Christmas Carols and Readings
Candlelight
St Mark's Choir led the Christmas Carols and Readings celebration. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear the story of the journey to Bethlehem. The Rector, Chris Albany reminded the congregation that 'lest we forget that he was born a refugee, we remember the stranger and the lonely among us.' Photos here.
Sunday 5.00pm
14 December
2008
Ecumenical Remembering Service
Remembering
St Mark's people joined with the local Uniting and Catholic parishioners to pause, light candles and remember those we have loved and lost - acknowledging sadness in the joy of the approaching Christmas.

The annual service was held at St Raphael's Catholic Church, South Hurstville. Fr Isidore Anantharaj (Catholic) hosted the service and warmly welcomed everyone, Andrew Watters (Uniting) gave the homily, and Chris Albany (Anglican) led the prayers.
Sunday
30 November
2008
Advent Readings and Carols
St Mark's Choir led the celebration with anthems, readings and carols focusing on the coming of God's kingdom. Jesus brings a message of victory and peace. He comes as saviour and comforter, breaking into our lives setting us free. Photos here.

Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus.
Sunday
30 November
2008
Christmas Bowl
Christmas Bowl
The annual Christmas Bowl appeal was launched at St Mark's at the morning combined Quintessential Eucharist. The Christmas Bowl is a program of act for peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia. Gifts will support actions such as providing rainwater tanks in Zimbabwe, supplying food for families in Burmese refugee camps, clearing land mines in Cambodia, providing sewing machines and materials for groups in Timor Leste.

History of the Christmas Bowl
Sixty years ago, the Reverend Frank Byatt had a simple vision. On Christmas Day 1949 he placed an empty bowl on the dinner table and asked all present to give what they considered to be the cost of the meal.

Frank urged his guests to reflect on their blessings and encouraged them to do something selfless for the people around the world who are victims of disease, poverty and violence. This small but significant gesture of charity has resonated deeply with thousands of Australians and has shown that we all have the ability to make a difference, no matter how small the gift. The very first Christmas Bowl only raised ₤1,808, but giving now exceeds $2 million each year.
Friday 7.00pm
31 October
2008
Anglicans Together annual dinner
The theme of the dinner was What does the Lambeth Conference mean for the future of Anglican Communion and the Diocese of Sydney? Dr Ruth Shatford spoke about her experience of the conference, while The Reverend Dr Bruce Kaye spoke about the future. It was held at the NSW Leagues Club, 165 Phillip Street , Sydney. Anglicans Together promotes inclusive Anglicanism.
Sunday 2.30pm
26 October
2008
An afternoon of classics we know & love
Organ

 

St Mark's hosted an afternoon of your favourite music performed by musicians and singers from St Mark's, featuring the pipe organ. Lois Little coordinated the event and displayed her keyboard skills on the pipe organ and digital piano. Claire played violin and Bridget was on the harp. St Mark's choristers also contributed to make the afternoon very enjoyable. The concert was followed by champagne and snacks in St Mark's Hall. Photos here.

All proceeds went to the St Mark's Organ Refurbishment Fund.
Monday
20 October
2008
EcoChurch 'no-dig' garden
Starting
The Greenie Grannies, Glad and Bridget have been at it again! Armed with mulch, compost, reconstituted earth and fertiliser, plants and newspaper and hose, they put in a fairly frenetic hour of work – mostly trying not to tread on St Mark's Pre-School ankle biters who were crowding around the new garden bed.

The Pre-School children helped with tearing up and placing paper on the first level of the no-dig garden. Then they were all shunted away for the ‘dangerous' bit – opening the sacks of fertilised earth and straw, tea tree mulch, etc. At least they got to water it and look closely at the garden earth as the worms and insects moved around in their new home. Several boys were very keen on Bridget's little 4 wheeled trolley and ‘helped' to pull the mulch bales over to the garden edge. Glad brought some calendulas to plant – companion plants to keep away the insects.

Thank you God for the rain, which will help the new garden. More photos here.
Saturday 5.00pm
11 October
2008
Blessing of Animals
Blessing a dog
The pets brought to the annual Blessing of Animals included dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens and an iguana. Inspired by St Francis of Assisi , the annual service celebrates ‘all creatures great and small' and the joy that we humans receive from our animal companions.

The Rector, Chris Albany said “the Blessing of Animals was part of the Season of Creation observed at St Mark's”. During this period we focus on people's care of God's creation and current social justice issues such as fair trade.

The words of Gandhi were quoted as part of the service, ‘the moral progress of a nation and its greatness should be judged by the way it treats its animals.' The pet service included prayers for the RSPCA and other organisations looking after animals, as well as a blessing for the pets present.

The Blessing of Animals was followed by a barbeque in the grounds of St Mark's Pre-School Kindergarten.

Photos here.

Long weekend
3-6 October
2008
St Mark's Art Show
Tracey Levett

Tracey Levett
explaining 'Coat Only'

The 2008 Art Show was officially opened by well known, local Blakehurst artist, Tracey Levett. The Opening, held in the Church Hall The Mall South Hurstville, was on Friday 3 October at 7.30pm.

Starting out as a singer and songwriter, Tracey Levett says that the "transition to painting felt very natural, although a different mode of expression." She approaches her painting intuitively and finds her best work comes when she is 'connected'. She is interested in philosophy and spirituality, with much of her work as a reflection of her inner world.

Tracey says "Painting allows me to connect with spirit and to bring feelings into form." It is her hope that her paintings move people and allow them to experience both their humanity and their divine as one.

The Art Show included about 200 paintings and other works, representing exhibits from over 50 local artists. It has become a regular October long-weekend event on the calendar. The St Mark's Art show provides a unique opportunity for local artists to exhibit their work as well as allowing the community to support those who have a gift of capturing the wonder of God's creation. The Show will be supported by St Mark's Art group.

Photos here.
Sunday
28 September
2008
Fair Trading launch
Jumping castle
St Mark's launched a 'fair trading' project on Social Justice Sunday by establishing a Tribes & Nations stall. St Mark's members purchase fair trading tea, coffee, and many exotic gifts from developing countries.

Participation in this Fair Trade project helps build awareness among consumers of inequalities in international trade and empowers St Mark's members to make socially responsible choices. It will also provide a higher standard of living for disadvantaged producers in developing countries

More information about fair trade at the Fair Trade Association and our supplier Tribes & Nations.

The passionate launch by Jennifer King is here.

Image: Hartmut Fiebig / www.fairtrade-media.de
Saturday
20 September
2008
Annual Spring Fair
Jumping castle

Jumping castle

As well as the usual stalls White Elephant, Books, Cakes, Sweets, Craft and Needlework, Bottle Stall, and Plants, there were extra stalls and attractions for children.

St Mark's Pre-School Kindergarten joined the action to make the Fete much more of a whole family event. There was Face Painting, a Jumping Castle, Plaster Painting and other activities for the younger generation.

Photos here.

9 September
2008
Flags in church
Australian flag

 

After some considerable discussion and consultation, the Parish Council decided to confirm an earlier decision to remove the Union Jack and the Australian flags from within the Church worship space.

The Council decided to relocate the Australian flag to the Church Hall, where it will be displayed along with a picture of Queen Elizabeth II. It was also decided to display a picture of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. The flag will be carried in procession on days of national significance, such as Australia Day, ANZAC Day and Remembrance Sunday.

In making this decision Parish Council was very conscious that some people felt that removing the flags was disrespectful of, and fails to properly value, those who have served in the cause of peace and freedom in our Armed Services. Members of Parish Council were united in their desire to allay such a perception. On the contrary, Parish Councillors highly regard and value those who have and who continue today to serve our country in this way.

The Flag is representative of our country and a symbol of all that we have to be proud about as Australians. It has an important and proper place in our country's life - that proper place is not normally part of Christian worship except on particular occasions.

One of the principles built into the Australian Constitution by its wise compilers was the separation of Church and State. The Flag is the symbol of the State. Fundamentally any national flag is a symbol of allegiance to that particular nation. Its proper place is in the civic and secular realm - not the religious.

As Christians our allegiance is to God and under God to God's people in a way that seeks to transcend all such national allegiances. We also aim to transcend allegiances of race, gender, ethnicity, social status, etc as we seek to break down all that divides the human family and bring about God's Kingdom of freedom, peace and justice.

[Extract Connections weekly news letter.]
7.00pm Saturday
6 September
2008
Fun Charity Auction
Lions Club

 

The Lions Club of Kyle Bay and St Mark's jointly held a fun auction night in St Mark's Hall. Over 50 people gathered to auction paintings, sporting goods and homeware items.

Lion John Spencer and his team conducted a lively and entertaining auction which raised over $1,800 for Lions Club community projects.

This auction is the first joint initiative of St Mark's and the Lions Club and provided an excellent opportunity for greater connectedness within our local community.

Photos here.
11.00am Saturday
6 September
2008
Feast of the Commemoration of the New Guinea Martyrs
Martyrs Day 2008

Ken Munns, Chris Albany,
Wesley Fairhall

The Anglican Board of Missions celebrated the Martyrs of New Guinea at St Mark's with a Sung Eucharist. The guest preacher was The Reverend Canon Ken Munns, former ABM Assistant Secretary and Youth Officer.

During the Second World War eleven members of the staff of the Anglican Diocese of New Guinea lost their lives at the hands of the Japanese Army. The nine missionaries among them had refused to leave the people to whom they ministered, and the two Papuans refused to abandon their missionary friends. Fifteen Lutheran, twenty-four Methodist, and one hundred and eighty-eight Roman Catholic missionaries and indigenous Church members also died for their faith in New Guinea, New Britain, and the Solomon Islands during the Second World War.

Following the Eucharist, which included a Commemoration of the martyrs and lighting of candles, the 60 or so ABM supporters enjoyed lunch and a passionate report on recent initiatives in Papua New Guinea from Kirsty Robertson, ABM's Program Manager for PNG.

St Mark's was also please to host a visit of The Right Reverend Peter and Sue Ramsden. Peter is Bishop of Port Moresby and both were visiting Australia in a deputation capacity for Anglican Board of Mission.

Photos here.

9.45am Sunday
31 August
2008
Quintessential Sunday
Old Church

St Mark's old church

On the fifth Sunday of the month, the Quintessential celebration brings together the two Sunday congregations for one celebration at 9.45am. This day we celebrated and planned for next year, the 90th Anniversary of the original St Mark's Church. The History team have been collecting and scanning photos and other historical documents to be used as part of next year's celebrations. Given the historical focus, the liturgy was based on Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer 1662 – a reminder of what worship was like for several centuries until the mid to late 1970's.
2.30pm Sunday
24 August
2008
Shaken and Stirred - a winter animation to warm the heart
St Mark's Kids

 

A community concert for was held for all ages: wilde play readings, bush poetry and ballads love songs and salsa, songbird Tracey Levett, acoustic pop music, short film by local artists, children's showbiz, St Mark's instrumentalists, percussion and kazoos. About 40 people enjoyed the event, which supported the musical and cultural skills of many local children and adults.

Photos here.

St Mark's Kids 'March Saintly In'
Sunday
10 August
2008
Australian Religious Response to Climate Change
ARRCC
About 40 people of different faiths gathered in Sydney to develop a strategy for mobilising people to undertake practical projects on climate change. The group included Catholic, Anglican, Uniting Church, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist representatives, and was organised by a new environmental group, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC).

Bruce Cooke, EcoChurch Coordinator was one of three Anglicans that contributed to the workshop. Bruce is a member of the ARRCC committee.
2.30pm Sunday
3 August
2008
Bach: The Genius of the Keyboard
J S Bach
About a hundred people gathered for an appetising afternoon of song, sounds and semi quavers at the hands of St Mark's Choir and Musicians. It was a concert in celebration of Bach, a sublime master of the keyboard, who shaped the development of music forever. Photos here.

The concert helped raise funds for the refurbishment of the pipe organ.


Johann Sebastian Bach, 21 March 1685 – 28 July 1750.




Sunday
20 July 2008
Organ Refurbishment Fund
St Mark's launched this new fund to day, in order to raise funds for the refurbishment of the church pipe organ.

The organ refurbishment addresses the effects of ageing within the components of the organ in the Sydney climate, especially 50 years of accumulated dirt and the breakdown of leather seals which is causing air to escape and notes to fail or warble. As part of the refurbishment the organ will be cleaned, all pipes (and their tuning slides and caps) removed and cleaned, the rack-boards and toe-boardson the windchests taken up, the windchest tables repaired, the stop sliders and leather seals replaced and modified, new pipe tuning slides fitted, tuning caps re-felted, spring-loaded tuning slides cleaned, all parts correctly re-installed and pipes tuned.

The estimated cost is $25,000 and will take up to 9 weeks to complete - planned for January to March 2009.

Pipe organ details here.
2.00pm
Sunday
20 July 2008
Macquarie University Excavations in Egypt
Egypt dig
One question frequently asked of an Egyptologist is 'What happens on a dig and do you own a whip?' Local archaeologist, Alexandra Woods, put some myths to rest in a presentation to about 100 people. It focused on what life is really like on an archaeological excavation in Egypt.

Alex Woods took the audience on a journey discovering the various aspects of fieldwork including the methods and techniques of excavation, epigraphy and photography as well as some of Macquarie University 's most recent and exciting discoveries. See photos here.

Dr Alexandra Woods is Associate Lecturer in Egyptology at Macquarie University.


14-20 July 2008
St Mark's helps out with WYD pilgrims
WYD Pilgrims lunch
St Mark's people assisted with preparing and serving meals to several hundred World Youth Day pilgrims staying at neighbouring Mater Dei Catholic Primary School, Blakehurst. Photos here.

World Youth Day (WYD) is the largest youth event in the world - Sydney from Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 July 2008. Organised by the Catholic Church, WYD brings together young people from around the globe to celebrate and learn about their faith on a more regular basis.

Jenni Payne, Principal of the School wrote to the Rector: "Thank you for the photos and everything else that you and your wonderful parishioners have contributed to making all of our Blakehurst Pilgrims feel so welcome!" She also referred to a news item on the Catholic Education Office website.

One of the good things flowing from the WYD event was this type of cooperation among churches at the local level. Even after the WYD was over, St Mark's came to the rescue for 11 pilgrims from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who were without accommodation for 5 days. Chris and Pam Albany took in 9 at the Rectory - another 2 were taken by the Rector of St John's Penshurst.

St Mark's members were overwhelmingly generous in the support for these Congolese pilgrims.  The Albanys and others spared no effort in making them comfortable, by providing mattresses, blankets and money - in some ways it was luxurious compared with their official pilgrimage accommodation.

St Mark's works with other churches in the area on issues of common concern and activities of common interest. For other ecumenical activities see here.

Tuesday
15 July 2008
Let women become bishops
Revd Chris Albany
The Rector, Chris Albany stated that there was no reason why women could not be priests and bishops. The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader newspaper reported the Rector's comments following the decision of the Church of England General Synod to allow women as bishops. Chris Albany said that "there are already bishops in Western Australia and Victoria". Women ordained priests elsewhere are "not allowed to work as a visiting priest in Sydney, where a male can."

St Mark's affirms the equal role of women in all aspects of church life including the ordained ministry.


11.00am
Sunday
29 June 2008
Thanksgiving for Volunteers
Lunch
Over 100 volunteers and St Mark's members celebrated a Thanksgiving for Volunteers. The service, which included prayers led by volunteers and music by St Mark's Choir, was followed by a luncheon and musical entertainment. Councillor Kathryn Landsberry, Deputy Mayor of Kogarah attended and led in the prayers.

Photos here. Sermon here.
7.00pm
Saturday
14 June 2008
LUMO - a film of a young woman's struggle
Lumo
St Mark's hosted the screening of this documentary that tells the story of one woman, Lumo, who comes to HEAL Africa for fistula repair after being brutally raped. Lomo's story is one of hope and God's healing in a country where people live with gender based violence and war every day.

Sexual violence is a crime against humanity. It demeans the perpetrator and the victim. HEAL Africa ministers in one of the most difficult environments in Eastern DR Congo. CNEC Partners International works in partnership with HEAL Africa to bring transformation in the lives of many like LUMO.

More information here. Photos here.

Enquiries to Barbara Ferguson, telephone 9583 1727.

Sunday
8 June 2008
EcoChurch celebrates one year
St Mark's celebrated and gave thanks for the achievements of EcoChurch over the last 12 months. The most significant environmental commitment was to a 10,000 litre water tank. Parishioners made donations, in addition to normal giving, to the cost of the tank that provides water for St Mark's Pre-School Kindergarten toilets and garden.

The full Report Card for the 12 months is on the EcoChurch page.

Sunday
1 June 2008
Connect 09
Connect 09 launch
The Rector, Chris Albany launched Connect 09 at St Mark's today, by observing a Diocesan Day of Prayer. The sermon included a video about Connect 09 by Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney. Dr Jensen talked of the importance of prayer as a first step in planning ways we can connect with our local communities. Connect 09 is a diocesan wide outreach program planned for 2009. We are encouraged to pray for neighbours and friends, connect with them meaningfully, and expect God to be at work in our midst.

For further information please contact the Rector, Chris Albany. If you wish to watch the Archbishop's Connect 09 Pray Day video go to the Connect 09 website.
10.30am
2nd & 4th
Wednesdays
Parents & toddlers mornings
Parents/Carers, toddlers and babies is a new initiative at St Mark's from May 2008. we meet twice a month, starting with a short time of worship, including songs and story telling for the children. This is followed by tea/coffee and playtime. It is designed to provide an opportunity for young children to be in church and to become comfortable in church - a chance for them to worship God in their own unique and beautifully refreshing way. For adults there is opportunity for some spiritual reflection and the development of mutual support and friendship.

For further information please contact the Rector, Chris Albany.
Eastertide
2008
Paschal Candle
Paschal Candle 2008
This year's Paschal Candle has been decorated by a member of St Mark's Art, Rex Merten. As well as the normal items, this special candle lit during the Easter season, also includes St Mark's logo. Full story here.

For further information please contact the Rector, Chris Albany.



9.00am
Sunday 30 March
2008
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish (Vestry) Meeting this year was held on the morning of Sunday 30 March. It followed the combined 5th Sunday Quintessential Sunday worship at 9.00am. The Annual meeting provided parishioners with the opportunity to reflect together on parish life and to consider plans for the year ahead and beyond. It is also the meeting at which Churchwardens, Parish Councillors, Synod Representatives and Parish Nominators were elected and appointed. 
Saturday
29 March
2008
Earth Hour
Earth Hour
St Mark’s has ‘signed up’ for the second Earth Hour, an initiative of WWF-Australia and Fairfax Media. Between 8pm and 9pm, Saturday 29 March, St Mark's will be ensuring lights are out in support of Earth Hour.

This symbolic act, which began in 2007 as a local Sydney initiative to raise awareness about the need for action on climate change, has been embraced by communities around the world making Earth Hour 2008 a global event.

St Mark's is proud to participate as part of our commitment to environmental responsibility through our EcoChurch project. It is a demonstration of how we can make the small changes in our lives that will help the tragedy of climate change.
16-23 March
2008
Holy Week and Easter at St Mark's
St Mark's celebrated the Great Week of the Christian Year with a parish meal and worship that expressed in word and action the central truths of the Easter mystery: our Lord's Passover from death to life. The week commenced with commemorating Christ's entry in triumph into the Holy City to complete his work as Messiah: to suffer, to die and to rise to new life; it concluded with the great Easter liturgy highlighting the 'passing over' from Passion to Resurrection, from death to life, from sin to righteousness, from bondage to freedom, from darkness to light.

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday - 16 March
8.00am Choral Eucharist with Procession of Palms and Reading of the Passion
9.45am Family Communion

Maundy Thursday - 20 March
7.00pm Paschal Meal in the hall followed by Tenebrae in church
Good Friday - 21 March
9.30pm The Way of the Cross (Stations of the Cross with Choir)

Easter Day - 23 March
8.00am Choral Eucharist with Lighting of the Paschal Candle and Procession
9.45am Family Communion

2008
New EfM course in 2008
Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry is a course based on the idea that we are all ministers for the Christian message in our daily lives. It is designed to help lay people interpret the richness of faith in the shopping centre, the workplace, the sporting club or the local school. EfM helps us to know more about God, but also to know God better. EfM is a comprehensive educational program about Christianity. Participants learn from their own experience, from others, from the Scriptures and from the history of the Church. Enrolment is for one year, although many people go on to finish the four year course. The 2008 course commenced in February. Enquiries to Chris Albany, Barbara Booth or Lorraine Sweeny – the St Mark's EfM mentor team. More about EfM here.
7.30 to 9.00pm
Mondays in Lent
2008
Ecumenical Lenten Studies
People from St Mark's and the local Catholic and Uniting churches met for bible study during Lent. The studies were a programmed course prepared by the Roman Catholic Church with a focus on our role in our local community and were held at St Mark's Church. Enquiries Alan Little 9594 0243. 
Wednesday
6 February
2008
Ash Wednesday
Lent is a season of preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ. Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, was marked by a special focus on penitence. It was an opportunity for reflection, confession and assurance of God's desire for reconciliation. At St Mark's, as in many other churches, this act of penitence included receiving ash in the sign of a cross on the forehead. Parishioners commenced this Lent with Holy Communion and the Receiving of Ashes at both the normal mid-week service at 9.30am and a special Eucharist at 6.30pm.  

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