News & Events

News & Events

Coming Events

August 2018
Bible Fellowship Groups recommence
Join one of the bible studies that are recommencing in August 2018:
- Monday evenings at South Hurstville, led by Peter Greenwood.
- Thursday mornings at Hurstville Grove, led by Jacky Hooper.
- Thursday evenings at Mortdale, led by Steve Walker.

Download a flyer or refer to the weekly newsletter Connections for more details.
Sunday
2 September 2018
Fathers' Day
Invite your family and friends for a great celebration at Family Church @ 10 - the Sunday 10am family service - and morning tea following.

Download a flyer.
2018
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

2018 Term 3
Kids @ St Mark's
Kids @ St Mark's activities are in full swing during school term. Parents and carers are welcome to bring children to any and all of these activities:

- Sunday Club - Sundays at 10.00am. Download flyer.
- Storytime / Playgroup - Mondays at 10am. Download flyer.

Download a general flyer about Kids @ St Mark's.

Enquiries: Rachel Greenwood, Children's Ministry Coordinator children@southhurstville.anglican.asn.au or phone 9546 3236.
2018 Term 3
Friday Club and Bolt Youth
Got nothing to do on Friday afternoons or night? Don’t be lame hanging out by yourself - come and join Friday Club or BOLT Youth!

- Friday Club at 4.00pm - for kids ages 5-12 years (K-6).
- Bolt Youth at 7.00pm - for boys and girls in Years 7–9.

Read more about youth at St Mark's.

Enquiries: contact St Mark's youth & families minister, Steve Walker
steve@southhurstville.anglican.asn.au or phone 0438 061 086. 

News

Sunday 3.00pm
24 June 2018
Sing & Praise concert
Sing & Praise
St Mark's Choir, under the direction on Deborah Mulcair and organist Lois Little presented sacred anthems and selections from Carol KIng musical Beautiful.

The concert also featured 'St George Sing Australia' with conductor Hayden Barrington presenting popular songs. St Mark's youngest chorister, Tim Payne delighted the audience with a baroque recorder.

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 from last year's in the Photogallery.
Sunday 12pm
3 June 2018
Soup Sunday
Soup Sunday
Thanks to everyone who helped-out in making last Sunday’s Soup Sunday such a special event.  The delicious selection of soups, the warm friendship and the hall filled with fun and laughter made the first Sunday of winter a wonderful affair.
Monday 7.30pm
14 May 2018
Ecumenical Prayer
Taize cross
In keeping with the world wide initiative Thy Kingdom Come, St Mark's Parish Prayers this month focused on unity within the Christian Church. The evening prayers were in the spirit of Taizé - an ecumenical community in France.

Thy Kingdom Come prayer:

Almighty God, your ascended Son has sent us into the world to preach the good news of your kingdom: inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your love, that all who hear your Word may be drawn to you; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Sunday
14-20 May 2018
Open for inspection
Connecting with local community
Family members, neighbours, workmates, friends from Kids@St Mark's, Friday Club, Thursday Connect, St Mark’s Art, Needle & Thread, and all those with a connection with St Mark's were welcome to our special ‘Open for Inspection’ week.

Special services for visitors were held at the 8am Eucharist and the 10am Family Church @ 10 on Sunday 20 May.
Sunday
29 March 2018
Patronal Festival
Bishop Peter Lin
The Right Reverend Peter Lin, Bishop of Georges River presided and gave a stiring sermon at both the 8am Choral Eucharist and Family Church @ 10. This special day, is when we focus on St Mark, Evangelist and Martyr our patron saint.

A special morning tea will followed the 8am Eucharist, and a luncheon at 12.30 followed the 10am service.

Sunday 2.00pm
22 March 2018
ANZAC Sunday Commemoration
ANZAC
In conjunction with the South Hurstville RSL Sub-branch, St Mark's hosted the annual local Ecumenical ANZAC Sunday Commemoration.

As part of the observance a New Zealand representative read the the Ode in Maori; and a Turkish representative proclaimed Ataturk's famous statement to the mothers of the allied soldiers who died; and a members of parliament and deputy mayor laid wreaths on behalf of the community.

Afternoon followed. Ccontact Wilf 9583 9554 for further information.
Sunday 3.00pm
15 April 2018
Senior's HymnFest
HymnFest
A festival of favourite hymns and church music led by Dr Douglas Golding and St Mark's Choir.

The wonderful HymnFest was part of NSW Senior's Week events.

It included traditional hyms for sing-a-long, soloists, and violin and piano duets.

Enquiries Dr Douglas Golding, seniors' minister or download an A4 flyer or A5 flyer.

25 March-1 April
2018
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:

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,
and dramatic reading of the Passion.

10.00am Family Church @ 10


Maundy Thursday
7.30pm Commemoration of the Last Supper and Tenebrae


Paschal Candle
Good Friday
8.00am The Last Seven Words - readings, meditations, music - with Choir

10.00am Family Church @ 10


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

10.00am Family Communion
@ 10
Sunday 8.00am
25 March and
1 April 2018
Gifts for the sanctuary
Altar frontal
A new frontal, pulpit fall, and burse & veil were dedicated on Palm Sunday. The gifts were presented by St Mark's bell-ringer Judith Hague, in memory of Peg Whyment.

The sanctuary hangings have been designed to suit both the 'passion' and our patronal festival - they will be used each Palm Sunday, St Mark's Day and observances of martyrs .

The basic material is a red gold liturgical brocade, manufactured in St Petersburg, Russia. The centre image on each of the hangings recalls our patron saint - a winged lion and nimbus, ancient symbol of St Mark that refers to his Gospel, informing us of the royal dignity of Christ. The side panels of the frontal remind us of Palm Sunday and the passion of Christ that follows.

The following week, Easter Day, new linen was dedicated. Rector's warden, Jill Brown donated a fair white linen cloth, and a matching credence table cloth - both are embroided with five crosses.
 
From 14 February
2018
Ash Wednesday and Lent
St Mark's folk paused and refreshed their faith at one of the Ash Wednesday services that included an extended time of confession and the receiving of ashes.

Two Lenten Studies groups, one ecumenical, met during Lent.
25 February
2018
ABM speaker, Moya Holle visits St Mark's
Rector and Moya Holle
Moya Holle addressed and inspired the 8am Choral Eucharist about the mission and projects of the Anglican Board of Mission - Australia. Moya has been involved with ABM since her youth. She now serves on the ABM Sydney Auxillary Committee.

Read Moya's address.

February
2018
Disabled Access to Lower Meeting Room
Disabled Access
A new on-grade access to the lower meeting room has been installed from the street. The project allows the room to be utilised by more chuch and community groups, particularly people with prams, walking frames and wheelchairs.

The project was generously funded by the Commonwealth Government, South Hurstville RSL, St Mark's KIndergarten Pre-School and St Mark's Church.

Rector Peter Greenwood and Federal MP David Coleman inspect the new facility.
Sunday 9am
31 December
2017
Epiphany Combined Communion
Epiphany
This annual service provides a rare opportunity for members of the 8am and 10am congregations to worship together and share morning tea afterwards. 

In both the children's talk (by Ronni George) and the sermon (by Douglas Golding), we explored the meaning of the Epiphany, and looked forward to the opportunities and challenges of the New Year.  The service was a wonderful mix of 8am and 10am traditions and those leading.

A speciial morning tea was enjoyed by all.

See the photogallery for for images.

December
2017
Christmas @ St Mark's
St Mark's celebrated the birth of our Lord in services for children, families and adults:

Calendar
Third Sunday
of Advent
17 December

8 am Advent Choral Eucharist
10 am 'Real love is ..' Family Church@10

8 pm Christmas Readings and Carols
with choir. Followed by champagne supper

Christmas Eve
24 December

8 am Advent Choral Eucharist
10 am Christmas Eve Family Church@10

5 pm Community Christmas Carols
11 pm Christmas Eucharist


Christmas Day 25 December
8 am Christmas Choral Eucharist with choir
10 am Christmas Day Family Service

Epiphany
31 December
9 am Epiphany Combined Communion
[No 8am and 10am services]
Sunday
3 December 2017
Bisop Peter Lin's visit
Bishop Peter Lin
On Advent Sunday, our regional bishop, The Right Reverend Peter Lin will visited St Mark's. Peter presided and preached at the 8am Choral Eucharist, and preached and confirmed two St Mark's members at Family Church @ 10am.

Following the two morning services, the parish hosted an international lunch for the bishop and the confirmees families and friends.
Tuesday 7.30-9pm
28 November 2017
Women's Christmas Craft
Womens Christmas Craft
A group of local women got together for a fun evening of making Christmas tree decorations and to listen how you can have Christmas all wrapped up.

See the photogallery for some images that capture the evening.

Contact Liz Walker for more information lizwalker892@gmail.com
Sunday 2.00pm
19 November 2017
Ecumenical Remembering Service
Remembering
Catholic, Uniting and Anglicans from the local community gathered at for the annual Remembering Service to remember those we have loved and lost.

This year the service was at St Mark's, The Mall South Hurstville - with clergy and/or members of Blakehurst/South Hurstville Uniting, Mater Dei and St Raphael's Catholic churches attending.

Afternoon tea followed.
Sunday
5 November 2017
2.00pm
All Saints Choral Evensong
St Mark's pipe organ
St Mark's Choir lead a service of traditional sung Evening Prayer as part of our celebrations for the festival of All Saints. It included traditional canticles, psalms and some grand hymns.

The Reverend David Warner preached on the Beatitudes, or as he said the 'beautiful attitudes'.

Afternoon tea followed.



Sunday 2.00pm
1 October 2017
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). Many dogs and a buddgie received blessings, as well as their owners.

This gathering is a 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.

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

Further details from Douglas Golding.
October 2017
long weekend
St Mark's Annual Art Show
Pet Service

Marion Chapman

St Mark’s Annual Art Show took place over the October long weekend, which included Creation Sunday. The official opening was on Friday night 29 September 2017 and included a champagne supper.

The show continued 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 contributed to the exhibition. All works exhibited were for sale. Each year a guest artist opens the exhibition and we feature their works. This year the featured artist was 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.
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 2014
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 2014
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 2014
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.

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