WELCOME TO ST. MARY'S
Whether you’re looking for a new church home or are just curious about what St. Mary’s has to offer, we recognise that going somewhere new for the first time can be a daunting experience.
At St. Mary’s, our aim is to make everyone of every age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental ability, or economic status feel welcomed and accepted.
Our church building is wheelchair accessible. There is limited parking immediately outside the main entrance for people with limited mobility. The entry to the church is flat and the church and hall are both on the same level. We also have a toilet suitable for use by disabled people.
The is plenty of street parking in marked bays on Ridge Street, Karoo Street and Forrest Street, all of which is within a 2-3 minute walk.
The church and hall are equipped with reverse cycle air conditioning, ensuring that the temperature is comfortable in our buildings all year round.
On the first and third Saturday’s of the month we run a family friendly service at 5.30 pm at which the children are encouraged to take an active role. This is followed by supper in the hall. Please note that this is temporarily in abayance as we await a new priest to come amongst us.
On Sunday mornings, children are always welcome and we encourage children to share in our worship with their families. If you would like an activity bag for young children, please ask one of the welcomers for one.
We try to use inclusive language whenever possible and or readings are taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, which embraces inclusive language as best it can.
WHAT HAPPENS IN SERVICES?
Sunday worship includes readings from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, a talk (sermon) on the scripture readings, an affirmation of faith, prayers, congregational hymns and Holy Communion. St. Mary’s also has a professional choir which leads our singing and sings during the distribution of Holy Communion.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO IN SERVICES?
On arrival you will be given an order of service, a newsletter which contains the readings, and a hymn book. The order of service contains all the instructions and we encourage you to join in with the words in bold type. We generally stand to sing, sit during readings and the sermon, and stand or kneel during prayers as indicated in the Order of Service. Some members of our congregation -- but by no means all -- cross themselves at various points in the service. These actions are personal aids to worship and are purely optional. Please, do whatever you find comfortable.
During the service, a collection will be taken for the work of the church. It is entirely up to you whether you contribute to the collection or not.
St. Mary’s is an Anglican Church in the Diocese of Perth, part of the Anglican Church of Australia and the worldwide Anglican Communion. At the distribution of Holy Communion, if you are baptised you are welcome to receive the bread and wine, or the bread only. If you are not baptised or do not wish to receive Holy Communion, you are invited to come forward for a prayer of blessing or to remain in your seat. The choice is yours. Children are always welcome to come forward for Holy Communion or a blessing.