Sunday 14 July 2019


A very warm welcome to you all this morning. After the service please come through to the Lounge for a cuppa and a time to chat.

Wednesday Walkers 17th July: Meet 9.45am cnr of Riverlaw Tce & Armstrong Ave for a walk in the St Martins area. Coffee at Fava Café  in Centaurus Rd. All welcome. Joan Scott  338 8700.

Session meets this Wednesday 17th July 7.30pm in the church foyer.

Crafty Crafters: Meets on Thursdays in the Church lounge 10am-12noon. $3 per session. Contact Lyndsey 388 1264 for more information.

Winnie Bagoes Pizza Night Fundraiser for Opawa-St Martins Anglican Parish Sunday 28th July 5.30pm. Tickets $30 adults, $15 children. See Anna in you’re interested.

Metro Cards now available at Beckenham Service Centre: Monday to Friday, 9am – 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm. ID required for card purchase.

Meditation Group…About ten people are meeting each week to spend time in stillness (20 mins) with a small message of teaching.  We are slowly growing in our discipline of spend time each day in stillness and believe this time re-orientates us in God and in our true selves.  It is special to feel part of a warm welcoming group of very diverse people that are on a journey together.  What is even better is that we recognise meditation is good for us!  Tuesdays 7.00-7.45pm in the lounge.   New members are always welcome or speak with Jeanette and David, Keith, Janet, or Helen.

Men’s Group…Next gathering on Thursday 1st August at 6.00pm when Warren Pettigrew will talk about some of the projects he’s been working on at Dynamic Controls.  Share the word with blokes you know.

Updated Parish Phone List now available. Please contact the Office if you would like a copy. This can be either e-mailed to you, or a paper copy provided.

South Elder Care comes home to to 43 St Martins Rd on Tuesday 23rd July.

Practice the St Martins Plastic Pledge for July –

The St Martins Plastics Pledge:

  1. I will responsibly recycle all I can, whenever I can.
  2. I will regularly use multi-use bags when I go shopping.
  3. I will try to reduce the use plastic bags and plastic trays used to     package food by using reusable containers.
  4. I will use a re-usable mug and refuse plastic straws when I go to cafes, etc
  5. I will try to buy unwrapped ‘loose’ locally grown vegetables/fruit whenever practical, rather than those wrapped in plastic or plastic nets.
  6. I will tell others about my commitment to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics.

A Prayer for our Earth by Pope Francis*

All-powerful God,

you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor,

help us to rescue the abandoned

and forgotten of this earth,

so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it,

that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense

of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,

to be filled with awe and contemplation,

to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature

as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace?.

* Pope Francis published this prayer in his ‘Laudato Si’ encyclical