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Where Christ the King and Annual Meetings meet

Dear friends,

When the English Reformers began reorganising the church in England in the 16th century one of the main outcomes was the Book of Common Prayer, thoroughly Biblical and in the language of the people. Another very important thing was how local Anglican parishes were to be run, comprising a priest (ie presbyter/pastor) and people with elected office holders having responsibilities for that parish church.

The New Testament did not set down how each local church was to

organise itself in every age and culture, and so this has varied over time and in different places. An elected parish council, with wardens, is one way to do this, and the Parish Governance Act provides guidance as to how this should function. It is not a perfect system, and each parish has its own take on how to make it work, but there is wide scope for those members elected as servant-leaders at the annual meeting. How so?

Firstly, they are to be engaged in looking after the fabric of the church’s properties

– this is ensures that there is proper attention given to the legacy of what has been provided by the previous generation for the present and future generation of believers. As well as that, these leaders are responsible with the vicar for how the people engage in the whole mission of God – worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, equipping of the people for works of ministry.

Christ the King ‘loved us and gave himself for us’ that we his body might grow his kingdom. Annual meetings are an opportunity to take

our pulse to see how we have gone with that, AND to re-boot into a new year of our calling with leaders who love our Lord.

Loving greetings in Christ, Peter Woods (Locum Minister)


This Week

MONDAY 21ST : Study, “The Chosen”, St Mark’s, 7.00pm
Contact Kevin or Anne (0438 234 457)
TUESDAY 22ND : “Zoom” Study Group, 7.00pm,
Contact Graeme (0490 664 843)
WEDNESDAY 23RD : Study Group, St Mark’s,11.00am,
Contact Keith (0419 551 082)
Craft Group, St Mark’s, 12.30pm,
Contact Keryn (0417 597 241)
THURSDAY 24TH : Women’s Bible Study, St Mark’s, 9.30am
Contact Fay (0401 404 280)
“Coffee & Chat” for Men, Blackthorn Café, 10.00am
Contact Ian (0423 116 152)
FRIDAY 25TH : Pilates Mat Class, St Mark’s, 9.00am
Contact Amanda A (0431 188 211) to register
“Zoom Prayer” Meeting, 1.30pm
Contact John R (0421 425 156)


Parish Contact Details

Monitored contact points 0493 280 691
Parish Web Address
Facebook page
Pastoral Care Coordinators Kevin and Anne Cranwell (0438 234 457 Kevin)


Worship Times

SUNDAY: 8.45am Holy Communion.
10.30am Family Worship with Children’s Ministry.
(Holy Communion – 1st Sundays)
5.00pm Healing Service – 1st Sundays.
(5th Sundays) 10.00am Combined Service.
WEDNESDAY: 10.00am Holy Communion.


St Mark’s Annual Meeting 20th November

09.00am       Combined Communion Service followed by morning tea.

10:30am  Annual Meeting. Please bring your copy of the Annual Report.


Christmas Fete:

Saturday 26th November 10.00am to 1.00pm

How is your planning going? Let’s make the fete a huge success. It starts with you.

Please note:

On Fete Day, all food items must be taken to the narthex first where you will be provided with your own personal number and a sticker on which to list all the ingredients

before attaching it to your produce item. Then take it to the stall ready for sale.


Christmas Hampers

Donated goods are needed to make up the Christmas Hampers for disadvantaged families at Dromana Primary School. Flyers available in the church narthex for an idea of what to donate and also the drop off times. Deadline for donations is Thursday 8th December.


Help wanted!

Please seriously consider putting your hand up to help out with morning tea for the 8.45am service, in particular on the first Sunday of the month. Usually, you will be needed just once a month. Speak to Beryl if you can offer your services.


Readings for this week from the Lectionary

Monday 21st Revelation14:1-5 Ps 24:1-6 Luke 21:1-4
Tuesday 22nd Revelation 14:14-19 Ps 96:9-13 Luke 21:5-11
Wednesday 23rd Revelation 15:1-4 Ps 98 Luke 21:12-19
Thursday 24th Revelation 18:1-2; 18:21-19:9a Ps 100 Luke 21:20-28
Friday 25th Revelation 20:1-4; 20:11-21:2 Ps 84:1-7 Luke 21:29-33
Saturday 26th Revelation 22:1-7 Ps 95:1-7 Luke 21:34-36
Sunday 27th Isaiah 2:1-5 Ps 122 Romans 13:9-14
Matthew 24:36-44


Operation Christmas Child

You will be pleased to know, especially if you prepared boxes, that St Mark’s contributions to this appeal are on their way to:

Ukraine, Cambodia, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.


This Week’s Prayer Focus

In our country and the world:

  • For an end to the war in Ukraine and unrest in places all around the
  • For those affected by natural disasters especially Victoria and New South Wales subject to severe flooding and parts of Africa suffering severe drought.
  • For aid agencies such as “Save the Children” which work in places of dire
  • For the state of Victoria as we prepare for an May all candidates behave with integrity.

In our community:

  • For Graeme and Cheryl mentoring students at Eastbourne S.
  • For teachers, doctors, nurses, paramedics, the Coast Guard, CFA and SES
  • For local community outreach groups such as “Food for All”.

In our Diocese and beyond:

  • For the ministry of Bishop Paul Barker in the Jumbunna Region and Archdeacon Helen Phillips in the Frankston Archdeaconry. For Archbishop Geoffrey Smith’s ministry as Primate of Australia. For Archbishop Philip Freier’s ministry in the Diocese of
  • In our Deanery, we pray for the Parish of Holy Trinity Hastings and their vicar Tim
  • For the work of CBM as they reach disabled people in impoverished places around the world.
  • For the work of the Church Missionary Society and Wei-Han the Vic
  • For the ministry of MAF as it serves the church and its mission around the

In our Parish:

  • For our leadership and ministry teams, especially the incumbency
  • For Peter Woods as he leads us as locum, and for Jeanette as she supports
  • For the finances of our
  • For all the preparations that are necessary to make our Christmas Fete a
  • For our Parish, its members and those we reach out to every
  • For our Parish Annual Meeting on 20th November to be a time of reflection on what has been achieved in the last twelve months and a time to look forward and start planning for a future of fruitful service both within and outside of the
  • For: Louise Frost; Tony & Heather Such; Robyn Rigby; Jenny & Arnold Sikma; Backy Cowie; Lorna Liddell; Bill Myers; Barb Higgs; Ellen Brindley; Keith & Edna South; Noel Meates; Bianca Wilson; Joe and Betty Madeley; Mon English; Carol Copp; Keryn & Ian Rivett; Adam Maddicks; Kate McGuiness; Beth Harper; Ben Schneider; Rachel and Karl Hiehler; Malcolm Bird; Graeme King; Pat Moore; Jan Glass.



Contact for pew sheet: Joy Clayton (0412 739 137 or