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Have you ever felt like you’re the only one not in on a joke? Or have you felt as if everyone else knows something you don’t? Well, you’re in good company. Thomas was also feeling left out. Everyone else was full of news about how they had seen Jesus alive and he’d even spoken with some people, ate with others and walked for miles with others while explaining all the mysteries of the scriptures to them! It’s terribly unfair to be so left out when you’re supposed to be one of ‘the twelve’. What’s so special about them that they have had these experiences and not Thomas? I’d be getting upset about it too, wouldn’t you? It’s no surprise to me that Thomas insisted that he needed to see some solid evidence for Jesus being alive. After all, perhaps this was an elaborate cruel joke, or some sort of mass hysteria. It’s not like people rise from the dead on a daily basis, and if Jesus is risen then that changes everything. The idea that death is the end is completely gone. The idea that Jesus was just a prophet is gone because prophets don’t rise from the dead on their own. He would have to be the Messiah, Lord, God… for real. Then it happened for Thomas. Jesus came into the room even though the doors were locked. He showed Thomas his hands and feet and side and challenged him to believe. This was the evidence Thomas needed. ‘My Lord and my God’ were his words in response to Jesus’ challenge. Now 2000 years later the challenge remains for us. In our world full of doubt and difficulty do we really believe that Jesus is alive? When people see how we as Christians face the difficulties of our world will they see evidence of our faith? Do we witness to the strength and faithfulness of God in how we live? Or do we leave them wondering if Jesus is truly alive at all?



This Week

MONDAY: Parish Council Meeting
St Mark’s, 10.00am
Study Group – “Truth and Freedom”
St Mark’s, 7.00pm
Contact Kevin or Anne (0438 234 857)
TUESDAY: “Zoom” Study Group – 7.00pm
Contact Graeme (0490 664 843)
WEDNESDAY: Holy Communion, 10.00am
Study Group – St Mark’s,11.00am
Contact Keith (0419 551 082)
Craft Group – St Mark’s, 12.30pm
Contact Robyn (0409 425 044)
Joe Madeley’s Funeral, St Mark’s 2.00pm
Could those attending please bring a plate.
THURSDAY: Men’s Coffee & Chat Blackthorn Café, 10.00am
Contact Steve (0437 984 679)


Tuesday 25th April: ANZAC Day

From Dromana-Red Hill RSL: For those who would like to attend the service on ANZAC Day at the Cenotaph it will begin at around 9.40am. Marchers are asked to assemble at O’Donoghue St at 9am. There is also a Dawn Service at 6.15am at the Memorial Wall at the Peninsula Club.

Attendees are to assemble at the club rooms at 6am.


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 Service.


Parish Contact Details

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



The Alpha Life Course

The new Alpha Life Group is starting on Friday 28th April from 4 – 6 pm. with the last three talks from last term and then “A Life Worth Living”, which studies the book of Philippians.

For more details, contact:


Carol Copp 0411 405 597
Steve Parkinson 0437 984 679


Evensong Services 2023

23rd April St John’s, Flinders
18th June All Saints, Rosebud
20th August St Mark’s, Balnarring
22nd October St Mark’s, Dromana
3rd December St John’s, Sorrento – Lessons & Carols for Advent
17th December St Mark’s, Dromana – Lessons & Carols for Christmas


Can You Help?

We are looking for a volunteer to help with morning tea on the 2nd Sunday of the month after the 8.45 service. Please let Beryl know if you can help.


Lost Item

Jean Brooks thinks she left her glasses case on the floor at church few weeks ago. It is an embroidered white case to which she has deep emotional ties as it was given to her by her daughter who has since died. She is appealing for anybody who might have seen it, or may know where it is, to let her know.


This Week’s Prayer Focus

In our country and the world:

  • For those affected by Tropical Cyclone Ilsa in Western Australia.
  • For rational and considered debate about Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
  • For peace and unity in countries around the World.
  • For those affected by natural disasters in many parts of the world.
  • For the people of Vanuatu where a national state of emergency has been declared for the next six months following two earthquakes and two cyclones in as many days, and the ADF on HMAS Canberra helping with the clean-up and delivering aid and assistance.
  • For aid agencies such as “Save the Children”, Oxfam, CARE, UNICEF, World Vision.

In our community:

  • For teachers and students.
  • For doctors, nurses, paramedics, Coast Guard, CFA & SES members.
  • For local community outreach groups such as the Dromana Community House and “Food for All”.

In our Diocese and beyond:

  • For Archbishop Geoffrey Smith’s ministry as Primate of Australia.
  • For Archbishop Philip Freier’s ministry n the Diocese of Melbourne.
  • For the ministry of Bishop Paul Barker in the Jumbunna Region and for Archdeacon Helen Phillips in the Frankston Archdeaconry as she recovers from surgery, and for John as he supports Helen.
  • In our Deanery, we pray for the Parish of St George’s Red Hill and their Vicar Rev Fiona Goy.
  • For the work of the Church Missionary Society and Wei-Han the Victorian Director.
  • For Christian churches around the world to be free to worship and be witnesses of the love of God as shown through the coming of His Son.

In our Parish:

  • For our leadership and ministry teams.
  • For Rev’d Janice O’Gorman our Vicar.
  • For the finances of our Parish.
  • For our Parish, its members and those we reach out to every week.
  • For: Madeley Family, Harper Family, Jan Glass.