St Mark’s is an evangelical church within the wider Anglican Communion, as part of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. It offers a variety of services. All our services highlight the preaching of God’s word, as well as corporate praise, intercession and prayer. Our preaching series are broad, with an aim to study the the Gospels, the New Testament Epistles, the Old Testament and Topical matters. All our services are friendly and welcoming.
Each of our services is based on the principles of Acts 2:42: ‘They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.’
You are most welcome to attend any of our services on a Sunday.
The 9am service is the Parish’s largest weekly service. It is where most of our families attend, and about 60 children attend each Sunday. Families stay together for the first part of the service and then a Sunday Club for children is run concurrently (including crèche, pre-school, lower primary and upper primary age groups). People of all ages attend this service. It is lay-led, focused on the preaching of God’s Word, casual in style and has morning tea in the church hall afterwards. It celebrates a variety of musical styles, from contemporary choruses to traditional hymns, incorporating bass guitar and drums to pipe organ. We celebrate Communion together on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
The 11am service is our traditional, or formal church service. It is a Prayer Book service (making use of the APBA each Sunday and the BCP every fifth Sunday), following the various liturgies of the Anglican Church. It is led by one of our clergy and is a ‘robed’ service, focusing on the preaching of God’s word. Each service has great hymns to sing, accompanied by our excellent organists and the church pipe organ. We also have a robed choir sing once a month. There is a warm morning tea in our Lower Lounge afterwards. We celebrate communion on the 1st, 3rd and 5th (BCP) Sundays of the month.
The 6pm service is primarily a youth and young adult service, with people attending from school, university and working backgrounds. It incorporates a wide variety of worship styles, modern music and elements such as interviews, videos, question times and reflection songs. The service has a high commitment to the teaching of the Scriptures, prayer and discipleship. We celebrate Communion once a month in different styles. We share dinner together on the first Sunday of each month, as a way of strengthening our community focus.
Broughton Hall is a local nursing home, where traditional services of Holy Communion are conducted each Wednesday at 11am in the Chapel. The clergy of St Mark’s lead these services on the first and second Wednesdays of the month.
Throughout the year, for various seasonal festivals and end-of-term celebrations, the Camberwell Girls Grammar School and Camberwell Boys Grammar School bring their students and staff to the church building for services. At times, the parents of the students also attend. The chaplains at the schools work in liaison with the staff of St Mark’s for the organization and leading of these services. You are most welcome to attend any of these services (contact the respective schools for details). Students from Auburn Primary School also celebrate the end of the school year and Christmas time with a CRE service at St Mark’s.