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Welcome to St Mark's!

St Mark's logoWelcome to the website of St Mark’s Anglican Church Pennant Hills.

You can watch a short welcome and introduction to St Mark’s from our Pastor here.

We love to gather as church family at Easter time, celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus and reflecting together on their significance and importance for our lives. But we understand that sometimes people can’t make it along at Easter time. You could still check out our Good Friday reflection:

March 25, 2016. Craig Schafer, John 19: 17 – 30

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You could even listen to the talks from our Easter Sunday services on our sermons page.

The resurrection of Jesus was a pretty unique event and so it is perfectly understandable that people can stuggle to believe that it really happened. It is a struggle worth pursuing because, if true, Jesus’ resurrection changes everything. If you want to think a bit about the evidence, have a look at the neat little video below that summarises some of it:

Kids Plus Kids Plus is an after school programme for kids in years 3 – 6 at school held on Fridays 3.30 – 5.30pm during term times. We learn about our awesome God from the Bible, play games, have afternoon tea and make things! (A small weekly cost is involved).

So far this term we’ve met a crazy chef, auditioned for a game show, taken the worlds best photobooth pictures and started to explore a fantastic book of the Bible called Ephesians. Come and join in the fun!

Playgroup at St Mark'sPlay & Sing is our re-vamped playgroup at St Mark’s. Play & Sing meets weekly during school terms on Thursdays at the church building 9:30am – 11.30am.

It provides great fun for parents, grandparents and carers of children aged 0-5 years. Each week includes free play, singing, stories, craft & games.

The cost is only $2 per family. Bring a piece of fruit per child to share for morning tea. Morning Tea is provided for adults.

Come to English for life.

Learn to practice English in a friendly, relaxed group. Morning tea is provided and a crèche is available for small children. Classes will use a variety of resources, including the text of the Bible.

Details:

  • Mondays, 9.30am to 12pm (during school terms)
  • At St Mark’s (corner of Rosemount Ave & Warne St, see here for map)
  • Cost is only $2 per week

To register or for more information contact us.

Gluten Free logo I don’t know why, but lots of people nowdays have to put up with being intolerant to gluten.

That’s a bit of a problem if you want to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, because one of the two essential ingredients is bread!


To make life a little bit easier, St Mark’s Pennant Hills has introduced the option of gluten free bread at 6.30pm church. We use Country Life Bakery bread and it is prepared and stored separately to the regular bread. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper once a month, and you’re welcome, whatever your stance towards gluten!

From the 9th – 11th October, the youth of St Mark’s will heading up to the Crusaders campsite at Lake Macquarie for our annual youth camp: Yak@Mac!

We’ll spend the weekend considering what it looks like to trust & follow Jesus as teenagers in Pennant Hills, as well as have a blast doing a whole bunch of activities like tubing, paddle-boarding, rock climbing & getting our master-chef on.

You can find out more about Yak@Mac & register online here.

As part of our Hawk holiday kids program in July we ran a parent cafe called The Nest. They served great coffee and yummy treats and hosted a free series of seminars. These seminars were pretty popular and so we thought we should share them with those who couldn’t be there. So here they are:

Monday – Fair Trade with Marcelle Rodgers

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Wednesday – After the Big Day with Craig Schafer
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Friday – The Great Outdoors with Fiona Tucker
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You can download a summary of Fiona’s activity ideas here.


Friday Bonus – My Story with Karen Solomons
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We would also like to thank Sarah from The Resilience Doughnut and Valerie from the Centre for Effective Living for coming to give seminars at The Nest this week.




While the kids are enjoying their time at Hawk, you’re invited to relax & enjoy some time-out at the complimentary Nest cafe.

The Nest is all about good food, great coffee, & practical seminars about relevant topics for everyone in our community. This year we have a fantastic line up of guest speakers every day.

There will be a mini Fair Trade market and a chance to hear from someone involved in the front line of Fair Trade. Perhaps you’d like to come along to our special event seminar on building Resilience in your child, presented by a specialist in the field. Maybe you are just looking forward to the opportunity to relax with friends and great coffee while the kids are having a fantastic time at HAWK. There’s something for everyone at the Nest – there’s even a play area for your little ones!

Does Christianity have a violent past? Jesus said, “love your enemy” but doesn’t the Old Testament include holy war? In a recent seminar at St Mark’s, Andrew Shead (Head of the Old Testament department at Moore Theological College) addressed this issue. If you missed out on coming, you can listen to it here:

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