Welcome to St Mary's

We invite you to ‘come and see’ something of the life of St Mary’s Anglican Church in South Perth, which lies within the Diocese of Perth in Western Australia. We hope this website will give you a glimpse of our church community.

St Mary’s seeks to build community within and beyond the parish and delight in the presence of children and families in the parish. The role of high quality music within our worship contributes to the life and vibrancy of our parish life.

We hope that through our website, you may find our parish community to be accessible to you regardless of whether or not you are familiar with the culture and practice of the church. We can assure you of a warm welcome at St Mary’s should you choose to come and see.

Our parish priest: Fr. Nick Freeland
Mobile: 0447 224 451
Email: fr.nick@me.com

Our parish secretary is in the office on Tuesdays & Fridays, 9.30am - 2.30pm.

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CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2019

* Blue Christmas
Saturday 14th Dec | 6.30-7.360pm
This is a quiet and reflective service for all those who find the Christmas season to be a difficult time.

* Carol Service
Sunday 15th Dec | 5.30-6.30pm
A traditional service of readings and carols with music led by South Perth Chamber Choir, followed by light refreshments

* Christmas Eve
Tuesday 24th Dec | 5.30-6.30pm
Family nativity service – family friendly with carols and Holy Communion.

* Carols in the Church
Tuesday 24th Dec | 9.30pm

* Choral Eucharist
Tuesday 24th Dec | 10.00-11.15pm
A traditional Christmas Eve service of Holy Communion with carols, with the South Perth Chamber Choir

* Christmas Day
Wednesday 25th Dec | 9.00-10.15am
A traditional Christmas Day service of Holy Communion with carols and a family friendly homily, with the South Perth Chamber Choir

People

Fr. Nick Freeland

Rector

Greetings!

A little information about myself –
My wife, Jane and I are both originally from the UK and we met through a shared interest in musical theatre when we were both working in Jersey in the Channel Islands. We have been married for just under sixteen years.
Jane has spent most of her career working as a lawyer and is currently working as a researcher at UWA. We have two children, Toby aged 15 and Celine aged 13 who both attend Shenton College.

Prior to ordination, I worked for 31 years in the finance industry. I was ordained in 2010, and initially licensed as a self-supporting minister, moving into full time stipendiary ministry in 2013. We moved to Australia in January 2016 when I was appointed Rector of the Parish of Swanbourne-Mt. Claremont.

Before my call to ordination I served for twenty-five years as choirmaster of various churches and continue to take a keen interest in church music. Throughout my initial training I was based at St. Peter’s Parish Church in Jersey, which is where I also served my curacy.
I subsequently served as Associate Priest in the Parish of St. Brelade, Jersey, which is very popular with tourists and which has the distinction of being the most southerly church in the British Isles.
In addition to that, I have served as a volunteer hospital chaplain and undertaken a short placement at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Hawaii.
It was in Hawaii that I developed a keen interest in outreach and social justice. I have always had an interest in ministry to the elderly and the housebound and was appointed to the Board of Amana Living last year. I am also a member of their Finance and Audit sub-committee. Within the Province, I serve as a member of the Provincial Stipends Committee.

In my spare time, I enjoy music, cooking, gardening, theatre, spending time with friends, and walking Alfie our three-year-old Golden Retriever, who will ensure you get a very enthusiastic welcome if you visit us at the Rectory!

With every blessing.
Fr. Nick

Upcoming events

CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2019

Tue 10 Dec 2019, 2:15pm
Please join us at our special services through December, celebrating Christmas. See the flyer attached, outlining the services, dates and times.

THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Fri 13 Dec 2019, 5:00pm
Get into the Christmas spirit with festivities, games, food and an incredible evening concert, featuring some of Perth's Finest Performers.

BLUE CHRISTMAS

Sat 14 Dec 2019, 6:30pm
Christmas is a joyful season for most of us. For others it can be a time of sadness and despair. There are times in everyone’s life when the Christmas Season involves coping with the pain of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation, or the first Christmas without a much-loved family member or friend. This service aims to remind us that we are not alone. God is present for those who struggle and grieve. God’s light still shines in the darkness. If you, or people that you know find Christmas difficult, we hope that this service will be helpful and we look forward to welcoming you.

CAROLS IN THE CHURCH

Sun 15 Dec 2019, 5:30pm
A traditional service with readings and carols, with music led by the South Perth Chamber Choir. Light refreshments will follow after the service.

Saturday Celebration

Sat 1 Feb 2020, 5:30pm
Join us for our next Saturday Celebration – Holy Communion with improvised music, family-friendly readings and 'Kidz Time' with fun activities for children to learn from. Following the service, we sit together for a shared meal in the hall. All are welcome.

St Mary's Knitting Circle

Wed 5 Feb 2020,
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Join us for conversation, tea or coffee, knitting and crocheting. We are making squares for rugs, scarves and beanies for St Bartholomew's and Street Connect Youth. For more information contact the office on 9367 1243 or via email - office@stmarysouthperth.com.