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Vicar's News - 28 January 2024

Australia Day Service

Sunday 9.30am

We acknowledge our past (the good and the bad), we are thankful for our present (and those who have provided the facilities which we now use) and look to the future with hope for this great nation of ours, for we are 'one and free'!

This weekend we farewell our Assistant Director of Music, Tim Mallis. We will have additional refreshments following the 9.30am service on Sunday as we say a fond goodbye over a cup of tea or coffee. We thank him for his diligent conducting of our choir and superb singing and organ recitals with which he has blessed us.

Music for Australia Day

Prelude:      ‘Nimrod’ from Enigma Variations – Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Hymns:       Carol of the Birds

Lord of earth and all creation

Where wide sky rolls down and touches red sand

All things bright and beautiful

Setting:        Christ Church Mass – Philip Matthias (b. 1954)

Psalm:         145.1-9; Stanford in G (RSCM)

Anthem:      We shall walk through the valley – Spiritual, arr. Undine Smith Moore

Motet:          Draw us in the Spirit’s tether – Harold W. Friedell (1905-1958)

Postlude:     Prelude in B major, Op. 7, No. 1 – Marcel Dupré (1886-1971


Join us in the  grounds of St Andrew’s Church for a Chinese New Year outreach event between 10am and 2 pm on Saturday 3 February 2024! Sponsored by Bayside City Council and Church Street Traders.

Immerse in cultural festivities and fun, featuring:

  •  traditional Lion and Dragon dances

  • delightful Sausage Sizzle,

  • soulful Gu Zheng melodies,

  • captivating Traditional Chinese Dances,

  •  Chinese Mask Painting for kids.

  • Contribute your hopes and prayers to the Prayer Tree,

  • explore Chinese Calligraphy,

  • enjoy a Cello and Violin performance,

  • witness the grace of a Tai Ji Sword demonstration.

Embrace diversity and join us in weaving a tapestry of traditions and culture. Save the date for laughter, cultural exchange, and community spirit in the grounds of  St Andrew’ Brighton!

We would like some volunteers show visitors around the church on the day between 10am and 2pm. If you can assist please let the Parish Office know: 9553 8934

In preparation for our stall on the day, a generous donor has provided us with 'showbags' in which we have included information about the Parish and some water in case it is a hot day.

Thank you to the donor, and to James, Nina and Johnson who have assembles the items in readiness for next Saturday's festivities.


Next Sunday - 4 February

On Sunday next we revert to our usual service times of:

8am Holy Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

St Andrew's Choir members will return at the 10am service and the new choir scholars from both Brighton and Firbank Grammar Schools who are joining the choir in 2024 will be commissioned. The annual Choir photo will be taken and our photographer will be taking photos during that service. A sausage sizzle hosted by SACPA, St Andrew's Choir Parents Association (who we thank in anticipation), will then be enjoyed in the cloister courtyard.

Kids' Church resumes next Sunday at 11.30am and I am determined that we (the children, assistants and relatives should not miss out on a sausage = those attending can bring them inside while we eat, sing and pray. This month's theme is Jesus and his earthly father, Joseph - both of whom, I suspect, would have enjoyed a sausage sizzle in their day. Beef sausages only, of course.

Then the Annual Meeting of SACPA will be held in the Lady Chapel. This is an opportunity for the clergy and music team to welcome the new parents who are joining SACPA and to show them around our facilities.

No pressure - Xeverie will be back from her overseas holiday (see below).


Join us on Shrove Tuesday for specially prepared pancakes in the Pioneer Chapel. Pancakes are being catered, bring your own drinks. Mineral water provided. The pancakes are being supplied by the Vicar as he can’t make them himself.

For catering purposes, please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the narthex (foyer), use the QR code above or click here.


Ash Wednesday

The liturgical season of Lent, a penitential season of reflection, commences on Ash Wednesday, 14 February 2024. We will celebrate at 10.30am and 7pm. will be imposed at both services.


Lent Studies

Saturdays 17, 24 February and 2, 16, 23 March from 4.30pm to 5.30pm

The Grace of God: A five-part Bible study by John Birch, looking at different aspects of God's grace in the Old and New Testaments, and how it can be seen in the lives of Christians. There is no charge for the studies.

Register: here or Parish Office 9553 8934



Recognition in the Australia Day Honours list for Trinity College Theological School's the Reverend Canon Prof Dorothy Lee AM receiving a Member of the Order of Australia honour for significant service to the Anglican Church of Australia. Dorothy has been the New Testament lecturer to most of our past and present clergy who attended Trinity. Formerly a lecturer for the Uniting Church at Queens College, she was ordained in the Anglican Church with me in 2008.

Congratulations, Dorothy!

A fantastic achievement and well-deserved recognition.


Xeverie's travels

Greetings from Singapore!

Hello from the vibrant city-state of Singapore! I hope this note finds you well. I've been having an incredible time here, reconnecting with family and friends in this bustling metropolis. I showed my family all the photos of St Andrews and they were in awe at the size of the church and the lovely congregation at St Andrews.


One of the highlights of my trip has been experiencing the breathtaking "Spectra Lights" show at Marina Bay (see photo above). The mesmerizing display of lights, water, and music is truly a feast for the senses. Standing by the bay, I couldn't help but feel captivated by the beauty that unfolded before me. It's a must-see for anyone visiting this dynamic city.

Changi Airport, as always, has left me in awe with its grandeur. The "Jewel" at Changi is a masterpiece, combining nature and architecture seamlessly (see photo below). It's not just an airport; it's an experience in itself. I spent hours exploring the lush gardens, stunning indoor waterfall, and the myriad of shops and dining options. Truly, a testament to Singapore's commitment to excellence.

On a more personal note, I made a pilgrimage to the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, where I fondly remembered the aunties who taught me Sunday school in my younger days. The sense of nostalgia was overwhelming as I sat in the familiar pews, reflecting on the spiritual journey that has shaped my life. God's grace has been abundant, and I'm grateful for the foundation laid in this sacred space. Reconnecting with those dear Sunday school aunties, hospitality volunteers, greeters who have spend all their life in this church was a heartwarming experience. We shared stories, laughter, and reminisced about the good old days. It felt like a family reunion, and the warmth of their embrace brought back cherished memories.

As I explore this city, I can't help but miss everyone back at St. Andrews Church. The sense of community at STA  and the bond we share is truly special. Your presence is felt even across the miles, and I carry St Andrews in my heart.

Sending you warm wishes from Singapore, take care and stay blessed.





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