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.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES FOR 2018

Sunday 16th December 2018
Service of Lessons and Carols 5:30pm – 6.30pm
A traditional service of lessons and carols with music led by the choir.

Monday 24th December 2018
Christmas Eve – Nativity Service 5.30pm – 6.30pm
A family friendly service for all ages, with carols and Holy Communion. Children are invited to dress up as characters from the Christmas story.

Christmas Eve – Choral Eucharist 9pm – 10.15pm
A traditional Christmas Eve service of Holy Communion with carols. Music led by the choir.

Tuesday 25th December
Christmas Day – Choral Eucharist 9am – 10.15am
A traditional Christmas Day service of Holy Communion with carols and a family friendly homily. Music led by the choir.
Children are invited to bring a Christmas present

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 2018

Sat 1 Dec 2018, 11:30am
Please join us here at St Mary's, to share in the joy of this special Christmas time. The flyer shows all our Christmas services and all are welcome to celebrate with us.

CHRISTMAS WITH St MARY'S CHAMBER CHOIR

Fri 7 Dec 2018, 7:30pm
Join us at St Mary's, for a night of Christmas music, with the Choir and organ. All are welcome.

Saturday Celebration

Sat 8 Dec 2018, 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 all share in a bring and share tea. All are welcome.

St Mary's Knitting Circle

Wed 6 Feb 2019, 1:00pm to Thu 7 Feb 2019, 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 Ann (9367 4509) or Roberta (9474 3857).