Welcome to St Mark's website. We are a growing active Anglican church of all ages and walks of life, who share a desire to follow Jesus, understand the Bible, help others to know God and build a loving community where new members and visitors are welcome. Families and children are welcome. A children's ministry - Godly Play, happens as part of church during term time only.
Anyone from any church background, or none, is welcome to join us. We meet at St Mark's church, 2 Wilson Street, Bassendean, vehicle access from Parker Street.
We have a variety of groups and ministries as well as our regular Sunday Meetings. I hope this website gives you an introduction and encourages you to share in the life and ministries of St Mark's.
What do you hope 2023 has in store for you? Perhaps you're the kind of person who sets 365 new year resolutions, or the person who hates the thought, but either way we will all have aims, hopes and expectations for the year ahead.
In his letter to the church in Colossae, Paul prays for them something which I think would be one excellent way to be praying for ourselveds, and each other, for the year ahead:
"...We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:9-14
Now I'm afraid there's nothing in the prayer about winning the lotto, meeting that person, resolving that issue, or seeing the church grow to a 1000... But there is a prayer for something ultimately even better: that we who have been rescued and forgiven by God, might live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way.
What a goal to have for our year!
Paul lists four ways in which we may do that, and they are worth our prayer and reflection:
1 Are there specific areas of holiness, or relationships, or ministries in which I could 'bear fruit in every good work?'
2 Are there ways I can seek to 'grow in the knowledge of God?'
3 How will I receive from the Lord strength and encouragement, that I may 'have great endurance and patience' in my Christian faith and conduct?
4 How might I, in ways private or public, 'give joyful thanks to the Father?'
Imagine if we get to the end of 2023, and by God's Spirit have lived a life even just a little more pleasing to the Lord in those ways - now wouldn't that be a great year?