CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE

We had some special guests at our Christmas Day service in the form of a ‘live’ Nativity scene. Shepherds Jack and Ben McDonald were joined by angels Annabelle McDonald and twin three year olds Gaia and Arya. They were attending the birth of baby Jesus with his parents Joseph (Scotty Webster) and Mary (Katie Barnes- the twins’ parents). It was quite a family affair.
It was also lovely to see several members of the congregation whom we haven’t seen in a while to catch up on their family news.
It was also great to see life Elder Philip Stewart attended church on Christmas Day after spending a week or two in Kingston Hospital with a nasty chest infection. We pray for Philip’s speedy recovery.

CHRISTMAS EVE CAROL SERVICE

Following the lighting of the Advent Candles by the Webster twins, we were treated to a beautiful Carols Service last Sunday 24th December, featuring an enlarged St Martins Choir led by Geoff Hinde which led us in singing our favourite Christmas Carols. We thanked our very generous pianist Rhonda who provided the accompaniment during rehearsals as well as playing for us during the service.

We were also pleased to welcome Katrina Pezzimenti (Wendy and Geoff’s daughter) as a soloist during the Carols Service. Her contribution added another string to the Choir’s bow of traditional Christmas carolling that St Martins has become well known for over the past four or five decades in the Bayside Community.

We also had some visitors from Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and from Germany and Sydney at the Carols Service. News of the event has travelled across the world!

ANNUAL GIVING TREE 2023

During the morning church service on Sunday 10th December , we placed under the “Empty Christmas Tree” generous donations of unwrapped children’s toys or gift vouchers or gifts for the families supported by Family Life.   We also brought forward a mountain of non-perishable grocery food items for these vulnerable families. Many thanks to all members of our congregation who brought along these much needed donations.

Wonderful array of gifts donated by the church congregation for Family Life to distribute to its clients in the area who are facing challenges this Christmas
Thanks to the Chard family for collecting gifts from the congregation and placing them all under the tree.
Family Life were thrilled to receive our generous gifts.

CHURCH CHRISTMAS LUNCH 2023

What a lovely afternoon of Carol singing and sharing lunch together during our annual Christmas lunch last Sunday. More than forty of us gathered in the Hall where the tables were all decked out in Christmas colours. An added blessing was to listen to and then sing along with our very own Carol singers and musicians, consisting of John Davies, Jenny Small, Alison Davies, Carol Parker and David Scott.
Before the final Carol of the afternoon, it was fitting that we thanked our musicians and also thanked Wendy Hinde for organising everything, including her willing kitchen staff. Thank you to all those who brought along a vegetarian dish, salad or sweet to share. We have great cooks in the congregation!

Church members enjoying their Christmas lunch
Church members enjoying their Christmas lunch
Church Council Chairperson Nick Toovey presents organiser Wendy Hinde with a thank you gift
St Martin's Band

POPPIES FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

On Sunday 12th November 2023 we displayed the St Martins Play Group painting of a symbolic poppy entitled ‘Poppy poppy’ to commemorate Remembrance Day along with the poppies in a vase.

“LEST WE FORGET!”

Remembrance Day symbolic poppy entitled "POPPY POPPY"
Remembrance Day poppies on display in the church

COMMISSIONING OF NEW ELDERS

Last Sunday, 12th November 2023, Chris led us through the Commissioning of our new Elders Alison, Graeme and Grayden. While accepting the responsibilities that come with being an Elder of the Uniting Church, the congregation also promised to ‘encourage them in love and support them in their ministry, serving with them the one Lord Jesus Christ.’ Following this sharing of vows, existing Elders Philip, Carol, Faye, Wendy, Suzy and Nick placed their hands on each of the new elders during Chris’ prayers. We all sang the beautiful Aaronic Blessing to complete the special ceremony. Congratulations to Ali, Graeme and Grayden. 

Commissioning of 3 new elders at Beaumaris Uniting Church, November 2023
Beaumaris Uniting Church, November 2023
Beaumaris Uniting Church, November 2023

PANCAKE NIGHT 2020

Pancake Night at Beaumaris Uniting Church on Sunday 1st March, 2020

Our Annual Pancake Night at the Beaumaris Uniting Church was held on Sunday 1st March.

The church opened from 5pm and some families enjoyed a picnic on the lawn. Others just came and enjoyed pancakes for dessert with an array of different toppings and drinks to accompany them. Participants enjoyed the live music played by a quartet of church members, featuring Alison on guitar, Carol on ukulele, John D on bass and Grayden on his bongos.

We raised $403 on the night and all of the funds raised go towards the Uniting Care Appeal for Families in Crisis. (note all ingredients are donated)

This is an important part of our mission during the year and people came from all around the area to attend. We were delighted to see so many members of the St Martins Playgroup join us this year. The feeling in the hall was warm and the cameraderie as ever very positive.

Special thanks to Wendy Hinde and her band of helpers in the kitchen, and Nick Toovey and John Angwin on the barbecue, flipping for the cause.

>> View some of the photographs from the Pancake Night 2020