St Martin’s is an Anglican parish located in Melbourne’s inner suburb of South Yarra, about a 100 metre walk from Hawksburn Station. We are an inclusive and friendly parish with a servant’s heart for our community.
‘Hawksburn’ is one of those rare places in Australia. We might say, it’s a place that never became a suburb in its own right (but became part of South Yarra). However, the locals are very proud of it. St Martin’s is one of the few entities that embodies this local history.
The church was founded in 1883 as a ‘chapel of ease’ for those who worked in the homes of South Yarra and Toorak. Soon it became a ‘parish’ in its own right and has had a rich history. It was one of the first Anglican churches to really embrace wearing ‘Anglo-Catholic’ vestments (the things that the priest wears in worship) during its services in the 1880s. Our current aim as a parish is to try and express our Anglican traditions afresh in the 21st Century.
We have an important relationship with our neighbour Christ Church South Yarra and strive to do as much as we can together. We value the relationships we have with the local Baptist and Roman Catholic churches as well.
We have a form of worship every day, except Monday. Some days these are services with Holy Communion, other days we have morning prayer, often led by a parishioner.
We are a social bunch, going to the movies, eating out and always have a coffee or tea after a service. On Sunday, the 10am service is followed by coffee, tea and (more often than not), a cake, as we love celebrating birthdays and other occasions.
Why not come and check us out for yourself and even if you are lost and came by mistake, welcome to St Martin’s!
The Reverend Luke Hopkins
Fr Luke grew up in the Hunter Valley, NSW and was ordained in the Diocese of Newcastle in 2011. He is completing his doctorate on the Early Church and Anglican Studies at Trinity College Theological School here in Melbourne
Prior to his move to St Martin’s, he was the Assistant Priest at St Mary’s North Melbourne and an associate chaplain at Trinity College, Melbourne. In the past he has served as the junior chaplain of Merton College in Oxford, UK, and was the assistant curate of the parish of Taree, NSW. Fr Luke began ordained ministry assisting one of the archdeacons of Newcastle in a church plant in the city.
He is married to Alice and has a great love of helping others to grow in Christ. He is available to talk anytime, so please get in contact.