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, friendly and spiritual parish with a servant’s heart for our community.
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.
Our ‘manifesto’ is posted outside the entrance to the church. Here is an excerpt:
“We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual and those whose relationships are ‘just a bit complicated’. We welcome the filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to wailing babies, excited toddlers and their very tired parents……………….
………No matter who you vote for, where you come from, the length of your beard or the colour of your skin, you’re welcome here. We welcome you not because we think you are a good person or bad, but simply because you are a person……..
So, having read an extract from our manifesto, you probably have a feeling that we are not a typical church, or typical of what most people think church is. 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 Reverand Luke Hopkins
Luke grew up in the Hunter Valley, NSW and was ordained in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle in 2011. He is completing his doctorate on the influence of certain historical Christian thinkers on Anglicanism 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. While commencing his doctorate in the UK, he was the junior chaplain of Merton College in Oxford.