What is St Martin’s Hawksburn?
We are a Christian church of the Anglican tradition.
Our style of worship is in the ‘High Church’ or ‘Anglo-Catholic’ tradition. Our church was built in 1883 and is very beautiful inside.
We hope we are a very friendly church who try not to take ourselves too seriously, but do take what we do seriously.
Yes, we are a part of that community of followers of Jesus of Nazareth that has gone back for two thousand years. We read the scriptures, we pray, we proclaim his saving love, and seek to live out in our own lives what he taught. We partake in the sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist (you might know this as Holy Communion or the Mass) which connect us to this ancient community. We try what we can to share this our faith, our hope, and our love with others (although sometimes we make mistakes and have to try again). If you want to know more about what it means to follow Christ, come and see for yourself.
Worship is how someone orientates their life. When Christians at St Martin’s gather on Sunday mornings (at 8am and 10am) we come to pray, to give thanks, to reflect on God’s words to us and to grow together as a community. But worship is also about how we live our whole lives, not just Sunday morning. So we strive to serve our local community and show compassion to everyone in every circumstance, whether this be at work, at school, at home and when we relax.
Yes, we are part of that body of Christians that has its historic ties to the Church of England in the UK. The Church of England began when the first Christians came to Britain almost two thousand years ago. That Church was reformed in the 16th Century and broke away from the Roman Church in Europe (we have much better ties with our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters today). Anglicans (which roughly means ‘English’ in Latin) first came to Australia two hundred years ago, and includes people of every ethnicity. The Anglican Church of Australia stretches all over this country and we are part of the Diocese of Melbourne. If you’d like to know more, just ask and we’d be happy to answer (if we can, of course – we don’t pretend to know everything).
Yes – everyone is welcome at St Martin’s, wherever you are on your faith journey. And we really mean everyone. No matter what you look like or how old you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, straight or gay, educated or not educated. It doesn’t matter what colour your skin is, what your background is or where you’re coming from. It doesn’t matter who you vote for. Everyone is welcome at St Martin’s. Why? Well because Christ is the centre of our community, and he welcomes everyone to join him.