The beautiful flower arrangements in the church are done each week by members of the Flower Guild. Using both fresh and artificial flowers, the arrangements complement the seasons of the church year and add beauty to the church for Sunday services, weddings and other special occasions.
The Tapestry Group are responsible for creating the beautiful cushions and kneelers that adorn the church. Their work continues and they meet on the first Friday of the month at 8.30am.
St Mark’s Ladies Guild meets regularly for prayer and fellowship. The Guild also assists with many of the functions that occur in the life of the Parish. The Guild meets on the second Thursday of the month at 9.00am.
MU – St Mark’s Mothers’ Union
The purpose of the Mother’s Union is – to be specially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life. M.U. has regular outings and guest speakers and meets each month on the third Thursday at 9.30am.
Pastoral Care Team and Hospital Visitors
A team of dedicated volunteers make regular visits to the local Hospital and many of the Nursing Homes and Aged Care Facilities in and around Buderim. Some members of the team will lead short services or bring Holy Communion to those unable to get to church, others simply visit as the friendly and caring face of St Mark’s church.
Parish Life Group
The health of a Parish can be judged by how much happens outside of Sunday morning. The Parish Life Group is responsible for planning and coordinating some of the many events that fill the St Mark’s calendar. From Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and other informal gatherings, to formal sit-down dinners in the church building, the Parish Life Group brings together the whole church family for fun and fellowship.
The Garden Guild
The grounds of St Mark’s are cared for each week by a group of people who mow, prune, sweep and tidy. We are fortunate to have beautiful surrounds and there is always work to be done to keep them looking their best.
The Friends of St Mark’s
The Friends of St Mark was formed in 1984 with the object of raising money for the building of the new Church. The Friends are a friendship group open to all parishioners and friends of the Parish. Today, the group enjoys fellowship and fundraising to support Parish projects.
Over the years, the Friends have raised money towards such things as the shade sails for the church lawns and the Memorial Garden.
Choir and Singing Group
Music is an important part of our worship at St Mark’s, as together we “make a joyful noise” to God. There are two singing groups at St Mark’s:
The 8.30am singing group is a small group of people who enjoy singing and help lead the singing of contemporary songs and traditional hymns at the Family Eucharist. There is currently no organised rehearsal for this group but it is an important part of our 8.30am service.
The 10.15am choir plays an important part in leading the singing at the Choral Eucharist and other occasions within the life of the Parish. The choir works under the direction of our Choir Director who leads a rehearsal every second Friday at 12.45pm.
Both groups welcome new members who have a love of singing and would like to be part of this ministry.
Liturgical Assistants and Altar Servers
St Mark’s has a fine group of people who have been trained to assist the clergy in the celebration of the Sacraments and the worship of the church. It is part of our Anglican tradition for the Bishop to license those who play a special part in the liturgical life of the Church.
Liturgical Assistants are trained and licensed to lead parts of the service, assist in the administration of Holy Communion, carry the processional cross and the candles.