St Mark’s, Picton
We are so excited to be returning to our beloved St Mark’s Church building for services from 23rd July 2017. It has been a long 413 days of recovery and refurbishment of the building since the Picton Storm of 5th June 2016 – and there is still plenty of work to be done. But returning to use the building is a great milestone and we’re very excited.
We gather for Church services every Sunday 9:30am and would love you to join us any week. We’re thankful for the use of the Wollondilly Shire Hall over this past year and will hold our final service at the Shire hall on Sunday 16th July.
At St Mark’s we follow a monthly cycle of services as follows: 1st Sunday – Simple Prayerbook; 2nd Sunday – Morning Prayer; 3rd Sunday – Casual Service; 4th Sunday – Holy Communion; 5th Sunday – flexible. We would love you to join us any week.
Along with many businesses and residents of Picton, St Mark’s Anglican Church went underwater on the 5th June. The pews, and other furnishings floated up 2 metres in the air and then came down again as the water subsided, creating a muddy horrible mess and an unusable building. The historic 123-year-old pipe organ has swallowed a lot of mud and debris, and many of the headstones in the cemetery were badly damaged in the storm. It will be a long recovery and restoration process before the beautiful Church will reopen. We are thankful that it seems so far that this work will be covered by our insurance policy, we are also thankful for many volunteers who helped in the immediate clean up effort.
St Marks Anglican Church has stood for more than 160 years, and it will stand for many more centuries to come.
Here are some photos for your interest: