Monthly Archives: April 2012

Wild Goose Chase

Why is this the theme of the 2012 Church Camp weekend May 18-20?
Collect your camp registration form  this weekend.
No answer there, but come to camp and find out.

Eco Ambassadors

Gwen Stagg, Jessica Morthorpe, Steve Mellor

When worship leader Trish Bevan pondered “hospitality” as a key theme in the Emmaus story, it synced with Jessica Morthorpe’s address on care for the environment as a central tenet of Christian stewardship. Jessica, Director of the Five Leaf Eco Award Scheme, shared her own journey into awareness of the connection between her two passions of ecological care and Christian discipleship. Initially seeming to be at odds, it became evident through careful study and deeper engagement that they were reflections of each other. Q & A followed Jessica’s address, revealing a congregation that  is enthusiastic and appreciative of the need to maintain care and mutual hospitality for the planet we inhabit.

What Happens at Meditation?

This is the most frequent question asked about Tuesday nights at The Downs. Check out Sacred Spaces for some answers. We start again in the new term, Tuesday, April 24th, 7.30 pm.

Five Leaf Eco Awards Ceremony


You are invited to come and see the presentation of the first ever environmental awards for churches in Western Australia. Hear about how WA churches have been greening their buildings, worship, congregations, outreach and community leadership. Celebrate with churches from multiple traditions as they join others all over Australia in being recognised for their dedication to caring for God’s creation and our environment. Learn more about the Five Leaf Eco-Awards program and how your church can be involved.

Saturday, 12 May, St Luke’s Anglican Parish,
20 Monument St Mosman Park,
4.00pm for a 4.30pm start.

Please RSVP to Jessica Morthorpe on or call 0409 503 369 before 4 May.

Jessica is guest speaker at the Downs Church, next Sunday, April 22. at 9.30 am

Landscape Upgrade

The Downs Church is fortunate to be located on a typically leafy green plot reclaimed from a limestone quarry. From time to time its landscaping requires upgrading, and Fay Stewart has recently put in some considerable time and effort planting  and maintaining borders with water-wise shrubs.

Memorial Water Feature 

Today Fay, together with John Beard and his son-in-law, Nick, completed this phase by installing a replacement water feature. Due to the generosity of Elaine Benford, this feature will enhance the contemplative environment of the courtyard that links the street to the church buildings.

Elaine makes this donation in tribute to her  late husband Ron, an enthusiastic lover of people in general and the church in particular.

Launch later today

Apollo5 Launch

Apollo5 Launch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Steadily we are building pages here. Administrators are Dennis Ryle and Steve Mellor. Both are happy to receive suggestions or feedback, either in real life conversation or through the comments facilities on any of these pages.

Watch this page for announcements. Many of a lasting nature will be transferred to the appropriate page.

New Web Site About To Go

Just a few more tweaks and we’ll be on our way. Watch this spot by pressing “Follow” on the bar at the top or maybe at the bottom of the page, depending on your browser.