Category Archives: Environment

Coastal Hymn to Advent

Rosemary Booth, our Worship Convenor, was looking for a suitable hymn for Advent that reflected local context. Not being able to find one, she wrote the following to be sung to the tune of “There’s A Light Upon The Mountains” (Together in Song #276).

Reflecting the habitat of Perth’s coastal plains, it is free for use and adaptation:

Now the early morning sunlight shows the deep blue of the sea;
It’s inviting us to dip our toes or get wet to the knee.
But it’s not the cool breeze blowing that prevents our daily swim,
But the faint elusive sound of a profound and ancient hymn.

There’s a Christmas tree a-glowing near the track down to the sea,
And its burning golden bloom now shines with great intensity.
But it’s not the fiery branches nor the wind along the track,
But a song of hope and peace that tells that we cannot turn back.

There’s a jacaranda flowering in the garden next to me,
And a gust of wind is rippling to create a purple sea.
But it’s not the wind that’s ruffling our impatient longing hearts;
It’s the promised new creation and the love that it imparts.

For it’s not the sea we long for, not the bush that we desire,
Not the flowers that we watch for, but the light that can inspire.
For Emmanuel is coming as a precious baby boy.
Yes! The Prince of Peace is coming! Let’s sing out a song of joy!

Words: Rosemary Booth (alt. D Cant and K Durbridge)
Public Domain

The Downs Church receives two eco-awards

Five Leaf Eco Awards were presented to five Western Australian churches at an inaugural ceremony today. The Five Leaf Eco Award had already made its mark on the eastern seaboard for several years. The Downs Church was one of the recipients, receiving the basic award and the Eco-Worship award, together with a symbolic pot-plant and a one-off plaque marking the historic nature of the occasion.Tania Watson, Executive Minister of Churches of Christ in WA, assisted Jessica Morthorpe, Director of the project, in the presentations to the Wembley Downs church.

St Luke’s Anglican Church at Mosman Park hosted the ceremony, preceded by refreshments in the adjoining community garden organised by the parish.

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.

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.