Parish of Kotara South – Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
Contact Info

GoodShepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd
101 Joslin Street
Kotara NSW 2289 

Mail
PO Box 241 
Kotara NSW 2289 

Rector
Revd Dr Fergus King, 
10 Melissa Ave 
Adamstown Heights NSW 2289

Office: +61 02 4943 0103
Mobile +61 0403 772 431

Email: revfking@bigpond.net.au


Services
Sunday
Said Eucharist (not 1stSun)
  7.30 am
Sung Eucharist
  9.00 am
All Age Service
  5.00 pm
Wednesday
Said Eucharist
10.00 am
Reflection Moment
  • You have formed us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in you. St Augustine of Hippo
    Confessions

Marriage

The Marriage of the Virgin - Bartolome Esteban Murillo

 

Living together is hard- ask any  long-established couple. They’ll also  tell you that  its a road that passes through good and bad places.

The Christian marriage service recognises these realities. This is one of the reasons you can’t, in an Anglican church, write your own vows. The vows point out the realities of life and ask both partners to make the same promises to  each other: for better, for worse, in sickness and in health. But there’s an upside to  this. The service does not just acknowledge  the  seriousness of living  together, but gives that  a strong foundation by asking that   the declarations be made publicly. People sometimes say that they don’t need public declarations, but such declarations can be affirming and give confidence.

The  rite also  makes it clear that God does not expect  those who  marry to do it tough by themselves. The constant refrain is “with God’s help”.  The promise of Christian marriage is the gift of the Spirit to nurture  the love draws a couple together and, if this is their further calling, to bring up their children together “with God’s help”.

If you wish to explore  further the sacrament of marriage , please make an appointment with the Rector.

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