Mary’s Circle is a group for women who meet at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Knox, every first and third Tuesday of the month between 10.30 am and 1.30 pm (including lunch together).
A warm spirit of trust has developed since this group began 22 years ago. We believe the wonderful sense of community reveals the Spirit of Christ among us.
While the majority of women are members of the Knox/Ringwood Parish, we’ve been blessed with members from the community and other churches. This diversity adds a vital dimension to the group and contributes much to the energy, the atmosphere and our discussions.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:8)
Mary’s Circle is a friendship and care ministry. It aims to provide:
- a safe place to meet and share with other women facing similar life experiences
- a forum where we may discuss matters of faith, health, current affairs or social issues
- a haven where women can listen and be listened to, care and be cared for, support and be supported
… all in a mutually trusting, respectful environment where we support each other in prayer.
Our aim is to be ecumenical, while maintaining a specific Lutheran, Christian perspective. Often inspiration comes from reading articles on faith from The Age. Other spirited discussions have included seasons of life, women’s ordination, euthanasia and the ‘Golden Rule’ common to all major religions.
For many years we have financially supported the Catherine Hamlin Fistula program in Ethiopia.
We celebrate birthdays and festivals, offer care and concern for members and their families facing health challenges or losses and we laugh and rejoice together. All in all, we are community and we’d love to welcome you.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (Colossians 3:23)
The Men's Group meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, either at the home of one of the members or at one of the churches. While lots of laughter and the odd glass of red wine is customary, it doesn't preclude serious discussion. Each meeting has a theme, but other topics of interest are often brought up spontaneously and spirited dialogue ensues. Newcomers are always welcome.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Meet Stephanie, one of our members
According to my grandkids, I'm an ageing hippy. I was (and probably still am) into challenging traditions and resisting authority. I acknowledge that the Bible contains intellectual absurdities and scientific inaccuracies that have caused many to lose their faith and become atheists, my husband and daughter among them. What keeps me coming to worship every Sunday? Communal worship is the big thing, and the sense of community flows into social activities. Knox is a small congregation so it’s a family, not an organisation. This means that we get to know all of our members well. We attend each other’s birthday/anniversary parties (some are even held at the church), we celebrate achievements; but more importantly we support each other when failures and losses happen. And when new members join us, they are quickly accepted as individuals, rather than just names on the membership list.