Nurturing Faith and Fellowship Through Meaningful Services
At the heart of our worship, each week is the celebration of the Eucharist or the Mass. As a community, we come together each Sunday to share this meal together and to hear the Word of God spoken to us and explained.
At present, there are generally two Sunday Services in the Parish
7.30 A.M. Eucharist at St David's, Mossman
9.30 A.M Eucharist at St Andrew's, Port Douglas
Visitors to our churches are always welcome to share this Eucharistic meal with us.
The Eucharist is also celebrated each Thursday morning at 9.00 A.M at St David's.
Sunday Service Readings
A Pew Bulletin is available each Sunday. This is used during the services, as well as providing up-to-date information on the events of the coming week.
Holy Baptism is an important sacrament in the Christian Church because it is the door to the spiritual life. In the sacrament, we attest that the newly baptised is a member of the body of Christ and part of our family.
Baptisms are usually held on either of the two Sunday services (7:30 A.M at Mossman or 9:30 A.M. at Port Douglas).
By clicking on this link, you are already wanting to know something about Baptism. To help with that, we arrange a conversation with the Rector to explore the meaning of Baptism, looking together at the gift and responsibilities of Baptism.
Baptism is a joyful celebration of God's gift. Baptism is also an important and solemn step because, in Baptism, Jesus Christ makes disciples, calling us to take up our own cross, following him or in the case of infant baptism, godparents take on the responsibility of passing on that commitment when the child reaches an age of maturity and attempting to model that life.
Baptismal candidates are presented with a candle, certificate and a New Testament as a gift from the parish.
For more information about Baptism and a form to fill in to bring to the Rector, click here.
To see the things that parents and godparents are required to say publicly at a Baptism service, click here.
Getting Married in the Parish of Mossman/Port Douglas
The sacrament of Marriage
The Christian church teaches that:
Marriage is a gift of God our creator.
It is a symbol of God's unending love for his people, and of the union between Christ and his Church.
Marriage is a lifelong partnership uniting a woman and a man in heart, mind and body. In the joy of their union, husband and wife enrich and respond to each other, growing in tenderness and understanding.
Through marriage a new family is formed, where children may be born and grow in secure and loving care
Marriage is therefore to be honoured by all. No one should enter it lightly or selfishly, but responsibly and joyfully, with mutual respect and the promise to be faithful.
(A Prayer Book for Australia 1995)
If you share this view of marriage, then we invite you to consider celebrating your wedding day with us at St Andrew's
The first step will be to contact the Rector and make an appointment to discuss dates and times. You need to arrange many things before your wedding day, but remember that the wedding day is not an end in itself. The wedding day itself is only the beginning!
Are there any special requirements?
Yes, some requirements under Church and civil law govern all marriages, and it is important to check that you comply with these:
Both parties to the marriage must be at least 18 years old, and at least one must be a baptised Christian for you to marry in the Church.
The legal notice of marriage must be completed and given to your Celebrant at least one month and one day, and not more than eighteen months, before the marriage takes place, regardless of where you marry in Australia.
Original copies of your birth certificates (or passports for those born overseas) must be sighted.
One of us has been divorced. Does that make a difference?
Divorced persons who wish to remarry in the Church need the permission of the Archbishop or Regional Bishop.
The Vicar will need to apply for such permission before a booking can be confirmed at the Church.
Can we have our own Minister or Priest?
It is a requirement that the person who administers the wedding vows and signs the marriage certificate is an Anglican Priest who has the authorisation of both the Rector of the Parish and the Bishop of the Diocese.
Under most circumstances, a parish will be happy to extend hospitality to other Anglican clergy to officiate. Please discuss this with the Rector before making any arrangements.
Ministers of other churches may also be invited to participate in the service but cannot administer the wedding vows or sign the documents.
What should I do now?
The first thing to do is contact the Rector of the Parish. The Rector will be able to guide you through the steps that need to be completed to have your special day here with us.
You might also like to take a look at our information sheet to give you some idea of what is required. You can download it here.