Our Service on a Sunday morning Worship is a rich blend of both lively and traditional formats, which caters for all ages. There is always something new and special that Mark includes in the service. We have a strong tradition in the church to include a short segment where the minister has a short story to tell the children. There is also an active Sunday School and children are most welcome.
Holy Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month.
Newcomers are always very welcome, so if you are new to South Perth – or visiting the area – please come and join us for worship and stay for a cuppa with us afterwards.
We look forward to meeting you!
If you are interested to join us online, please contact us and we would be very happy to send you the login details.
Mark Illingworth started his ministry at South Perth Uniting Church on 19 January 2020.
We are absolutely delighted to have him as our minister. COVID-19 stopped us from meeting in the normal way for a nearly three months and in that time we found uncharted ways to connect online. It reminded us that the Church (Ecclesia) is not so much the building but a group of people knitted together through the Spirit of God.
Before Mark joined us, he was in the Uniting Church WA Presbytery/Synod headquarters for four years. His position there was Deputy General Secretary of the WA Uniting Church.
Mark comes with an impressive CV, not only in the Ministry of the Word, but also with valuable commercial experience in the business world. It is sometimes heard only in hushed whispers, that the clergy is often so insular and lacked the practical “real world” experience. Not with Mark. Trained as an electronics engineer in Curtin University, he worked for Westrail after graduation and then ventured out and started his own engineering consultancy company which he ran for a number of years. The burden of his call to the Service of the Word saw him spend another three years in university, to get his Bachelor Degree in Theology with honours. Evangelism and community service is very much part of Mark’s core and vision, so after his graduation in 2000, he set off in his mission and was instrumental in planting the Billabong Uniting Church in Canning Vale. The mission began with a small group of like-minded christians meeting at his home. This led to bigger and bolder endeavours which saw the planning, and the construction of a permanent place for worship. Today, the church is a thriving community, a testament and an example of what is possible when we allow God to work with and through us.
Mark and his wife Deb have three adult children and a grandchild. We are absolutely thrilled to have both Mark and Deb with us in our journey together in the South Perth Uniting Church. They are a terrific team together.
If you wish to contact Mark, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.