Welcome to the website of St. John’s Flinders with St. Mark’s Balnarring. We are a thriving Christian community in the Anglican tradition. Our parish includes two beautiful historic churches: St. John’s was dedicated in 1892, St. Mark’s in 1914. Whether you live locally or are visiting this region, you are always welcome to any service, or you may simply enjoy looking around the churches and grounds.

Our Vision
To be courageous, embrace change, and live God’s word in today’s world.

Our Mission
We are a welcoming and inclusive community showing Christ’s love to all.

As a Christian community, each one of us is on a journey of discovery: discovering more about our world, which can be so beautiful and challenging at the same time, discovering more about ourselves, and discovering more about the person Christians follow: Jesus of Nazareth. We’re all somewhere on the journey, from lifelong Christians to those newly pondering who this person Jesus really was and is. We encourage questions and definitely don’t have all the answers. We encourage a sense of wonder at the beauty that surrounds us here on the Peninsula. We encourage graceful conversations. We commit ourselves to living out the gospel message of loving God and loving neighbour for a more just and equitable world.

On 2 October, the parish will hold special Blessing of the Animals services:

8.30am at St. John’s Flinders

10.30am at St. Mark’s Balnarring

4.00pm at St. Mark’s Balnarring – Families and Children’s Service with food afterwards!

Bring your pets for a special blessing and a lot of fun!


St John’s Flinders Service:  Sunday @ 8.30am

St Mark’s Balnarring Services: Sunday @ 10.30am & Thursday @ 10.00am

Morning tea is provided after Sunday services. The Thursday congregation heads over the road to Red Hill Bakery for a coffee after the service.

Covid Safety: Masks no longer need to be worn indoors but they are still recommended.

CHRISTINE’S PLAYGROUPS (during school terms only)

Balnarring Group: Tuesdays at 10.00am at St. Mark’s hall Balnarring.
Flinders Group: Wednesdays at 10.00am at St John’s hall Flinders.

Limited places are available. You must register your attendance on 5989 8620 or email sunningfields62@gmail.com.

We are planning to run additional groups if we have enough interest. So even if we cannot accommodate you at this moment, please contact us and register your interest.


Please check the Children’s site for details of the Terms 3 and 4 2022 program.


The parish is fortunate to have two outstanding op shops, cared for by dedicated, skilled volunteers.

St. Mark’s Op Shop:

1 Balnarring Road, Balnarring: 0413 058 906

Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 12 pm; and Saturday 10am to 1pm. 

 St. John’s Op Shop:

38 Cook Street, Flinders: 5989 1169

Open Monday, Thursday and Saturday 10.30am to 2.00pm. 


A short (20 minute max) meditation service is held at St. Mark’s Balnarring at 9am each Tuesday morning, and at St. John’s Flinders each Wednesday morning. Come as you are. Bring your dog if you’re out for a walk. Bring your coffee if you’re passing and want to call in. All are warmly welcome.



Hard copies of the Diocese newspaper The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) are delivered to the church each month. However, if you wish to read it online, the link is https://tma.melbourneanglican.org.au/



Sunday 24 April at 3pm: Australian Chamber Choir – Vivaldi Gloria. Bookings: www.auschoir.org/vivaldi-gloria  Admission: $50

Saturday 7 May at 2pm: Inventi Ensemble – Dvorak and the New World. Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BWOHJ  Admission: $40

Saturday 28 May at 2.30pm: Flinders Quartet – A Life’s Work. Bookings: www.flindersquartet.com/tickets  Admission: Two recital subscription (inc 12 November) $52; or Single recital $30

Sunday 19 June at 2pm: Classical guitarist Clancy McLeod. From the Great Romantics Competition at Melbourne Recital Centre 2021. Bookings:  www.trybooking.com/BXKNW  Admission: Adult $25 Early Bird until 29 May, after that $35. Student (secondary & tertiary) $15

Sunday 24 July at 2pm: Peninsula Chamber Musicians – Beethoven Septet & Nielsen. Bookings:  www.trybooking.com/581136  Admission: Adult $30, Concession $22, Children free

Saturday 6 August at 2pm: Inventi Ensemble – Sibelius and the Curious Land of Karelia. Bookings:  www.trybooking.com/BWOHM  Admission: $40

Sunday 4 September at 2pm: Peninsula Chamber Musicians – Mendelssohn Octet. Bookings:  www.trybooking.com/581138  Admission: Adult $30, Concession $22, Children free

Sunday 23 October at 3pm: Genesis Baroque & Sara Macliver – The Italian Tour. Bookings: www.genesisbaroque.com.au  Admission: $50

Saturday 12 November at 2.30pm: Flinders Quartet – Beethoven and the Vignettes. Bookings: www.flindersquartet.com/tickets  Admission: Two recital subscription (inc 28 May) $52; or Single recital $30

Sunday 4 December at 1pm: Inventi Ensemble & Liane Keegan – Sea Windows Celebration. Recital for the dedication of David Wright’s Sea Windows. Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BZHZM. Admission: $40.

The Recitals in 2022 are being generously supported by Bendigo Bank Community Bank Balnarring and District.


To John Barren, Recitals Coordinator for St John’s Flinders on 5989 8620


This week

Saturday 24 September, 10am: Book Study on ‘Being Disciples’ at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Shoreham

Sunday 25 September, 8.30am: Eucharist at St. John’s Flinders

Sunday 25 September, 10.30am: Eucharist at St. Mark’s Balnarring

Monday 26 September, 4pm: St. Mark’s Op Shop Committee Meeting at St. Mark’s parish hall

Tuesday 27 September, 9am: Morning meditation at St. Mark’s Balnarring

Wednesday 28 September, 9am: Morning meditation at St. John’s Flinders

Wednesday 28 September, 2pm: Service, Annie’s Court

Thursday 29 September, 10am: Eucharist at St. Mark’s Balnarring, followed by lunch at Red Hill Bakery

Thursday 29 September, afternoon: Set up for St. Mark’s Op Shop Mega Sale

Friday 30 September, 10am – 2pm: Mega Sale at St. Mark’s Balnarring

Friday 30 September, 8.30am: Gentle Exercise at St. John’s parish hall

Friday 30 September, 10am: Pilates at St. John’s parish hall

Friday 30 September: 1pm: Un-Finished Objects (UFO) craft group at St. John’s parish hall

Saturday 1 October, 10am – 2pm: Mega Sale at St. Mark’s Balnarring

Saturday 1 October, 10am: Book Study on ‘Being Disciples’ at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Shoreham

Sunday 2 October: BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS AT ALL SERVICES: 8.30am at St. John’s Flinders. 10.30am at St. Mark’s Balnarring. 4pm at St. Mark’s Balnarring for children and families. Bring your pets on this day for a special blessing!


Recent Events

Feast for Freedom: Sharing a meal in solidarity with people seeking asylum and raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC).

Recent Events


The bishop of Jumbunna Episcopate, The Rt Revd Dr. Paul Barker, led the service for the 130th anniversary of the dedication of St. John’s Flinders, on Sunday 23 January 2022. He also dedicated two magnificent windows designed and installed by glass artist Mr David Wright, with creative input by his wife, The Revd Sue McPhee-Wright. A Bible generously donated was also blessed.