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On Sunday 30th September 18 months of hard work came to fruition. More than 65 people, some from as far as the coastal regions of our diocese, gathered together to launch the Parish History by Dr Ian Grant: Unity in Diversity: The Story of the Anglican Parish of South Wagga Wagga (1968-2018). The book has been published as part of the ongoing celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the parish.

Whilst both St Paul’s Turvey Park and St Alban’s Kooringal have at times been separate parishes, they were originally incorporated (along with St Peter’s Lake Albert) into the then new parish of South Wagga Wagga in 1968, with The Reverend Owen Dowling serving as the first Rector. Ashmont Community of the Redeemer also forms part of the story of the parish during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Since late 2015, St Alban’s and St Paul’s have been amalgamated into one parish known locally as South Wagga Anglican Church. The book launch began with a service of thanksgiving and The Reverend David Clark sharing some memories from his time as a young Curate when the parish began. We then placed a time capsule in the ground of St Paul’s to express our prayer for future generations. The book itself was then launched with speeches and applause, with all funds raised going to the building of the ministry of the parish. In Dr Ian Grant’s own words:

Every member of our parish has an individual story of conversion and faith that has brought them to worship at St Paul’s (Turvey Park), and St Alban’s (Kooringal), as well as, in the past, St Peter’s (Lake Albert), and the Anglican Community of The Redeemer (Ashmont). Very early on in my life as a Christian, I had reinforced in my thinking that the church was not a building, but the people in it. The scope of this History will concentrate on such people in the pews, rather than accounts of decisions taken in parish meetings.

Dr Ian Grant signing books

The book is now available (including coloured historic photographs) for $15 from the parish office, ph: 6925 1707 or email: office@swac.church.

by Reverend Scott Goode