Nobody minded discussing their age on Sunday 20 August, as St George’s Anglican Church celebrated its 50th birthday, with special guest Bishop Stuart Robinson.
It was a happy occasion with thankfulness to God for the last 50 years, and a growing sense of anticipation for the future. Testimonies were heard from children who have become Christians through the ministry of the church, and from former members who are now missionaries. Photos covered the walls of memories from the past. Bishop Stuart preached from Hebrews 12 about always looking to Jesus. ‘Great is your faithfulness’ was sung with great gusto.
In 1967, the church began meeting in school halls, and moved in 1983 to its present building in Pethebridge Street, Pearce. A special anniversary cake was cut by the oldest member of the church community, 97-year-old Mrs Irene Copping.
St George’s has three Services a week: a contemporary family gathering on Sundays at 9.30 am; a traditional Communion Service on Wednesdays at 10 am; and a Dinka language service (for South Sudanese) on Sunday afternoons.
A growing ‘Kid’s Church’ runs each week for pre-school to year six children in school terms, as well as ‘On Point’ for High Schoolers. Popular ‘Super Saturday’ kids outreach events draw together primary-aged kids for a fun afternoon of activities and stories about Jesus. Support is given to mission overseas (Peru) and locally through SUPA club, CEIS, a playgroup and craft group making items for Operation Christmas Child. St George’s also holds a ‘Christianity Explored’ course for people interested to investigate Jesus, as well as the Alpha ‘Marriage course’.
The St George’s vision is to show Christ in the community, so that he is honoured as Lord and Saviour. We pray that our activities may continue to express and fulfil this vision.
by The Reverend Jason Clift
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