St Andrew’s Church is 175 Years Old!

St Andrew’s Anglican Church of Walkerville is one of South Australia’s oldest and most significant churches. Since 1848, it has been part of our state’s fabric. On the weekend, the Church community celebrated 175 years of ministry, and it was an honour to join the congregation for these significant celebrations.

In 1850, two years into the Church’s existence, it started a school. That shool is St Andrew’s School. The relationship between the Church and St Andrew's School is significant. The Venerable (Reverend) Sam Goodes is the Rector of St Andrew’s Church and a Board Member of the School, along with Church Members Darren Fleming and Ann Hurst. Sam, Darren, and Ann are committed to the ongoing success of our School community and bring their diverse experiences and passion in service to the Board.

It was wonderful to have our students perform at the significant 175th celebration Church service on Sunday and to be joined by notable South Australians, including The Honourable Chief Justice Chris Kourakis, the Governor’s Deputy, Walkerville Mayor Melissa Jones, and Lucy Hood MP. The Reverend Sam Goodes’ message on the Church’s rich heritage and hopes for the future was fitting and well received. It was a true honour to be the guest speaker and provide some reflections on the close and lasting relationship between the Church, and the school it founded, and share updates on the significant progress we are making as a School as we focus on serving the students in our care.

I leave you with the Parish Prayer:

God our Father,
You have made us members of Christ and of His Church in this Parish.
May our worship be the offering of our hearts and lives to you.
Help us to reach out in welcome to newcomers and visitors,
To encourage and care for each other in friendship and fellowship,
And to grow in grace and in love,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Happy 175th Birthday St Andrew’s Church!