Recent news and coming events at St Albans

We fimally had another service at St. Phillips - after a year - with a great picnic afterwards. Before this we had a working bee to get the church shipshape again, so thanks to those who participated.

Bishop Sonia - the assistant bishop responsible for our neck of the woods - will be attending our regular monthly service on 5th June. This will also be the last service for churchwarden and Synod representative Brian McIver, who is about to take up a position in Tasmania. After our usual morning coffee / tea there will be a barbecue and lunch, so please bring along a suitable contribution if you can - if you can't, don't worry - there will be plenty!

Christmas Eve Carol service, 2021

The Childrens' Choir show that they really can sing. Click the image to start the video and use the back button to return at the end.


(Sorry about the somewhat abrupt ending).

Well as we have all found out the batproofing made a huge improvement but was not 100% effective. It seems that the local wildlife has diecovered this too and is taking advantage.

Photo by Vigo Aboltins.

Batproofing follow-up - an unusual service

Scaffolding over the altar

The scaffolding is down outside the church but now there is scaffolding inside while we try to eliminate the last remaining gaps. It was not worth dismantling it for our monthly service on November 1st so arrangements were a bit unconventional.

Batproofing the church

A dramatic change! On Wednesday 10th June the scaffolding firm arrived early and finished late, and working through rather miserable drizzle, comprehensively enveloped the church in scaffolding.

roof off vestry The roof is being taken off, section by section, and the gaps caused by shrinkage of the ceiling boards are being blocked with plywood strips. Then a thin tough sheet is laid down, followed by 'pink batt' type insulation. This will keep the church warmer in winter, cooler in summer and less vulnerable to bush fires. It will also reduce the space available to bats, and prevent any poo from descending.

We are also trying to block all points where bats can enter. So far we have found very few bats and these are being handled in accordance with advice from one of Australia's top specialists. National parks have inspected the work and given their approval. No bats will be harmed. Weather permittting, the work should be finished by the 25th June.

JV playing organ

Our new organ

We now have a real pipe organ. It was installed on Tuesday 1st October, but still had some problems and the techicians (Darell Pitchford and Matt Richards) made a flying visit on Friday 4th to make sure it was ready for Sunday. Since these were both coffee mornings they did at least get refreshments.

The organ's inaugural appearance was at our regular service on Sunday 6th October in the hands of our resident expert John Vallance.

We have two brief video clips of it in action. Hit the 'back' button to return to this page when the clip finishes.

The offertory hymn. (Stops rather abruptly!)

John plays Frescobaldi after the service.

Read the full story of this organ here.

Mark, my words

The 'Mark my Words' project, after a year in preparation, was launched on September 1st. Read about it, and access all the recordings, here.

St Phillip's signboard New sign-board at St Phillips

To show to the world that our little church is still loved and used, we've put up a new signboard to announce when the next service is happening. Higher Macdonald residents now have no excuse for missing a service!

St Alban's Day at St Phillips

The Feast Day of St Alban the Martyr is 22nd June, and we always have some sort of special service on the closest Sunday to it. This year the closest Sunday - June 24th - was our regular St Phillips service day, so we had a service celebrating both saints. Instead of a sermon, Rev. Peter hosted the 'TV programme' "Saints Alive", interviewing both saints. St Phil[l]ip was played by Phillip Perry and St Alban by Mike Wilkinson, and they both entered totally into the spirit of the thing.

Saints Alive 1 Saints Alive 2

You can watch the whole programme in a video taken by Nerida Sternbeck. Use the 'Back' button to return to this page.

The hymns were all gospel, with a New Orleans jazz accompaniment, and the capacity congregation entered into the spiri of things with great enthusiasm.

The swinging congretation

Thanks to Dianne Chambers for taking the pictures (with Rev. Peter's camera).

Please send all information about future events to Guy Cox or phone 4568 2188 and leave a message.