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Our parish church of St. Paul's is situated on Bakery Hill (Ballarat East) with magnificent views of the city of Ballarat. It was founded in 1854 at the height of the gold rush in Ballarat and surrounding towns and since then it has served as an oasis of peace and tranquillity in Ballarat East for people of all nationalities and ages as they gather in its magnificent interior to celebrate God and what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Read more

Parish History
Vision Statement

Mission Statement

ST. PAUL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, BAKERY HILL

Prayer

Diocesan Year of ‘Salt and Light’ 2016

Faithful God,
you have appointed us your witnesses,
to shine in the world like light and to preserve what is good like salt:
let us not hide the bright hope you have given us,
but tell of your love, revealed in Jesus Christ the Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
( Adapted from the collect for Epiphany 5, Year A APBA p.536)


Service Times

Quote for the week
"No matter what metaphorical desert we may find ourselves in during the course of our lives, there is always a hidden wellspring that waters it and brings it to flower. To find it, we must learn to see beyond material things or our immediate situation, and directly into the heart of life..." ~The Little Prince




Dear Friends,

Happy New Month of August. May it bring you numerous opportunities for gratitude despite the struggles and challenges of life.

A stands for acceptance. Many of us lack self-esteem and self-worth because we don’t accept ourselves for who we are -with all our strengths and weaknesses. Or because other people make fun of us, doubt us or discriminate against us for all sorts of silly reasons. This month I promise to accept myself for who I am: a child of God, loved by him and destined for eternity with him. Jesus became a human being for me, died and rose to save me and now is waiting for me on the other side of this life. The Holy Spirit dwells within me and leads me every day into the very heart of God. Why should I not accept myself? Why shouldn’t you? “Be who you are and be that well”, says St Frances de Sales.

U stands for the phrase ‘Us and them”. There is no ‘us versus them’ in this world but only us, only we. Mother Teresa said that “if we do not have peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” Somehow in our world we think and act as if some people’s lives are more important than others. This month let us eschew this attitude of ‘us versus them’ and instead see and act in the knowledge that every life matters and it matters absolutely.

G stands for God. Our contemporary society is marked by an atheistic materialism of the consumer culture which makes material things our new idols and in turn relegates God to the background or to the private realm. God should never become our problem because he is our loving Father who wants the fullness of life for us. Without God and without attending to the spiritual dimensions of life we only live half life. This month let us rekindle our relationship with God and open the doors of our hearts to his intimacy and love. As EttyHillesum once said, “I live in constant intimacy with God.”

U reminds me of the beautiful phrase from Deuteronomy 33:27: “….underneath us are God’s everlasting arms…” We are held in love and by Love and need not be afraid of anything. Go forward in life knowing that whatever happens “we are in God’s hands and God’s hands are good hands.”

S is for new saints. These anxious times call for new saints: men and women who have been touched by God so that they can bring healing, hope and restoration to our world. May we strive for holiness of life and for deep and real transformation so that we can transform our world. As the old Latin adage says: “nemo dat quod non habet- no one gives what they don’t have.” We cannot transform the world unless we are transformed, we cannot heal the world unless we are healed.

T represents today. Today is all we have got. Live it to the full. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery.As this beautiful prayer aptly puts it: “Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me, but in me and I in Him.” ~St Francis de Sales