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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



Diocesan Prayer for 2017:

"Year of Living Stones and Living Hope"

Bountiful God,
You are always more willing to give generously that we ever desire or deserve. We thank you for the many blessings you give us especially the gift of faith and the hope of glory. As we embark on our journey may we each be like living stones, rejoicing in the hope you have shown us in the person of Jesus Christ. May we be filled with a desire for justice.

Service Times

The Rectory
St Paul’s Bakery Hill
5 Humffray St South, VIC 3354
Saturday, 15 July 2017

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

“God is good-all the time; all the time-God is good.”

We have now five Sundays left before we leave for St Mathew’s Wendouree to begin the next chapter of our life and ministry in God’s vineyard. The process of finding a new parish Rector has begun when the nominators and wardens met with Bishop Garry at the beginning of this month. They shall keep you posted in due course. Please continue to offer prayers so that God will send our parish a new priest ‘after his own heart’.

In thinking about how to mark these remaining Sundays, I recently decided that I shall use them to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to:

1. God: for his amazing love and grace.
2. St Paul’s family: for your love and ministry to us.
3. The Ballarat Community: for making us feel at home in this community.
4. The other-than-human component of creation: for accompanying us with the richness, diversity and beauty of God’s ecology.
5. My dearest Faith, Obed and Matilda: for the joy and love of family life.

Today I begin my ‘adieu’ (old French word meaning “to God”)by giving thanks to God for the wonderful gift of life and salvation in and through his son, Jesus Christ. I thank him for “counting us worthy to stand in his presence and serve him”, as the old Roman Eucharist prayer puts it.

There is hardly a day that passes without me giving thanks to God for the “gift and mystery” of the priesthood through which “earthenware jars like me carry the treasure of God’s saving mysteries”, as St Paul rightly opined. As I complete my ministry here at St Paul’s I once again thank God for making it possible for me to be your minister for these past 4 years as well as for the rich blessings of these years which are only known to him alone.

This is not a time to talk about legacies or achievements, but rather a time to acknowledge with humility that all we have and are comes from God. Without him we are nothing and we can do nothing. Only in the light of his grace can we truly look back and see the fruits of his providential care during our time together. In thanking God I also thank you for being part of this history.

Needless to say that these years have been full of many good memories, but also some moments of challenges and difficulties, but through all of them the Lord has been faithful and his providence and love have seen us through.

Therefore we say with St Paul: “Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 2:20-21).

God love you,