In 1977 BAC celebrated their centenary, but this was dated from the laying of the first building foundation stone in 1877. However the parish history booklet notes that the Melbourne Church News on October 1st 1866 reported Anglican services happening in Berwick in the Presbyterian church:
“We know that the first Anglican services held in Berwick took place in 1866 on the site of the present Presbyterian Church, and were conducted by Rev. J. B. Gason who came across from Cranbourne ” (Parish History p3 – also available on our website)
This means that in 2016 we will be celebrating 150 years of Anglican Christians gathering for public worship in Berwick. God has been so faithful in blessing us with previous generations of faithful Christians who have prepared the way for us. May we seek to preach the gospel and prepare the way for Christians gathering here for the next 150 years, or until Jesus Christ returns.
After discussion with Wardens and Vestry, I’m am setting the parish the goal of having our building consecrated by our Archbishop at our sesquicentenary in 2016. We are inviting every household in our church to give an extra donation to the parish to our “150th” appeal.
We have about $150,000 remaining on our building debt, and five years until our 150th celebration. This is a great chance to contribute to the the ongoing history of the parish. Later in October we will distribute envelopes and details on giving before our Annual Meeting on November 6th. Please feel to ask any questions in the meantime.