St Marks Anglican Church Kalbarri Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Around fifty people gathered on Sunday the 12th February 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the consecration of the St Marks church building by Bishop Anthony Nichols on the 9th February 1992. This consecration of the new church building was one of Bishop Nichols first official duties, since he had only days before been consecrated as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of North West Australia. Kalbarri is one of seven Outback Church Foundation church buildings in our diocese; built as the result of extensive fund-raising by the wider church in Australia. The anniversary celebration and thanksgiving service was led by the current Minister-in-Charge, Rev. David Day, while our current Diocesan Bishop, Bishop Gary Nelson, preached from Ephesians 4:1-6 about the church’s identity and purpose. Mr Graham Dunn, Kalbarri’s Rector’s Warden and resident for over forty years, read the Bible during the service. Many past parishioners and clergy who had been involved with Kalbarri during it’s history attended the service and enjoyed a catered lunch afterwards. Clergy representing ministries in Geraldton, Bluff Point, and Northampton were in attendance at the service. It was heart warming to see many children at the anniversary service, reminding us of the urgency to reach out to our neighbours in Kalbarri with the gospel message which has the power to save. In a short speech to the gathered luncheon, Mr Graham Dunn, noted that Kalbarri had been blessed with many fine lay and ordained Christian folk throughout the years, who had sacrificed heavily to see the establishment of ministry in Kalbarri and also to see its continued ongoing effect in the town. The bishop reminded us that the celebration of the anniversary was not only a time to look back and celebrate God’s goodness to His people at Kalbarri, but also to seek God’s face for the future of ministry amongst the community of Kalbarri.
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)
A Photo Gallery is at 25th Anniversary Photos (click on link)