What our people say
In a time of my life where I am always rushed or have an email to follow up on, it’s rare for me to find a time and place where I can just relax and centre myself again. However, as I sit in the pew at St Peter’s Church in Southport on a Sunday morning, looking at the amazing stain glassed windows as I listen to the sermon, a feeling of being centred, and connected to God washes over me and I feel ready to start again for another week.
Craig Parker – St Peter’s Church Parishioner
St Peter’s Church Southport is your quiet place in the city. We pride ourselves on our beautiful grounds, and an amazing church building. While our church services follow the classic Anglican style in a very cathedral like building, we enjoy wonders of technology as well. All our buildings are Air Conditioned, we share our news on our Facebook and website.
Peter’s Southport – A little bit of history
St Peter’s Anglican Church has a special place in Southport. It has a rich history and the ‘flavour’ of this history can be seen in in this excerpt taken from a History of St Peter’s Parish and The Memorial Church, Ian Hollindale.
“St Peter’s Southport is in many ways a parish that reflect, and in many instances, is parallel to the history and development of the Gold Coast.
The early parish rolls read like today’s street directory. The first priests in the 1870s covered the parish on horseback and the first church buildings at Nerang and Coomera were built on the Cobb and Co coach route from Brisbane and built from the cedar gathered by the first settlers/timber cutters.
History records that there were nine ministers in the first ten years and these priests, fresh from England, we driven away by mosquitos. Sickness and the floods. “No service, no congregation, too much rain” was a common entry in the record of the Service Book.
A St Peter’s Rector (The Rev Horace Henry Dixon) found The Southport School, one of Australia’s leading schools. He saw the potential of Southport becoming the education mecca that it is today; and the close association with St Hilda’s… Both schools are today leading educational facilities on the Gold Coast, a city becoming a leader in education in Australia…
The names of influential families appear on the early records of St Peter’s and today those names form the basis for the Gold Coast street directory.
After WWI there was a growth spurt in Southport’s development and that was when new churches were added within the Parochial District of St Peter’s. The boom years of the period following WWII saw the Gold Coast population explode and so did the Parish of St Peter. The Sunday Schools were full, the congregation filled the old wooden church to capacity and the decision was made to build the brick Memorial church we know as St Peter’s today…”
Of course the story is ongoing. St Peter’s continues to grow and adapt to the changing Gold Coast environment. May God Bless us on the journey.