Our Living Community

IMG_0279We are a living Christian community, that the Bible calls a church. It means we are an extended family who recognise our need for a Saviour, and we rejoice in God’s provision for us of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Because of what God has done, we are able to now meet together as his people, a people brought together by his grace to love and serve him, each other and his world.

We come from all walks of life – I.T., retirees, professionals and tradesmen; young, old and anywhere in-between.

We travel from all corners of inner Sydney (from Tempe to Glebe to Balmain) to fellowship together at St Peters Anglican Church.

Our Theology

We are a church that is Evangelical in its theology – that is a people committed to Jesus Christ and his Gospel. His Gospel or Good news, that is found in his scriptures the Bible. We believe the Bible tells us that; All of us have lived a life short of the standard that God has set forward for us, that we have not honoured God as God in our lives – as he deserves. And so Jesus lived a life we couldn’t, to die a death that we couldn’t – upon that wooden roman cross, so we could receive a real and true forgiveness from God – that we didn’t deserve. That is good news!

And just to prove that Jesus brings a real reconciliation from God – God raised him from the Dead to declare him Lord of All. Even our Lord – which is why we seek to serve him now.

1Cor. 15:1    Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.  2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

We are also, Anglican – which means not only are we Gospel people who are committed to the scriptures, we also enjoy the benefit of the intent of the theology and practice of the Book of Common Prayer, including the 39 Articles of religion.

O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We use Thomas Cramner’s intent when he wrote the prayer book in the 16th Century and adapt it into a framework of language and practice that is rich, yet intelligible for today’s world.

Our Governance

St Peters Anglican Church – the parish of Cooks River – is a member church of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, in the South Sydney Region. As a member church we are able to vote at the annual Diocesan Synod, a meeting of all member churches in the Diocese.

We have a Parish Council including nominated and elected Church Wardens and Parish Councillors who meet monthly and govern the administration of our parish.

You can learn more about how a parish is administrated on the Sydney Diocese Website.

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