The Garrison Church

When I was younger I remember being told multiple times that the first church ever built in Australia was burnt to the ground by arsonists. In a way that isn’t all that surprising considering that Australia started off as a convict settlement, and the reason that a lot of them were convicts was that they had proven to be disruptive towards the social order. … More The Garrison Church

Trinity International – Singing in French

ne of the problems traveling outside of the Anglo-sphere is finding a church where the service is in English. Well, I guess it depends where you happen to find yourself, and there are certainly going to be some churches in the bigger cities that have services in English, the catch is not only being able to find them but also being able to get to them. … More Trinity International – Singing in French

Barny’s on Broadway

St Barnabas actually has quite a history, and even had the rather controversial Arch-bishop of Sydney Peter Jensen as one of the ministers (as well as a number of other names that I recognise, including Rob Forsyth, who was a minister of my parent’s Church when I was a child, and whose son is now the vicar of St Judes, the church that I currently attend). … More Barny’s on Broadway

A 17th Century Church

The building in which the English Reformed Church in Amsterdam meets is one of those old style churches with a steeple, but the thing is that it is actually one of the oldest buildings in Amsterdam. The building itself dates back to around 1490, but there was a church on this site going back even earlier to 1390 but that one was apparently burnt down. … More A 17th Century Church

The Great White Church

One thing that really annoys me is when my pen runs out and I don’t have a spare one to operate with. The reason I open this post with that statement is because this is what happened when I sat down at the back of this rather full church. You see, when I go into a church I like to take notes – some pastors encourage that because it helps us remember what was taught, but for me it is more of a hangover from my university days – I really can’t sit in a lecture and not take notes, namely because if I did then I would simply lose focus and drift off into my own little world. … More The Great White Church

Orchard Road Pressie – A Cosy Church

The last time I was in Singapore I went to Adam Road Presbyterian Church on the recommendation of a number of Singaporeans. However another friend of mine, before I left, suggested that I come here, however due to time restraints (and the fact that the Botanic Gardens are huge) I was really only able to go to church in the morning (though going to Church twice on a Sunday tends to take a lot of dedication from the person involved, particularly since most people these days will go to one service, and maybe a Bible study during the week, and consider their religious obligations fulfilled). … More Orchard Road Pressie – A Cosy Church

St Matthias – Paddington’s Church

I have a rather interesting relationship with St Matthias Anglican Church in that while I have only been here twice I actually have a few connections, namely the current and previous senior pastors. The reason for that is that both of them used to be pastors at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Adelaide, with one of them being both my youth pastor, and also the head of what was then the Evangelical Union (EU) at Adelaide University. … More St Matthias – Paddington’s Church

St Andrews – An Unsual Cathedral

Okay, I can’t say that I’ve visited a huge number of cathedrals, and those that I have generally have had some historical significance (such as St Peter’s in the Vatican and St Paul’s in London – thought I’m not really sure if you can class Westminster Abbey as a catheral, I suspect that it is actually an abbey) however from what I have experienced is that you generally rock up at the beginning of the service, engage in some Christian ritual, and then leave without actually talking to anybody (that’s what happened when I visited St Paul’s Cathedral on Good Friday, which is the best way to actually get into St Paul’s and look around without actually forking out any money, and since I’m an Anglican I reckon I can get away with it). … More St Andrews – An Unsual Cathedral

Adam Road Presbyterian – Christianity in Singapore

One of the things that I love about travelling, especially overseas, is visiting churches. Mind you, I don’t just walk into any old church simply because you never know what you are what you are going to get or whether the church is actually Christian (and I have stepped into some shockers in my time … More Adam Road Presbyterian – Christianity in Singapore

St Andrews South Brisbane – A Friendly Queensland Church

I’m going to have to say that this is my home church whenever I go to Brisbane. Okay, I don’t go to Brisbane all that often, but whenever I do (a grand total of four times) I have always paid this church a visit and my experience has always been the same, which is probably why I keep on coming back (to this church, not Brisbane – the last time I was in Brisbane was back in 2008). Anyway, I first heard about St Andrew’s South Brisbane through a friend from a church that I regularly attended in Adelaide, which was generally how you would find out about churches back in the day, simply because you never knew what you were going to get when you walk in through the door (and I have walked into some absolute shockers). Actually, I don’t mind wandering into random churches because, depending on the church, you can have some very interesting experiences, but I must say that every time I have come here the experience has always been wonderful. … More St Andrews South Brisbane – A Friendly Queensland Church