PAST EVENTS 2019
WORSHIP for ADVENT and CHRISTMAS
The theme for Advent and Christmas Services was ‘Where the Promise Shines’ with a new key word each week:
8 Dec HOPE; 15 Dec PEACE; 22 Dec JOY; 25 Dec LOVE
SPRING HILL ALIVE 9 August 5-9pm
This Community event provided splendid projection of images onto the beautiful heritage-listed St Paul’s Church. Visitors supported the various stalls organised by church members and enjoyed the music provided by Ormiston Heritage Pipe Band.
DEDICATION of ITEMS for SPECIAL CARE NURSERY 12 May
Wraps, ‘peanut’ pillows and other hand-made items, all made with love by the ladies of the church, were dedicated before donation to the RBH neo-natal unit, where the nurses use these to benefit the tiny bubs in their care.
BACK TO ST PAUL’S DAY 5 May
To celebrate the dedication of this house of God 130 years ago to the day, a special Service of Worship was held at 9.30am followed by a special extended morning tea time.
The Rev. Glenn Samuel from St Paul’s Lismore encouraged us to be Living Stones, to refresh our personal commitment to God, to revitalise our faith and extend our reaching out with the gospel into the Spring Hill community. St Paul’s Singers enriched the music in worship with an Introit and Anthem and gave encouragement for the congregation’s hymn singing.
The program at morning tea time embraced the theme of the National Trust’s 2019 Australian Heritage Festival “Connecting People, Places and the Past.” With a PowerPoint presentation, we experienced music and poetry written by people of St Paul’s in the past, and we joined our voices for community singing of hymns and sacred music that has been heard within the walls of St Paul’s over the years.
This event coincided with the annual appeal for donations to support the preservation of this heritage building. It is hoped to soon have sufficient funds to continue the Bell Tower Restoration project. To make a donation, click here for the required form. St Paul’s Appeal Tax Deductible Donation Form. More information about the current project can be found on the Architecture and Restoration page on this website.
Guest speakers from Presbyterian Inland Mission (PIM) on Sunday 24 February – at the 9.30am service and in the evening at the Cafe Church which starts at 5 pm with a light meal.
The Brisbane City Service for 2019 World Day of Prayer (WDP) will be at St John’s Cathedral at 10am on Friday 1 March. Slovenia is the country of focus for 2019.
On Saturday 2 March at 2pm there will be an additional opportunity to celebrate WDP when St Paul’s hosts a special WDP service which the Slovenian community has prepared especially for themselves but with an open invitation to us and to anyone to attend. Some of our members will be taking part. This opportunity might be of particular interest to working people who can’t attend the Friday service at St John’s. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
PAST EVENTS 2018
Sunday 25 November – Billy Graham Remembered, celebrating the almost 100 years of the world’s best known evangelist. Great singing from the Crusade era.
Saturday 24 November – a great crowd enjoyed the Community Twilight Carols Night with local school choirs performing.
Sunday 4 November – Armistice Centenary Commemoration (remembering 11/11/1918) and Service of Remembrance 9.30am.
Guest speaker at the beginning of the service was a serving member of the Armed Forces. The minister’s message, was entitled “Blessed are the Peacemakers – the Servants of The King”.
Service 19 August 2018
The theme for the congregation’s 155th Anniversary was God Gives Us a Future. The worship service was enriched by a powerpoint with historical information presented by young people and musical offerings by the choir. Over the lunch tables much conversation and good fellowship flowed.
High Tea 19 May 2018
This was a lovely way to spend an autumn afternoon – great company, beautiful table settings with fine china, delectable savoury morsels and tasty sweet treats. People came as a single, a couple, with friends or they brought a whole crowd for a table.
Back to St Paul’s Day 6 May 2018
We welcomed visitors and regulars to our annual Back to St Paul’s Day. Each year on the first Sunday of May we commemorate the dedication to worship on 5 May 1889 of the church building, designed by prominent colonial architect, FDG Stanley. Our guest preacher this year was the Rev Andrew Gardiner, (retired) former minister of St Paul’s for almost thirty years.
Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan 29 April 2018
There was a colourful array of kilts, tartans and scottish regalia for the Scottish Clans’ Congress annual Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan. Proud of their scottish roots, the clan members gathered to worship Almighty God, and to celebrate with the regular congregation Scottish and Presbyterian heritage. Reverend Paul’s message on John Knox, an Aroma of Christ was a fitting link for the day.
What was EASTER 2018 like at St Paul’s?
Special times of reflection were shared moments during Easter – Worship Services were held in a pensive atmosphere on Maundy Thursday 7:15 pm with The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper; Good Friday 8 am; and on Easter Sunday – the day of Christ’s Resurrection at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm.
Our Twilight Carols 2017 was a great Spring Hill event and the children of the local school choir sang with great enthusiasm. They were delightful. Lots of free activities kept the children busy with games and craft while the adults did plenty of carol singing, browsing the craft stalls and consuming the BBQ supplies.
Celebrating 500 years of Reformed Christian Faith
Each Sunday morning in worship during October 2017 there has been a special segment for kids with stories, activities and craft, exploring 5 basic fundamentals for Christians – Scripture alone, by Grace alone, by Faith alone, through Christ alone, Glory to God alone.
As a culmination of the series, the young people provided a very interesting display for the congregation of their activities and craft. Brilliant work everyone!
A special service, combined with Ithaca Presbyterian congregation, was held at 3:30 pm at St Paul’s on Sunday 22 October 2017 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It featured music of the Reformation era, the singing being led by a quartet of singers and a soloist from Ithaca gave a lovely rendition of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. Guest Speaker was Dr Mark Baddeley. A Sausage Sizzle followed afterwards with a great time of fellowship.
Congregation’s 154th Anniversary
At the morning worship service on Sunday 20 August 2017 the congregation celebrated 154 years since the inaugural congregation was formally declared. The guest preacher was the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Qld, the Rt Rev Greg Watt.
Praise Fest at St Paul’s 30 July 3pm 2017
A capacity congregation made the walls of St Paul’s ring with enthusiastic praise to God in celebration of 500 years since Martin Luther made his mark on the fundamentals for Christians. His influence continues today for those of reformed faith and this interdenominational Praise Fest was alive with the spirit of God and the voices of nearly four hundred people. Hymns and spiritual songs through the ages since the 1500s to the 21st century were included in the program as well as some special pieces presented by the Brisbane Festival Male Voice Choir. Well-known writers of Christian hymns were represented – Charles Wesley, John Newton, Isaac Watts, Graham Kendrick, Stuart Townend – and more. The positive impact of the afternoon was obvious from knowing that people left with a song in their heart,seeing a smile on their face and making lots of positive comments. A special thank you goes to all the musicians, singers and technicians who helped make everything go so well.
Christ, Creator, Sustainer, Saviour, Lord and God was the title of the message given on Sunday 28 May by John McKay, International Director of Creation Research. It was thought provoking and he then extended on that with an audio visual message at the evening Cafe Church. A time of questions closed the evening.
Mother’s Day Service – 14 May, 2017
In a segment of the worship service, there was a time of dedication of special items that have been lovingly made for use in the Special Care Nursery of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. These colourful wraps and little pillow items that are used to surround tiny bodies and limbs and the tubes that assist them are given as a touch of Christian love to bring comfort to the little ones and also their parents as they look on, with an uncertain future before them.
Back to St Paul’s Day Worship Service – Sunday 7 May, 2017
Our guest preacher was the Rev. Prof. Dr Andrew Bain, vice principal of the Queensland Theological College. He used Genesis 22:1-19 and Hebrews 11:18-22 to develop his message for the day.
This year marked the 128th anniversary of the dedication of the heritage listed St Paul’s and a special historical display was on show in the church hall. The Restoration Trust is pleased that work will begin in July on part of the third stage of the Bell Tower restoration project.
High Tea – Saturday 6 May, 2017
On a gorgeous autumn afternoon, more than 90 people enjoyed High Tea at the Kirk on the Hill in St Paul’s heritage hall. The tables were set with white cloths, beautiful fine china and delectable food.
The High Tea was held during the National Trust’s Australian Heritage Festival. The theme for 2017 was ‘Having a Voice’ and sharing stories of people who have helped to shape our history.
In keeping with this theme, a very interesting talk was given by Guest Speaker, Dr Denver Beanland, who has written a book about three times Colonial Premier, Sir Thomas McIllwraith, who donated to our early congregation, the set of stained glass windows depicting four Old Testament Prophets.
A few stories were shared about St Paul’s being a favoured place for weddings over the years and a good number of the guests present had been married at St Paul’s. Following on from that theme of love, romance and blessings, the afternoon concluded with three lovely vocal items – Count Your Blessings, One Day When we Were Young and Perhaps Love.
The proceeds of the event will assist the Restoration Trust with their ongoing project on the Bell Tower.
A special worship service was held on 23 April to commemorate Anzac Day and wreaths were laid at the Honour Boards. The Rev. David Niven was our guest preacher and his message was titled ‘Courage in the Face of Death’.
St Paul’s hosted the inner city service for WORLD DAY OF PRAYER on 3 MARCH. World Day of Prayer information
‘A Light Shines in the Darkness’ was our theme for the Carols Service on 18 December and the Christmas Day service followed on with the Minister’s address being titled ‘The True Light That Shines in the Darkness’.
Special music for Christmas, together with readings and effective lighting created a memorable atmosphere at the evening Carols Service. On Christmas Day it was a pleasure to welcome many visiting folk who came to worship with us.
The young people of the Sunday School celebrated the end of their year of lessons with a party on Sunday 11 December. That followed the Morning Worship Service which will also include their book presentations and two musical items sung by the young people.
Service of Remembrance
In recognition of the 98th anniversary of Armistice Day, a Service of Remembrance was held at St Paul’s on Sunday 6 November. We were most pleased to have “The Collegians’ from Brisbane Boys College Choir enrich the service with the singing of 3 poignant pieces for the occasion – Set Me As A Seal (Rene Clausen), I Vow to Thee My Country (Gustav Holst) and How Sleep the Brave (Colin Brumby). Wreaths were laid at the Church’s Hon our Boards and a Lament was played by a Piper from BBC.
(a) With the completion of the restoration work on the rose window behind the organ pipes, the pipes that had to be removed to facilitate access to the window are now back in place. The follow up tuning of the organ has been completed so the variety of sounds and colours that our Hill & Son organ can produce are once again available to the organist. You can hear this wonderful Hill and Son pipe organ on our Music page.
(b) The Restoration Project on the Bell Tower is approaching the commencement of a portion of Stage 3. Click to read more. Restoration Project Update.
On Saturday night 27 August 2016 young and old enjoyed themselves with the ‘Dashing White Sergeant’ by ‘Yon Bonnie Banks’. No, not on the moors of Scotland, nor in the Highlands, but indoors at a very successful and enjoyable Ceilidh, held in St Paul’s Church Hall. A good time was had by all, singing, dancing, eating and being entertained by Highland and Irish Dancers, pipes and drums, fiddle playing and toasting the Haggis.All things Scottish were on show – touches of tartan, kilts, celtic brooches and jewellery, tea towels, cardboard Scottie dogs, shortbread and more .
On Sunday 21 August 2016, we celebrated the 153rd anniversary of the official formation of our earliest congregation with a wonderfully uplifting Service, beautifully enriched by the musical offerings from the Campo della Voci choir from Clayfield College. The Minister’s message exhorted us all to make prayer our daily habit and not a last resort when difficulties arise. To read more about this milestone click – Foundation Day 153rd Anniversary Honour Board unveiling 100 years ago.
An ‘in Memorial’ moment – noting the death 100 years ago on 22 August 1916 of the Rev. Andrew Gillison, one of St Paul’s Ministers, who was serving at Gallipoli as a Chaplain and died on the battlefields. Read more here about these two events. Centenary of Unveiling St Paul’s Honour Board August 1916