The service for Defence Sunday on November 12th 2017 combined a most moving ceremony in recognition of those souls named on our War Memorial.
See a video summary of the rememberance portion of the Service here.
The launch of the book and website "165Anzacs-Telling Part of the Story of 165 Northern Tasmanian World War 1 ANZACS".
The launch of the book and website was led by Emeritus Professor Ian Hay of UTAS along with Professor Rosemary Callingham of UTAS. The team that worked together to publish the book and the supporting website in commemoration of our northern Tasmanaian servicement in World War 1 was recognised and thanked in a presentation after the Service.
Rev'd. Ken Box, Prof. Ian Hay, Prof. Rosemary Callingham, Rev'd. Warwick Cuthberstson, Rev'd. Dr. Murray Earl,
The website, which is designed to provide access and address data base use by students at 4 levels of The Australian Curriculum can be visited here.
A slide summary of the service can be seen here.
A transcript of the service is available here.
Thank you to the many people who generously provided a most sumptious sharing for our time together after the Service. We look forward to working with Dane in our endeavour as a Parish, to know God and to make Him known.
The Lighting of the new flame Service at 8:30 on Easter Day 2017.
Easter Day Service 2017
22 people celebrated the Eucharist service led by the Rev Ken Box at 5:00pm on Easter Sunday.
The risen Christ was symbolised in a renewed decoration of the cross in the service.
St Matthias celebrates 170 years of continuing worship.
St Matthais held a celebration for 170 years of continual worship in November 2013.
Imagine it’s 1843. A young Dr Matthias Gaunt, recently arrived from England, chats with his friend and neighbor, Robert de Little. Together they admire the newly-completed small church on the riverbank at Windermere; Matthias’ dream, and Robert’s architectural feat.
Fast-forward to 2013 November, and Robert’s great ,great grandson David from Dover, meets Matthias’great ,great grandson Simon from Sydney, both enjoying the weekend of festivities at the 170th Anniversary of the church’s completion and forging a new friendship first initiated 170 years ago.
Over 90 people, including descendants of the early pioneer families, as well as locals, picnicked happily on the grassy river bank slopes, rekindling old friendships and memories of old times, and making new connections with others.
The evening BBQ meal was followed by an interesting and entertaining talk and visual presentation by Peter and Ann Cripps, church historical archivists who were commissioned to research a Conservation Management Plan for the church and graveyard of St Matthias’church.
There were several audible gasps when we were told that the alter linen was still the original set used in the first service, the floor boards still original, and the building still essentially unchanged despite considerable maintenance work being done over the years.
There was a Celebratory Service on the Sunday afternoon, followed by champagne and nibbles, and more stories and memories.
The very Special Service was led by Rev Ken Box and was truly inspiring. There were lots of Rosevears, Atkinsons, Medwins, Gatenbys and Wings all reliving the past, and together hoping there will be a stronger future for this historic little church which now remains as the only church between Launceston and Georgetown on the East Tamar.
THANKS to all who helped, and those who joined us in Celebration, and to the clergy at Holy Trinity Launceston whose patronage over the past six years has allowed St Mathias to remain a very special place to worship, or simply take time to reflect.
View here for a slide show of images taken over the weekend.
In November 2013 St Matthias Church was forcibly entered and the donations box was destroyed.
A local wood craftsman, John Tobin agreed to craft a new box of similar dimensions.
The resultant product is something that expresses both an understanding of how the box will function and his spirituality.
The box is made from Mountain Ash and features an inlaid cross made from Australian red cedar. The timber in the cross was retrieved from a creek bed in NSW and is carbon dated at 900AD.
A shield within the box reminds those who enter of Jesus’ words from John 20:17 when Mary tried to hold on to Jesus after his resurrection (in Latin: Noli Me Tangere- do not hold onto me).
The box is dowel jointed and expresses the very best work of this fine Tasmanian craftsman.