19 May 2024

Priest-sharing parish celebrates 40 years

St James’ Croydon Hills has seen some changes in its 40 years. Picture: St James’ Croydon Hills

Maya Pilbrow

22 May 2023

St James’ Croydon Hills will celebrate its fortieth anniversary this June, a milestone for a church that has had to adapt to stay viable.

St James’, which shares a vicar with St Mark’s Wonga Park, will commemorate being consecrated in 1983 with a service on Trinity Sunday, 4 June officiated by Bishop of Jumbunna the Right Reverend Dr Paul Barker.

The church began as an offshoot of St John’s Croydon. Financial issues meant St James’ couldn’t afford a full-time priest on their own, so they merged with St Mark’s twenty years ago.

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Vicar the Reverend Leroy Coote said the parish was one community operating out of two church centres.

He said he preached at 9am at Wonga Park each Sunday before driving the ten minutes to Croydon Hills for the 10.30 service.

Mr Coote said people would be received and confirmed during the special service. He said a lunch following the service had been organised by a few parishioners.

“It’s about celebrating 40 years of what God has done,” he said.

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