Recent Events

    Weekly worship is held at 5.30 pm at the Old Friary in the Chapel of St Mary, St Francis and St Clare.

Covid-safe plan for re-opening the Old Friary

posted Aug 29, 2020, 6:20 PM by Ian Ross

The MEC has in place a Covid-safe plan for the Old Friary which requires some restrictions compared to normal operations. In particular, food preparation is not routinely available, and there is one approved toilet (the new wheelchair-accessible toilet) as well as the usual signed directions and provision of a register and hand wash stations. We ask that all visitors abide by these regulations.

Proposal for the Future of the Old Friary

posted Sep 22, 2015, 4:46 AM by Ian Ross   [ updated Jun 8, 2016, 12:36 AM by Ian Ross ]

The Anglican Church is currently considering the future of the Old Friary.  We will do our best to keep people informed of the proposals and progress of the plans as they are announced by the Anglican Church.

International Labyrinth day

posted May 19, 2015, 6:41 AM by Ian Ross   [ updated Jun 12, 2016, 10:02 PM by Vivienne Binns ]

May 1st – Aimed at giving people a chance to walk the Labyrinth, take time in the Chapel for contemplation, and sit in quiet retreat with a cup of coffee at the Old Friary 139 Brookfield Road, Kenmore Hills, regrettably this event had to be cancelled owing to torrential rain. Apparently one brave soul showed up regardless!!  


Sacred Space - Sacred Rhythms - Sacred Future 'Insights from Celtic spirituality': Ray Simpson

posted May 3, 2015, 8:32 AM by Ian Ross   [ updated Jun 12, 2016, 10:00 PM by Vivienne Binns ]

A beautiful autumn day greeted 45 participants of this workshop to learn about Celtic spirituality through the ages, and to discuss the current revival in this ancient and moving approach to life.  Ray Simpson, Founding Guardian of the International Community of Aidan and Hilda, from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne UK, explained the origins of the celtic churches in the UK, its subsequent interactions with Roman Christianity, and explored why it appeals to people today. 

His calm, eloquent style also introduced us to the idea that the core approach of Celtic spirituality is completely appropriate for an Australian context and meshes well with the ancient approach to life of Australia's indigenous people.  Ray, along with an Australian theologian Brent Lyons Lee, has recently published a book "Celtic Spirituality in the Australian Landscape" which explores these ideas.  The beauty of the day was complemented by the gift of a piper in full regalia (the son of an audience member) who evoked the celtic roots of many Australians by piping us back into the chapel after one of the breaks. We only lacked a digerido player to represent a complementary sound of an Australian celtic approach!

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