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On Saturday 5 May between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm a book launch - A Sacred Heritage - at historic St John's Anglican Church, Coromandel Valley, outlines 145 years of history of the church entwined with the history of its surrounding community. St John's Anglican Church has played a pivotal part in the rich history of Coromandel Valley.
The foundation stone of St John's Church was laid in 1872, with Bishop Augustus Short, first bishop of the Adelaide diocese, officiating. The first service was held on 11 May 1873.
In 1895 the Parish of Coromandel Valley was constituted and the Rev. K W Pobjoy appointed as its first priest. The apse and small vestry were added and dedicated in 1907 and in 1973 a larger vestry was built commemorating the centenary. A memorial garden was established, and then a pipe organ donated by Maurice Carter was installed in 1986. A church hall was built in 1990.
A standout feature of the church is the collection of beautiful stained glass and lead-light windows, a project begun in 1995, supported by a grant from the City of Happy Valley Community Arts Program.
St John's Coromandel Valley, a painting by Barbara Bedford
A Sacred Heritage is the story of the establishment of St John's Anglican Church and its integral part in the history of the local community. This booklet records some stories from the last century and a half. It can only be a small part of the significant contribution made by the church and its congregation to the rich heritage of the local area. In May 2018 St John's Church will have been a continuous focus of Christian worship and ministry for almost a century and a half.