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St. John's Anglican Church, Toorak

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Published July 13th 2017
Cross my heart; this church is one for the masses
St. John The Evangelist is an Anglican church situated in Toorak on Clendon Road. A drive on Toorak Road will inevitably allow you to see this church as it is right at the intersection of Orrong Road.

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Spire at St. John's

Look out for the magnificent spire housing the carillon bells which call the congregation to services on Sunday mornings. For those who have never been to a church before, St. John's Toorak is the perfect place to attend a communion service to see what is it all about. The people running the church as well as the churchgoers are the utmost friendly toward newcomers.

Stepping through the wooden double doors, a long nave greets the eye drawing its gaze toward the altar wherein the priests conduct their weekly ceremonies.

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Nave expanding into the altar with transepts on either side

Stained glass windows embellish the church as do various murals and liturgical artefacts, adding to the solemnity and grandiose of the space.

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Stained glass window above the altar

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Memorial murals

In the vestry, further displays of historical church artefacts can be found although it is unlikely that the regular attendee will be able to examine them without prior appointment.

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Plans and illustrations of St. John's Toorak

The organ is one of the reasons why it is a good idea to attend a Sunday service. During school terms, a professional choir leads the congregation under the masterful direction of Christopher Cook. St. John's Toorak has a very strong musical element entrenched within their services.

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The three manual organ at St. John's Toorak

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A delight to hear played

After the service, a light morning tea is offered where you can learn more about the church. St. John's Toorak is also a child-friendly church with special children's addresses during the 10am Sunday Mass as well as a Sunday school program.

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Relax outside and enjoy the trees

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Against the evening sky
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Why? Traditional liturgical music and worship
Phone: (03) 9826 1765
Where: 86 Clendon Rd, Toorak VIC 3142
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