The Font, used for Baptisms, stands in front of the Western Door, the main entry to the Church. The Font has eight sides, which symbolise that through Baptism we are a new creation. Seven sides represent the seven days of creation from the story in Genesis while the eighth side represents one new day – your day of Baptism.
The Nave is the central approach to the Altar, and is the main body of the Church. The pews are made from silky oak. Plaques acknowledge those who have contributed to the restoration of these original pews.
The Sanctuary at eastern end of the Church, is where the Altar is located. The reredos is the panelling on the east wall behind the Altar and is made from silky oak. It was installed and consecrated in 1937 in memory of Louisa Ellen Fellows. The Altar table, made of cedar, was originally located under the reredos. It was moved when liturgical decisions were made that the Priest should face the congregation during the Eucharist / Holy Communion Service. The Eucharist is celebrated in remembrance of the Last Supper and that Christ died for us. The colour of the frontal is changed to reflect the Church Calendar. The linens used to cover the table and to adorn various parts of the Church have been lovingly made by many of the parishioners both past and present.
Stained Glass Windows
This window is one of two in stained glass and depicts the Resurrection of Christ. It was installed in 1993. Plans are underway to replace the original timber windows with new stained glass in keeping with modern liturgical imagery. If you would like to know more about this Project please contact The Rector.
The Bell Tower was added in 1915 through the generous donation of Miss Elizabeth Woodland. It was dedicated to the memory of her father, Samuel, who was Sunday School Superintendent and her mother, Mary. The Bell was dedicated to the memory of “an East London server of the Vicar and those fallen in war.”
The Pulpit, from which sermons were traditionally presented, is dedicated to the memory of Corporal Frederick Storey who was killed at Gallipoli on 5 August 1915.
The Pipe Organ
The Reverend William Francis Gore is believed to have built the organ in England. Gore immigrated to Australia & was Rector of All Saints’ Church, Parramatta, NSW 1849-1862. Members of the Gore family lived in Yandilla, Queensland, and records show that Rev. Gore celebrated baptisms in that area from 1859.
Gore’s contribution to worship at All Saints’ Church, Yandilla, is recognised in stained glass windows sent out from England after his death in 1885. The organ was brought to Australia around this time and initially installed in the Yandilla Church. In 1915 St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Lutwyche, purchased the organ and in 1929 St Andrew’s sold the organ to St John’s.
St John’s recently launched Project Organ with the aim of raising $160,000 to restore the organ and extend its range. Donation envelopes are available in the Church. We thank you for your support.
Remembering the names of those parishioners who have passed away and candles are lit in their memory by loved ones.