With the impending sale of one of their church properties, St Anne’s Strathfield was faced with the obvious question – “What should we do with the money?”.
But as a wish list of important projects no doubt began swirling through their minds, the parish was confronted with another question, this time from their regional Bishop – “Why don’t you give it away?”
And that’s precisely what St Anne’s chose to do.
While a proportion will be retained for important ministry upgrades on site in Strathfield, the majority (expected to be in the order of $2.5 million!) will go directly to fund the construction of a new church at Marsden Park in Sydney’s north-west – one of Growth Corp’s major greenfields projects in Sydney’s new land release areas.
Archbishop Kanishka Raffel turned the first sod on the Marsden Park site earlier this year and now, thanks to the generosity and vision of St Anne’s and other donors, a fantastic new facility is not too far away for Life Anglican Church that has been meeting in the nearby Richard Johnson Anglican College for the past six years.
At the sod-turning, the Archbishop referred to “a deep and beautiful connection” across our diocesan fellowship that makes projects like Marsden Park possible as we “come together for a gospel purpose”.
It’s hard to imagine a better example of that deep and beautiful connection than a church using the inheritance it had itself received from previous generations to create a gospel legacy in other areas for generations to come.