Community celebrates 150th anniversary of historic St Stephen's Anglican Church Kurrajong

Kurrajong Anglican Church celebrated the 150th anniversary of its St Stephen's church building on Sunday, April 7, and around 400 community members joined the fun.

Senior minister Shaun McGregor said it was a "terrific day", and thanked all involved. 

"God blessed us with beautiful weather," he said. 

"Around 220 people came along to the anniversary service and heard Archbishop Glenn Davies speak, and then we had a whole range of activities to celebrate."

Kids activities included face painting, Easter hat-making, jumping castle and petting zoo, and there were local produce and food stalls, historical tours through the church and graveyard, and antique machinery and vintage car displays.

A jazz band and boys choir visited from Barker College - the school that started in the loungeroom of the minister's residence at Kurrajong in the 1890s, before moving to its current location at Hornsby.

Bishop of Western Sydney, Ivan Lee, who began as a trainee minister at Kurrajong, said his time there as a 21-year-old in 1977 and 1978 had a "huge impact" on him.

"In short, those two years working with Neil Prott and the congregation gave me a deep love of the bible and a deep love of God's people which set me up for the next 40 years in ministry in six different churches," he said.

"I thank God for Kurrajong Anglican Church."

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