St Pauls Canterbury Church Events

St Pauls Canterbury Church hosts a wide variety of events every year.

Check out our Parish Calendar of Events to find out more!

Parish Events Calendar 2019


St Paul’s 2019 Parish Lunch –Patronal Festival

All are invited to celebrate our annual Patronal Festival on Sunday 30 June. After the 10 AM Service and refreshments there will be a catered Spit Roast luncheon in the Parish Hall commencing at 12.30 pm.

There is a RSVP form in the Narthex. If you are unable to make it to church, please RSVP via email to the Parish Office. 

Date: Sunday 30 June 2019

Time: 12pm for a 12:30pm start

Venue: Parish Hall


  • Adults: $35.00
  • 13-17 years: $15.00
  • 0-12 years: Free

*Money due to Bruce Brown by Sunday the 23rd of June.

Previous Events:

St Paul's Canterbury Christmas 2018

St Paul’s Canterbury Christmas 2018

2017 Parish Dinner


Calender of Events 2016

Christmas 2016 Flyer


Blessing of Pets 2016

Open Garden

Open Garden Oct16

Italian Family Dinner 

Italian Family Dinner Flyer 26May16

Biggest Morning Tea:

Biggest Morning Tea May16

St Paul’s Biggest Morning Tea, in the Parish Centre, after the 10am service, on Sunday 22nd May.
Please bring a plate to share.  Here is a link to some delicious recipes!


St Paul’s Fair:

Fair at St Paul's Canterbury April 2016

Fair at St Paul’s Canterbury April 2016


Easter Services:

Easter Services 2016

Easter Services at St Paul's Canterbury 2016

Easter Services at St Paul’s Canterbury 2016

Christingle Service:

5pm at St Pauls


The Christingle is a European custom that can be traced back 500 years.  The name means “Christ Light”.

  • The orange represents the world
  • The candle represents Jesus, the light of the world
  • The red ribbon reminds us of Jesus hugging the world
  • The fruit on the toothpicks represent the good things God has given us, the fruit of the earth that we must share.

Christmas Services – all welcome

Christmas Billboard 2015

 2015 Spring Concert

The National Australian Youth Choir and the National Australian Youth Dance Theatre Concert and Fundraising Event

Sunday 8th November, 3.00pm

St Paul’s Anglican Church Canterbury

Tickets are available through TryBooking on this link:
Tickets will also be available at the door.

‘Celebration of Spring’ Cocktail PartyCelebration of Spring 18Sep15

Date: Saturday 19th September

With guest speaker, a gardening expert – more information to come!  A very popular event last year, so mark the date!

Dinners for Eight

 Dates:  8th, 15th/16th & 22nd August

One of our best events of the year – dinner functions hosted by members of the congregation.  A great social fundraising evening!


Date:  Sunday 12 July 2015

Our Guest Preacher is Rev’d Helen Dwyer, Aboriginal Liaison Officer for the Victoria.  NAIDOC Week Celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  For more information, visit

St Paul’s Canterbury Patronal Festival and Family Dinner

Date:  Saturday 27 June 2015

Time: 5.45 pm – 9.00 pm

Cost: Adults $30.00; 13yrs + $15.00; up to 12yrs free  BYO

This is a night not be missed as we celebrate the Centenary of St Paul’s in Canterbury.

Join other parishioners and friends for a scrumptious dinner comprising:

Tender Roast Beef, Succulent Pork and Mouth Watering Lamb

  • cooked on the spit
  • Hot Potatoes, Sour Cream
  • A choice of six salads
  • A delicious Pavlova sweet
  • Tea and Coffee


  • Prizes for the best dressed person from 1915,1925,1945,1955,1965,1975
  • The launch of the St Paul’s Centenary Wine Range.

We’ll have a choice of high quality wines for you to taste and order

  • Games and quizzes for all ages.

Let us know you are coming by signing up in the Porch or contacting Bruce Brown on 0438 894 926 today!          Tickets are now available.


Dedication of St Paul's Anglican Church Canterbury 11th April 1915

Dedication of St Paul’s Anglican Church Canterbury 11th April 1915


The dedication took place April 11,1915, when crowded congregations attended the morning, afternoon and evening services, in spite of adverse weather conditions.

In the morning, Archbishop Clarke reminded the congregation that about two years ago, when services were held in a small wooden church, he had urged the establishment of a building fund and the erection of a permanent church.

He pointed out that the dedication of the church was in close connection with the Easter festival, and he asked the congregation to turn their thoughts to some of the things told in the Gospel.  “I am afraid”, the Archbishop continued, “I cannot say that the people of Australia are great readers of the Bible, I wish I could.  I am afraid that our generation – not only here, but elsewhere – is so filled with the affairs of this life that it has lost many of the pious hopes in domestic affairs of its predecessors.”

Referring to the war, Archbishop Clarke said, “The last nine months have been a time of great anxiety. We have suffered less in Australia than has been the case in England, France, Germany, Russia and many other places.  There has been a veritable visitation to the world, brought about by man’s passions, ambitions – by the desire to rule and to be supreme.  The nations of the earth have for many weeks now been engaged in deadly conflict to know who is to rule.  I want to say, however, that amid all this turmoil there is something else.  There is a coming of Christ to the nations – a speaking of Christ to His church.  I am happy to think there is some evidence throughout our own church that many people have recognised, the coming of the voice of Christ.  There has been a marvellous spirit of tenderness, of generosity and kindness towards many of the people who are suffering through the war.  There has been a warning, and an almost universal testimony in all our parishes of a Religious Awakening.

Oh, that this may continue!

Australia needs it.  We are so frivolous, kind-hearted always, but the ruling passion in most lives has been the desire to have a good time of life, with plenty of pleasure, and not to face the sterner duties that stand before every nation and people.  Christ is drawing near to us in our church and nation at the present time. Invite Him to stay!”

The new church is built of brick and stone, and cost £2700.

The building contractor – Mr. A Holmes of Malvern, seating contractors – Messrs Clarkson and McCartin of Clifton Hill and the Hon. Architect – Mr A. Carleton.

The grounds were prepared by a working bee of C.E.M.S and other men, thereby saving an outlay of £20.  The sum necessary for the church was raised by benefits such as bazaars, golden offerings and fetes, while £900 worth of debentures were issued to complete the amount.  All the furnishings are of Tasmanian hardwood, the pulpit being the gift of the Sunday school.  The organ cost £350.  The altar vestments were worked by ladies of the church.  The organist yesterday was Miss Hunter.  The vicar of the new church is Rev. C.D. Desailly, BD.

At the morning service the petition to the Archbishop praying that the church be licensed and dedicated was read by Mr. F. C. Parry.  A Children’s service was conducted during the afternoon by Rev C E Perry, M.A., and at night the preacher was Dean Godby.

Source: The Age, Monday 12 April 1915, p11 

St Paul’s Canterbury Market and Open Garden Fair

Market & Garden Fair Board

Online at

St Paul’s Church Street Canterbury Traditional Fair is on again!

Saturday 9 May 2015

9.30am- 3.00pm

Come and Enjoy:

  • Animal Farm
  • Arts & Crafts Stalls
  • Book Stall
  • Bric-a-Brac
  • Cakes
  • Car Boot Sale
  • Children’s Activities
  • Devonshire Tea
  • Jams and Relishes
  • Plants
  • Recycled Clothing
  • Sausage Sizzle and Drinks
  • Sensory Garden and Adventure Trail with Prizes
  • Open Gard designed by Janette Strachan and executed by John van de Linden,winner of the Gardening Australia competition 2008

 We will be hosting this exciting Fair in the builings and grounds of St Paul’s in Church St Canterbury whic runs for the Kindergarten on the Highfield Rd corner to the church on the Margaret St corner.

Melways 46 E11


Proudly supported by
Bendigo Bank Canterbury

For more information, contact:
June McKay +61 421 057 478 or

St Paul’s Canterbury Anglican Church – serving the Canterbury Community vicar [at] +61 3 9830 0729