- Educating the Young
- Liturgy Changes (Prayer Books)
- New Planned Giving
- 1977-8 Marches and Civil Liberties
- Rector's Stipend
In May 1973, Fr. Jack Kruger, with his wife Joan, left to commence duties as Rector of St Augustine’s Hamilton. After an interregnum of about three months, during which Assistant Curates, Rev Michael Heywood and Rev Michael Stephenson, served the parish, Fr. Barry Greaves arrived. He trained at St Francis’ College, Milton and was Priested in 1962. He served in several parishes and the Bush Brotherhood of St Paul. Leaving the position of Headmaster at St Barnabas School, Ravenshoe, he became Rector of All Saints’. Fr Barry was an Assistant Curate at All Saints’ from 1961 to 1964 and Rector from 1973 till 1979 when he transferred to Boonah. His Induction Service at All Saints’ was held on September 15, 1973.
Val Kerr describes Barry:
Barry brought many fine attributes. A keen educator he encouraged and promoted study and led interesting bible study groups. Barry formed and mentored our first parish based EFM group. We said goodbye to the Book of Common Prayer and, with Barry’s instruction took up the new prayer book of the day – AAPB. Barry gave encouragement to women to take an active role in the liturgy. Barry related to the people as family, people responded likewise. He offered a special ministry to the CEBS movement. Barry left us to go bush to Boonah.
Educating the Young
Fr Greaves wrote on the difficulty of educating and counselling the young people in the parish. Everybody needed to try harder and parents had to educate the young people at home. The lack of teachers closed St Thomas’ Sunday School at the end of 1973 and All Saints’ had to limit new enrolments for the same reason. A child needs to worship with its family and enjoy the experience.
State School instruction was at Wavell Heights only, where two clergy saw about one third of the Anglicans enrolled. Lay people were needed to take on the task.
The Young Anglican Fellowship and the Younger Set had ceased to meet due to being too dependent on the clergy for organisation. Also the GFS needed more support while the CEBS was flourishing due to the leadership of Mr Peter Smith. The message was clear; leadership was needed at all levels. Also the young people of the 1970s were influenced by the changes of the 1960s. New approaches were badly needed to keep their interest as the old ways were no longer pertinent to the times.
In 1974-5 the traditional Religious Instruction at Wavell and Craigslea High Schools was abandoned in favour of other experimental approaches. However, the work in the Primary Schools was almost non-existent because of the lack of lay people trained to do this work.
A new program in the Sunday School at All Saints’, “Alive in God’s World” was being adopted. It worked from a child’s comprehension, and training teachers in the new ways had begun.
Fr Michael Stephenson was the Assistant Curate from 1972 to September 1975, at which time he became the Chaplain to Prince Charles Hospital. This meant that he was no longer at All Saints’ but working with the Diocese. Thus the Hospital was no longer the responsibility of the parish. Under Fr. Barry’s leadership the parish found itself launching on yet another phase of development and strengthening of ministry in several areas.
One of the most noticeable changes of the time was the inclusion of women on the Parochial Council at the Annual Meeting in 1974. He appointed Mrs W Wrench and Mrs B Richies while Mrs Tranberg and Mrs R Power were elected. The following year the Church Wardens reported that:
“the women were still finding their feet …….we feel that ….communications between the Council and the women parishioners in particular, and all parishioners, have improved.”
Liturgy Changes (Prayer Books)
As society changes the Church has to make adjustments in order to keep in touch with people if there is to be any evangelisation. The post 1950s have been a period of intense change necessitating changes in the forms of worship. One such area was in the language and prayers used in the services.
In March 1975 a questionnaire was sent out to parishioners asking their views on “Services of Australia 73” and if they were in favour of retaining this form of service. It used modern language and brought priest and congregation into closer touch. The response was favourable so it was used.
However, by April 1976 it was decided to vary the form so that the Parish continues to use Australia 73 and the prayer book service once a month. Use of morning and evening prayer at Sunday services was revised in the parish. Also a “service for marriage” was authorised for use in the parish for the next 12 months. A Committee of advice was set up to help the Rector in the use of music, the conduct of services for adults, for children and special services.
In May 1976 the implementation of study groups was under discussion and plans were being formulated to have day and night Bible study groups.
Then in July 1976 the Worship committee considered using some parts of the new Australia 77 trial service for daily services, funerals and communion. A general meeting of parishioners was called for August 1976 to explain and discuss the proposed changes. By May 1977 it was announced that a new prayer book was to be published and the first edition would be available by April 1978. This was An Australian Prayer Book (AAPB), a draft of which was commented on by the General Synod, Diocesan Synod and the Parish in August 1977. It was described as a Common Prayer Book with a variety of Services and more in tune with our conditions and way of life. It finally came into general use by April 1978.
In November 1978 a parish survey showed that the parishioners preferred Services from AAPB. Although only 36 forms were returned the AAPB was adopted for regular use and the Rector could use the Book of Common Prayer at his discretion.
After further revisions’ in 1995 a Prayer Book for Australia (APBA) was issued and accepted by All Saints’. It contains a variety of services for Baptism, Marriage, Eucharist and other ceremonies.
The first Parish Hall was the ex-army hut which was opened in 1953. It had managed to survive and withstand the assaults of generations of the younger, CEBS, GFS, YAF meetings and dances, ballgames, storms and cyclones. It had come to the end of its useful life and was to be demolished.
Fund raising for the new hall, which had been discussed since the mid 1960s, was launched in December 1976 with a Parish appeal for $30,000. 500 families on the Parish roll were visited and asked for help by pledging money to build the hall. Construction started in mid 1977 and was completed in time for Archbishop Felix Arnott to dedicate the building on November 5, 1977.
Ken Kerr adds: A tremendous amount of voluntary work went into the building in the form of painting, tiling, electrical work and cupboard making. This saved a lot of money and was the source of a time of great fellowship among the workers. One of the most enthusiastic workers was Eric Whiston who developed a “Buy a brick” campaign to raise money for the hall.
The only other building work to take place in 1977 was a minor “filling in” of the eastern annex at St Laurence’s to provide two reasonably sheltered rooms for the Sunday School and meetings.
New Planned Giving
Over the decades there had been many direct giving campaigns held since the one in1956. Some were run by outside organisations but most were run by the parish and proved successful. In May 1978 it was decided to contact the Promotions Dept of the Uniting Church of Victoria and seek their help to organise a campaign to raise money. They came and did so.
The Planned Giving dinner was held at Chermside Bowls Club and liquor was served. It seems that this might have been the first time it was allowed. The catering was done by the ladies of St Clements’ from Stafford.
By the December 1978 Council meeting the Stewardship Program pledges for three years amounted to $93,522 but the amount needed for the period would be $150,000. However, the Council was satisfied as there would be approximately another $15,000 from other sources. These would include the Annual Fete, Parish Ball, dances, stalls, walkathons, etc.
However the situation improved by February 1979 when the Stewardship pledges had risen to $104, 041.70
An indication of the increasing paper work involved in running the parish was the appearance of volunteers in the Parish Office. Finally, in May 1978 salaried Secretarial assistance was started. Mrs Yvonne Victor worked in the Rectory office from 9.30 to 12.30 Mon to Thurs and Mrs Pat Reibelt on Fridays. This service increased the cost to the parish but probably saved the Rector’s sanity. It should also be noted that these ladies, as with subsequent secretaries, have served many extra valuable hours of their own time.
1977-8 Marches and Civil Liberties
All Saints’, along with the other Christian denominations, decided not to hold their Palm Sunday procession. This was a protest against the perceived erosion of rights under the Government of the day in the banning of marches by non-violent groups. And it called on the Qld Govt to allow the exercise of the same democratic rights as in the other states. Council joined with the Uniting Church in its support for the aborigines of Aurukun and Mornington Island who were struggling to overcome enormous difficulties.
Another indication of the gradual inclusion of women in the ministry was manifest when Sideswomen were included with Sidesmen.
Like anybody else the Rector has to pay the bills for his family and from time to time the stipend was discussed. The rising cost of living ensured that the stipend had to keep rising.
In November 1978 when discussing stipends, Council considered that the stipend should be akin to a Salary of a Secondary School Subject Master i.e. about $17,121 pa. However, the Diocese fixes the basic stipend and in April 1979 it announced that the stipend had to be increased from $8,125 to $8,450 pa with the house, car, phone etc provided free by the Parish.
Another indication of the changes taking place in society was the establishment, in February 1979, of a Garden of Remembrance for parishioners’ ashes. It was located between the new hall and Hamilton Road. There was to be no plaques or monuments but the interments would be recorded in the parish documents. Fr Cordell installed a plaque to identify the Garden in 1996.
Fr. Barry’s ministry came to a close on Sunday, July 27, 1980, having accepted the parish of Christ Church, Boonah.