It was St Paul's Centenary in 2005 and lots of events helped celebrated it.
Centenary Event: Memorial Evensong
The Centenary Memorial Evensong was held on 24 April 2005. This event took place to remember the First World War guys listed on the honour board and the St Paul's community of 1905.
St Paul's Centenary Calendar
The 2005 St Paul's Centenary Calendar offered twelve stunning photographs of St Paul's Beaconsfield, taken by photographer Jo Trevalyan.
Consecration of Memorial Garden
's Anglican Church community in
held a special ceremony by the new Archbishop of
The Most Reverend Roger Herft, to consecrate a reserved site in the Church gardens for the burial of ashes on Saturday 17th September at 11am. The Archbishop conducted a ceremony to consecrate the site which will allow the local community to request the Church's Garden of memory for the burial of ashes.
"Human beings have sensed the mystery of death and the pain of grief, since time immemorial," Archbishop Herft said.
"Every society has developed rites to mark the passage from life through death and to commemorate the dead.
"The wounds of grief need time and care to heal. The interment of the ashes of a loved one in a setting that is connected to the joys of life lived and shared helps this process, by enabling us to acknowledge our loss, give thanks for the person’s life and begin to take up living once more.
"Knowing that the remains of a loved one are in a place of significance helps bring back memories of life and comfort when visiting the site.
"This beautiful garden of memory at St Paul’s Beaconsfield which will be set aside and blessed as sacred ground for this purpose will be a place of prayer and meditation for those who come to remember, reflect and hope in God's goodness to us all. It is appropriate that we are surrounded by the remains of those saints who have gone before us into God’s nearer presence."
A memorial book will be kept at the Church as a record for loved ones and family of those whose ashes are buried in the garden.
For more information about applying for the burial of ashes in the
of Memory please phone Revd Peter Humphris or Church secretary Val Pearson on 9335 2242 during office hours.
This special day was part of the
’s Centenary Celebrations and fund raising efforts for the Church restoration.
See summary and photographs of Memorial Garden Day in Reflections.