St Paul’s Anglican Church Byron Bay
St Paul’s is the largest and most modern Anglican Church at the Byron Bay end of the Parish and was consecrated in 1961. It is situated in the CBD of Byron Bay and opposite the growing Byron Bay Primary School where we have had a long relationship. In the past few years the Parish Council has been considering its vision for a church more integrated into a changing local community. As part of this vision it has been carpeted and chairs installed so that the space can be used for multiple purposes. The church has a new sound system and large screen TV used during services. This journey will continue as we try to discover the best ways of mission and ministry for this area.
St. Martin’s Anglican Church Mullumbimby
St Martin’s is a war memorial church opened in 1925. St. Martin’s church bell tower was restored in 2009 with considerable support from the parish, the community and government and non-government agencies. The pipe organ leads worship and the Organ Restoration fund supports the upkeep of the organ. There has been a move towards a more contemporary and language inclusive liturgy within the Anglican tradition. To facilitate this and for other special services, a screen, data projector and sound system was installed in 2014. Concerts are held in the church. The vestry was extensively renovated in 2010.
All Souls Anglican Church Bangalow
All Souls is traditional inside with stained glass windows including the Good Shepherd window which was originally in Holy Trinity Church, Federal. It has traditional pews and organ and also a keyboard. Prayer and hymn books are used although there is a fixed screen for PowerPoint presentations. It has been used for musical events and meetings and is situated at the end of the main street. The challenge to reach out to the many young families in the area is ongoing as Bangalow is a vibrant and growing area.
Outer Centre Church Locations
St Columba’s Church Ewingsdale
St Columba’s Church was built in 1914 and dedicated 1 March 1915. St Columba’s Church is situated within the Heritage listed area on William Flick Lane, off Ewingsdale Road seven kilometres west of Byron Bay.
Adjoining the church are the Ewingsdale Community Hall, built in 1908 and the avenue of weeping figs planted by school children in the 1930’s. This beautiful area offers a peaceful green rural setting for residents and visitors and is extremely popular as a wedding venue and used for a variety of celebrations. St Columba’s forms part of the Ewingsdale Community Precinct and is supported by a strong, active Community Association. St Columba is due to be closed as a worship centre under the Diocese restructure. Its future is yet to be determined.
St. Thomas’ Brunswick Heads
Situated in the middle of Brunswick Heads town, it is a wooden building in good repair. It is in walking distance of most of the township, although worshippers also come from rural areas and Ocean Shores.
The rear hall is permanently leased.
Brunswick Heads was originally a fishing village and now retains much of that character. It is now predominately residential, with a large proportion of rental properties and a holiday area. It has three large caravan parks and many holiday lettings. Just to the south is a small modern residential area named Bayside Brunswick.