In accordance with current COVIDSafe requirements church services have reduced capacity.
When attending a service at any of our churches, we ask that you observe all COVIDSafe requirements, as advised by the Victorian Government.
We hope you can join us.
at Ss Johns', Colac
8am Holy Communion
at Ss Johns', Colac
9.30am Holy Communion
(1st & 3rd Sunday of each month)
at St Andrew's, Alvie
(2nd & 4th Sunday of each month)
at Christ Church, Birregurra
11am Holy Communion
at Ss Johns', Colac
FEAST DAYS &
Please check our Events Calendar for Feast Day Services and other service timings and locations.
ABOUT THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
About the Book of Common Prayer: The First Book of Common Prayer was published in 1549 during the reign of King Edward VI of England. This original Prayer Book was compiled under the editorship of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, who was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1532, and who had led the Church during the early phase of the English Reformation during the latter half of the reign of King Henry VIII. The Prayer Book was revised in 1552, repudiated under Queen Mary (who restored Roman Catholicism in England), and then was brought back under Queen Elizabeth I when she acceded to the throne in 1558. The Prayer Book was again repudiated under Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth, before being restored in its present form in 1662, following the Restoration of King Charles II. Because of its history, the Book of Common Prayer is inseparable from Anglican identity – it preserves much of the pre-Reformation Catholic “use” of Sarum (translated into English) while simultaneously giving expression to the Protestant doctrines of justification and salvation by faith alone. It is for this reason that Anglicanism is often referred to as being both “Catholic and Reformed” and described as the “via media” (“middle way”) between Roman Catholicism, on the one hand, and more extreme versions of Protestantism on the other. Although most Anglican churches now utilise more contemporary prayer books (like the APBA), according to the Constitution of the Anglican Church of Australia the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, together with the Thirty-nine Articles, constitute the ‘authorised standard of worship and doctrine in this Church’. While the use of contemporary prayer books is both necessary and appropriate, for many Anglicans there remains nothing more quintessentially Anglican than the dignified, reverent, and awe-inspiring language of the Book of Common Prayer.
ABOUT 'A PRAYER BOOK FOR AUSTRALIA'
Most of the services of worship that take place in our parish are according to A Prayer Book for Australia 1995 (APBA). APBA represents the culmination of the process of “Liturgical Renewal” which occurred in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other churches from the 1960s onwards. APBA incorporates much of the best-loved parts of the Book of Common Prayer, while also incorporating elements from early-Christian sources (including the Didache of the late-1st/early-2nd century) and giving expression to insights learned as part of the 19th century Liturgical Movement and the 20th century Ecumenical Movement.
Church of England Daily Prayer
Morning and Evening Prayer
Ss Johns', Colac Playgroup
Ss Johns’ Playgroup meets in the hall at Ss Johns’ Church between 1-3pm every Tuesday during term time. Although we meet in the church hall, we are an ecumenical, multicultural playgroup welcoming pre-schoolers and their parent/grandparent/carer, from all backgrounds, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and those with no particular faith. Families can join us any time, for as long as suits them, between 1 and 3pm and the Tuesdays. We have play stations set up within the hall, using a rotation of our age-appropriate toys, along with ride-on trikes. The children enjoy sitting together and sharing fruit, preparing the children for Kindergarten and reinforces what happens at child care for those who attend. The adults also enjoy sharing a fruit platter and chatting. We ask each family to bring a piece of fruit for sharing, and a gold coin donation to help cover the costs of using the hall.