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Saint Augustine’s goes Chinese

April 28, 2016

A little bird in the Christian world tells me that the figures are not looking too good for St Augustine’s of Canterbury, on Unley Road next to the Unley Council offices.

The church, which dates back to 1870 is , I am told, virtually empty, with no permanent clergyman and a paltry 20-strong English-speaking congregation. On the Chinese side of the aisle the figure is a little better, with 6o or so Mandarin-speaking faithful and a permanent (ditto) priest.

Sad to see a beautiful house of God so ill-supported, and one can only wonder what the future holds.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2016 7:33 am

    This is my church.
    Wonderful to hear God’s word in Mandarin.
    Strong community of 80 Chinese.
    Future of bigger Chinese congregations.

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    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      April 29, 2016 8:52 am

      Good news, Mr Wong, if that’s your real name. Somehow, though, I schnell a rat.

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  2. April 29, 2016 2:12 pm

    Saint Augustine’s is also my church.
    A lovely old building that gives the community spiritual presence.
    It is so nice to hear the gospel in Mandarin.
    The congregation is growing through networking in the Chinese community.

    新年快樂

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  3. YoungerSlightlyGrumpy permalink
    April 29, 2016 4:24 pm

    The Chinese know the value of Christianity and are increasingly expressing it, with the Communist Government easing off a bit. We in the West seem determined to ignore our heritage.

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    • May 1, 2016 2:33 pm

      Yes, a bit sad. The values of yesterday are disappearing.
      Also affecting many older established ethnic communities eg. These days not many Greek and Italian youth now go to church.
      They turn up for the big events, but not each Sunday with their parents.

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