"This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all."
1 John 1:5
St John the Evangelist Anglican Church is an historical church which was completed in 1878 of brick and stone in a sparing Gothic style by an architect called Edmund Blackett. It was named after John the apostle, who was also known as John the Evangelist. He was one of the first disciples whom Jesus chose, the brother of James, who was also an apostle, and the son of Zebedee a Galilean fisherman, and Salome. He was known for his zeal and also as a theologian. He was privileged to have written the fourth gospel account of Jesus, also the first, second and third letters of John, and the last book of the Bible, Revelation, a prophetic book, which was written when he was banished to the Island of Patmos. What an inspiring name for our church, to have a zeal to share God’s love to others and have a keen interest in the Bible as John did.
We are also privileged to worship in such a beautiful and historic building with amazing stained glass windows and an ornate, timber ceiling which has been built of local timber. The previous pioneers left a beautiful heritage for us to enjoy and take care of.
At St John’s we pride ourselves on not just our beautiful building, but also for our beautiful congregation of good solid Christian people who enjoy fellowship with one another. Our services are based primarily on the Holy Scriptures and especially on the life of Jesus Christ, as shown in the four gospel accounts. Bible readings are the main focus of our services and sermons usually emphasising practical points from these readings.
The atmosphere is friendly and inclusive for all. We enjoy the music of professional musicians which aids us in our singing. We also have strong outreach programs within the community which contribute to the stability and the love which abounds in our church. Our church is not a closed club. All are welcome to share in our worship as God’s people, who are endeavouring to shine as illuminators at this time in a dark world. Please come along as we invite you to see just how good church worship can be.
We also have two other churches within our parish, St Martins-by-the-Sea, Tathra and Christ Church, Bemboka. We also extend the same welcome for those wanting to attend these churches too, which receive the same attention as the main church in Bega.
The acting rector is Reverend Captain Stuart Haynes and along with his wife Katherine and teenage daughter Christina have been a force for good, since they arrived in the Bega Valley in 2015. We also have a number of leaders and wardens who take on the many tasks involved in looking after such a vibrant church as this. Our volunteers, some of whom are not that young are fine examples of having the true Christian spirit.
May we continue to have a share in growing God’s love as true Christians in the Bega Valley.
REV. CAPT. STUART HAYNES Rev. Capt. Stuart Haynes, studies at School of Christian Studies with Moore College lecturers. And completed his Bachelor of Theology at St Marks College Canberra.
He has been leading in ministry for 20 years in a variety of roles from youth minister to Senior Pastor/ Minister.
He and his wife Capt. Katherine lived in Bermagui and were married at Cobargo. They have worked for Bush Church Aid as missionaries for 8 years working in purpose-built mining towns of central Queensland.
A passion that he has is to help people understand the Bible and live out their purposes in life for Jesus.
He is preacher, pastor, priest and drummer who has a real heart for the people here in the Bega Valley.
Love to see you at church!