Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Why do people come to our churches in North Sydney and Greenwich?

Because we offer worship in a traditional Presbyterian style, good preaching, and a commitment to social justice.

Q: Where do members of the congregation come from?

Members of the congregation come from various suburbs around Sydney and not just the North Shore. We also have people from overseas as members of the congregation.
Every Sunday the Chinese Christian Bilingual Church has a service at St Peter’s at 11.45 am.
A Welsh congregation comes on the second Sunday of each month to St Peter’s to a service, half in Welsh and half in English, followed by supper together.
Currently, there is also a Brazilian church group meeting in the St Peter’s church hall.

Q: Can I get married in your churches?

St Peter’s and the Taylor Memorial Church at Greenwich are popular for weddings and we have at least 50 weddings a year. The ambience of the Church together with a sympathetic approach to the wishes of the couple help to ensure a wedding you will remember. For further information, see our weddings page

Q: Are children welcome?

Children are definitely welcome at both our churches. In St Peter’s we have set aside an area of the Church where parents can be with their children and still be part of the service. We also have Bible story books available for children too young to attend Sunday School. Sunday School is held each Sunday in school term time at 10 am for children 3 and a half years of age and up. Older children are given numerous opportunities to make a contribution to the Church services.

Q: What other activities are there in the Parish?

The Greenwich church holds a monthly Greenwich Conversation in the Greenwich church hall, at which the minister Rev Dr Steven Pym interviews in detail a public figure. The evenings are increasingly popular with those within the church and beyond.
 
On Wednesdays at 2 pm, a mothers and babies group meets on the St Peter’s lawn at North Sydney – or, if raining, in The Sunday School Room behind the Church – details are on facebook at 'St Peters Mums and Bubs'.
 
The weekly lunchtime service at St Peter’s on Thursdays at 1.15 pm attracts workers from offices in North Sydney while special Christmas services at both churches are designed to appeal to people who aren’t normal church goers – outside carol services, sausage sizzles etc.
 
Numerous concerts are held in the church with its fine organ and resident Cantorion Choir (in the Welsh male voice tradition).

Q: What social outreach does the church involve itself in?

The church has a program of annual donations to overseas missionaries and medical workers, who are invited to speak to the congregation when home, and to Allowah Presbyterian Children’s Hospital (for children severely disabled), which periodically sends speakers.
The congregations support with donations of goods the Presbyterian Park Patrol which delivers daily to homeless Sydney people food and clothing, and at Christmas the TEAR fund, which gives practical aid to disadvantaged communities, both overseas and within Australia.