St James' Church Bicentenary
(Community Recognition Statement, 16 October 2019, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate, I wish to record congratulations to St James’ Church King Street on 200 years of contribution to Sydney’s religious, cultural and artistic life in October 2019.
With Governor Lachlan Macquarie laying the foundation stone in October 1819, St James’ is the oldest church building in Sydney, and has been in continuous use from its consecration in 1824 to today. With modifications and renovations over the years, the building remains an important historical and architectural site.
St James’ hosts important civic events and provides programs for the local community, including people who are homeless. St James’ takes great pride in its musical tradition, with a professional choir, public performances and music at regular services. As part of the bicentenary, they aim to replace the significant pipe organ that is now at the end of its performing life – a huge project that is vital for this tradition and for which I wish them the best.
St James’ is an inclusive church, welcoming all people ‘regardless of age, race, sexual orientation or religion’. I commend all those involved with the church and its community.