The Anglican Church is meeting in small groups around the State. If you want help finding a local church please contact us
PO Box 253
HUONVILLE TAS 7109
St James' Church, Ranelagh
1 Louisa Street
St John's Church, Franklin
3328 Huon Highway
St Luke's Church, Judbury
1282 Glen Huon Road
St Peter's Church, Geeveston
25 Arve Road
The parish, which is the southernmost in the Anglican Church in Australia, had its beginnings in 1839 with the consecration of a wooden church (St Mary's) built for the settlement by Lady Franklin. St Mary's was replaced by St John's Church, designed by the great Pugin disciple Henry Hunter which was consecrated in May 1864.
It is a gem of a small 19th Century gothic revival church and is heritage listed. In the 1840s there was also a stone church at Southport associated with the Probation station. The first church of St James', Ranelagh was built in 1853 in brick. This was replaced by another Hunter designed timber church in 1880 but was unfortunately destroyed by fire in 1885.
The current church, also heritage listed, was completed in 1896. The existing church was consecrated by Bishop Montgomery on 8 November 1896.
By the second half of the 19th Century the Parish included the Huon Valley, the Channel and the Far South with 12 church centres. It was a big area on horseback or foot for a rector. Towards the end of the latter half of the 19th century Cygnet-Channel became a separate parish. By the 1940's the Huon had become three parishes all with rectories: Franklin, Geeveston and Esperance.
The latter half of the 20th century saw the gradual amalgamation back to one parish. In recent times many churches have been either sold or destroyed by bush fires. These include:
Currently about 50 people regularly worship each Sunday in the parish which comprises five centres. It boasts a picturesque landscape of sweeping hills, rivers, mountains and fertile valleys, and is known for its diversity in agriculture, fisheries and forestry. The area borders the Hartz Mountains and South West National Park.
Franklin - 3328 Huon Highway, Franklin (drive up the road next to the Antique shop; it is set up on a rise overlooking the highway parallel to Church Street).
Judbury - 1282 Glen Huon Road, Judbury (coming from Glen Huon after crossing the Huon River bridge, it is on the right hand side of the road opposite the sports/recreation ground)
Ranelagh/Huonville - 1 Louisa Street, Ranelagh (coming from Huonville along Wilmot Road it is on the left handside of the road after crossing the Mountain River bridge and immediately after a long sweeping corner opposite the Matildas B & B accommodation).
Geeveston - 25 Arve Road, Geeveston (car park access is off Church Street next to the Forest and Heritage centre).
Franklin is set on the Huon River 49km south of Hobart and 9km from Huonville. It is a small rural town with a population of between 500 and 1000. It has a primary school, a wooden boat school and new restaurants along with a local hotel and various small shops.
Huon Eldercare is situated at Franklin and provides 81 beds: six rural health beds for people who have left hospital but are unable to return home and 75 beds for elderly people needing residential care. Several parishioners from the parish are actively involved in Eldercare as board members and carers.
For day to day needs contact Marie Bird.
Geeveston is a small rural town 72km south of Hobart and 30km from Huonville with some interesting social features. It is set at the doorway to much of Tasmania's logging industry. More recently it is finding a new identity as a tourist town and has been actively looking for ways to value add small business initiatives into its life.
The health of the town has improved so much that vandalism has decreased in the district and it is used as an example for other small towns in Tasmania. Geeveston has been featured on an ABC Land Line program. It boasts an Airwalk which is a major tourist attraction. Several members of St Peters congregation are part of the Green Jackets who act as guides at the Heritage and Forestry Centre.
Some are also active in the streetscape project and in individual acts of kindness such as delivering wood to single parent families in the middle of winter. They believe they are recognised in the community for their faith, togetherness and love. They are involved in the Huon Op Shop, lawn mowing and the Fusion Family Day and are looking for more ways of 'connecting' with their community.
Contacts - Revd Elizabeth Wells 6297 1252, Neville Stewart 6297 1201
St Luke's is in a rural setting 13km west from Huonville and 51km south from Hobart. It was first established in May 1954. Worship services are held on the first and third Sunday of the month. Local Uniting Church members also attend.
On the alternate week, Anglicans worship in the Uniting Church at Judbury and Glen Huon.They are a close knit community who support each other. There is a particularly strong relationship between the Uniting and Anglican congregations which is lived out through shared worship and guild meetings. They are committed to the training of lay people in pastoral care and counselling and are key players in the Parish Op Shop in Huonville, which is a vital ministry of the parish.
For day to day needs contact Sallie Wallis - 6266 0265
St James' Ranelagh lies on the western edge of Huonville, the major town of the Huon Valley. It is about 40km from Hobart. Set on the banks of the Huon River, Huonville is a major shopping (rapidly developing) and business centre and has a large primary school and high school. There is a Sunday school that corresponds with services at St James', that occurs in the church hall from 9:30-10:15am. Here the children learn about Christian life through music and play. The school has a dedicated group of teachers who are supervised by Mrs Yvonne Mitchell.
The congregation appreciates a Bible-focussed sermon. The St James' congregation is a stable community with strong family and friendship roots, which cross several generations. Many are actively involved in service organisations in the community as well as the Parish Op Shop in Huonville and see this as an integral part of their Christian life and witness. Some members are keen to explore a range of styles of worship, which would be attractive to families and young people and are committed to developing youth and young adult ministry and more engagement with the community at large.
Contacts - John Sangster 6266 3193 and Sonia Fluke 6264 3493.
The Op Shop located on Wilmot Road is actively involved in the community offering a free pick up service of donations and supplying wood during winter, free delivery to those in need. The volunteers work closely with the Huonville schools, involved in several projects developed in conjuntion with the Department of Education.
At Huon Elder Care Revd Elizabeth Wells not only coordinates the pastoral/spiritual needs of the clients/patients, as well offers a communal service every 2nd Tuesday of the month.
The Anglican Outreach Team is a dedicated group of parishioners who provide(fresh or frozen) meals for people in need or experiencing an acute crisis in their life.
See Facebook page 'Anglican Parish of Huon'.