A church for Tasmania, making disciples of Jesus
The Anglican Church is meeting in small groups around the State. If you want help finding a local church please contact us.
Mission region: Southern Mission Network
Contact person: Revd John McQuillan
Secretary: Mrs Vicki Roney
Treasurer: Mr Andy Causon
Telephone: 6264 2977
PO Box 253
HUONVILLE TAS 7109
St James' Church, Ranelagh
1 Louisa Street
St Luke’s Church, Judbury
1282 Glen Huon 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 two 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.
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).
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 - Vicki Roney 6266 4207.
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 'Huon Anglican'.