The Prayer Book Society of Australia (Victorian Branch) Inc. to be wound up
It is with some sadness that we announce that the Prayer Book Society of Australia (Victorian Branch) Incorporated is to cease operation.
At the Annual General Meeting in March this year the eleven members who attended asked that the Committee work towards finding a way forward for the future of the Society. Our numbers continue to decrease, and with the death of our Vice-Chairman Mr Clive Tadgell in July, the poor state of health and moves to residential care of both Mr Max Boyce, the former Secretary, and Mr Peter Prideaux, a former Committee Member, we have few people available to continue the Society’s functions.
At a Special General Meeting on Saturday 3 September 2022, at All Saints’ Church, East St Kilda, Melbourne, the following Special Resolutions were passed.
1. That most of the remaining funds of the Society (a sum of at least $15,000) be given to the Trinity College Theological School (TCTS) on trust to create an endowed fund:
(a) To support the teaching of a subject on the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) at TCTS (normally every three years), open to to all University of Divinity students (including TCTS students) and Ridley College students (subject to the regulations around transfer credits between the University of Divinity and the Australian College of Theology); and
(b) to provide each student of such subject with a copy of the BCP;
• This fund could be named “The Prayer Book Society Fund” or another appropriate name agreed to by the Prayer Book Society and Trinity College.
• Donations could be made in support of the fund at any point in the future.
• Instruction of this subject would be undertaken by a qualified full-time staff person at Trinity College or by a qualified sessional/adjunct instructor.
That the Society then makes an application to Consumer Affairs Victoria for voluntary cancellation of the Society.
Our membership has gradually diminished in number and ability to support the objectives of the Society. It is believed that the establishment of an endowed fund to support the teaching around, and the distribution of copies of, the Book of Common Prayer to students studying theology, especially those preparing for ordination, is the best way forward. The Terms of Reference for the Fund are in the final stages of being drawn up.
We hope to continue to provide information on this website about where and when Prayer Book Services are held in Victoria; as we have no knowledge of such services in regional areas, these are all in and around Melbourne. We do advise, however, that those intending to attend such services make contact by phone or email beforehand to make sure that the details are still correct.
A message from the Chairman, the Rev’d Tom Morgan, will be posted on this page shortly, and a Newsletter will be sent to all our the mailing list in the next few weeks.
234 Scotchmer Street, Fitzroy North 3068 .
Melbourne Parishes currently known to be using Prayer Book Services
Please check that these times are still correct.
(This list is still being compiled. If you know of more, or wish to make corrections, please email details to prayerbookBCP@gmail.com)
Brunswick, Christ Church
Ph 9380 1064, www.christchurchbrunswick.org
Camberwell, St John’s
6.00pm Evensong, 2nd Sunday
Ph 9882 4851, www.stjohnscamberwell.org.au
Camberwell, St Mark’s
11.00am, 5th Sunday
Ph 03 9882 3776, www.stmarkscamberwell.org.au/services
Melbourne CBD, St Paul’s Cathedral,
Sunday 4.00pm Choral Evensong
Tuesday to Friday 5.10pm Choral Evensong
Melbourne, St James Old Cathedral
10.00am, 2nd Sunday
Ph 9329 0903, www.sjoc.org.au
Melbourne, St Peter’s Eastern Hill
Sunday 9.00am (note new time)and Evensong 6.00pm
Ph 9662 2391, www.stpeters.org.au/index.shtml
St Kilda East, All Saints’
Sunday 8.30am and 10.00am, all weekday and special services,
and 5.00pm Evensong (1st Sunday)
Ph 9510 7689, www.allsaints.org.au
St Kilda East, St James the Great
Last Sunday of the month, 10.30am
Ph 9527 1017, firstname.lastname@example.org
South Yarra, Christ Church
Every Sunday 8.00am, and 6.00pm Evensong (4th Sunday)
Ph 9866 4434, www.ccsy.org.au
Doncaster, St David's
Ph 9842 9127, www.eastdoncaster.melbourneanglican.org.au
All Saints Anglican Church, East St Kilda, Victoria, Australia @2016