About

Welcome to St Peter’s!

St Peter's Hornsby Anglican Church This church is people who want to grow together in the grace, love and knowledge of the God of the Bible. As in 2 Thessalonians 1:3, we seek ‘To grow abundantly in faith and love.’ We have different activities and groups to help people put their faith into loving action.

If you are confused, unsure of what you believe, you are welcome!

If life has trampled you and you need a place to find people who care and pray, you are welcome!

If you are going well, and God is blessing you, you are welcome!

If you have just left a church because of a fight or split, first, go back & seek to be reconciled, then (if possible) leave them in good faith, and come join us, you are welcome!

If you want to be in a church where you can encourage others and grow while you do, you are welcome!

To get started you can:

  • Drop us an line at stpeters@hornsbyanglican.org.au and we’ll connect you to the right groups and people
  • Join our 8am or 10am Sunday services. Find out more here
  • Join an upcoming event here

Facilities:

  • Street parking
  • Off-street parking
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Induction loop for those with hearing difficulties
  • AV equipment

Statement of Belief

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit and contains all things necessary for salvation.

Deuteronomy 4:1-2Psalms 119:1189105Isaiah 40:8Matthew 22:29John 5:3916:13-1517:17Romans 15:42 Timothy 3:15-17Hebrews 1:1-24:121 Peter 1:252 Peter 3:16

Trinity

God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.

Deuteronomy 6:4Isaiah 61:1Matthew 28:19Mark 1:9-11Luke 1:35John 5:21-2314:1016Romans 8:9-111 Corinthians 8:62 Corinthians 13:14Hebrews 1:8-10James 2:19

The Father

God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present and unchanging. God is good. He is our Father; loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.

Exodus 3:14Numbers 23:19Leviticus 11:44-4519:2Psalm 11:4-6Malachi 3:6John 3:164:245:2614:1Acts 17:28Romans 3:3-4

The Son

Jesus Christ is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, as our representative of the human race before God the Father, he died in our place as a substitution for us. The Father raised him to new life and he defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have life.

Isaiah 7:1453Matthew 1:18-233:178:2914:3316:1628:5-6Luke 22:7024:46-47John 1:11410:3011:25-2717:1-5Acts 1:92:22-247:55-56Romans 1:3-43:23-268:1-310:41 Corinthians 8:62 Corinthians 5:19-21Gal 4:4-5Philippians 2:5-11Colossians 1:152:91 Timothy 2:5-63:16

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit’s presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.

Genesis 1:2Psalm 51:11139:7 ff.Isaiah 61:1-3Joel 2:28-32Mark 1:10Luke 1:354:111:1312:12John 15:2616:7-14Acts 1:82:1-413:2Romans 8:9-1114-1626-271 Corinthians 3:16Ephesians 1:13-142 Peter 1:21Revelation 22:17

Eternity

People were created to exist forever. All will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven.

John 3:1636Romans 6:231 John 2:255:11-13Revelation 20:15

Mankind

Mankind is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Mankind was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, mankind cannot attain a right relationship with God through their own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Genesis 1:26-302:718-223Psalms 8:3-632:1-551:5Isaiah 6:5Jeremiah 17:5Acts 17:26-31Romans 1:19-323:10-18235:66:67:14-251 Corinthians 1:21-3115:1921-22Ephesians 2Colossians 1:21-223:9-11

Salvation

The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.

Isaiah 1:1853:5-655:7Matthew 1:2127:22-6628:1-6Luke 1:68-692:28-32John 1:123:16365:24Acts 2:214:1216:30-31Romans 1:16-183:23-255:8-1061 Corinthians 1:182 Corinthians 5:17-20Galatians 2:203:13Ephesians 2:8-10Philippians 2:12-13Hebrews 9:24-28Revelation 3:20

The Church

The Church is a local community of believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.

Matthew 16:18-1918:15-20Acts 2:41-475:11-1413:1-314:2316:520:28; 1 Corinthians 7:179:13-1412Ephesians 1:22-232:19-223:10-125:22-32Colossians 1:183:151 Timothy 4:141 Peter 5:1-4Revelation 21:2-3

History of the Church

The Stained Glass Windows

Every window in St Peter’s is stained glass, mostly depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. The “tripartite” East window was installed in the new church in 1924 as a memorial to the 19 men of the parish who were killed in the first World War (1914-18). The left hand window depicts St Peter. The 18 stained glass windows in the body of the church were installed as memorials from 1950s to 1970s. The porch window, installed in 1998 at the Centenary of St Peter’s, depicts the commissioning of St Peter by Jesus to be the leader of the early Christian Church. Further information on the windows is available in a pamphlet.

In 2004 new coverings for the main windows and those along the Pacific Highway side of St Peter’s were installed.

Church Timeline

  • 1898 Opening of first church
  • 1912 Parish of St Peter’s Hornsby
  • 1913 First church destroyed by bushfire
  • 1923 Present church built (Original church repaired and used as hall)
  • 1929 Pipe organ purchased from St Stephen’s Willoughby
  • 1957 Church badly damaged by bushfire
  • 1966 Rectory built next to church
  • 1984 Parish centre built
  • 2003 Mandarin Service began
  • 2004 New Rectory purchased in Hornsby
  • 2004 First full time minister for Hornsby Anglican Chinese Church appointed
  • 2004 Sunday Evening Service begun again
  • 2008 Hornsby Anglican Chinese Church becomes a Provisional Parish
  • 2014 Thursday lunch-time Easy English Church Service begun

St Peter’s Rectors

  • 1896-1901 Reverend Raymond King
  • 1901-1902 Reverend Robert Livingstone
  • 1902-1912 Reverend Sydney Edgar Langford Smith
  • 1912-1924 Reverend Arthur Leslie Wade
  • 1924-1930 Reverend William Gordon Nesbit
  • 1930-1939 Reverend Ernest Cameron
  • 1939-1944 Reverend Colin Ernest Burgess
  • 1944-1948 Reverend George Thorold Earp
  • 1949-1964 Reverend Raymond Stafford Chapple
  • 1964-1976 Reverend Alan William Setchel
  • 1976-1980 Reverend Edward George Newing
  • 1980-2003 Reverend Barry Johnson Bevis
  • 2004-2016 Reverend Robert John Denham