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Church by the Bridge

St John the Baptist Church, Kirribilli, pictured in 2007

Location in greater metropolitan Sydney

33°50′48″S 151°12′47″E / 33.846594°S 151.212942°E / -33.846594; 151.212942Coordinates: 33°50′48″S 151°12′47″E / 33.846594°S 151.212942°E / -33.846594; 151.212942
Location 7-9 Broughton Street, Kirribilli, Sydney, New South Wales
Country Australia
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Evangelical
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History
Dedication Saint John the Baptist
Architecture
Status Church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Edmund Blacket
Architectural type Church
Style Romanesque Revival
Years built 1884–1909
Administration
Parish Kirribill
Diocese Sydney
Clergy
Senior pastor(s) Rev. Paul Dale

Church by the Bridge is an Anglican church at 7–9 Broughton Street, Kirribilli, on the lower north shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Church by the Bridge meets in St John the Baptist Church. The purpose of Church by the Bridge is to both reunite people who have put their trust in God but haven't been attending church, and provide an opportunity for people who live in the area to listen to the Good News (Gospel). The congregation consists of around 400 people from a wide variety of backgrounds, married, single and young families. The church was listed on the North Sydney Council local government heritage register on 2 August 2013.

History

The Church of St John the Baptist was founded in 1884 within the Parish of Christ Church, Lavender Bay. It subsequently became a parish in 1902. The population of Milsons Point declined following commercial development of the area in the 1970s.

In 1983 a Chinese/Cantonese speaking congregation based in the Cathedral decided to join the congregation of St John's. The finances improved and arrears of assessments were paid.

The church was amalgamated with the Parish of Neutral Bay (St Augustine's) on 1 December 1989, and together they went by the name St John the Baptist Kirribilli. The size of the Chinese congregation grew sufficiently to regain the church's status as an independent provisional parish. In 1993 the congregation comprises approximately 10% local European residents and 90% Chinese from many parts of the Diocese.

In 2007 the Chinese (Cantonese) congregation moved to Artarmon, New South Wales. Bishop Glenn Davies invited Paul Dale to consider becoming curate in charge of St John's.

In March 2011 a new evening congregation was planted at Christ Church, Lavender Bay and in 2016 this congregation moved to St Peter's Presbyterian Church Hall at McMahons Point.

A church plant of St Thomas' Anglican Church, North Sydney in February 2005, the church offers six Bible-based services each Sunday 8am, 9:45am, 3.30pm, 5:30pm, 6.15pm and 7pm.

In 2020 a formal relationship between Church by the Bridge, Kirribilli and St Augustine's Anglican Church, Neutral Bay was formed to become one parish.

Buildings

St John the Baptist, Kirribilli was designed by Edmund Blacket as a church school, in the Romanesque Revival style, and built in 1884. A vestry and sanctuary were added in 1900. The nearby kindergarten was built as a church hall in 1909.

Ministry and services

The church runs "Carols Under The Bridge", located in Bradfield Park under the northern end of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

At Kirribilli, services on Sundays are held at 8am (Classic Anglican), 9:45am (families with Kids Church), 3.30pm (families with Kids Church), 5.30pm & 7pm.

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