'To the Glory of God and the growth of His Kingdom' - so says the plaque unveiled at the official opening of Sydney's latest Anglican church building.
The 21st-century design of the Stanhope Anglican Church was projected on the screen in the auditorium as Archbishop Glenn Davies joined the church's pastor, Steve Reimer, members of the church and invited guests in opening the building.
"Stanhope Anglican is the first jewel of many in the crown of New Churches for New Communities,” the Archbishop said. "With thanks to so many people who have supported this initiative, thanks to the people of StanHOPE, a place of hope for the community and thanks to our great God."
"It's a wonderful reminder to us all as we bring hope to the people of this suburb. What a great vision and what a great mission we have in bringing the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ to the people who live in this area￼." Dr Davies said.
Stan means 'place of' in Persian and Urdu, and that is what we want to be - a place of hope ; that hope being Christ Jesus.
It took two years from turning of the sod to commence construction, to when the building was ready for occupation. The sweeping modern structure and surroundings are set to become a landmark in the new suburb.
"After fourteen years meeting in the Blacktown Leisure Centre, we are loving our own space on top of the hill in the heart of the community at Stanhope," said the Rev Steve Reimer. "Stan means 'place of' in Persian and Urdu, and that is what we want to be - a place of hope; that hope being Christ Jesus. We long to see people find real hope in Jesus. We long to see young people especially coming to faith and being established in faith, that they may stick with Jesus all their life."
"We know we have not arrived now we have a building, but it is already proving to be one useful tool in gathering as God's people and connecting with our growing community. There are 50,000 people in our parish who need Jesus."