St Peter’s Quiet Garden Project- Progress Report for Diocesan Council February 2017

St Peter’s Quiet Garden Project- Progress Report for Diocesan Council February 2017

The Mintaro community is seeking to collaborate with the Anglican Church, (Diocese of
Willochra), to maintain St Peter’s Anglican Church Mintaro and to develop gardens on the
property where townsfolk and visitors can contemplate, recreate, meditate and have ongoing
access to their heritage.
Mintaro does not currently have a worshipping Anglican congregation, with regular services at St
Peter’s Anglican Church having ceased in 2007. As a consequence the Diocesan Council is
considering the future of the property, with deconsecration and sale an option.
Churches remain part of the collective memory and ongoing spiritual life of a community long
after regular services cease. They continue to have vital meaning as sacred places that reach
across time and specific faith communities.
Mintaro, South Australia’s first heritage town, is defined by its built heritage and is like no other
town in South Australia. Its three churches are an enduring and cherished part of the village’s
built heritage, accessed by many visitors to the town each year.
An opportunity exists for the Anglican Church to work collaboratively with the Mintaro
community to maintain St Peter’s as a consecrated place, by developing the grounds as both a
sacred and secular space for worship, reflection and memory. Such collaboration would enable
the church to minister in new ways, to reach a larger ecumenical faith community. It would also
recognise and reward the goodwill and generosity of the Mintaro community, a community
prepared to actively maintain the church as well as develop and maintain the gardens.

Download the Progress Report:  St Peter’s Quiet Garden Project Mintaro

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  • Isabel Stevens
    Posted at 20:21h, 27 October Reply

    As a historian, gardener and National Trust member, I fully support your wishes, as laid out above, and wish I were continuing as a Clare Valley resident, to assist you in some way, but after 5 months, am travelling eastwards towards Burra/Loxton/Renmark, with a longer stay in Mildura, before arriving in the hills of Victoria before Christmas.
    I will however be visiting Mintaro on this weekend, and as a Tourism Photographer/Writer, I look forward to photographing and recording my sights and sounds of this historic village. If you wish to contact me, my number is 0407 218 549. I would be happy to view the church and garden with someone, and offer any suggestions, and perhaps offer postcards and greeting cards, on consignment, for fundraising and PR purposes.
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    The Mintaro community is seeking to collaborate with the Anglican Church, (Diocese of
    Willochra), to maintain St Peter’s Anglican Church Mintaro and to develop gardens on the
    property where townsfolk and visitors can contemplate, recreate, meditate and have ongoing
    access to their heritage.
    Mintaro does not currently have a worshipping Anglican congregation, with regular services at St
    Peter’s Anglican Church having ceased in 2007. As a consequence the Diocesan Council is
    considering the future of the property, with deconsecration and sale an option.
    Churches remain part of the collective memory and ongoing spiritual life of a community long
    after regular services cease. They continue to have vital meaning as sacred places that reach
    across time and specific faith communities.
    Mintaro, South Australia’s first heritage town, is defined by its built heritage and is like no other
    town in South Australia. Its three churches are an enduring and cherished part of the village’s
    built heritage, accessed by many visitors to the town each year.
    An opportunity exists for the Anglican Church to work collaboratively with the Mintaro
    community to maintain St Peter’s as a consecrated place, by developing the grounds as both a
    sacred and secular space for worship, reflection and memory. Such collaboration would enable
    the church to minister in new ways, to reach a larger ecumenical faith community. It would also
    recognise and reward the goodwill and generosity of the Mintaro community, a community
    prepared to actively maintain the church as well as develop and maintain the gardens.

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