At 6:30pm on Wednesday 3rd February 2021 at St Philip’s Anglican Church, Rev Dr John Dickson will be speaking on the same text as Rev Richard Johnson preached on at the first Christian service held in this land, Psalm 116:12. ‘What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me?’ Rev. Johnson’s actual Bible and Prayer Book used on that occasion will also be on display. The Service will be Live Streamed at  Please join early at 6:20PM AEDT. The current church houses Australia’s oldest parish. St Philip’s Church has associations with the spiritual development of the colony of NSW and with a number of prominent people including Governor Arthur Phillip, the Reverend Richard Johnson, Governor Hunter and Edmund Blacket.

The first two churches were named for Sir Arthur Phillip, but the current church was named in honour of St Philip the Evangelist. The foundation stone for this building (the third St Philip’s) was laid on 1 May 1848, that being the feast day of St Philip and St James. In addition to the celebration of the first Christian service, National Christian Heritage Sunday gives opportunity for Churches across Australia to celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ arriving on Australia’s shores. Australia’s first minister, Rev. Richard Johnson, arrived with the first fleet on the 20th January 1788. Then, on 3rd February 1788, Rev. Johnson held the first Christian service in Australia. National Christian Heritage Sunday is celebrated across Australia on the first Sunday in February each year. The date for 2021 will be Sunday 7th February.

For further Information on National Christian Heritage Sunday go to  To read more about Australia’s early Christian history go to The_Hand_of_God.pdf (

Source: National Alliance of Christian Leaders

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