Thank you for taking an interest in Trentham, and St George’s. The first Church of
England service in Trentham was held in 1864, the year the town was surveyed.
St George’s welcomes everyone, from infants to (very) senior citizens. Its ethos is in
the Anglican ‘middle’. We listen to the Bible actively, pray deeply, appreciate the
sacraments and look for accessible services that offer ‘solid joys and lasting
Each Sunday at 9am, Holy Communion (Second Order) from APBA is celebrated,
with hymns from Together in Song and its Supplement: a lively morning tea follows.
Morning Prayer is each Wednesday at 9am, and on third Sunday afternoons,
Evening Prayer includes singing as a major element. Each third Friday afternoon,
Holy Communion is celebrated at Trentham Aged Care.
St George’s people and building
St George’s people come from the town and surrounding districts, and are active in
community life. We have good relations with St Mary Magdalen (Catholic) church,
and an ecumenical Good Friday procession and Christmas Carols service happens
each year. During the 2020 COVID lockdown, church members joined to ring St
George’s bell daily at noon, as a sign of God’s presence in the community.
St George’s, at the top of High Street, is open daily for rest and prayer. Dr Gwen
Wisewould, legendary town doctor (1938-1972) is memorialised in St George’s by
the sanctuary lamp. The altar frontals, bookmarks and robes for clergy were
designed and made locally in 2016. The building, fittings, gardens and grounds are
cared for gladly by parishioners.
St George’s has been linked with St Mary’s Woodend since 1952: the parish’s two
churches are helpfully viewed as distinct congregations in communion in Christ, with
a joint Parish Executive and sharing ordained ministry.
Trentham township has been revitalised in recent years, with a surge of new
residents making a ‘tree change’: half those here now (c. 1900 residents) were not
around a decade back. Younger families are having an impact on the kindergarten,
school and culture of the district. But while 153 people ticked ‘Anglican’ in the 2021
Census, church involvement lags well behind the town’s growth.
In this changing context, how does St George’s take part in God’s mission in 3458
and beyond? That is the question we face.
These walls could speak. A history of St George’s Trentham 1864-2022 by Peta
Sherlock tells the stories of local saints, ministers and buildings. Copies ($15) are
available at St George’s, or from email@example.com.