Our Location

St John's Anglican Church
Lower York Street
Albany WA 6330

Office Hours
Mon - Fri 9am - noon

Office: 9841 5015
Rectory: 9841 3360


 The Reverend Dr Desiree Snyman 

For pastoral concerns please speak to the Rector.   Her 
Sabbath day of rest, recreation and re-creation is Friday. When is your Sabbath?
Email:   desireesnyman@icloud.com     



The Reverend Helen Barnard

Email:  prieststjohns@iinet.net.au


Belinda Ratnik - 0428 190 831

John Blake - 9844 4587

Peter Fitzgibbon - 9842 8226

For administrative questions or queries please speak to one of the people’s wardens. 



Colleen Brooks:   98415015 

Lower York Street, Albany WA 6330 

Office Hours are Monday to Friday  9am to 12 noon 


Office email.

Our Services

 Sunday Services:

 Sunday 26th March 2017

8:00am  Eucharist :

Celebrant:  Reverend Helen Barnard

Preacher:   Reverend Dr. Desiree Snyman

 9:30 am Choral Eucharist Service:

Celebrant:  Reverend Helen Barnard

Preacher:   Reverend Dr. Desiree Snyman

 Order of service:    2nd Order of Communion Page 119  1st Thanksgiving  Page 128         

Everyone is welcome to the Church Hall for tea or coffee after the Services.

For information about other services taking place during the week click the "This Week at St John's" Tab at the top of this page.                                                                        

Readings for 26th March 2017 - see tab                                                                      


Readings and Hymns

Welcome to St John's

The people of St John’s welcome you to join them in the worship of God through the traditional liturgy of the Anglican Church. At St. John's you will receive a warm welcome and openness that we hope reflects the love that God shows to each and every person through His Son, Jesus Christ. Our worship consists of Word and Sacrament. We preach from the Word of God, and the Sacrament is offered from the Lord's Table, where all who seek Him are welcome.

There are many aspects to a churches life, and this is so at St. John's. We encourage you to look around our site, as we are sure you will find different activities that you will enjoy joining in with. We want to be inclusive as the people of God, and so encourage you to bring your talents and needs to St John's.

St. John's is an historic church, with a rich history and tradition, but it is not a museum! It is a lively and vibrant place, seeking to be a light in the middle of the city. So, if you are passing through, or living in our lovely City of Albany, welcome to St. John's. We pray you find this site useful, and perhaps we'll see you some time. May God bless your journey.

For this week's events click here



Fourth Sunday of Lent 26th March 2017  

 Fourth Sunday of Lent                       26th March 2017                                                                                                                                       

Lent 4 – the man born blind 

“When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with saliva and spread the mud over the man’s eyes.”

Jesus is redoing Genesis, it is re-creation. We remember the words that started our Lenten journey: dust you are and to dust you shall return. This Scripture reminds us that we are fragile divine mud clods – adams – made from adamah – dirt. This Scripture reminds us that Lent It is about Groundedness.

Learning rituals of being connected to our physicality, to allow Jesus to put mud on our eyes so that we can see that we are connected with the earth. This ritual of mixing saliva with mud is a deeper image. In Psalm 2, kings are anointed as sons of God. 

Here Jesus is anointing the blind man as a son of God using the mud of the Lamb. He is redefined, he is not a sinner, he is a son of God. It is a powerful image because as Lenten people we have dust on our foreheads remembering that dust we are and to dust we shall return. As the man’s eyes are washed in mud and as Lenten people who walk with dust on their heads there is a gentle reminder to remain grounded, we are sons and daughters of the living God, but we are also mud creatures. We are sacred, divine, mud clods. 

Grace and peace.  Desiree

By Desiree Snyman