Our Location

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

Office Hours
Mon - Fri 9am - noon

Office: 9841 5015


 Our Locum priest for the Intentional Interegnum from 1st May is the Reverend Paul Cannon



Reverend Helen Barnard

The Assistant Priests' Email:




Belinda Ratnik - 0428 190 831

John Blake - 9844 4587

Mob. 0438 761 950

Peter Fitzgibbon - 9842 8226

The wardens' email is:



For administrative questions or queries

please speak to one of the wardens. 



Colleen Brooks:   98415015 

Lower York Street, Albany WA 6330 

Office Hours are Monday to Friday  9am to 12 noon 

Parish Office Email is:



Office email.

Our Services

 Sunday 20TH AUGUST: Services:

 8am  Eucharist 

 Celebrant and Preacher: Reverend Helen Barnard

Morning Tea served in St John's Hall after both Services.

9:30am Eucharist- Communion service with Choir 

9:30am     Celebrant & Preacher:  Reverend Helen Barnard

Includes confirmation

Morning Tea served in St John's Hall after both Services.

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

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

Readings for Sunday services 20th and 27th August 2017 - see tabs on home page                                                                     


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.

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Sunday 20th August 2017  


11th Sunday After Pentecost                                          20th. August, 2017


Why did Jesus call the Canaanite woman a dog?

In Matthew 15:21–28, Jesus encounters a Canaanite woman who begs him to cure her daughter. Jesus initially refuses her request by saying, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs”.  Taken out of context, and especially in English, it’s easy to mistake this for an insult. 

It is clear Jesus is creating a metaphor which is meant to explain the priorities of his ministry as well as teaching an important lesson to His disciples.  Jews in Jesus’ day sometimes referred to Gentiles as “dogs.”  In Greek, this word is kuon, meaning “wild cur”. Non-Jews were considered so unspiritual that even being in their presence could make a person ceremonially unclean.  Jesus’ ministry involved turning expectations and prejudices on their heads.  Jesus left Israel and went into Gentile territory where he was approached by the Canaanite woman who repeatedly asked for healing.  At that time, his duty was to the people of Israel, not to the Gentiles.  If he recklessly took his attention from Israel, in violation of his mission, he would be like a father taking food from his children in order to throw it to their pets.  The exact word Jesus used here, in Greek, was kunarion, meaning “small dog” or “pet dog.” This is a completely different word from the term kuon, used to refer to unspiritual people or to an “unclean” animal.

Jesus frequently tested people to prove their intentions, often through response questions or challenges.  In testing the Canaanite woman, Jesus declined her request and explained that she had no legitimate expectation of his help.  The woman, however, lived out the principle Jesus himself taught in the parable of the persistent widow.  Her response proved that she understood fully what Jesus was saying, yet had enough conviction to ask anyway.  Jesus acknowledged her faith—calling it “great”—and granted her request.  Jesus was therefore making a point about the priorities he’d been given by God as well as testing the faith of the woman and teaching an important lesson to his disciples.

 Blessings Reverend Helen.                                                                       



THINKING before I speak!

         Is it true?                             

H         Is it helpful?                        

I           Is it inspiring?

        Is it necessary?

        Is it kind?