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

Edith White - 9844 4680

Kevin Prince - 9841 3715

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 19th February 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.

(To review the readings set for this Sunday and the next please check below) 

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 Today 19th February 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



Seventh Sunday after Epiphany 19th February 2017  


Seventh Sunday after Epiphany                         19 February 2017                                                   

Matthew 5.38-48 Creative strategies for non-violence in the sermon on the mount - seize the moral initiative

 The sermon on the mount in which Jesus propose strategies for non violent resistance against evil/injustice are addressed to his inner circle, a remnant who have committed themselves as serious students of Jesus, those who have tasted God and now are animated only by the desire to be God’s kingdom on earth.

 To stand naked in court is to expose the dehumanising policies of your creditor that strip you and the land bare. To carry a soldier’s pack two miles instead of one is to own the game and not play by his rules but yours. Those in the subservient role have seized the initiative and are no longer victims.

 These strategies inspire us to resist non-violently, to be creative in how we reassert our own dignity and humanity, to refuse the inferior position. At some point, however, our non violent resistance to evil may require us to suffer. Remember that for us who have tasted God we are to be conduits of love and not hate violence and destruction. Thus non violent resistance may entail suffering.

I was devastated last year when priest friends were stripped naked in prison as a deliberate act of humiliation because of their stance against inhumane refugee policies implemented by government. I am also filled with hope and admiration because their non violent suffering shouted the Gospel of Christ in deafening songs that will be sung through eternity. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jan/28/christians-strip-off-perth-court-protest-detention-asylum-seeker-children

Lorna, I am proud of you mate!

By Desiree Snyman