St George’s started on 20 August 1967, when a small congregation of 8 people gathered at the Pearce Primary School. Bishop Cecil Warren celebrated communion in this newly created Provisional District of St George’s, covering Pearce, Torrens, Mawson and Farrer. At these early stages in the life of St George’s, there was only one service each Sunday morning, a combination of what is now our Saturday@6pm, Sunday@8am and Sunday@10am services. This remained the case for the next 15 years. Congregational numbers grew year on year, with up to 250 parishioners attending Christmas and Easter services. Small Bible study groups were also established as an integral part of the St George’s community.
A rectory was constructed in the late 1970s and in February 1982, the decision was taken to acquire a church building. This was designed and built over the next couple of years and St George’s Anglican Church was formally licensed on 13 December 1983. Since then, the church has moved through different stages, seeking to follow the leading of the Spirit of the Lord. This included a large youth ministry from 1984 through to the early 1990s. By that time, some who were by then young adults went out into ministry to other congregations and to the mission field.
The ministry to all age groups in our congregations continued with a new focus in the late 1990s. The ‘3 Cs’ were incorporated into the life of St George’s: Communion – meeting with God, Community – meeting with each other, Commission – meeting with the world. A ministry at Goodwin Village Farrer was established in 2003 with a meeting held there each Friday. The Sunday@10am congregation continued as the family service along with its children’s ministry. In 2005, as the 10am congregation reached capacity in the church building, a Saturday@6pm congregation was commissioned. Its design was based on a previous, very small third congregation that worshipped on a Sunday evening. At the same time, the Sunday afternoon Dinka congregation was established. In 2007, David Piok was ordained to lead this congregation.
The church facilities were expanded through the 2000s. The building as it is now was completed in 2009: the extensions included a chapel, meeting and children’s ministry rooms, office space, a new kitchen and toilets. A large community space or hall was also constructed, linking the original church building and the other meeting rooms.
In 2015, the congregations were restructured, so that there are currently three gatherings every week, as well as a range of small groups, and a Kid’s Church program. The church seeks to reach out with community activities such as Friday Friends, a Mission Support Group and through Christian education and other activities in schools.
St George’s continues to be a welcoming and loving church that seeks to show Christ in the community.