Parish of Manuka South Canberra

Building for Our Future

Since its foundation in 1938, St Paul’s Anglican Church at Manuka has been ‘growing up’ with the national capital. Despite the uncertainties of the 1930s, the Anglican community of South Canberra pursued an ambitious vision to build a church of significance in a community and capital city yet to develop. Their vision for St Paul’s was ambitious and confident. How thrilled those pioneers of St Paul’s would be to have seen St Paul’s develop over the years into not only a vibrant parish church, but also as a venue for royal visits and other occasions of national and diocesan significance! 

Successive generations of parishioners and benefactors have contributed to the development of the Parish Church and its site. This has included significant developments such as the completion of the sanctuary in the postwar years, the construction of the parish centre, both rectories, enhancement of the organ, the choir gallery, the extension of the west end of the church, landscaping and the installation of bells in the tower. 

St Paul’s is once again in need of the support of parishioners and friends of the parish to pursue an ambitious and confident vision for the revitalisation of our parish site. 

The St Paul’s Manuka Building Fund is a legacy project that will live on for decades to come.

Would you partner with us in building the New Centre for Sacred Music through the Parish of Manuka Arts Foundation?

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible in Australia.

 To maintain and develop our fine tradition of sacred music, liturgy and our vibrant community life, we need better facilities. The present generation of parishioners and friends of St Paul’s now faces the challenge of further developing our parish site to support the ongoing ministry and mission of the parish.

The Parish of Manuka Arts Foundation is a Deductible Gift Recipient Charity that supports the creative arts, especially choral music, in the Parish of Manuka. The Arts Foundation is partnering with St Paul’s Anglican Church Manuka in the Building for Our Future project to construct a new Parish and Sacred Music Centre. St Paul’s is pre-eminent in Canberra for its tradition of Anglican liturgical music. The parish’s choir is of a very high standard and its flourishing Children’s Choirs Programme is a unique offering in Canberra. The new Centre for Sacred Music will provide rehearsal studios, music library, performance hall, green room, exhibition space, anteroom, and administrative/workspaces to support the fine tradition of choral and church music at St Paul’s, as well as musical performances and activities of other community groups.
We invite you to support this exciting initiative by making a tax-deductible donation to the Arts Foundation by:
– Online or by 
– Direct Transfer: BSB 702-389 acc 05202582 (Arts Foundation) 
– Cheques Payable to the Parish of Manuka Arts Foundation: PO Box 3417 Manuka ACT 2603

This first stage will cost around $5 million. We need your financial support to turn this exciting vision into a much-needed reality. This vision will only become a reality through the financial support of parishioners and friends of St Paul’s, which is just how St Paul’s Church was built; through the generous giving of benefactors and the fundraising efforts of parishioners. 

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