Bayside District Church Service

  • 14 October 2018
  • St Peter's Anglican Church, Brighton

The Bayside District annual Church service was held at St Peter's Anglican Church, Were Street Brighton, on Sunday 14 October. The Deputy Grand Master, the Worshipful Masters of Hearts of Oak and Brighton District Lodges took part in the service. Also attending and taking part in the service was the Freemasons Choir and the Coppin Singers. The choir’s rendition of “The Lord is in his Holy Temple” if nothing else made attending this service worthwhile.

At the end of the service a cheque for $2,000 was presented by WBro. Randy Walton of Hearts of Oak to the CEO of the Taskforce Foundation, which works in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. A similar amount was presented to a representative of the Sandringham Secondary College by the Deputy Grand Master on behalf of the Freemasons Foundation and Hearts of Oak Lodge, to provide for two scholarships to disadvantaged children to pursue studies beyond year 12.

Apart from the local congregation, at least 80 attended representing almost all of the Bayside District Lodges, as well as a large contingent of Senior Grand Lodge Officers.

Following the service, 34 of those who did not have other engagements sat down to lunch at Milanos Tavern for an enjoyable lunch with the Deputy Grand Master and his wife.

Twenty years ago, some of the churches in the Bayside area were reluctant to allow the Masonic Memorial Service to be held inside the Church. The thought was that if we could demonstrate that Freemasonry was not a competitor, but in fact had the same values as all of the major religions, these tensions may ease. Today the congregation at St Peters, which reflects the attitude in most of the Bayside Churches, welcomes us and asks us to remember to come again next year.

For many of us, the style of service may not be the same as that used in our own place of worship, but we remember that we recognise the same Great Architect, as do they, and all of the religions of the world. The importance is not the road we take but knowing that we will all arrive at the same destination.