Doors to open on worship space

Grace Anglican Church parish priest David Wood with the new font and next to the crucifix by artist Marice Sariola, which will hang above the church altar. d395994
Grace Anglican Church parish priest David Wood with the new font and next to the crucifix by artist Marice Sariola, which will hang above the church altar. d395994

A RELATIONSHIP between the Diocese of Perth and Perth Radiological Clinic has resulted in a new building comprising a church and three levels of specialist medical suites in Joondalup.

Part of the $20 million Shenton House development is a new purpose-built home for Grace Anglican Church, which has provided a place of worship at the adjacent office building for more than a decade, after relocating from a community facility in Edgewater.

The almost-completed church on the Grand Boulevard-Shenton Avenue junction comprises a 15sq m worship space expandable by opening glass doors onto a paved courtyard plus offices, meeting room and kitchen.

The old worship space next door will become a parish centre available to the community for conferences, community groups and other gatherings.

Developers expect about 1000 people a day for radiation therapy and specialist medical consultations at the medical suites, opposite Joondalup Health Campus.

There will be an independently operated cafe on the ground level.

Parish priest Rev David Wood said that after years with virtually no resources, the small Grace Church congregation had doubled over the four-year construction period, despite the added disruption of renovations to current space.

Father Wood said architects Meyer Shircore had cleverly designed a building within a building, identifiable as a church or medical suites depending on the vantage point.

‘After waiting so patiently over a very long time, with the memory of aborted plans over the years to build a great regional church or even a cathedral, the parish mood has been almost disbelieving until very recently,’ he said.

‘After all, even after the present project got the go-ahead, the building of three underground radiation bunkers took two years to reach ground level.

‘Only now that we will soon be using the new church (from March 24) is there real excitement in the air. It is a dream come true ” the start of a whole new journey.

‘The church doors will be open every day to anyone seeking a quiet place to sit and rest, to pray or light a candle or just needing a listening ear.’

Assistant Bishop of Perth Tom Wilmot will dedicate the new church on March 24, 2.30pm.

The consecration is by Anglican Archbishop Roger Herft on Sunday, May 19, 2pm.