There will be a double celebration at St John’s Anglican Church this Sunday.
The Bishop will be here to commission the parish’s new priest and to join celebrations of a special anniversary for the church.
The Right Reverend Ian Palmer, Anglican Bishop of Bathurst, will commission Reverend Crystal Spindler as Priest-In-Charge of the Anglican Parish of Forbes.
The congregation will also celebrate the 140th anniversary of the completion of the Nave of St John’s Anglican Church, located in Court Street.
The Anglican congregations of St John’s Anglican Church had outgrown the original wooden church in the mid 1800’s.
The new stone church was built around the structure of the wooden church.
The new Nave of the St John’s church was commissioned in 1873 and was completed in 1874.
Reverend Crystal Spindler has been Parish Priest since earlier in 2017 and Bishop Palmer will officially commission her to her role as Priest-In-Charge of the Parish.
Previously the Vicar of the Parish of Parkes, Reverend Crystal has been serving as Reverend for the Parish of Forbes for the last few months.
The induction of Reverend Crystal and the celebration of the 140th anniversary of the completion of the Church’s Nave will take place within the Sunday morning service beginning at 9:30am.
Reverend Crystal said, “It is vital to remember that there are many past ministers that contributed to the parish and to be part of the years ahead is a real blessing.”
Reverend Crystal said she is looking forward to settling in her role and plans to lead the congregation for the foreseeable future.
“You can implement new ideas for direction and ministry and see them through to fruition,” she said.
The celebrations will also include welcoming the newly ordained Honourary Deacon Natalie Quince into the parish.
Reverend Crystal and her husband, Reverend Ron, are Church Army trained and have worked in Broken Hill with the Bush Church Aid Society.
Reverend Ron Spindler continues his ministry with Parkes Anglican Church where he was ordained this time last year.
The Reverends have also worked in the parishes of Barellan, Weethalle, Ariah Park/Ardlethan and Parkes.