St Clement’s Anglican Church has announced a name change as part of a major re-brand designed to encourage local worshippers back to the Raglan St parish.
Now known as Mosman Village Church, the 135-year-old institution will open its doors to a new era on Sunday, offering a Play Group, Kids Club and three services each week.
The church is moving forward, even though our message is the same,” Reverend Michael Crichton says.
Senior Minister, Reverend Michael Crichton, told Mosman Collective the progressive move has been welcomed by regular church-goers.
“It is a big step for us, and after much consultation, we have chosen a new name that connects us to our community and the village precinct,” Reverend Crichton said.
“A village is a place where everyone knows everyone else. Being part of Mosman Village Church means being embedded in the fabric of our neighbourhood, connected to its people, its history, and its future.
“The church is moving forward, even though our message of knowing and loving Jesus remains the same.”
Reverend Michael Crichton says the move has been welcomed by the St Clement’s Parish.
The new logo uses calming blue and white, with simple text and artwork.
Reverend Crichton said older parishioners had taken the change “in their stride” and understood the need to move St Clement’s into the 21st century.
“The interesting thing we discovered while contemplating a new name was the fact that few people actually knew who St Clement was,” he said.
“So, a discussion began about finding a name that would identify better with the community.
“Mosman Village Church was a simple, perfect fit.”
The new name is “a simple, perfect fit” as the Church moves into a new era, Reverend Crichton says.
With 4,903 Mosman residents (17.3% of the population) identifying as Anglican in the 2021 Census, Reverend Crichton said the church wants to be more interactive with the wider community, offering several kid’s activities each week.
“We have a Wednesday Playgroup program for children aged 0 to 5 years during the school term, which is a great chance for parents, carers and kids to socialise,” he said.
“There is also a Village Kids Club every Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm for Primary School kids in Kindy to Year 6.