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Scots' Church, Melbourne

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The Scots' Church is a Presbyterian church in Melbourne, Australia. It was the first Presbyterian church to be built in the Port Phillip District (now the state of Victoria) and is located on Collins Street. It is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Australia and has been described as "an icon for well over a hundred years".BackgroundThe Reverend James Forbes was recruited to come to Australia as a Presbyterian minister by the Revd John Dunmore Lang, arriving in Melbourne from Sydney via boat on 20 January 1838. He found that a retired Church of Scotland minister, the Revd James Clow, had arrived on 25 December 1837 and had commenced an afternoon service from 2 pm and 4 pm according to Presbyterian forms in a basic building constructed west of William Street and north of Little Collins Street (now the site of the AMP centre). Clow had been a Church of Scotland chaplain in Bombay, India but had retired and was of independent means. He had intended to settle in South Australia but when he stopped en route in Hobart the positive reports about Port Phillip led him to visit the Port Phillip District in October 1837 and then settle permanently.Original churchForbes continued the Presbyterian services commenced by Clow on 31 December 1837 in the "Pioneers Church" near the north west corner of William Street and Little Collins Street. The Church of England soon made exclusive claims to this communal building and so Forbes held services in Craig and Broadfoot's store in Collins Street until a temporary timber building called "The Scots' Church" was opened on the adjoining land loaned by David Fisher in July 1838. The site was between where the Olderfleet and Rialto buildings were subsequently erected (Lot 14 Section 2). It was essentially a large room with a fireplace.
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  • This beautiful old building is stately and decorated with stained glass windows. The architecture is stylish and the interior is inspiring. The music was magnificent and the singing superb. 
  • The Scots' church was built in the 1870s where an earlier church stood. The present church is a very pretty structure with a tall, slender spire. The church is opposite the St Michael's church at the ...  read more »
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  • Impressive church built from sandstone
  • Great church right in the city
  • I have been to this beautiful church several times. It has a traditional morning service, a warm welcome, a lovely dome which lets in a lot of natural light, some wonderful stained glass windows. The service is about an hour long, led by one of the ministers, with hymns and pieces by the choir. There is time for a cup of coffee afterwards. Well worth a visit.
  • Today I attended the worst sermon that I have ever heard in 65 years. The Minister David Currie instead of preaching the Gospel, proceeded to give the congregation a lesson in race relations.The drivel that then followed would not have converted a single non believer who happened to attend the service. In fact a visitor would have come away with the feeling of hearing some party political broadcast. Of course then we had to sit through some claptrap about Mandela, by a man who's grasp of South African history is tenuous to say the least. A communist terrorist had suddenly been elevated to the status of a saint. Great preachers like Martin Lloyd Jones never preached politics in any of his great sermons. The result was a Church filled to capacity - not a Church with a mere scattering of believers. David Currie is a confused preacher who has forgotten how to preach the gospel.
  • I'm not religious but you'd place is great architecture
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