A Beacon of Hope in Box Hill

Christmas came a few days early in 2022 when we were able to complete the acquisition of a property at Box Hill that will one day become a new Anglican church. This purchase was enabled by the 2% land acquisition levy that every church in the Diocese contributes to.

Box Hill is a rapidly growing suburb in North-west Sydney, situated between Rouse Hill and Pitt Town.  Its population is projected to increase by over 106% by 2036.

Tim Green, the Anglican Church Growth Corporation’s Manager of Operations, said “The satellite image tells a key part of this story. Growth Corporation’s latest land acquisition provides a new home-base for gospel ministry in a place where the concrete foundations of almost ten thousand new homes are still wet. From this site you can watch the green fields of Box Hill and “The Gables” transform as the homes, parks, schools, and businesses of a new local community emerge from the ground”.

The acquired 2.3-hectare site already accommodates a 4-bedroom home that will enable ministry to commence as soon as a church planter is appointed. Now that a physical base for ministry and evangelism has been secured, a joint venture team will oversee the appointment of a  church planter and the provision of congregation members from local parishes to make the church plant a reality. The joint venture team consists of Evangelism and New Church (ENC), the parishes of Rouse Hill and Pitt Town and the Western Regional Council.

Growth Corporation will continue to collaborate with the joint venture team to design the staging of ministry and evangelism infrastructure needed to help facilitate the church plant’s growth.

Bishop Gary Koo, Bishop of Western Sydney, commented on the land purchase “As you drive through Box Hill there are houses everywhere and more are being built every single day. To be able to purchase a piece of land in a central and visible location is a gift from God, and my prayer is that when we establish a church there it will be a beacon of hope as it shares the love of Jesus to all in that community”.

As new homes are built and people move into this growing area of North-west Sydney, our prayer is that this purchase will be used for God’s glory and that he will draw people to himself.