|So, how does a parish survive with a dwindling congregation, when the word of The Lord, and the promise of salvation is not enough. Some churches combine together, as was the case with two historic inner city churches, St Philip's and The Garrison. which came together this year as 'The Parish of Church Hill'.|
|St Peter's of Cooks River is not able to catch the eye of 'the big end of town', and is falling back upon offerring services to the local community, and offering tours and booklets researched by their history group. The list of brickmaker's families who had children baptised at the church is one such tract. The moving force behind this is Laurel Horton, and her website is St Peters Cooks River History Group. Laurel conducts a tour of the church and the graveyard on the first Saturday of each month.|
|This photograph of St Peters, was taken in the 1890s, when Rev'd Madgwick was the pastor.|
Even a sponsor to provide a series of informative plaques throughout the graveyard, would be a start. Or a more 'in yer face' way of connecting with a wider community via a sign board that trends on FB and Twitter, would be useful. Like that brilliant chap up in Gosford.