Community engagement

Mathew Hale Public Library

The Mathew Hale Public Library (MHPL) provides resources and ministries that help strengthen leadership in Brisbane’s churches and beyond. The library is located in the Blue Room, St Andrew’s Anglican Church, 160 Vulture Street, South Brisbane.

For more information, click here to make an inquiry.

Orchestra Corda Spiritus

Orchestra Corda Spiritus (“Hearts and Spirits”) is a Brisbane-based ensemble of musicians who pour their heart and spirit into the great classics. The Orchestra fills a special niche in the classical music scene in Brisbane. Its players and soloists are music professionals who relish the additional opportunity to perform the great classics, several times a year, under inspiring directorship.

The orchestra’s dedicated audiences clearly appreciate the chance to hear such wonderful music, wonderfully performed, in beautiful venues such as the church building at St Andrew’s South Brisbane.

The success and healthy public interest enjoyed by the orchestra is due largely to people behind the scenes who believe in it, such as Margaret Powell (former Director of Music, St Andrews South Brisbane), her daughter Anne Warren, and the folk at Brisbane’s radio station 4MBS, especially Gary Thorpe.

The orchestra has recorded a number of CDs and several performances have been broadcast on 4MBS. 

The orchestra practices in our Church Hall, and many of its concerts are held at St Andrew’s South Brisbane.

For more information, contact Margaret Powell.

St Andrew’s Community Orchestra

The St Andrew’s Community Orchestra has been functioning since the early 1980s, when it was founded by a small group of amateur musicians who had the desire to bring music in Brisbane to Christian settings.

The Orchestra has a long proud history. Read more…

The Orchestra is conducted by Zachary Miezio, composer and conductor, who is currently completing a Master of Music Studies (Conducting) at Queensland Conservatorium – Griffith University.

The Orchestra rehearses at St Andrew’s Anglican Church on Wednesday nights. Its repertoire ranges from classical to popular modern. The Orchestra’s performance schedule varies, but typically includes at least six concerts per year. Performances are usually held on Saturdays.

The St Andrew’s Community Orchestra is a small group of dedicated musicians. Of current members, some have been playing for as little as three years and one or two as long as sixty years or more. Clearly, the experience of members varies greatly.

Don’t let your experience – or lack thereof – be an obstacle to joining. The Orchestra always welcomes new members.

For more information, phone Graeme Cliffe 0418 607 765 or Lesley Richardson 0417 721 008 or email

Bellringers of St Andrew’s

The Bellringers of St Andrew’s ring the church’s peal of six bells each week prior to the 8:30 am Sunday service and for weddings and other events as requested.

Practice time: Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Weekly bellringing: Sunday 8:00 – 8:30 am

For more information, contact Kellie Hajek.

National Trust of Australia (Queensland)

Our beautiful church building and hall are listed on the Queensland Heritage Register. St Andrew’s Anglican Church South Brisbane was added to the register on 21 October 1992. Consequently, our buildings come under the auspices of the National Trust of Australia (Queensland).

The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) is a not-for-profit organisation and member-based charity which offers people the opportunity to feel connected to significant places, such as our heritage-listed buildings. The Trust’s mission is “To protect, conserve and celebrate Queensland’s environmental, built and cultural heritage”.

For information on how you can support the upkeep of St Andrew’s heritage buildings by a tax-deductible donation to our account at the National Trust of Australia (Queensland), click here.

Waiters Union

The Waiters Union is a network of residents in West End who are committed to developing a sense of community in the locality with our neighbours, including those who are marginalised, in the radical tradition of Jesus of Nazareth.

Members of the Waiters Union are involved in the 6.30 pm Sunday Community Celebration services at St Andrew’s South Brisbane and, prior to COVID-19 restrictions, conducted fortnightly Community Meals at St Andrew’s South Brisbane. The group’s focus is on ministry to needy and/or marginalised folk in the local community.

For more information, contact Dave Andrews.

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