St Theodore's Anglican Church

Toorak Gardens, South Australia

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Anglican Parish of St Theodore’s recognises that we worship on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people. We express our gratitude in the sharing of this land; our sorrow for the personal, spiritual and cultural costs of that sharing; and our hope that we may walk together in harmony in the spirit of reconciliation.

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Weekly Services

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8 am – Holy Communion

9.30 am – Sung Eucharist

3.15 pm – Breaking Bread *

* 1st and 3rd Sundays

About St Theodore's Anglican Church

St Theodore’s is a Parish in the Anglo-Catholic tradition in a contemporary and progressive form. We seek to be a living community of faith which values liturgy and preaching to sustain our faith action in daily life. Our Mission is to be an active, caring and supportive Christian community. You are welcome here ‘as you are’, embraced within God’s boundless love. Not everyone here believes exactly the same thing and we don’t expect that you will agree with everything we do and say. A church community is always made up of people with differing views and beliefs about certain things, a place where we can respectfully and enthusiastically seek truth together, a place where we hope that you will feel at home. If you have any questions about our community or faith, please feel free to speak to our priest, the Rev’d Dr Matthew Anstey.

What’s Happening at St Theodores?

  • 28 July 2024 – Sacred Space at St Michaels Church
  • 11 Aug 2024 – Annual Chamber Music Concert – St Theodores
  • 15 Sep 2024 – Pastoral Festival of St Theodore
  • Indigenous Rural Nursing Scholaship – donations with forms at the back of church
  • Candles and Letting Go Prayers  – back of church

An embroidered version of the coat-of-arms of St Theodore of Tarsus


Our Patron Saint is St Theodore of Tarsus, 

Archbishop of Canterbury (602-690 AD). 


An icon of St Theodore, written by the Icon School of St Luke (who meet in one of the Parish halls) and presented to the Parish

The ‘old church’ in Gurney Road, Rose Park

The present church in Prescott Terrace, Toorak Gardens

The Centenary Booklet

This is a true momento of the history of the Anglican Church of St Theodore, with:

  • A history of our Church – its construction and Dedication – with many photos;
  • Profiles of all the priests-in-charge;
  • The history . . . the fire of 1960, the ‘kneeler project’, the Memorial Garden, the Community Spiritual Garden, the organ renovation . . . it is all there!
  • Our Patron Saint, and the crest.

Services started in the Rose Park State School on October 24th, 1897, and the “old church” in Gurney Road, Rose Park was licensed for Divine Service in November 1899. The “new church” – the present church of St Theodore’s in Prescott Terrace, Toorak Gardens, was dedicated by Bishop Thomas on October 14th, 1914.

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Ministry Leaders


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Parish Priest

The Rev’d Dr
Matthew Anstey


Mobile:   0418937219

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Honorary Associate Priest

Fr Peter Anson

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    Honorary Associate Priest

  Fr David Thornton-Wakeford

Leadership Team

Members of Parish Council

Rev’d Dr Matthew Anstey

Ian Campbell
Priest’s Warden

Angela Hazebroek
People’s Warden

John Needs

Angela Jones
Parish Secretary

Fiona O’Neill

Peter Burke

Lee Fulton

Parish Contacts

Office Administrator

Wendy Falconer
Wednesday 12 – 3pm
Phone 8333 0755

Parish Newsletter (St Theodore’s Tidings)

Richard Keene


Community Spiritual Garden

Susie Herberg


Memorial Garden

Richard Keene


Social Committee

Pat Campbell


The Community Spiritual Garden

located between St Theodore’s Anglican Church and the Church Hall, is offered to the community as an oasis, a place of stillness and reflection, of peacefulness and beauty. The Garden has a Mediterranean-style displaying seasonal change, colour and perfume while being low water use and low maintenance. The plants and materials have been selected to respect the scale of the church buildings while still creating a warm and welcoming space. The Community Spiritual Garden is a member of The Quiet Garden Movement which nurtures access to outdoor space for prayer, reflection and rest and creates opportunities for people to experience silence, restfulness and contemplative practices.



You are welcome to use the garden for quiet reflection, prayer and rest at any time during daylight hours.

If you would like to learn more, do join the landscape team who help at monthly working bees.


The Memorial Garden

situated behind the eastern wall at the back of the church building. It is intended for the interment of the ashes of members of the congregation and their immediate families . . . although the criteria can be extended to people who have other associations with the parish. The ashes are interred in a grid system on the lawn in the garden and there is a corresponding plaque affixed to the wall. The garden is a lovely place for quiet reflection.


Two views of the Garden facing south (above left) and north (lower left) show the lawn area, existing plaques and benches; and the photo at right shows the Calvary which is part of the Garden.


If you have any questions about the Memorial Garden, or wish to make an application for an interment site, please direct your inquiry to the Parish Priest (Reverald Associate Professor Matthew Anstey) at the Parish Office in the first instance.

The Parish Halls

Facilities and Hall Hire

St Theodore’s is fortunate to have two halls for its own use and community hire (one large for larger group activities and the smaller one which is used mainly for meetings and smaller group activities.

The Church uses these halls for Church functions, morning teas, educational purposes and meetings, while the community use the large hall (shown in the photo) for Yoga classes, Tae Kwon-Do, Scottish dancing, Japanese Sword Dance and Ballet; and the smaller hall for meetings, a Sewing class and an Icon School.

Available areas:

Large Hall: 156 sqm

Small Hall: 52 sqm


Information about any of these activities or interest in hiring the halls can be obtained by emailing the Office Secretary

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Contact Us

Contact the Church Office

Phone : (08) 8333 1567