For more than 20 years, the church of St Andrews has been an inclusive home.
The Anglican church has always welcomed people of all faiths, beliefs and races.
The parish, located about 80 kilometres (50 miles) north-east of Sydney, has become an integral part of the community.
St Andrews Bishop, Father Michael Ryan, said St Andrews was known as the “home of the Irish” and the “church of the first Americans”.
“I think what you get from that is that you are really inclusive of everybody,” Mr Ryan said.
“We were really proud to have our first black bishop in our history, a black man who was ordained in St Andrews and was a priest in St John’s Church.”
The church also hosted a number of community events, including the annual St Andrews Pride parade.
“I would say that for the most part, we were very inclusive, with the exception of a couple of things, where a certain percentage of the parishioners were not in the church,” he said.
Mr Ryan says his parishioner base is also diverse, with many members of other religions. “
And we’re certainly open to people who are interested in coming to the church, but we don’t have a problem with it.”
Mr Ryan says his parishioner base is also diverse, with many members of other religions.
“It’s very diverse, in terms of religious background, ethnic background, age, marital status, marital dissolution, political affiliation, disability, socio-economic status,” he explained.
Mr Ryan said it was important that the church welcomed people with all backgrounds.
He said it would be difficult to find an area in the city where all the different faiths would be welcomed, as the majority of people were Catholic.
Father Ryan said while the Anglican Church was a multi-faith community, the local Anglican community was very welcoming to all religions.
The church was founded in 1711 by Bishop Robert FitzPatrick and the community continues to be run as a separate body today.
The church has a network of churches in the surrounding towns and cities, which can be accessed through an app called “church”.
St Andrews has had an active membership of more than 2,000 people for more than a century, and the church is the largest Catholic parish in Australia.