Christ Church is holding a book sale this Saturday

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By Ashley Flockhart

If you’re a bookworm, your passion for words could make you a Good Samaritan.

A thousand books will be for sale at the Christ Church Community Centre on 14, Acland St this Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

The sale’s earnings will go to the Christ Church restoration fund.

The books are priced at three dollars each. Genres available include crime, biographies, history, and sport.

Refreshments, coffee and cake will be available.

The church has an appeal pending for restoration costs that will run into millions. This book sale will fund emergency repairs to the stonework, spokesperson Stephen Baldwin said.

“One piece of stone we had to have replaced…the cost came to $18000,” Mr Baldwin said.

“1854 is when the church commenced, it’s 163 years old.

“So it’s all that work that needs to be done,” he said.

Mr Baldwin also says the heritage-listed church’s roof needs more work.

“We often have to fundraise for work on the roof, patching really, and it’s the book sale that expands on the work and emergency repairs,” he said.

Parish volunteer Robin Hoy also believes fundraising to restore the church is necessary.

“It (the church) needs major repairs,” Mr Hoy said.

The St Kilda Church was registered as a building of historical significance with the Victorian Heritage Council in 1993.

An opinion piece submitted to our September, 2017 issue argued we must save Christ Church despite the falling number of parishioners because one, it is a beautiful building of historical importance and two, it has a  great potential to be a concert venue for all of the community, church-going or not.






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