Open House 2022

Open House 2022

Welcome to the Scots' Chuch Digital Tour and Activities for Open House Melbourne 2022

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

WHAT'S ON

INTRODUCTION

VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES

Stroll Through the Church
Tour of the Rieger Organ
Presentation of the Spire
Stories Behind the Windows
Interactive Quiz

Visit Scots’ Church during Open House Melbourne for hosted or self-guided tours on Sat 30 and Sun 31, and a special “Open Church” service at 11am on Sunday 31st. Hear the famous Scots’ Organ and Choir in action, and enjoy traditional scones with jam and cream for morning tea. (Free Barista coffee too!)

WHAT'S ON: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SCHEDULE

Saturday 30 July:
Open 10am-4pm. There will be guides available to answer your questions as you visit our beautiful church on Saturday.

Sunday 31 July:
Open Church Service 11am-12pm (guests welcome)
Open 12pm-4pm with refreshments such as Tea, Coffee and Scones. Tours are available and will be run after the Open Church service.


INTRODUCTION

Since 1838 The Scots’ Church Melbourne has been continuously reaching out to the people of this city. When Rev. James Forbes arrived from Scotland, the first church was a temporary wooden building at the west end of Collins Street. Two acres on the present site were obtained and a school was built. This school served as a church on Sundays until a proper building, seating five hundred, was built in January 1841.

With the growing population, the congregation resolved in January 1869 to build a church designed by the notable architects Reed & Barnes. This is The Scots’ Church which you see today; with its famous austere interior, including fine timber fittings and magnificent stained-glass windows.

The style of the church is "decorated Gothic", with Bluestone for the foundations, Barrabool Hills Freestone from Geelong for the superstructure, and cream-coloured Kakanui Stone from New Zealand for the "dressings". The 120-ft high church’s spire was for many years the highest point in the city. The church was built by David Mitchell, who was the father of the famous Australian soprano - Dame Nellie Melba. The foundation stone was laid on 1st April, 1873 and the building opened on 29th November, 1874.

A church is more than just a building - it is primarily people. The Scots’ Church is and has been the spiritual home for many thousands of Christians since its foundation in 1838. Visitors from all around the world are always welcome at any of our Services of Worship, or at any of our open day visit on weekdays.

Apart from our scheduled open days, the Scots' Church Melbourne has been a prominent fixture and has been involved in the annual Open House Melbourne Weekend for more than a decade. During this event we have seen between approximately three to seven thousand visitors pass through our doors every year.

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We encourage you to explore the full July and Weekend program via Open House Melbourne


VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES

VIRTUAL STROLL THROUGH THE CHURCH

Talk a "walk" around the Church! Experience our Virtual tour of the Church; find out more about the classic architecture of the building as well as general areas of the Church. »

TOUR OF THE RIEGER ORGAN

Experience our world famous Rieger Organ with an introduction video, a walkthrough video of the Organ room, accompanied with select themes from Scots' Church own Director of Music, Douglas Lawrence AM. »

PRESENTATION OF THE SPIRE

See our presentation of the history of Scots' Church spire, one of Scots' Church Melbourne most prominent features. »

STORIES BEHIND THE WINDOWS 

Experience a select of our stained-glass Windows up-close and personal, showcasing some of the most well-known parables from the Bible, with video accompaniments. »

INTERACTIVE QUIZ

Finished the tour? Take our fun, interactive quiz, testing your knowledge of the Church! »