Welcome to the Scots' Chuch Digital Tour and Activities for Open House Melbourne 2021
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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. However, Due to COVID-19 restriction this year, Open House Melbourne Weekend will be run virtually. And with that, the Scots' Church Melbourne is honored to welcome you to our Virtual Tour experience.
We encourage you to explore the full July and Weekend program via https://www.openhousemelbourne.org/melbourne/whats-on-2021/
VIRTUAL STROLL THROUGH 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. »