Britwife: This church has been bricked in underneath but you can see along the side, especially if the image enlarges when you click on it, that it is actually supported on stilts & the underneath allows for *air flow*.
This is a fairly typical country Aussie church. No steeple. Porch out the front. The steps have been strengthened by the addition of the rail; didn't used to have one. lol Sits in a vacant paddock which becomes the parking lot. Round the back you will find a tall stand & a water tank ~ which supplys the church with water for the kettle for the cuppa after Sunday's sermon.
This is St Peters. A fisherman for a bunch of islanders, may of whom earn a living from the sea. It is used by the Anglicans & the Catholics for church services. We're actually going to go to mass [sung] Christmas morning. I can't be accussed of being denominationally intolerant! It is also used for Bingo & art classes, scrapbooking classes & choir rehearsal & on Saturday morning the Thrift shop operates here. When the ladies pack up the shop they set everything ready for Sunday morning's services.
This is one of the oldest buildings on the island ~ as us religious sorts like to point out! Christ was here from the very beginning. It has been carefully maintained & the Anglicans, who actually own the land & the building, have fought hard to keep it. When the mini supermarket went up next door the mainland church was made an offer they very badly wanted to accept but the islanders rightly pointed out that as St Peter's has always paid it's own way & has cost the mainland church nothing they should have the right to keep their own church!
I'll try & get pictures of the inside one time. It's different if you're not used to it.