Australian Coptic Heritage & Community Services ( ACHSC ) this morning is called all Christians around the world and the congregation of the Coptic Orthodox churches generally and all associations and Coptic organisations to send their objections about the planned demolition of St Mary and St Mina Coptic Orthodox church Sydnham NSW Australia. The first Coptic church that was purchased by the Coptic patriarchate outside of Egypt.
They raised their voices to have it registered on the NSW heritage register like other buildings that were built after it.
We ask all government officials including Premier Mr Mike Baird, Mr Mark speakman and Mr Richard Pearson to protect and preserve the history and memory of the nations including the Methodist church and the Coptic church.
The commonwealth government paid compensate to the Coptic church for moving from the location at sydenham and the other properties that the church owned in 2001. This happened because of the noise caused by the the aeroplanes flying very close to the building. The council demolished all the surounding houses and made it a park area all around the church. And to date the heavenly work has protected the church from demolition until now.
But because of the devilish and evil interference there has been a battle going on against keeping the church and has been working towards its demolition and destruction of all the historic memories, including the diocese of Melbourne under the leadership of His grace Bishop Suriel and the diocese of Sydney under the leadership of Bishop Daniel as well as mononastries under the leadership of Bishop Anb Daniel have been established from this blessed church.
If the devil is fighting with his full power towards the demolition of this church it is each persons responsibility to put all efforts into saving this church from being demolished. This can be done by writing to the officials responsible on the email addresses supplied below:
( ATTN: MR. MIKE BAIRD, MR. MARK SPEAKMAN and MR. RICHARD PEARSON
There is a rare and historical site in Sydenham which is headed for demolition. It’s a site that affects everyone in our community: A previous War Memorial site, previous Methodist Church and previously the first Coptic Orthodox Church outside of the Nile (in the world).
The Heritage Council of NSW has deemed that such a site is not worthy to be listed on the Heritage List! Yet there are other Heritage sites protected with far less Australian historical impact. How can the Australian community allow a War Memorial site to be demolished and forgotten? Every year on ANZAC day we say “Lest We Forget,” yet the Heritage Council want to forget about this site and remove all traces of it?
It’s a rare site, rich with history and culture. The building on the site was also used as a Methodist Church in the 1900’s, then later it became the first Coptic Orthodox Church to be established outside of the mother land, Egypt. This is a world-first event which Australia is lucky to have, yet people want to demolish such a gem, and not protect it.
Please fight to preserve this site for many generations to come.
Letters objecting to he demolition need to be sent by 20 August 2016.
To put on record for the sake of Coptic history in Australia and Egypt that St Mary and St Mina Church Sydenham established under the rein of St Pope Kerelos VI, nurtured by the late His Holiness Pope Shenouda III and demolished in the rein of Pope Tawadros II
Call to all COPTS around the world to save the first Coptic church outside Egypt from demolition.