Our beautiful little church has been a faithful witness for God in the area of Yankalilla since 1857, when it was consecrated by Bishop Augustus Short, first Anglican Bishop of Adelaide. It was one of the earliest churches in South Australia. The earliest rector was Rev. Astley Cooper, who used to minister to the surrounding area from Yankalilla to Cape Jervis. The original church (1857) consisted of the nave only (the main body of the church) with an apse (alcove) at the front, and the porch was added in 1892. The sanctuary at the front and the vestry were added in 1879, and the vestry extended in 1992.

Today Christ Church has a small but active congregation which worships regularly on Sunday morning. We invite you to join us in for the mass, and a cup of tea afterwards in the church hall. You will find us a friendly lot.

Christ Church is a place of prayer, and is open to the public every day from 10am to 5pm. More recently, Christ Church had a new and different experience. In 1994, a parishioner noticed an image on the front wall which appeared to represent the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus on her lap. This was the beginning of the Shrine of Our Lady of Yankalilla. Worldwide attention brought many pilgrims from afar, and the Shrine is still a place where people come from both the local community and other areas to pray.

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´╗┐On 7 th April 1870, a half acre piece of land, part of Section 1522 was given for the church site by James Cole. The building, which became St. James Church. was designed by W F Anderson and co. and built mainly by voluntary labour using local carpenters and stonemasons, and it was said to be one of the prettiest in the colony.
The foundation stone was laid on 19th September 1870 by the Rev. Dean Russell. Although the church was not quite complete, the dedication was performed by Bishop Augustus Short on Thursday 4 th May 1871 in the presence of about five hundred people, including the State governor Sir James Fergusson. St James Church became a very popular place of worship for the Church of England residents of Second Valley, Delamere and the neighbouring districts.

The small but enthusiastic congregation meet fortnightly followed by a cuppa, decent coffee and fellowship. They are real country folk with a heart of gold and would love to welcome you there.