Parish of Yarrawonga
On April 13th, 1969 St. Thomas’s at St James was transferred to the Parish of Yarrawonga. The first Eucharist under the new arrangement, was held on April 20th, 1969 by the Rector of Yarrawonga, Fr. A.S Goldsworthy. St Thomas’s continues to be part of the Yarrawonga Parish and the Rector provides services on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month.
Although St. Thomas’s Church was opened free of debt, it was not until 50 years to the day, on April 22nd 1973, that the consecration service took place by the Bishop of Wangaratta, the Right Reverend Dr. Keith Raynor DD.
Over the years the congregation has happily participated in fund raising social events which included Old Time Balls, Melbourne Cup functions, and catered for the R.S.L. Sub-Branch meeting dinners at St. James. These events no longer occur. St. Thomas’s parishioners organised an Annual Golf day, at the local course followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea for 25 years, finishing in 2013.