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QUEENSLAND’S rich natural heritage is showcased in the new community and worship centre at St Mary’s Parish, Oxenford.

Queensland maple was used in the creation of the altar, lectern, credenza, candle stand and baptismal font.

Jane Stapleton, a member of the parish liturgy group and the parish baptismal co-ordinator, said the liturgy team was asked to help with ideas for the centre’s new furniture.

“We were after something with clean lines, that was light and mobile, that would fit in with a modern church.

“We didn’t want anything bulky or dark and the Queensland maple is a nice light wood that reflects a modern liturgy.

“The furniture also had to be able to be moved because the new worship centre is a multi-purpose community building.”

Mrs Stapleton said the furniture was designed and built by Queensland company, Maunsell Fine Furniture, and it was believed some wood in the heritage church that adjoins the new centre was also Queensland maple.

“We are very aware of our heritage that we are a Queensland church and we wanted to bring the past with us,” Mrs Stapleton said.

“We have taken our heritage and linked it with the new worship centre.”

The new St Mary’s Community and Worship Centre was officially opened by Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby on April 10.

The old St Mary’s Church was transported in March from Oxenford to its new home at Upper Coomera where it is now linked to the worship centre and also serves as the Blessed Sacrament chapel.

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