A NEW history book is set to take Rose City residents back to when pew rents were in fashion and Warwick's first settlers were attending Sunday mass.
St Mark's Anglican Church is approaching the 150th anniversary of the laying of its foundation stone, with a book being created to track the extensive history.
Parishioner Sue Nalder is co-ordinating the 150th history book committee and said the history of the church is directly linked to the development of the Southern Downs.
"Warwick was the first inland settlement and the people involved in building of St Mark's saw the need because of the growing population," she said.
"They both depended on each other and relied on each other during the development."
Mrs Nalder said the book was started about four months ago and would be about 100-150 pages.
It is based on a scholarly history written by Reverend Selwyn Cowen in 1980, but will extend the account and bring it to life through anecdotes, pictures and maps.
Mrs Nalder said the building phases of the church, the war years, changes in the parish and the history of the stained glass windows will all be featured in the publication.
The committee has called upon parishioners to contribute stories, but also completed research using Trove, an online library database.
Mrs Nalder said some of the treasures they uncovered included a picture of the original church taken in 1868 by Christopher Roggenkamp and a painting done in the same year by Mary Suter, the wife of the church's architect.
"It's important to record the history because we're not getting any younger, the information that we can get from these people is dying out with them," Mrs Nalder said.
The working title is Settlers, Sandstone and Sacraments - 150 years at St Mark's and it is due for release on Friday April 20, during the Southern Downs Heritage Festival.
Southern Downs Regional Council gave a grant for the book and Mrs Nalder said the committee also obtained a grant from Warwick Credit Union.
Mrs Nalder said St Mark's continued to be an important place for local organisations and people looking for solace from the hustle and bustle of modern day life.
"You've only got to look at the number of community groups who look to us to continue their operation, if we weren't there they wouldn't have anywhere to go," she said.