Parish celebrates 100 years
This weekend, November 27-29, the Anglican Parish of Alstonville celebrates 100 years of community life.
The Parish was established in 1909 and incorporated the centres from Lismore (Wollongbar, Tregeagle and Rous) and from Ballina (Alstonville, Dalwood and Meerschaum Vale).
The first St Bartholomew’s Church (pictured) was constructed at Ocean View and dedicated on February 18, 1896. The new stone church building across the road commenced in 1913 with the laying of the foundation stone and still stands today. The original wooden church was then used as the Parish Hall until 2001 and continues its life now as the Anglican Op Shop.
The Reverend Lee Shirvill, who was appointed as the new Parish Priest in September this year, has announced that several events have been organised to celebrate the Alstonville Parish’s centenary.
“This weekend is a great opportunity for us to recognise that a rich heritage of Christian community has been developed over 100 years in this place,” Reverend Shirvill said. “In our celebrating we also acknowledge that we have a contribution to make, as we continue to look forward to finding ways to develop partnerships within our community and genuinely seek to connect with it in an authentic way, living out our faith and building for the future.”
Activities planned for the weekend are:
Twelve spectacular displays inspired by well-known Hymns of Praise will be show at St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church from Friday, November 27 to Sunday, November 29 (Saturday 9am to 1pm only). Entry is by gold coin donation.
Country Music Afternoon
Sunday, November 29, at Tregeagle Community Hall at 1pm.
Songs of Praise – Service of Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 29, at St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church at 6.30pm followed by supper in the Anglican Ministry Centre and Hall.