Many hands make light church work
RETIREES are volunteering their time and experience to carry out repair and maintenance work on churches in the Central Burnett.
In charge of operations is Reverend Noel Park, who said the Eidsvold Uniting Church “drank” the paint because it hadn’t been painted for 20 years.
As well as painting, the volunteers from Sunshine Coast and Nambour Uniting Churches built a ramp to provide access for disabled parishioners.
“Keith Giess built the ramp even better than required standards. He’s a perfectionist,” Rev Park said.
“The main problem we’re having is that we need a cherry picker to paint the turret and the high parts.
“We could all balance easily when we were younger.”
Up to nine volunteers have been working at Eidsvold and have put in close to 1000 hours.
“I had to do a patch job on the guttering because our volunteer plumber can’t come until the new year,” Rev Park said.
Early in 2013 the group plans to paint the outside of the Mundubbera Uniting Church hall and the inside of the Gayndah hall.
Rev Park is no stranger to voluntary work. With helpers from his Nambour Uniting Church parish, he built and repaired 30 airports for the Royal Flying Doctor Service but recently decided to work more locally. Rev Park was also the chief executive officer of Lifeline for Darling Downs and southwest Queensland for 20 years, caring for up to 1000 families.
HELPING HAND: Members of Nambour and Sunshine Coast Uniting Church who have retired are volunteering their services to carry out repair and maintenance work on churches in the Central Burnett. Keith and Dell Giess (right) join Eidsvold locals Jan Mossman, Bessie Loakes and John Mossman.