CHURCH CEL­E­BRATES CENTERNARY

The Mun­dub­bera Unit­ing Church turns 100 years old

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

TER­ENCE and Erica Geck were mar­ried in the Mun­dub­bera Unit­ing Church in 1957.

Fifty nine years later, the cou­ple, who live in Bund­aberg, re­turned to Mun­dub­bera to cel­e­brate the church’s cen­te­nary.

“We wouldn’t miss it for the world,” Mr Geck said.

“My par­ents were mar­ried in this church in 1933 and our el­dest son was chris­tened here.”

Mrs Geck said it felt good to come back to a church that played such a sig­nif­i­cant part in her and Ter­ence’s lives.

“I just think it’s won­der­ful,” Mrs Geck said.

“The have changed the church, the out­side is dif­fer­ent, you could walk down the front steps, but you can’t any­more.

“It’s still so beau­ti­ful though.”

Bris­bane res­i­dent Dou­glas Reinke at­tended the church’s Sun­day school when he was seven years old.

“There was a lit­tle ter­rier dog that would come out when the kids gig­gled,” Mr Reinke said.

“That’s what I re­mem­ber

Sally Wells: They ac­tu­ally met in (peo­ples) homes ...

most about Sun­day school.

“A lot of my rel­a­tives are out in the grave­yard here as well.”

Mr Reinke said com­ing back for the churches cen­te­nary was like vis­it­ing fam­ily.

“It’s like com­ing home to see the fam­ily, be­cause they are all such good friends here and you al­ways get a wel­come,” he said.

Mun­dub­bera Unit­ing Church com­mit­tee chair­woman Sal­lyWells said the church had ac­tu­ally been go­ing on for more than 100 years.

“The church build­ing is 100,” MrsWells said.

“The ac­tual church is older than that.

“There was a church out in River­leigh (with­out a build­ing) and they ac­tu­ally met in homes first.”

The church build­ing opened in 1916 as a Methodist church.

“I think it was 1977 that it went to Unit­ing Church,” MrsWells said.

“That was the year the Methodist, the Pres­by­te­rian and the Con­gre­ga­tion got to­gether and united.

“That’s when they called it the Unit­ing Church.”

The cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion week­end on July 16 and 17 in­cluded bus tours of the Mun­dub­bera re­gion for re­turn­ing wor­ship­pers, a din­ner, a lun­cheon and a spe­cial Sun­day morn­ing ser­vice.

The Unit­ing Church mar­kets were sup­posed to be held on July 16 but had to be can­celled due to the wet weather.

It was only the sec­ond time in the mar­ket’s seven-year his­tory that it had been can­celled.

The op-shop was open.

PHOTOS: TOBI LOF­TUS

BIG CEL­E­BRA­TION: The Mun­dub­bera Unit­ing Church cel­e­brated its 100th an­niver­sary on July 16 and 17.

RIGHT: Ter­ence and Erica Geck, Sally Wells and Dou­glas Reinke at the church.

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