CHURCH CELEBRATES CENTERNARY
The Mundubbera Uniting Church turns 100 years old
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.
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.