Great churches big and small

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - — JACK LAWRIE

I’M not a re­li­gious per­son. I like to think that doesn’t stop me from be­ing a good per­son at heart. How­ever, I have al­ways ad­mired churches.

Ar­chi­tec­turally, they’re some of the finest build­ings you will ever see, from the lofty Gothic cathe­drals of West­ern Europe to the hum­ble cosi­ness of your lo­cal parish.

And as a com­mu­nity space, some of the defin­ing mo­ments of your life will be spent at churches, from wed­dings to fu­ner­als to Chris­ten­ings.

When I started look­ing into the his­tory of Monto’s re­cently re­moved Angli­can church hall, I was sur­prised to find not just a com­mu­nity hub but a fas­ci­nat­ing work of ar­chi­tec­ture as well.

The fact that this church has been moved not once but twice to suit the needs of the peo­ple, and the fact that it feels like it was al­most built for that pur­pose is re­mark­able.

You’ve the in­di­vid­ual beams with Ro­man nu­mer­als carved into them, like a per­ma­nent plan built into the very wood.

But what I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate about the old church hall is de­spite it not hav­ing been used as a church for over 50 years, peo­ple I spoke to were still sad to see it go.

Even when they’re not in use, churches are a time cap­sule, a gauge of his­tory for the com­mu­nity they oc­cupy.

The loss of the old hall in Monto is bit­ter­sweet; gone for now, but not for­got­ten, and will soon be up again in a new form.

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