St John’s celebrates 130 years
I LOVE God and my country, I honour the flag, I will serve the Queen and cheerfully obey my parents, teachers and the laws.
This motto was learnt by Victorian school children when I was young.
I don’t know if it was Australia wide, but it was important to me, and I have tried to keep all those promises and values going in my life.
Many at St John’s Anglican Church in Nagambie, have done the same and are still honouring their faith, country, monarch, and community in which they live many years later, even though things have changed in society. Those base values and ethics are still paramount to help maintain a caring for one another and in keeping law and order.
Many may not have their parents or teachers near anymore, but they remember what they were taught as patriotism, and beliefs.
On Sunday St John’s Anglican Church celebrated 130 years of faithful Christian service and witness to God, by generations of parish folk since St John’s was consecrated in 1887.
The 130th anniversary morning service was honoured with the presence of its oldest parishioner, Edie Perry (Nee Welch), the mayor of Strathbogie Shire Council Amanda McClaren and her sons, visitors and present Parish of Central Goulburn Anglican parishioners from Avenel, Nagambie and Seymour and members of the Nagambie Lakeside Larks who led the singing.
It was a happy occasion for this milestone in the small church’s history.
A bring and share lunch was enjoyed in the church hall after the service.
In the past 130 years many changes have occurred.
Edith Perry’s family have been attending the small parish church, (Church of England) CofE since 1887, and as Anglican since the 1970s.
Edie’s daughter Lorraine Webster supplied this snippet of news. Edith’s mother Ellen (Nellie) Sullivan was born in 1887.
Edith’s grandmother Leah Sullivan, had five children before that, and she was a CofE church goer and may have ben one helping to establish the church here.
The original family of ten were regular in attendance as Edith’s mother and siblings.
Edie Perry turned 101 in September and was asked to cut the 130th Anniversary cake at the end of the 130th anniversary service in St John’s.
She represented the oldest parishioner at St John’s and alongside her was Ruth Underwood.
Ruth’s father, Reverend Glenn Weidermann, was the first Rector to live in the new rectory beside St John’s in the 1950s, and Ruth remembers that from the age of six she and her family lived there.
So Ruth represented the minister’s families who have served at St John’s.
Fr Gary Atherton, the current priest of the Anglican Parish of central Goulburn conducted the service and stood with Edie and Ruth at the cake cutting ceremony representing all the ministers and lay people who had lead the church over 130 years.
Cr McClaren represented the civic communities and shires the small church would have known over the many years in the district.
Maybe in these times of violence, addictions, domestic, drugs and alcohol abuse, wars, sickness, homelessness, poverty, family breakdowns, sexual abuse, the desensitisation of feelings for others by watching too many murders, movies show and such and other problems have all taken a toll on people’s beliefs.
One of the missions now in this ever changing world is for churches to reach out to the community and help them, spiritually, physically, and practically.
For details on the Anglican Parish, contact Fr Gary Atherton 5799 0283.