I (still) do, 50 years on

Rod and Lyn re­new vows on golden an­niver­sary

Isis Town and Country - - News -

AS CHIL­DREN we read fairy­tales and sto­ries of the young princess, long­ing to meet her prince or knight in shin­ning ar­mour.

To whisk her away, get mar­ried, live in a gi­ant cas­tle and to live hap­pily ever af­ter.

In re­al­ity more cou­ples are choos­ing to make their own part­ner­ship and com­mit­ment spe­cial in dif­fer­ent ways.

Aus­tralian statis­tics sug­gest one in three mar­riages will end in di­vorce, and as few as 5% will cel­e­brate 50 years.

Last Fri­day, Childers cel­e­brated the joyous oc­ca­sion of the re­newal of vow cer­e­mony be­tween Rod and Lyn Collins.

Cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of mar­riage, the happy cou­ple brought fam­ily and friends to­gether to wit­ness their spe­cial day.

Pas­tor Bill Cowan con­ducted the cer­e­mony at the Childers Wes­leyan Methodist Church on Cevn St.

“I mar­ried the cou­ple in Nam­bour 50 years ago, when they were both only 19,” Pas­tor Cowan said.

Pas­tor Cowan felt hon­oured to be asked by the cou­ple to con­duct the ser­vice in Childers.

The blush­ing bride, Lyn Collins, said she re­mem­bered the morn­ing of her wed­ding day, 50 years ago, sit­ting get­ting her hair done.

“It was emo­tional sit­ting in the chair 50 years later, think­ing back to then,” she said.

To­day, Rod and Lyn Collins are great­grand­par­ents and en­joy the com­mu­nity of Childers.

The Collins’s dear­est friends Pas­tor Bob Stein­brecher and his wife Chris joined them in cel­e­brat­ing the spe­cial mile­stone by be­ing part of the cer­e­mony.

The beau­ti­ful ser­vice brought tears to the eyes of the happy cou­ple as they re­flected over 50 years to­gether.

“We have had many chal­lenges and we still sup­port and love each other,” Mr Collins said.

The cou­ple are ac­tive in their church com­mu­nity and say their an­swer to hav­ing a long last­ing mar­riage is Je­sus.

Pas­tor Bill Cowan I mar­ried the cou­ple in Nam­bour 50 years ago, when they were both only 19


MAR­RIED 50 YEARS: Rod and Lyn Collins re­new­ing their vows and cel­e­brat­ing 50 years to­gether.

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