Foun­da­tion still strong

Wor­ship­pers plan spe­cial ser­vice for St John’s Church cen­te­nary

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

THE Mt Druitt com­mu­nity will cel­e­brate the 100th birth­day of St John’s Church on Saturday.

The church’s foun­da­tion stone was laid on Septem­ber 16, 1916, in the mid­dle of un­de­vel­oped land among a few scat­tered houses, a hall and a rail­way sta­tion.

It was orig­i­nally built as a lo­cal church for Mt Druitt Angli­cans un­der the parish of St Mary Mag­da­lene.

In 1986, it was bought by the Pres­by­te­rian Church of East­ern Aus­tralia.

The build­ing, which has its orig­i­nal bricks and tim­ber ceil­ing, has weath­ered the cor­ro­sion of time and is now her­itage-listed.

The Rev Den­nis Mul­doon said the church was still “used quite ex­ten­sively” for ser­vices and com­mu­nity gath­er­ings.

Mt Druitt Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Reg Mur­ray at­tended the church when he was a boy. “It’s served gen­er­a­tions,” he said.

Mt Druitt His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Michelle Find­ley said the church was a tes­ta­ment to the com­mu­nity.

“It is lovely to have a piece of his­tory in this area be­cause a lot of it is quite new,” she said.

“The church went up in 1916 dur­ing the Great War and there was fi­nan­cial, phys­i­cal and emo­tional strain from the war, and yet these peo­ple built it for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity.”

There will be a ser­vice com­mem­o­rat­ing the mile­stone on Saturday at 2pm, fol­lowed by af­ter­noon tea at 3pm.

The Rev Den­nis Mul­doon is cel­e­brat­ing the cen­te­nary of the Pres­by­te­rian Church in Mt Druitt. Pic­tures: Peter Kelly

Rev Den­nis Mul­doon re­flects on his faith at Mt Druitt Pres­by­te­rian Church and (right) Mr Mul­doon with com­mu­nity mem­bers Tom Reeve, Alex Neil, Su­san Fitzgerald and Michelle Find­ley.

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