Foundation still strong
Worshippers plan special service for St John’s Church centenary
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.