St David’s centenary cel­e­bra­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

ONE hun­dred years ago, the first stone was laid on what was to be­come St David’s Church next to the equally famed rain trees of Moss­man.

St David’s Church of Eng­land was orig­i­nally built in 1899 and was de­stroyed in the 1911 cy­clone, but un­de­terred, the faith­ful of the Moss­man com­mu­nity started re­build­ing the church one year later.

To cel­e­brate the mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion Julie White said the Parish coun­cil has or­gan­ised a week­end of centenary cel­e­bra­tions on the week­end of May 5-6.

“The mar­kets are go­ing to be the ’Ye Olde Vil­lage Green Mar­kets’ and there will be peo­ple in cos­tume, dec­o­ra­tions and a vin­tage car will be there to get a photo taken with,” she said.

“Bill Ray the bishop of North Queens­land will be com­ing for the week­end and Satur­day af­ter­noon Deb­o­rah Kachel and Ethel Woods are go­ing to be of­fi­cially or­dained as dea­cons.”

A centenary cel­e­bra­tion din­ner will be held that night at the Moss­man in­door sports cen­tre for the con­gre­ga­tion from St David’s and St An­drew’s in Port Dou­glas -which are all part of the same parish and Cler­gies from sur­round­ing dis­tricts.

“There will be pre­sen­ta­tions for long-ser­vice peo­ple in the com­mu­nity of the church and a big mud-cake in the shape of 100, which will be cut by the old­est parish­ioner Mrs Baker, she’s 95,” Ms White said.

“There will be St David’s com­mem­o­ra­tive port and a new his­tory of St David’s on sale, pre­pared by one of the prior parish­ioners - it’s a won­der­ful record with lots of won­der­ful pho­tos.

On Sun­day there will be two spe­cial ser­vices with the North Queens­land bishop Bill Ray, first at 7.30am at St David’s in Moss­man and 9.30am at St An­drew’s, Port Dou­glas.

Con­tact Fa­ther Paul Beasley 4098 2672 or 4098 1181 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Do­na­tions to­wards the cel­e­bra­tions are wel­come.

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