St David’s centenary celebration
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.