Parish cel­e­brates

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Former St John’s priest Rev­erend Glenn Wei­der­mann’s daugh­ter Ruth Un­der­wood, St John’s old­est par­ish­ioner Edith Perry, Strath­bo­gie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren and Angli­can Parish of Cen­tral Goul­burn priest Fr Gary Ather­ton cut the 130th an­niver­sary cake f

Gen­er­a­tions of parish folk cel­e­brated 130 years of faith­ful Chris­tian ser­vice and wit­ness to God at St John’s Angli­can Church in Nagam­bie on Sun­day.

St John’s was con­se­crated in 1887, and the 130th an­niver­sary morn­ing ser­vice was hon­oured with the pres­ence of its old­est par­ish­ioner, Edie Perry (nee Welch), aged 101.

Mrs Perry was joined by Strath­bo­gie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren and her sons, vis­i­tors and cur­rent Cen­tral Goul­burn Angli­can parish­ioners from Avenel, Nagam­bie and Sey­mour, as well as mem­bers of the Nagam­bie Lake­side Larks who led the singing.

It was a big mile­stone in the small church’s his­tory, and a bring and share lunch was en­joyed in the church hall after the ser­vice.

Many changes

In the past 130 years, many changes have oc­curred at St John’s.

Mrs Perry’s fam­ily has been at­tend­ing the small parish church since 1887, when it was Church of Eng­land, and as Angli­cans since the 1970s.

Her mother Ellen (Nel­lie) Sul­li­van was born in 1887, the sixth child of Leah Sul­li­van.

Leah was a Church of Eng­land mem­ber and may have helped es­tab­lish the church.

The orig­i­nal fam­ily of 10 was reg­u­lar in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing Mrs Perry’s mother and her sib­lings.

Mrs Perry turned 101 in Septem­ber and was asked to cut the 130th an­niver­sary cake at the end of the ser­vice on Sun­day.

Along­side her was Ruth Un­der­wood, whose fa­ther Rev­erend Glenn Wei­der­mann was the first rec­tor to live in the new rec­tory be­side St John’s in the 1950s.

Mrs Un­der­wood re­mem­bers liv­ing there with her fam­ily from the age of six.

Fr Gary Ather­ton, the cur­rent priest of the Angli­can Parish of Cen­tral Goul­burn, con­ducted the ser­vice and stood with both women at the cake-cut­ting cer­e­mony, while Cr McClaren was there to rep­re­sent the civic com­mu­nity.

Maybe vi­o­lence, ad­dic­tions, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, drugs and al­co­hol abuse, wars, sick­ness, home­less­ness, poverty, fam­ily break­downs and sex­ual abuse have all taken a toll on peo­ple’s be­liefs, but one of the mis­sions now in this ever-chang­ing world is for churches to reach out to the com­mu­nity and help them spir­i­tu­ally, phys­i­cally and prac­ti­cally.

For de­tails about the Angli­can parish, phone Fr Gary Ather­ton on 5799 0283.

— By Diane Grant

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