FI­NAL CHURCH EVENT

Church cel­e­brates one last time be­fore clos­ing its doors

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE -

ON NOVEM­BER 18, The Sum­mit Unit­ing Church will be de­com­mis­sioned.

It’s been a vi­brant part of The Sum­mit com­mu­nity for the past 102 years but the con­gre­ga­tion de­cided to amal­ga­mate with the Stan­thorpe Unit­ing Church due to low num­bers.

The Sum­mit Unit­ing Church amal­ga­mated with the Stan­thorpe branch, which is part of the Gran­ite Belt Unit­ing Church Clus­ter, in April this year.

Irene Scott, from The Sum­mit Unit­ing Church, said the church com­mu­nity was sad about clos­ing down the church that had been an im­por­tant part of their lives for a long time.

To cel­e­brate the many won­der­ful mem­o­ries of happy gath­er­ings at The Sum­mit Unit­ing Church, a cel­e­bra­tion will be held on Novem­ber 18.

“We wanted to fin­ish on a happy note by hav­ing this get-to­gether,” Mrs Scott said.

The cen­te­nary of The Sum­mit Unit­ing Church was held in Oc­to­ber 2015 which turned out to be a won­der­ful week­end with more than 150 peo­ple at­tend­ing to cel­e­brate the mile­stone. Two years later, they’re gather- ing again for the de­com­mis­sion ing of the lit­tle church.

“It’s a sad time for those in­volved but it’s im­por­tant to have this de­com­mis­sion­ing ser­vice to cel­e­brate the faith­ful­ness of many – peo­ple who have cared for each other through the highs and lows, nav­i­gat­ing many changes, know­ing that God’s spirit was at work en­abling and equip­ping, com­fort­ing and con­vict­ing, in­spir­ing and re­new­ing,” Mrs Scott said.

More than 100 peo­ple are ex­pected at the cel­e­bra­tion next Satur­day where any­one who might have had some con­tact with The Sum­mit Church is wel­come to join them to recog­nise 102 years of faith­ful Chris­tian wit­ness at The Sum­mit.

If you’d like fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the af­ter­noon’s pro­ceed­ings, con­tact Dud­ley Abra­ham on 4683 2902 or Stu­art Scott on 4683 2003.

The af­ter­noon will start with a thanks­giv­ing ser­vice at 1pm, fol­lowed by an af­ter­noon tea where all who at­tend have the chance to re­new old friend­ships and en­joy spend­ing time with one an­other.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HUB: The Sum­mit Unit­ing Church has played an im­por­tant part in many lives of The Sum­mit com­mu­nity.

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