Church to go af­ter 99 years

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By BAR­BARA WITHING­TON

St John’s Angli­can Church has served the Millers Flat com­mu­nity for al­most 99 years, but it will not get to cel­e­brate its cen­te­nary as a place of wor­ship. The small con­gre­ga­tion made the de­ci­sion at this year’s an­nual meet­ing to have the build­ing de­con­se­crated and put up for sale. Spokes­woman Ali­son Perkins said there were only about three or four ser­vices a year and the com­mu­nity could no longer jus­tify keep­ing it open. Bishop Kelvin Wright will con­duct a fi­nal ser­vice in the church on May 24 at 3pm, which will be fol­lowed by a gath­er­ing in the Millers Flat hall for for­mer parish­ioners and com­mu­nity mem­bers to rem­i­nisce over a cup of tea. Mrs Perkins hoped that with the new cy­cle­way just out­side the church door, the build­ing could lend it­self to a num­ber of pos­si­bil­i­ties in the fu­ture. Mem­bers of the Cen­tral Otago Her­itage Trust vis­ited the build­ing dur­ing their tour of the Te­viot Val­ley last month and were very taken with the church’s un­usual round stained-glass win­dow. The Millers Flat con­gre­ga­tion will now join what has be­come St James Te­viot Val­ley in Roxburgh.

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