Church to go after 99 years
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.