Presbyterian church set for unveiling

Looking for a return gig near year are Mobile Mission Maintenance volunteers Lyn Groves and Robyn Jackson (seated) with Gwen Hall, Peter Groves, Phil Hall, Greg Jackson and Brian Stirk. Chris and Sue Mallam are absent from the photo.
Looking for a return gig near year are Mobile Mission Maintenance volunteers Lyn Groves and Robyn Jackson (seated) with Gwen Hall, Peter Groves, Phil Hall, Greg Jackson and Brian Stirk. Chris and Sue Mallam are absent from the photo.

St Stephen's Presbyterian Church is receiving a final spruce-up courtesy of Mobile Mission Maintenance volunteers, ahead of its official reopening next month.

Many of the volunteers have returned to Tenterfield after helping to fix up the church's hall this time last year.

They're keen to make it an annual pilgrimage if there are any other church buildings in the district requiring a helping hand.

"We're multi-denominational," lead hand Phil Hall said.

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While one new couple has signed on for the task, Mr Hall said there are certain jobs people enjoy and they love Tenterfield and its atmosphere, making it a popular assignment.

Nine Mobile Mission Maintenance volunteers have spent two weeks painting the exterior of the church, apparently growing fat on the morning teas and lunches providing by members of the congregation.

"We're getting fatter with the fantastic country cooking," Mr Hall said.

With the restoration of the historic 1884 wooden church building in Logan Street nearing completion, the St Stephen's Presbyterian Church Committee have set Sunday April 7 at 12.30pm as the time of its official reopening, and everyone's invited.

Builder Tom Murphy and painter Paul Lyons have now completed their scope of work, and the Mobile Mission Maintenance volunteers are packing up mid-week.

The committee has made every endeavour to invite as many people to the official opening whom they remember as having had some association with the church over the years, however sometimes invitations go astray and some names are overlooked unintentionally.

"Consequently, we would like to extend an open invitation to everyone who would like to attend that official re-opening," Pastor Jim Seymour said.

The service is scheduled to run from 12.30pm to approximately 1.15pm, followed by an early afternoon tea to be held in the air-conditioned church hall off Manners Street.

"Hopefully this reopening will be a memorable day for Tenterfield," Pastor Seymour said.

An indication of who will be attending would be appreciated by the committee for seating and catering purposes.

Please contact church Session Clerk Jamie Gibbins on (02) 6736 5849 or 0428 669 342.

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