40th Anniversary of Union - a wonderful occasion

Valentines' day saw the congregation of Johnsonville Uniting celebrate 40 years of Union between the Methodist and Presbyterian denominations in Johnsonville. 

Forty years ago on 1 February 1970 the Methodist and Presbyterians met as one congregation for the first time at St Columba's church in Earp Street (the Terrace Centre followed in 1977).

The anniversary began with a service of worship.  Helen Hay, an original Johnsonville Union member from the Methodist tradition spoke of the uniting story, particularly from the women's perspective.  John Craig, a Presbyterian, related tales from the early days of union while Julia Player told of the influence on her life of growing up in the new Uniting Church.   Bruce Newton, the current chairperson of the Terrace Centre Trust, recounted how the vision of the founders of the parish to work with the wider community was still a feature of the current activities of the parish.

In her reflection thanking God for our Church, the Rev Anna Gilkison dwelt on the charter of compassion visible in the ministry of Christ (Luke 6: 27 - 38) and urged the congregation to continue being a generous and outward facing parish.

The church service was followed by morning tea and dedication of the rose window (from the old Methodist church and now installed in the Terrace Centre).  A delicious pot luck lunch provided sustenance before the assembled throng regathered in the main hall for the playing of a 20 minute "Remember when" powerpoint presentation. 

The photos sparked many memories and the day concluded with over half an hour of oral contributions and reminiscences.

View photos from the 14 Feb 2010 in the news gallery 40th Anniversary of JUC