Wollongong celebrates 70 years

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Wollongong church, New South Wales, celebrated its 70th Anniversary of the opening of their church building.  Along with representatives from the local Baptist, Gateway City and Uniting churches, friends from the past worshipped with those who attend Wollongong church today. 

It was a day to remember as people enjoyed a wonderful time of inspiration, reconnection, and fellowship.

I challenge the church to continue to be mission focused, winning souls for the Kingdom.

Dr Helen Hall, the keynote speaker, inspired with stories of the wonderful work that God is doing as she serves the Karen people on the Thai-Burmese border.  An offering was collected to fund the re-roofing and rebuilding of one of the dormitories of the Eden Valley Academy where Dr Helen Hall is founder and principal.

During the service Pastors Peter Jack, David Bertelsen, Ross Chadwick and John Bews (current pastor), shared some highlights of their time in Wollongong.

“It was encouraging to spend the day celebrating with current and former members and pastors from Wollongong church,” said Pastor David Blanch, president of the Greater Sydney Conference. “I challenge the church to continue to be mission focused, winning souls for the Kingdom.”

In addition those in attendance enjoyed musical presentations from the Filipino Choir, the local community Karen and Burmese Singing Groups, a clarinet solo by Leanne Walton and a medley by Brian and Leone Faull. 

Presentations were made to: Mrs Audrey Fitzsimmons (nee Ashmore) – longest association with the church, Mrs Glenice Vidler (nee Harmon) – first baby dedicated in the church, Mrs Clare Hobbs (nee Miller) – first person married and baptised in the church.

Those who organised the Anniversary programme really appreciated the willingness of so many to come and share in the celebrations and they are grateful to God for answered prayer and for His blessing on what was a day to remember.