Forty years on with eye on future

RELIGION may be a bone of contention across the globe, but there was nothing but harmony at a special celebration in Leeton recently. 

On Sunday, the Leeton Uniting Church marked the 40th anniversary since the “organisation” was formed. 

On June 22, 1977 the former Congregational Union of Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia were legally joined to form what is now known as the Uniting Church in Australia. 

To celebrate the 40th anniversary, Leeton parishioners gathered for a special service on Sunday morning, which was followed by fellowship, lunch and the official cutting of the anniversary cake. 

Organiser of the day Margaret Lang was hopeful the church would see out another 40 years. 

“I suppose it’s like anywhere … we could always do with more people coming along,” she said. 

“We’ve had a lovely celebration today.

“It was great to see everyone come to together, catch up and enjoy the day together.”

The inaugural Uniting Church service was held in Leeton on June 26, 1977. 

Ministers conducting the service were Reverend J Watson and Reverend R Floyd. 

Mrs Lang encouraged residents interested in attending a service to do so. 

“We’re a friendly bunch and it’s a good way to meet new people,” she said. 

“The door is always open.” The service is held at 9.30am every Sunday.