In the 1930s there was a Methodist church built in Terrigal. For 20 years this church was shared by the Methodists and the Presbyterians, who were yet to build their own place of worship.
The seeds of who we are as the Uniting Church today were planted so many years ago. If you go through the archives you can see some amazing pictures from the past of people who have done many things to bring this church to the point we are today.
Paul in the scriptures talks about the great cloud of witnesses cheering us on as we live out being the church today. And of course, the church is not those buildings, but the people themselves - people who do so many different things.
If we were to make up a photo board of the 90 years of history of our church in Terrigal there would be hundreds of faces - some we would know, some we wouldn’t - and for those we don’t know we could probably just ask Joan Gay and she could tell us about them.
There are members of our church who have served for almost 30 years as elders and are still doing so today, and there are so many more who do so much.
I want to acknowledge 2 people who are retiring from different roles within this church, who will still be serving the church in other ways but are finishing up a ministry after a long time.
One is Barry Earp, who is retiring from church council after over 20 years of being chairperson. He will continue on the church council but will be handing the role to Alisha Hawkins.
The other person I want to mention is Kathy Sheen, who will be finishing up as the co-ordinator of our Playgroup. For 21 years, Kathy has set up and run our Playgroup on Wednesdays and would have seen hundreds of kids go through the group in that time.
People doing things like this make up the fabric of our church. Thank you so much to everyone who plays their part in making our church the place it is today.