Uniting Church congregation to hold last service

d493937 Melville Uniting Church congregational members Alan Dickman, Hilder Dickman, Sue Hoskins, Josette Jones, Jackie Honey and Peter MacKenzie. Picture: Jon Hewson
d493937 Melville Uniting Church congregational members Alan Dickman, Hilder Dickman, Sue Hoskins, Josette Jones, Jackie Honey and Peter MacKenzie. Picture: Jon Hewson

MELVILLE Uniting Church’s congregation will gather for one last service on June 23.

The congregation made the decision to disband earlier this year as the group no longer had a Minister and Uniting Church WA was planning major alterations to the Kitchener Road buildings, which would have seen them closed for a long time.

The church has been operating as Melville Uniting Church since 1977 but it was a place of worship for 20 years prior as the Melville Presbyterian Church.

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Husband and wife Alan and Hilda Dickman were founding members of the church and had seen four of their daughters married there.

“It’s a sad feeling because it’s such a good community,” Mr Dickman.

Members of the congregation have been encouraged to make their own decisions about where to worship in future, with many choosing St Stephens Applecross Uniting Church.

Some of the members told the Melville Times it was like leaving a family and they were all very close and supportive.

Melville Uniting Church congregational members.

Among the major events to happen to the church was a fire caused by vandals in December 2009, with the building taking 10 months to refurbish.

Community groups along with the Melville Korean Presbyterian Church and the Spanish Worldwide Mission will continue to use the church and hall buildings until at least December.

The community and anyone who has been involved with the church is invited to attend the last service, which begins at 2.30pm.