Church glory restored
By BREE PRICE
GREG EZZY is looking back after years of looking forward.
Thirteen years ago the Reverend Ezzy, the then rector, launched the restoration of St Andrew's Anglican Church in Keen Street, Lismore, in preparation for the 21st Century.
Yesterday Mr Ezzy, who is now the Anglican Diocese of Grafton diocesan chaplain for ministry, helped to unveil the $300,000 renovations he helped put in place at the church, taking part in a celebratory mass.
The final touches to the restoration have also been completed in time for the church's 100th birthday on November 10.
"It's a great feeling to be able to look back," Mr Ezzy said.
"We are normally always looking forward.
"To see what people have achieved is tremendous."
More than 250 people turned up to celebrate the completion of the restorations that included extensive roof work, window repairs and the installation of a full peal of bells.
The pipe organ was also restored, the chapel was re-established, pews refurbished and floors stripped back to solid teak floor boards.
A cabinet and memorial books to record gifts and bequests and a new sound system were installed and a memorial garden was established.
Mr Ezzy said other areas of the ministry were also developed.
The St Andrew's Sunday School has been redeveloped as well as Parish Youth Outreach and the St Andrew's Choir.
A hospital chaplain and part-time youth minister have been appointed, an on-campus chaplaincy at Southern Cross University has been established and four distinct forms of worship developed.
Rector the Reverend Vivian Hoskins said yesterday's service was the first time all four forms of worship had come together.
"There is the traditional form of worship, worship aimed at young families and children, youth and night worship," Mr Hoskins said.
"In doing that you get to have specific music for each one."
The church has also appointed a contemporary music director to work alongside the classical music director.
Mr Ezzy said a less well-known fact was that four parishioners had been ordained.
"Most people probably haven't stopped to think ? the four ordained clergy are all home-grown and a fifth is in college," he said.
"It's the concept of developing local ministries and encouraging local people."
Mr Ezzy said the majority of the funding for the church's restoration came from the wider community as well as the church community.
"A bit of money came from The National Trust and the rest has been the community," he said.
"It's a great sense of achievement for the local people who put so much effort into it.
"The dedication has been incredible."