Small country church gets makeover
THE village of Wyrallah came alive on Saturday with the dedication of memorials at St Thomas’ Anglican Church, along with its centenary celebrations.
The restorations included a lichgate (Scotts Gate), a new bell tower (Wesley Tower) and two stained-glass windows, all memorials to various people in the small community.
After blessing the lichgate, the Bishop of Grafton, the Rt Rev Keith Slater, blessed the Wesley Tower as the choir of St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Lismore sang.
St Thomas’ warden, Fred Hoskins, was delighted with the attendance of well over 200 people.
“To be able to draw so many people from so near and so far away is wonderful,” he said. “And a lot of those celebrating here today were baptised here in this very church.”
Bishop Slater praised the commitment of Mr Hoskins and his workforce, saying the people of Wyrallah should be congratulated.
“This church has a special place in your history,” he said. “And today is an important marker in the life of this church.
“Since its first service in 1910, some of you have been baptised here, some confirmed and some of you married here. Some of you have relatives or friends who made their last journey here.”
United Church Reverend Bob Richardson commended the restorations as welcoming.