United by 100 years of prayer
THE historic Bangalow Uniting Church celebrated its centenary on Sunday.
Originally a Methodist church, it opened its doors in January 1910 and has had a rich and diverse history over the last 100 years.
In 1914, a hurricane hit the area destroying all but the church entrance. It was rebuilt the following year on its present site.
Sunday's service attracted about 120 past and present parishioners from as far away as Papua New Guinea to mark the day.
According to the Bangalow Uniting Church's Reverend Tim Jensen, members of the Bangalow Uniting Church community are quite caring and focused on serving the community.
This is reflected in the many generations of local families' involvement with the church.
Parishioner Geoff Jarrett's great grandfather, Walter Jarrett, was one of the few involved in the initial lobbying for a Methodist Church in Bangalow during the early 1900s.
Walter moved to Bangalow with his wife Eliza and they had 13 children – 11 daughters and two sons, one of which – Geoff's grandfather – carried on the running of the family farm.
The Jarretts are one of the oldest families that still attend the church today. They have been involved for over five generations.
“It's a big part of the family's life,” Mr Jarrett said.
Walter Jarrett was a lay preacher at the Methodist Church for 35 years and forged a long-standing family connection with the church.